Tatsumi Kimishima

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Tatsumi Kimishima
君島 達己
5th President of Nintendo
In office
September 16, 2015 – June 28, 2018
Preceded bySatoru Iwata
Succeeded byShuntaro Furukawa
2nd President of Nintendo of America
In office
January 8, 2002 – May 25, 2006
Preceded byMinoru Arakawa
Succeeded byReggie Fils-Aimé
Personal details
Born (1950-04-21) April 21, 1950 (age 73)
Tokyo, Japan
Alma materHitotsubashi University

Tatsumi Kimishima (君島 達己, Kimishima Tatsumi, born April 21, 1950) is a Japanese businessman who served as the 5th president of Nintendo from September 2015 to June 2018. He was formerly the president of Nintendo of America from January 2002,[1] succeeding Minoru Arakawa, until Reggie Fils-Aimé took his place in May 2006.[2] He was promoted to managing director in June 2013[1] and was named the fifth president of the company in September 2015, succeeding Satoru Iwata, who died in July 2015.[3][4] Kimishima stepped down as president in June 2018 and was succeeded by Shuntaro Furukawa.[5]


Sanwa Bank[edit]

Kimishima was born in Tokyo. After graduating from Hitotsubashi University, he joined Sanwa Bank in 1973, working there for 27 years.[6] Kimishima dealt with corporate planning, international business development, corporate communications, and promotions.[citation needed] During his 27-year tenure at Sanwa Bank, Kimishima was posted in New York, New York; Los Angeles, California; and San Francisco, California in the United States, and in Central America and the Caribbean.[7][failed verification]


Kimishima was approached by Hiroshi Yamauchi, who wanted someone outside of the video game industry to oversee the finances of an American subsidiary for the popular Pokémon franchise.[8] Kimishima accepted the position, and was appointed chief financial officer of The Pokémon Company in December 2000.[9][10] In 2001, Kimishima was appointed president of Pokémon USA Inc.[7] During Kimishima's early time working there, a number of popular Pokémon games were released.[11][12]


Yamauchi appointed Tatsumi Kimishima to become president of Nintendo of America in January 2002.[10][13] He was previously working as the head of Nintendo's Pokémon division. Four years after Kimishima's promotion he was promoted again, but this time to the position of chief executive officer and chairman of the board.[14]


On September 14, 2015, after the death of Iwata in July 2015, Kimishima was named company president of Nintendo.[15] Shigeru Miyamoto and Genyo Takeda were also put into senior advisory roles as "Creative Fellow" and "Technology Fellow", respectively.[10] Kimishima described his desire to follow Iwata's general strategy, stating that "Takeda and Miyamoto will be in charge of software development, while I control administration".[16] In May 2016, Kimishima announced that Nintendo were going to start their own film production, and that they were looking for filmmakers for their projects.[17] As President of Nintendo, Kimishima also oversaw the launch of the Nintendo Switch, and appeared in the 2017 Nintendo Switch Presentation.[18] In April 2018, Nintendo announced that Kimishima would be stepping down as president on June 28, 2018, being succeeded by Shuntaro Furukawa.[19][20] Kimishima remains at Nintendo as an Executive Advisor.


  1. ^ a b "Notice Regarding Personnel Change of a Representative Director and Role Changes of Directors" (PDF). 2015-09-14. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-09-14. Retrieved 2018-10-17.
  2. ^ "Reggie for President". Retrieved May 22, 2011.
  3. ^ "Notice Regarding Personnel Change of a Representative Director and Role Changes of Directors" (PDF). Nintendo. September 14, 2015. Archived from the original (PDF) on September 14, 2015.
  4. ^ "Yahoo". Yahoo. Archived from the original on March 5, 2016. Retrieved July 9, 2016.
  5. ^ Nintendo President Explains Why He's Stepping Down - IGN, 2 May 2018, retrieved 2020-03-31
  6. ^ "Nintendo names new president after Iwata death". The Japan Times Online. 2015-09-14. ISSN 0447-5763. Retrieved 2019-07-06.
  7. ^ a b "5 Reasons Why Tatsumi Kimishima is Good for Nintendo". USgamer.net. Retrieved September 21, 2015.
  8. ^ Peckham, Matt (2015-12-03). "Exclusive: Nintendo's New President on the Icon's Future". Time. Retrieved 2019-07-06.
  9. ^ Byford, Sam (2015-09-14). "Nintendo's New President Is Tatsumi Kimishima". Vox. Retrieved 2019-07-06.
  10. ^ a b c Sarkar, Samit (2015-09-14). "Nintendo appoints a new president amid corporate reorganization". Polygon. Retrieved 2019-07-06.
  11. ^ "Pokémon Gold and Silver Versions". Pokémon. Retrieved April 3, 2013.
  12. ^ "Pokémon Crystal Version". Pokémon. Retrieved April 3, 2013.
  13. ^ Morris, Chris (2002-01-09). "Two key executives depart Nintendo". money.cnn.com. Retrieved 2019-07-06.
  14. ^ Rubin, Brian P. "All Your History: Nintendo Part 6 - Wiidemption". Inside Gaming Daily. Retrieved April 2, 2013.
  15. ^ "Notice Regarding Personnel Change of a Representative Director and Role Changes of Directors" (PDF) (Press release). Nintendo Co., Ltd. 2015-09-14.
  16. ^ Schilling, Mark (2015-09-14). "Rebounding Nintendo Appoints Tatsumi Kimishima as President". Variety. Retrieved 2019-07-06.
  17. ^ Kageyama, Yuri (May 15, 2016). "Japanese video game maker Nintendo Co. is eyeing the movie business for growth". US News.
  18. ^ "Nintendo Switch Presentation 2017". YouTube. Nintendo of America. 12 January 2017. Archived from the original on 2021-12-12. Retrieved 28 April 2018.
  19. ^ Morris, Chris. "Nintendo's New President Marks Start of New Dynasty". Fortune.com. Retrieved April 26, 2018.
  20. ^ Ashcraft, Brian. "Nintendo Is Getting A New President". Kotaku. Retrieved 2018-07-15.
Business positions
Preceded by President of Nintendo of America
2002 – 2006
Succeeded by
Business positions
Preceded by President of Nintendo
2015 – 2018
Succeeded by