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Tatsumi Kimishima

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Tatsumi Kimishima.

Tatsumi Kimishima (April 21, 1950 - ) was the fifth President and CEO of Nintendo, decided upon in a board meeting on September 14, 2015, two months after the passing of fourth President Satoru Iwata. Kimishima was previously president of Nintendo of America, later becoming a Chairman and the CEO, and even later the Managing Director of Nintendo. Kimishima stepped down as president on June 28, 2018, and was succeeded by Shuntaro Furukawa.


Kimishima was born on April 21, 1950 in Tokyo. After graduating from Hitotsubashi University, he was employed at the Sanwa Bank of Japan, where he worked for 27 years stationed in and around the United States.

In 2000, Kimishima was appointed as the Chief Financial Officer of The Pokémon Company. He would hold this position until February 2001, when he became the first President of Pokémon USA after its founding.

In January 2002, Hiroshi Yamauchi appointed Kimishima the Nintendo of America, after the retirement of Minoru Arakawa. He was later made a director of Nintendo in June alongside his role as president. In May of 2006 Kimishima was succeeded by Reggie Fils-Aime as President of Nintendo of America, but was instead made CEO and Chairmand of the Board.

Kimishima left his roles at Nintendo of America in June 2013 to become Managing Director of Nintendo, taking on the roles of Yoshihiro Mori and Masaharu Matsumoto as the general manager of both Corporate Analysis and Administration and the General Affairs Division; his role as CEO was taken over by Global President Satoru Iwata.

In September 2015, Kimishima was promoted to Representative Director and President of Nintendo after the death of Satoru Iwata, as decided by the Board of Directors[1]. Kimishima has stated that he intends to continue with the direction established by Satoru Iwata in the company's entering the mobile market.[2]


As a previous president of Nintendo, Tatsumi Kimishima was automatically credited as executive producer for most games produced during his tenure. As such, this list only encompasses games released before.

Game Year Console Role / credit
Game & Watch Gallery 4 2002 Game Boy Advance Special Thanks
Metroid Prime 2002 Nintendo GameCube
Metroid Fusion 2002 Game Boy Advance
Fire Emblem 2003 Game Boy Advance
Kirby Air Ride 2003 Nintendo GameCube
F-Zero GX 2003 Nintendo GameCube
Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour 2003 Nintendo GameCube
Mario Party 5 2003 Nintendo GameCube
1080° Avalanche 2003 Nintendo GameCube
Metroid: Zero Mission 2004 Game Boy Advance
Kirby & The Amazing Mirror 2004 Game Boy Advance
Mario Golf: Advance Tour 2004 Game Boy Advance
Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2004 Game Boy Advance
Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones 2004 Game Boy Advance Special Thanks (US version)
WarioWare: Twisted! 2004 Game Boy Advance Special Thanks
Metroid Prime 2: Echoes 2004 Nintendo GameCube
WarioWare: Touched! 2004 Nintendo DS
Mario Party 6 2004 Nintendo GameCube
DK: King of Swing 2005 Game Boy Advance
Trace Memory 2005 Nintendo DS
Dance Dance Revolution: Mario Mix 2005 Nintendo GameCube
Animal Crossing: Wild World 2005 Nintendo DS
Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness 2005 Nintendo GameCube
Geist 2005 Nintendo GameCube
Battalion Wars 2005 Nintendo GameCube
Pokémon Trozei! 2005 Nintendo DS Special Thanks (US version)
Mario Party 7 2005 Nintendo GameCube Special Thanks
Mario Party 8 2007 Wii
Metroid Prime 3: Corruption 2007 Wii
Mario Party DS 2007 Nintendo DS

External links


  1. Notice Regarding Personnel Change of a Representative Director and Role Changes of Directors. Nintendo (September 14, 2015). Retrieved September 18, 2015.
  2. Nintendo's New President Warned Wii U Was Too Similar to Wii. Gamespot (September 15, 2015). Retrieved September 16, 2015.

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