Reggie Fils-Aime, a very popular executive Nintendo, is stepping down from his position as President and COO of Nintendo of America to take his leave of retirement. No, this isn’t a joke. It isn’t satire.
Mr. Fils-Aime has held the position for almost 13 years. He started to come into the public eye around within the Gamecube era, and saw Nintendo through the days of the DS, Wii, 3DS, Wii U and beginning half of the Nintendo Switch. He’s known for his boisterous and fun personality, which has made him a fan favorite amongst the Nintendo community.
In a statement, Mr. Fils-Aime expressed that he is “filled with gratitude — for the incredibly talented people I’ve worked with, for the opportunity to represent such a wonderful brand, and most of all, to feel like a member of the world’s most positive and enduring gamer community.” Current Nintendo CEO and President, Mr. Shuntaro Furukawa said that he “really appreciate(s) everything Reggie has done for Nintendo” and acknowledged that he is known as an “exceptional leader”.
Doug Bowser will be replacing Mr. Fils-Aime’s position
Doug Bowser, who has been in charge of Nintendo’s marketing division, will be taking over Reggie’s position in April. Mr. Fils-Aime’s official last day at Nintendo will be on April 15, 2019.
Seeing that Nintendo is in the best position that it’s been in for several years, it begs the question: why is Reggie leaving right now? He explains that it’s not “‘game over’ for me”. Rather, he’s decided to leave at a point in his life where’s in “good health and good humor” in order to spend more time with family and friends.
This will be the second major change of managerial positions at Nintendo within just under a year. JuBack in April 2017, former Nintendo President Tatsumi Kimishima stepped down from his role and handed the reigns over to the aforementioned Shuntaro Furukawa.
Here’s a goodbye message from the man himself:
Nintendo fans, Reggie has a message for all of you. Please take a look. pic.twitter.com/EAhaEl5oEJ
— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) February 21, 2019