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Nintendo names Tatsumi Kimishima president of company

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Two months after the death of president Satoru Iwata, Nintendo has announced a replacement to fill the position, as well as several changes that will give new roles to some of the biggest names at the company.

Nintendo announced Monday that, effective Sept. 16, Tatsumi Kimishima will become president of the company after most recently serving as managing director. He joined the company in 2002 when he became director of Nintendo of America after already working for The Pokemon Company. Kimishima began his career in banking, but transitioned to the gaming world around the turn of the century.

Kimishima’s appointment is not the only change being made to Nintendo’s corporate structure. Genya Takeda and Shigeru Miyamoto, who have been running the company between Iwata’s death and Kimishima’s naming as president, will become the technology fellow and creative fellow, respectively. A fellow, which is a new position to the company, is someone “who has advanced knowledge and extensive experience, and holds the role of providing advice and guidance regarding organizational operations in a specialized area.”

Additionally, directors Shigeyuki Takahashi, Satoshi Yamato, and Shinya Takahashi have been given expanded roles included in Nintendo’s announcement.

Iwata died in July at the age of 55, while Kimishima, 65, will take over as the fifth president of the company. Nintendo’s announcement did not online specifics as to how Kimishima’s vision for the company may differ or align with his predecessor. On the horizon, Nintendo has a new platform currently called the NX, about which more information will be made public next year. And Nintendo, under Iwata, announced plans to partner with Universal for Nintedo theme park attractions, as well as expand into the mobile space, the most recent indication of that in the form of Pokémon GO, set to release in 2016.

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