President of Nintendo of America, Reggie Fils-Aime, has announced his retirement from the company. Doug Bowser, Senior Vice-President of Sales and Marketing of NOA, is set to succeed Fils-Aime as President. Reggie Fils-Aime’s last day at Nintendo is April 15.

Shuntaro Furukawa, President of Nintendo Co. Ltd., had this to say regarding the recent events:

“I really appreciate everything Reggie has done for Nintendo…Inside 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.”

Regarding the recent events, Fils-Aime stated:

“Nintendo owns a part of my heart forever…It’s a part that is filled with gratitude – for the incredibly talented people I’ve worked with, for the opportunity to represent such a wonderful brand, and most of all, to feel like a member of the world’s most positive and enduring gamer community. As I look forward to departing in both good health and good humor, this is not ‘game over’ for me, but instead ‘leveling up’ to more time with my wife, family and friends.”

Reggie Fils-Aime has also given a heart-warming tribute to Nintendo’s fans and formally announces Bowser’s tenure on the company’s Twitter. Take a look below:

Reggie Fils-Aime first started at Nintendo of America back in 2003 as the Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing. He oversaw Nintendo’s direction as they expanded into a wider audience thanks to releases such as Wii Sports, Nintendogs, Brain Age, and Wii Fit. His leadership also saw the record-breaking sales of the Wii, 3DS, and Switch. Fils-Aime has also been a favorite amongst Nintendo fans thanks to his likable personality and presence during Directs and E3 presentations.

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