Nintendo have named Tatsumi Kimishima as their new President, replacing Satoru Iwata who died two months ago. The executive previously served as Nintendo of America President from 2002 until 2006, when the more famous Reggie Fils-Aime took over. Kimishima has served the Japanese company as Managing Director since 2013.
The appointment comes after Iwata died on July 11th from bile duct cancer. Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto and Genyo Takeda, who created Punch-Out!, have been running the company since then. The move brings some stability to a company already struggling with poor sales of its main home console, the Wii U, and the ongoing development of their next system, codenamed the NX.
In a press release, Nintendo said: “We aim to strengthen and enhance the management structure of the Company following President (Representative Director) Satoru Iwata’s passing on July 11, 2015 and a large-scale revision of the organisational structure of the Company on September 16, 2015.”
Mr Kimishima will be only the fifth President of Nintendo in the company’s history spanning three centuries. The shoes he has to fill are large, with predecessor Iwata having overseen the success of the Wii and DS, and his forerunner Hiroshi Yamauchi building the company from a toy making enterprise to the gaming giant it became in the 1980s and 1990s.
His tasks as the new President will include raising the Wii U’s flagging sales figures, and continuing to develop new IP and systems to build on the success of the 3DS.