After greater than 15 years with the corporate, Nintendo of America president and COO Reggie Fils-Aime is retiring this April. Shortly after the information broke, the corporate shared a heartfelt farewell message from Fils-Aime himself on Twitter.
“I wanted to reach out directly to you, the Nintendo community, because there’s one thing I really want to say: thank you,” Fils-Aime mentioned within the video under. “Thank you on your endless help, and on your passionate love of Nintendo. And personally, for giving me a Mushroom Kingdom stuffed with unbelievable reminiscences that I’ll always remember, ever.
“From the primary time I noticed the nickname ‘Regginator,’ I spotted that Nintendo followers share a singular sense of neighborhood, a bond that goes past only a love of video video games. For these previous 15 years, I’ve been honored to be included as a part of your loved ones.”
Fils-Aime additionally shared a number of phrases about his successor, NOA senior VP of gross sales and advertising and marketing Doug Bowser, who’ll be formally taking up his position on April 15. “Doug is a passionate and highly effective chief, and a man who in his youth in all probability spent an excessive amount of time in entrance of a Donkey Kong arcade machine. Inside Nintendo, individuals already know him as a driving power, and you may come to see that too.”
Fils-Aime joined the corporate partway by the GameCube period and has been its face in North American territories ever since, delivering press conferences and showing in Nintendo Direct broadcasts. He’ll maybe finest be remembered, nevertheless, for the numerous memes he is impressed, from the time he danced to promote Yo-Kai Watch to his unintentionally iconic catchphrase.
Following the information of Fils-Aime’s retirement, many different trade figures, corresponding to Microsoft’s Phil Spencer, expressed their thanks and shared reminiscences and anecdotes of the NOA president.