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With Kimishima at the helm, Nintendo aims to cultivate young talent

With Kimishima at the helm, Nintendo aims to cultivate young talent

September 17, 2015 | By Alex Wawro




"He does not have flash, but inspires a sense of stability."

- An "industry source" quoted by Japanese publication Nikkei comments on Nintendo's decision to appoint Tatsumi Kimishima as president.

Longtime company man Tatsumi Kimishima was not the first choice to succeed the late Satoru Iwata as president of Nintendo, according to a Nikkei report published in English this week.

The company reportedly wanted to elevate a younger person within the company because "the president of a game company must be in touch with youth," but was unable to find a suitable candidate and, with the busy holiday season looming, tapped Kimishima for his business expertise.

Game developers with eyes on Nintendo may appreciate that the company is reportedly seeking to improve the responsibilities and autonomy of its younger developers, partly in order to better groom them for a potential future in the president's chair.

This is well in line with the opinion multiple analysts shared with Gamasutranbsp;earlier this week that Kimishima is a safe choice, a steady hand to guide Nintendo through the near future as it expands to mobile games and develops its next console

One of the analysts quoted in that piece, Japanese industry expert Serkan Toto, took to Twitter earlier this week to share interesting tidbits from another Nikkei story: a Japanese interview with Kimishima in which the new president reportedly noted that Iwata gave him no instructions as to how to run Nintendo and he's open to the idea of a company outsider leading Nintendo in the future.



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