The gaming community was devastated with the sudden loss of Satoru Iwata. He was the face of Nintendo since 2002, serving as President and CEO of the company. He was both popular and incredibly successful, overseeing the development and launch of the Nintendo DS, the Wii, Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo Wii U systems. Ever since his death there has been a void left, leaving a lot of curiosity about who would fill the massive shoes Iwata left behind. The wait is finally over and Nintendo announced today that Tatsumi Kimishima will serve as the company’s President and Representative Director.
While Kimishima is a former banker and little known outside Nintendo circles, he has an impressive resume, serving as the Representative Director of The Pokémon Company beginning in 2000, Representative Director of Nintendo of America in 2002, and then ultimately the Chief Executive Officer of Nintendo of America 2006. His most recent position at Nintendo was as the head of human resources beginning in 2014. He steps into an era where Nintendo is on the verge of launching a new console, the NX, as well as a establishing a partnership with mobile gaming company DeNa. It will be intriguing to see how he handles these new ventures so early into his tenure.
While everyone loved Satoru Iwata, the world will have their eyes on Tatsumi Kimishima as he makes his own mark on the company and establishes a legacy of his own.