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Major management changes aren’t only happening at NCL, but at NoE today as well. As was previously announced, Satoru Shibata is retiring from his role as president of Nintendo of Europe today to join the company’s HQ back in Japan as part of its Board of Directors. Today, Shibata’s successors were finally announced.

Nintendo of Europe’s new president and COO is Stephan Bole. Between 2001 and 2015, Bole served as the managing director of Nintendo of France. He also was the senior managing director of corporate strategy (2009 – 2015) and senior managing director European subsidiaries and affiliates (2015 – 2018) for Nintendo of Europe. 

Meanwhile, Koji Miyake is Nintendo of Europe’s new CEO. He previously served as the general manager of the human resources department at Nintendo in Japan. Both of them will be supported by new CFO Luciano Pereña (previously Nintendo of Spain) and CMO Laurent Fischer.

Stephan Bole had the following to say about Shibata’s departure and the new management structure:

“To say that Mr Shibata’s contributions have been instrumental to Nintendo’s European operations is an understatement. His efforts over the past 18 years have helped to bring Nintendo products to generations of players across Europe – and beyond. While he will be missed by many, I have full confidence that with our new structure we’ll be able to continue our mission of putting smiles on people’s faces through our unique gaming experiences.”


Double the pleasure! Nintendo of Europe has always been generous with their combo packs and extras; they’ve outdone themselves this time. Hoping to cash in on their best-selling games of the year, a Wii U bundled with Mario Kart 8 and Splatoon will release on October 30th. Physical copies of the game will not be included; instead, the Wii U will come with a pre-installed copy of Mario Kart 8 and a download code for Splatoon.

The Bundle will retail for £240.

There is currently no active link to the bundle on the Nintendo UK shop but we’ll have one up as soon as it becomes available.


Nintendo’s social media channels from all around the world have expressed their gratitude to fans once again following Iwata’s funeral, which concluded earlier today. Fans all over the world have shared their condolence messages as Iwata’s life was celebrated one last time. We’ve included a couple of Tweets here, but be sure to check the full list after the break:

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