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Kimishima: no changes to the basic strategy set up by Iwata

Posted on September 14, 2015 by (@OnePunchMaz) in General Nintendo, News

Today, Nintendo appointed Tatsumi Kimishima as its new president. We now have some quotes from Kimishima himself, via Japanese paper The Nikkei and Dr. Serkan Toto on Twitter.

Kimishima said that there won’t be changes to the basic strategy set up by former president Satoru Iwata. The challenge, according to Kimishima, now lies in identifying new projects and cultivating the right human resources to reach Nintendo-like profits again.

The Nikkei also quotes representative director Genyo Takeda as saying that the aim is to establish a future-proof group leadership system inside Nintendo.

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  • powerprotoman

    best news i heard all day……granted its only quarter till 6

  • Kallumsmarties

    I feel a bit sorry for him. Seen some people judge him based on his looks and the fact he doesn’t come across as a happy person in the image. Looking at his past, he seems to have done quite a lot of things to being President of Pokemon USA to Nintendo of America. Maybe now NOA will have their voices heard, something I wish we had a log time ago. Always seem to be Japan making the decisions and ignoring what NOA does 80% of the time.

    • ben

      People are not very nice. But he is Japanese and he will think of Japan first no matter what experience he has.

    • Locky Mavo

      Being the former NoA President, I’d like to think/hope that this will be the guy who rids the region-lock, among other things.

    • Hermione Granger

      the guy is 65 year old and has only been working as a banker and filling management roles. no developer/game experience at all. he is like a traditional head of a company type, and exactly what nintendo dont need… if you gonna run a company like nintendo you must also know games and its development. this guy is a banker and all he know and care about is profit. i just fear its gonna get worse…

      • Kallumsmarties

        Used to be a banker and you don’t need developer/game experience at all. Iwata just so happened to have such experienced and made a great president. Hiroi Yamauchi didn’t make any games, he just turned Nintendo into a multi-billion dollar video game company. He was still President of Pokemon USA and helped bring Pokemon here which ended up being one the most biggest franchises in gaming and became president on NOA after some other dude left a year after Gamecube’s launch and was credited for this leadership with helped Nintendo achieve great success after the release of the Wii. He’s done much more good and then he’s done bad. Not like he hasn’t got any experience in the gaming industry, he’s just not a developer, but that doesn’t mean he won’t be good at his job and like the article states, he intends on keeping the strategy Iwata set up for the next few years so probably still going to be carrying on with the next console Iwata has planned and whatever else they got in the works. It’s after that where I can understand people’s concerns, but again I’m not going to judge him on his first day.

      • TalesOfBS

        Mr. Yamauchi would like to have a word with you.

        • Hermione Granger


  • Melatelo

    Never heard of the guy but it’s good to hear this.

  • Locky Mavo

    Good, though I wasn’t really expecting the new Nintendo President to “clean house” the moment he got there. As long as he’s committed to keeping Nintendo’s high standards in all that he and the company does (and keep “people’s” mouths shut about “going 3rd party”, as if they’ll be doing that anytime soon, I’m just sick of hearing it), then I’m satisfied.

  • Thomas

    What Mr. Kimishima said is quite similar the Saudi Arabia’s new king said in the day his predecessor died. I pray that Mr. Kimishima will be a competent president as was Satoru Iwata.

    • TalesOfBS

      I just hope he won’t be as mediocre as Iwata was.

  • Vigilante_blade

    It will take a few years to really be able to judge his character. For now, he doesn’t really have much of a choice but to follow through some of the things Mr. Iwata set in place. They’d lose money if he just started over everything. The NX won’t be a representation of his leadership.

    I hope from him that he takes core gamers into account.

    • No Name

      He is an inter-junction president and said to work for only a year.

      • Vigilante_blade

        He said elected for one year. That doesn’t mean that the contract cannot be extended.

        • No Name

          Still, he won’t be for long.

          • Vigilante_blade

            We don’t know. He could be there for a while. He did say that he didn’t know what’s coming in the future.

            Even if it’s just a year, that doesn’t mean he won,t do anything of note. I think people ought to give him a chance.

  • Aiddon

    So to those who were hoping that there would be a huge overhaul I say this: “HA!”

    • Vigilante_blade

      You never know. Never trust what a CEO says. Ever.

      • Aiddon

        i.e. you couldn’t think of anything clever and thus had to use the “Big Book of Cliche’s.” Moving on.

        • Vigilante_blade

          Nah, what I said is a very wise thing. A CEO wants to sell things to you. Everything he will say will be biased to improve his profit margin.

          • TalesOfBS

            Don’t waste your time, some sheeps here are just too stupid.

            Anyway, he did help Nintendo a lot in the Gamecube days by gathering western third party support in the middle of the PS2 hype train, so i guess we can expect at least some proper effort from him.
            Maybe the Wii U will finally see some support, at least from Japanese companies.

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  • Annie

    He’s a veteran and he knows perfectly well what he’s doing and how Nintendo works, I’m also glad to hear he wants to develop younger talents at the company

  • awng0718

    Considering that much of Iwata’s plans involved the future rather than the present (foray into mobile gaming, introduction of NX, continued expansion of Amiibo, creation of Club Nintendo successor with DeNA, eventual retirement of Wii U and 3DS), it would be best to stay on course until it is clear that Iwata’s current strategy is a success, failure, or somewhere in between, upon which Kimishima will have to make his own decisions to continue or abandon their current path.

  • JurgenMcGurgen

    All the best to him. Hopefully his first act as president is to get some solid Zelda U footage released.