The search is over. After a couple months of speculation, Nintendo HQ in Japan has announced its next president, replacing the tragically departed Satoru Iwata: Tatsumi Kimishima. The news was broken by Bloomberg News late last night.
Who’s Kimishima? He was head of Nintendo of America from 2002 to 2006, overseeing the successful launch of the Wii console from birth to market. He’s also been Chief Financial Officer and President of The Pokemon Company. Pre-Nintendo roles include a 27 year stint at Sanwa Bank of Japan.
He’s now 65, which is considered retirement age in America, and yet he’s ready to tackle leading an entire corporation and, somehow, filling Iwata’s impossibly big shoes. At his advanced age, we may lose yet another CEO prematurely, but then again, 80’s and 90’s president Hiroshi Yamauchi lived practically forever. Who knows.
In Iwata’s absence, Nintendo HQ has been run by Shigeru Miyamoto and Genyo Takeda. Speculation was that one of the two would take the position permanently (well, just Takeda, because Miyamoto’s got games to make). Kimishima will now be overseeing the company’s operations, which include the upcoming NX console.