Since the unexpected death of Nintendo President Satoru Iwata in early July, things at Nintendo have come to a standstill. New titles have come and gone without a Nintendo Directs or Video Presentation to be found. Aside from a few trailers and release date graphics, you would be hard pressed to convince the general public that Nintendo is still releasing games for the 3DS and struggling WiiU. Today, all of that changes.
Nintendo has announced that Tatsumi Kimishima will become the new President of Nintendo. Many assumed that Shigeru Miyamoto or Genyo Takeda, both currently standing in for presidential duties, would take the chair, but Nintendo has other plans.
At age 65, Tatsumi Kimishima is no stranger to Nintendo. He currently runs the Human Resources department for Nintendo, and ran Nintendo of America from 2002-2006, overseeing the launch of the Wii. While many may disagree with the “artificial shortages” of the Wii at launch, no one can deny the success of the system.
Prior to Nintendo, Kimishima held many senior roles at the Pokémon Company, including Chief Financial Officer and President. Outside of the gaming industry, Kimishima worked 27 years at Sanwa Bank of Japan. When it comes to leadership and understanding finances, Nintendo made sure their candidate had a strong resume. Hopefully they made the right choice, and Kimishima can lead Nintendo to many years of success!
So what do you think of Kimishima as president? Do you think the job should have gone to Miyamoto or Takeda? Let us know in the comments down below!