Almost exactly two months after the passing of Nintendo’s beloved president, Satoru Iwata, the company has announced that Tatsumi Kimishima has taken on the influential position on September 16th, 2015.

Kimishima has secured numerous important business roles within branches of Nintendo in recent years. Using his strong background in business, he became greatly involved in managing The Pokémon Company in 2000. By 2002, he was leading Nintendo of America as president, up until 2006 when Reggie Fils-Aimé, the current president, took the chair. And by 2013, Kimishima was promoted to Managing Director of Nintendo Co., Ltd.

Thanks to Kimishima’s past influences, Nintendo has maintained its successful place in the gaming industry, so it’s going to be interesting to see how his business savvy will affect the company from here on out. There are several developments worth taking note of regarding Kimishima’s new role, one of them being Nintendo’s new partnership with mobile company DeNA. At the moment, the public knows few details about the direction Nintendo and DeNA plan to take gaming. That news, combined with information we’ve received about the new generation of Nintendo platforms (both the home console and the handheld), have led to countless speculations by gaming fans.

All that said, the possibilities for Nintendo’s future seem to have caused interest to peak throughout this last year. The company has had its share of ups and downs with successful products like amiibo and the somewhat disappointing release, like the Wii U. With leadership from Kimishima, a new sense of direction could be extremely beneficial for Nintendo.

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Written by Lauren Ganos
Creative Director, Managing Editor

Designer and writer by day, gamer by night, Lauren dreams big when it comes to creative endeavors. Perhaps that's why she's taken on the roles of creative director and managing editor for Nintendo Wire. If she had a video game superhero alias, it might just be The Visionary, a true keeper of imaginative order.


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  1. GrowingViolet says:

    It seems that many expected Miyamoto would succeed Iwata, but I never took him as the type to even want such a position… Kimishima is honestly largely unknown to me, but having read up on his history and experience with Nintendo, it seems like he could indeed be a wise choice.

    It isn’t mentioned in this article, but Miyamoto has been given the new title of “Creative Fellow,” and Takeda was named “Technology Fellow.” I think Miyamoto and Takeda’s experience and input in these roles will help make up for any of Kimishima’s shortcomings (he doesn’t have the same “heart of a gamer” that we all loved Iwata for, a hesitation that I’ve heard voiced elsewhere).

    I’m sure I’m not the only one who’s nervous about Nintendo’s future after the tragic loss of such a talented and passionate leader as Iwata, but this news leaves me cautiously hopeful. I look forward to seeing how Nintendo grows under Kimishima’s leadership!

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