Our favorite face of Nintendo of America, Reggie Fils-Aime, has retired. Now that he has free time on his hands, Reggie has taken to Twitter, sharing photos of farewell gifts Nintendo presented him in honor of the years of service he provided the video game company. One very particular photo Reggie shared today, however, hints at a pretty big announcement.
I spy, with my little eye
The Regginator uploaded the following custom artwork from Nintendo’s own Retro Studios, makers of the Metroid Prime series and more recent Donkey Kong Country titles:
Last of my retirement events was last night. Received some wonderful gifts and souvenirs. Yes, that is a working Virtual Boy. Art from Retro Studios. Notebook for names taken. A plastic ass to kick. A book of notes from employees. And a Mario statue. End of an era. pic.twitter.com/mrOVL1ANPO
— Reggie Fils-Aime (@Reggie) April 17, 2019
Aw, the Kong family together with Samus, Reggie, and a life-sucking Metroid! Nothing can possibly go wrong.
But wait, what is that in the bottom left corner of the photo?
Retro studios made some art for Reggie’s departure. pic.twitter.com/YLwTtI2Tpo
— Virtual Games (@CartridgeGames) April 17, 2019
The Mario statue is clearly obscuring something. On purpose.
What is that little robot hand and who does it belong to? Enrique Rivera, concept artist at Retro, clearly knows, but he isn’t saying:
— Enrique Rivera (@3nrique06) April 17, 2019
A winky smile emoji. Nothing is more simultaneously telling and enraging.
There are two possibilities, in my humble opinion. Either Retro Studios is working on a new IP for the Switch or this robot character is a fresh face that will be featured in Metroid Prime 4. Either conclusion is rad, though an original property from Retro is more tantalizing to me. It’s a good idea to add more mascots to Nintendo’s already impressive library.
What do you lovely lot think? Do you have any ideas who or what this robot arm character represents? Let us know your predictions in the comment field below.
Arthur Damian is a writer, editor, educator, and lover of video games. Based and living in Brooklyn, NY, he has been gaming since the age of five, from the NES to the Nintendo Switch. His favorite system is the SNES, his favorite game is Chrono Trigger, and you cannot convince him otherwise. He loves dogs, rainbow cookies, Spider-Man, and songs with intricate drum patterns. Arthur is also the Editor-in-Chief at That VideoGame Blog.