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Tatsumi Kimishima (君島 達己, Kimishima Tatsumi, born April 21, 1950, in Tokyo) is a Japanese businessman and a former president of Nintendo. 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 of Nintendo 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] In June 2018, Kimishima stepped down as president, being succeeded by Shuntaro Furukawa.

Tatsumi Kimishima
君島 達己
5th President of Nintendo
In office
September 16, 2015 – June 28, 2018
Preceded bySatoru Iwata
Succeeded byShuntaro Furukawa
Personal details
Born (1950-04-21) April 21, 1950 (age 69)
Tokyo, Japan
Alma materHitotsubashi University



Sanwa BankEdit

After graduating from Hitotsubashi University, Kimishima joined Sanwa Bank in 1973, working there for 27 years.[5] 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, USA; Los Angeles, California, USA; San Francisco, California, USA; Central America; and the Caribbean.[6][failed verification]


The Pokémon CompanyEdit

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.[7] Kimishima accepted the position, and was appointed chief financial officer of the The Pokémon Company in December 2000.[8][9]

Pokémon USA Inc.Edit

In 2001, Kimishima was appointed president of Pokémon USA Inc.[citation needed]

Pokémon gamesEdit

During Kimishima's time working at Pokémon USA Inc. from 2000 to 2002 there was a release of popular Pokémon games that found their ways onto the market and into the homes of consumers. On October 15, 2000 in North America Pokémon Gold and Silver were both released on the Game Boy Color.[10] The Pokémon game known as Pokémon Crystal was released on July 29, 2001 also for the Game Boy Color.[11]

Nintendo's shuffling of executive staffEdit

After the release of the GameCube in 2001, president of Nintendo since 1949, Yamauchi felt that it was the right time to step down from his position.[12] His son-in-law, Minoru Arakawa, took over the role as president of Nintendo in America, but retired only one year later in 2002.[12] Yamauchi appointed Tatsumi Kimishima to become president of Nintendo of America in January 2002.[9][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.[12]


In April 2013, Kimishima was promoted to Managing Director of Nintendo Co., Ltd., and Satoru Iwata took his place as chief executive officer of Nintendo of America.

On September 14, 2015, after the death of Iwata in July 2015, Kimishima was named company president of Nintendo.[14] Shigeru Miyamoto and Genyo Takeda were also put into senior advisory roles as "Creative Fellow" and "Technology Fellow", respectively.[9] 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".[15] 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.[16] As President of Nintendo, Kimishima also oversaw the launch of the Nintendo Switch, and appeared in the 2017 Nintendo Switch Presentation.[17]

In April 2018, Nintendo announced that Kimishima would be stepping down as president on June 28, 2018, being succeeded by Shuntaro Furukawa.[18][19]


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  7. ^ Peckham, Matt (December 3, 2015). "Exclusive: Nintendo's New President on the Icon's Future". Time. Retrieved July 6, 2019.
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  11. ^ "Pokémon Crystal Version". Pokémon. Retrieved April 3, 2013.
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  13. ^ Morris, Chris (January 9, 2002). "Two key executives depart Nintendo". Retrieved July 6, 2019.
  14. ^ "Notice Regarding Personnel Change of a Representative Director and Role Changes of Directors" (PDF) (Press release). Nintendo Co., Ltd. September 14, 2015.
  15. ^ Schilling, Mark (September 14, 2015). "Rebounding Nintendo Appoints Tatsumi Kimishima as President". Variety. Retrieved July 6, 2019.
  16. ^ Kageyama, Yuri (May 15, 2016). "Japanese video game maker Nintendo Co. is eyeing the movie business for growth". US News.
  17. ^ "Nintendo Switch Presentation 2017". YouTube. Nintendo of America. January 12, 2017. Retrieved April 28, 2018.
  18. ^ Morris, Chris. "Nintendo's New President Marks Start of New Dynasty". Retrieved April 26, 2018.
  19. ^ Ashcraft, Brian. "Nintendo Is Getting A New President". Kotaku. Retrieved July 15, 2018.