Tatsumi Kimishima Named as New Nintendo President

In the weeks since Satoru Iwata’s untimely death, the company hasn’t really had a CEO so to speak, with Shigeru Miyamoto and Genyo Takeda acting as company representatives in his stead.  But while everyone was expecting one of those two to end up running the company, it seems a very different person has been chosen for the job instead.

That person is Tatsumi Kimishima.  As of today, he is Nintendo’s president and CEO.

But hang on, who is Mr Kimishima you may ask?

Tatsumi Kimishima

Well to cut a long story short, he was head of the Pokemon Company from 2000 and Pokemon USA Inc from 2001.  He was also the president of Nintendo of America from 2001-2006, before becoming the Nintendo Managing Director afterwards.  So he’s got quite the history from the company, having a wide variety of roles in the company’s management and all that stuff.

However, rather interestingly, he’s not been directly involved in game development. So that’s quite the difference from Iwata and other company presidents, since his experience comes from the business and management side rather than the design and development one.

So that’s the new Nintendo president.  But he’s also been said quite a few interesting things in his first day or two in the role:

On Not Running a Gaming Company Based on Numbers Alone

He mentioned this an interview roughly translated by this guy on Twitter:

On predicting the Wii U’s Failure

Again, from the same guy’s translations:

And finally, he’s also only currently appointed for a single year. So if things don’t work out… he won’t be president in 2017:

Apparently this is common in the company. But hey, seems like a good move in today’s times of instability and sometimes questionable business decisions.

But what do you think? Are you happy with Mr Kimishima as Nintendo’s president? Do you think his ideas from the company are good ones? What do you think?


Nintendo Has Offically Named their new President – Gamnesia


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