Yes, this is old news, but I told Nick I’d post and I try to be a man of my word.
President of Nintendo America Reggis Fils-Aime announced his retirement last week. He will be succeeded by Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing Doug Bowser. The official press release is posted at the bottom of this article.
I only had one personal encounter with Reggie. It was at E3 back in 2015. I was with Ryan and we saw him with another exec. There was a few of us just gawking. It was like encountering a celebrity out in public. I don’t know what possessed us to go fanboy on him and ask for a picture. I mean surely he had better things to do but we went for it anyway. He was extremely gracious and said, “Okay, but only because you’re wearing a Zelda shirt!” And thus lead to one of my favorite E3 moments:
I still remember his first E3 appearance when he came out swinging, saying, “My name is Reggie. I’m about kickin’ ass, I’m about takin’ names, and we’re about makin’ games.” With an intro like that, he definitely did not fit the stereotype of a stuffy exec.
And of course, who could forget this:
We’ll miss you, Reggie.
Nintendo of Americaâ€™s Reggie Fils-Aime to Retire: Doug Bowser Named New President
Transition will Occur in April
â€œI really appreciate everything Reggie has done for Nintendo,â€ said Shuntaro Furukawa, President of Nintendo Co., Ltd. â€œInside and outside our company, Reggie is known as an exceptional leader. We are grateful that he is leaving the business in good shape with strong momentum. While we will miss him and we wish him the very best in his retirement, we are also pleased to have such an able successor ready to step into that role. Doug Bowser and the rest of the team will ensure a seamless transition and continued momentum for Nintendo.â€
â€œNintendo owns a part of my heart forever,â€ Fils-Aime said. â€œItâ€™s a part that is filled with gratitude â€“ for the incredibly talented people Iâ€™ve worked with, for the opportunity to represent such a wonderful brand, and most of all, to feel like a member of the worldâ€™s most positive and enduring gamer community. As I look forward to departing in both good health and good humor, this is not â€˜game overâ€™ for me, but instead â€˜leveling upâ€™ to more time with my wife, family and friends.â€
â€œIt has been my great fortune to work with and be mentored by Reggie for four years at Nintendo of America,â€ Bowser said. â€œAnd rest assured, we will continue to build on his work to evolve and expand our brand, furthering Nintendoâ€™s global mission of creating smiles. There are millions more of those to come.â€
Fils-Aime started at Nintendo of America in 2003 as its Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing and became its President and COO in May 2006. His time with Nintendo began during the Nintendo GameCube and Game Boy Advance era. His leadership of Nintendoâ€™s largest territory expanded the audience for Nintendo products as phenomena like Nintendogs, Brain Age, Wii Sports and Wii Fit brought millions of new players to the world of video games. Fils-Aimeâ€™s management led to record-breaking sales for products like the Nintendo DS, Wii, Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo Switch systems. At the same time, he communicated innovative new product features to a mass audience via his strong and affable personality, making him a favorite of media, members of the video game industry and Nintendo fans alike.
During his tenure, Nintendo of America has expanded its physical presence in the U.S., having established a key sales and marketing office in Redwood City, California, and built a new NOA headquarters in Redmond, Washington, that has received awards for its environmentally friendly design.
Bowser is an industry veteran who joined NOA in May 2015 as the Vice President of Sales before being promoted to Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing the next year. During his time at NOA, Bowser led the sales and marketing efforts for Nintendo Switch, which became the fastest-selling video game system of this hardware generation through 21 months, according to The NPD Group. Previously, Bowser was an executive with industry powerhouse Electronic Arts, most recently as the companyâ€™s Vice President of Global Business Planning. He also worked at Procter & Gamble in various sales leadership roles in Asia, Latin America and the U.S.
About Nintendo: The worldwide pioneer in the creation of interactive entertainment, Nintendo Co., Ltd., of Kyoto, Japan, manufactures and markets hardware and software for its Nintendo Switch™ system and the Nintendo 3DS™ family of portable systems. Since 1983, when it launched the Nintendo Entertainment System™, Nintendo has sold more than 4.7 billion video games and more than 740 million hardware units globally, including Nintendo Switch and the Nintendo 3DS family of systems, as well as the Game Boy™, Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS™ family of systems, Super NES™, Nintendo 64™, Nintendo GameCube™, Wii™ and Wii U™ systems. It has also created industry icons that have become well-known, household names, such as Mario, Donkey Kong, Metroid, Zelda and Pokémon. A wholly owned subsidiary, Nintendo of America Inc., based in Redmond, Wash., serves as headquarters for Nintendoâ€™s operations in the Americas. For more information about Nintendo, please visit the companyâ€™s website at https://www.nintendo.com.