Changes At Nintendo As Key Figures Step Down From Their Positions

In a day infused with a tremendous amount of good news from Nintendo’s fiscal earnings for the year and the phenomenal success of the Switch and its games, two large staffing changes came to light yesterday with Nintendo’s President, Tatsumi Kimishima, and Nintendo of Europe President Satoru Shibata both announcing their retirement and promotion respectively.


Tatsumi Kimishima is stepping down as President after 2 and a half years following the passing of former President Satoru Iwata. His tenure has seen the release, and phenomenal success of the Switch as well as the launch of Nintendo Labo and many other projects. Having been with Nintendo since 2000, Kimishima has been an integral member of Nintendo’s management, even standing as the President of Nintendo of America from 2002 to 2006.

The new President of Nintendo has been named as the surprisingly young Shuntaro Furukawa, who himself is already a big member of Nintendo having joined in 1994, and having been Outside Director of the Pokémon Company since 2012. He’s also assumed the roles of Managing Executive Officer, Supervisor of Corporate Analysis & Administration Division and Director of Nintendo since 2016. So, we can safely assume that Nintendo is once again in good hands.


Satoru Shibata is also stepping down as the President of Nintendo of Europe to return to the Japan headquarters to assume a more (and definitely deserved) senior role after several years as NoE President, with his first appearances being in Nintendo Direct broadcasts in 2012. At time of writing, there is no word on who the replacement for Shibata will be.

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