Nintendo’s Reggie Fils-Aime to retire in April

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Nintendo of America’s president, Reggie Fils-Aime has announced that he will retire in April 2019.

He revealed the news in a video posted to Nintendo of America’s Twitter feed, ]saying that he wanted to spend more time with his: “Wife, family and friends.” He confirmed that he will be succeeded as president of NoA by Doug Bowser, currently senior VP of sales and marketing who, in turn will be replaced by Nick Chavez.

Fils-Aime has worked for Nintendo for more than 15 years, ascending to the presidency of NoA in 2006, and becoming a hugely popular character thanks to a larger-than-life personality, a genial sense of humour and an incongruously sinister physical appearance. In his farewell video, he paid tribute to successor Doug Bowser: “Doug is a passionate and powerful leader, and a guy who in his youth probably spent too much time in front of a Donkey Kong arcade machine. Inside Nintendo, people already know him as a driving force, and you’ll come to see that too. And I ask you, with a name like Bowser, who better to hold the keys to the Nintendo castle?”

Fils-Aime added: “As I look forward to departing in both good health and good humour, this is not ‘game over’ for me, but instead ‘levelling up’ to more time with my wife, family and friends.” For more Nintendo news, have a look at Nintendo’s UK website.

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Steve Boxer
Steve Boxer has been writing about videogames since the early 1990s. His first console was an Atari VCS, and he misspent most of his youth in the 1980s in the arcades. As well as for Green Man Gaming, he can be found writing for The Guardian, Empire, TechRadar and Pocket-Lint. He’s currently having trouble deciding whether his favourite console is his Xbox One X or his Switch, and plays a wide range of games, but especially RPGs (he loves a good JRPG) action-adventure titles, shooters of all descriptions and driving games. Follow him here.