Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime is to retire after 15 years in the position, and the company’s senior vice president of sales and marketing will step into the role. That man’s name, dear reader, is Doug Bowser.
Fils-Aime joined Nintendo of America in 2003 as its executive vice president of sales and marketing, and was promoted to the role of president and COO in 2006. He’s been a familiar face to Nintendo fans throughout his tenure, regularly appearing on-stage at E3 and, in later years, enjoying some light-hearted shenanigans (such as that time he became a puppet) in Nintendo Directs. He also got asked about a new F-Zero game a lot. Fils-Aime’s last day is on April 15th, so there’ll be a whip round and some cake in the kitchen at half four.
Discussing his decision to leave Nintendo, Fils-Aime said, “Nintendo owns a part of my heart forever, it’s a part that 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. As I look forward to departing in both good health and good humour, this is not ‘game over’ for me, but instead ‘leveling up’ to more time with my wife, family and friends.”