Nintendo announced their newest president this morning. Tatsumi Kimishima will succeed the late Satoru Iwata as head of the company. Kimishima served as President of Nintendo of America from 2001-2006 and President of the Pokémon Company before that. He is already planning a major restructure of the company that can more or less be boiled down to combining existing divisions to create stronger, more efficient, and more collaborative business segments.
Satoru Iwata’s passing is still weighing heavily on the game industry in the wake of Super Mario Maker, the new Wii U title commemorating the 30th anniversary of the Super Mario franchise. And if there’s one thing Super Mario Maker can teach us, it’s that with Nintendo the possibilities are always endless.
Kimishima’s tenure brings a fresh perspective that Nintendo will hopefully benefit from. His understanding of the gaming culture in the West, along with his business-minded sensibilities, have the potential to propel Nintendo into the 21st century. Iwata’s passing is still hard-hitting at least somewhat weeks later, but I think the future is bright for Nintendo.
Do you see good things coming for Nintendo?