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Nintendo announces Tatsumi Kimishima as its new President

Posted on September 14, 2015 by (@LyonHart_) in News

Since the unfortunate passing of Satoru Iwata back in July, there’s been speculation as to who would take lead in the Kyoto-based company. Shigeru Miyamoto and Genyo Takeda had taken over as leaders for Nintendo, but this was only to be temporary, despite many people feeling both had the potential and credibility to properly lead Nintendo, not to mention the charisma and appeal from fans. Today, Nintendo has announced Tatsumi Kimishima as the new President of Nintendo Co.

For those unfamiliar with Tatsumi Kimishima, he had previously been the President of Nintendo of America from 2002-2006, and prior to that was President of Pokémon USA in 2001, so there’s no doubt Kimishima-san certainly has the skills to lead Nintendo and succeed Iwata in a very respectable and admirable way.

It’s still very heartbreaking to think about the untimely passing of Iwata and all of the great things he’s done for the company and remaining optimistic even during its lowest moments, but if there’s any company that knows how to overcome its faults and still deliver smiles and joy to people all around the world, it’s Nintendo.

We wish Tatsumi Kimishima a long and great run as the new President of Nintendo, and we’re excited to see what lies ahead.



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  • ben

    Seems like Miyamoto and Takeda are taking less active roles. From being managers they are now being called fellow*, from the description, seems to imply, they will no longer be managing and will mainly be advising.

    • Vjon

      It’s basically a move by shareholders, I don’t think they will restrict them – but it really depends on profits, you can’t run a company on what the fans want, especially Nintendo which gets undue pressure to remake so many different franchises, ultimately where’s the money?

      Leave it to Apple to spend on that now…the TV is looking great and with some decent platformers – maybe an Infinity exclusive on core Disney characters – ultimately I couldn’t be happier.

    • He lives in Washington state, I think. That’s what I’ve seen a few people say. That could mean he has more of a grip on what American gamers are in to.

  • I’ve seen a few people criticize Kimishima-san on Twitter for not smiling, and admittedly there’s not many photos of him doing so on Google, but he was never really in the public eye much except for the more serious business matters, so obviously not many smiles would go along there. I would like to assure that he does indeed smile. Here he is enjoying himself and getting crunk with the fam, so no disrespect please.

    • Joe

      That photo is gangster

      • Exposer

        Kimishima: So, i heard that we have problems with those idiots of Sony and Microsoft i think that they must know who is the new CEO now ya’ know what i mean.
        Reggie: Yes, Godfather.

        • ShadyKnights

          So basically this?

          • Exposer


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  • link2metroid

    Yamauchi: Part Deux!

    • ben

      He has been working in Human resources, which means he is the guy that is probably well known by most of the younger staff.
      I think it is a safe pair of hands. Not a gamble. I dont think a company like Nintendo can gamble with someone from outside the company.

      • link2metroid

        I’m not saying it’s a bad appointment. Just that he reminds me of Yamauchi.

        • AD08

          an invisible president 🙁

      • Didn’t Satora Iwata come from Hal?

    • TalesOfBS

      One can only dream.

  • ben

    He is a hagi.. which is a bit bad for marketing..

    • Edith Reese!


  • Timothy Zaremski

    I really hope they announce a direct soon and this guy is better introduced to us because atm i’m sadly a critic and even after reading this, idk him that well. Also after seeing this lol i really got depressed and teared up even though it’s been a couple of months, the realization that iwata is gone and we now have a new president that we will look to for game reveals all hit me. So yeah though i think this guy needs a direct that will introduce himself better to the public and show us where his head’s at for the future of nintendo

  • Serveo Eternal

    I don’t mind him not smiling, I don’t care for that. But I do hope he will be a worthy replacement for Iwata.

  • Keithin8a

    Wasn’t he made to step down from Nintendo of america? And that’s when iwata became president there too? Or am I thinking of someone else?… Or dreaming… I could be dreaming…

  • Hermione Granger

    65 year old and 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 they have this guy running the show. its gonna be profit first and gaming third, the writing is on the wall, that this will end badly.

    • Mike Ivans

      I don’t know if this guy will be running the show as much as we think. Considering he wants to maintain Iwata’s direction makes me think his decision making will still be at the mercy of aging shareholders. Still going to miss the hell out of Iwata…

    • No Name

      Yamuachi wasn’t a game developer. He also skyrocketed Nintendo into a multi-billion dollar company. And it is fallacy to say he has no game experience, he was a very important member in the Pokemon Company, and was a CFO personnel. He is also former CEO of NoA. Not being a game developer does not mean greedy, or former president Yamauchi wouldn’t have been the reason Nintendo flew to the top of the industry, surpassing film. And he is a midterm, he is only working up to 6 years.

  • Kaine Morrison

    First Order of Business: Replace Reggie! You can keep Reggie as Hype Man, but nothing more!

    • TalesOfBS

      Send Reggie to EU, give us Shibata.

      • Jack Red

        Dude. do you even know what Reggie and Shibata would have to do if they traded positions?

        • TalesOfBS

          We would get limited editions and physical versions, EU would get digitals.

          • Jack Red

            No, Reggie, Shibata, and whoever’s living them would have to move to the countries and say bye to the friends they made in their respective countries where they’ve lived while Reggie and Shibata were the bosses of their respective Nintendo branches.

  • I’m so torn on this. On one hand, he is an old guy. 10 years older than Mr. Iwata. His ideas are probably in line with most of NOJ; outdated.
    On the other hand, he was the NOA President during the GameCube era. The GameCube era was awesome. And I’m sure he’s a nice guy.
    God, I miss Iwata.

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  • Annie

    Mr. Kimishima knows what he’s doing and I can’t wait to see what else Mr. Iwata had planned to expand and transform Nintendo, I wish Mr. Kimishima and Nintendo the best

  • SecretX

    Well glad it isn’t some random business guy inside the company. The next president should be another game developer since he will understand how hard it is to work on games.

    • No Name

      You’re sarcasm is funny.

    • TalesOfBS

      Iwata was an amazing developer but, as a business man, he was catastrophic.

      Instead of building a solid platform (i am not talking about just hardware) for both developers and Nintendo itself, he choose to try his luck again with another Wii with a new gimmick, which ended up leading to this painful situation for Wii U owners and and even Nintendo itself since they lost money with it and are now struggling to support their own console.

  • Alex Jones

    “…if there’s any company that knows how to overcome its faults and still
    deliver smiles and joy to people all around the world, it’s Nintendo.”

    GOLDEN <3