Reggie Fils-Aimé, everyone’s favorite Nintendo of America president, is retiring from the company after 13 years in the role and 16 years with the company according to an article from Kotaku.
The new president of Nintendo of America will be Doug Bowser, who is currently the head of sales and marketing at Nintendo of America.
In a special press release from Nintendo, Fils-Aimé said the following:
“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.”
Shuntaro Furukawa, President of Nintendo Co., Ltd, said that he “really appreciates everything Reggie has done for Nintendo” and that “everyone will miss him, but they wish him the very best in his retirement”.
Furukawa also said that Dowg Bowser is an ‘able successor’ and they believe Nintendo will continue in ‘a good shape with strong momentum’.
Fils-Aimé originally joined Nintendo in December 2003 as the Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing. He was promoted to the President and Chief Operating Officer of Nintendo of America in May 2006.
He became much-loved by the public after his appearance at Nintendo’s E3 press conference in May 2004, where he opened with “My name is Reggie. I’m about kickin’ ass, I’m about takin’ names, and we’re about makin’ games.”
His antics quickly earned him a cult following and many consider him to be the ‘face of Nintendo of America’.
Reggie Fils-Aimé is due to leave his role on April 15th. We’ve attached a video of one of his other most infamous quotes below.