Tatsumi Kimishima

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In this Japanese name, the family name is Kimishima.
Tatsumi Kimishima
君島 達己
5th President and Representative Director of Nintendo
Assumed office
September 16, 2015
Preceded by Satoru Iwata
Personal details
Born (1950-04-21) April 21, 1950 (age 66)
Tokyo, Japan
Nationality Japanese
Alma mater Hitotsubashi University

Tatsumi Kimishima (君島 達己 Kimishima Tatsumi?, born April 21, 1950, in Tokyo) is a Japanese businessman, who is the fifth and current 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 on April 2013.[3] In September 2015, he was named the fifth President of Nintendo, succeeding Satoru Iwata, who died in July 2015.[4][5]

Personal life[edit]

Kimishima is married and has two daughters. One of his daughters lives in New York City, while the other lives in Japan.[citation needed] Kimishima enjoys outdoor summer activities, his favorite of which includes golf and tennis.[citation needed]


Sanwa Bank[edit]

Kimishima worked for 27 years for Sanwa Bank. Kimishima dealt with corporate planning, international business development, corporate communications and promotions.

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]


The Pokémon Company[edit]

Kimishima was The Pokémon Company's Chief Financial Officer. He was appointed in 2000.

Pokémon USA Inc.[edit]

In 2001, Kimishima was appointed president of Pokémon USA Inc.

Pokémon games[edit]

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.[7] The Pokémon game known as Pokémon Crystal was released on July 29, 2001 also for the Game Boy Color.[8]

Nintendo's shuffling of executive staff[edit]

After the release of the GameCube in 2001, President of Nintendo since 1949, Hiroshi Yamauchi felt that it was the right time to step down from his position.[9] His son-in-law, Minoru Arakawa, took over the role as President of Nintendo in America but retired only one year later in 2002.[9] Nintendo, after the release of the GameCube, found themselves in third place to Sony's PlayStation 2 and Microsoft's Xbox in relation to sales.[9] Some would even consider the introduction of this new gaming platform as a failure, especially when compared to Nintendo's dominance in the late 80's and early 90's.[9] Yamauchi appointed Tatsumi Kimishima to become President of Nintendo of America in 2002.[9] 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.[9] Kimishima still watches over the management of Nintendo of America to ensure continued success of the company. He serves as President of Nintendo Co., LTD.[10]


After the GameCube's release, many gamers were concerned about Nintendo slipping, thinking that the company now only made games for children excluding the hardcore audience that the company had possessed once before.[9] However, this negative attitude didn't stop the company and under Iwata's leadership Nintendo achieved great success after the release of the Wii in November 2006.[9] The company was gearing up for the holiday shopping season and the Wii was quickly sold out around the world.[9] As of September 2012, the Wii had put Nintendo back on top in the video game world due to total units sold amounting to 97.18 million.[9] At this time, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 possessed similar sales of 70 millions units sold.[9] Under Iwata's leadership the company was able to relive the success that it had in the late 80s and early 90s. In April 2013, he was promoted to Managing Director of Nintendo Co., Ltd., and Satoru Iwata took his place as chief operating officer of Nintendo of America. On September 16, 2015, after the death of Iwata in July 2015, Kimishima was named President of Nintendo. On May 15, 2016, Kimishima announced that Nintendo were going to start their own film production, and that they were looking for filmmakers for their projects.[11]


  1. ^ "Nintendo of America Inc. President Minoru Arakawa Announces His Retirement". Retrieved 22 May 2011. 
  2. ^ "Reggie for President". Retrieved 22 May 2011. 
  3. ^ "Nintendo Co., Ltd. announces promotion of NoA chairman Tatsumi Kimishima to NCL managing director". Retrieved 24 April 2013. 
  4. ^ "Notice Regarding Personnel Change of a Representative Director and Role Changes of Directors" (PDF). Nintendo. September 14, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Yahoo". Yahoo. Retrieved 2016-07-09. 
  6. ^ "5 Reasons Why Tatsumi Kimishima is Good for Nintendo". USgamer.net. Retrieved 2015-09-21. 
  7. ^ "Pokémon Gold and Silver Versions". Pokémon. Retrieved April 3, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Pokémon Crystal Version". Pokémon. Retrieved April 3, 2013. 
  9. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Rubin, Brian P. "All Your History: Nintendo Part 6 - Wiidemption". Inside Gaming Daily. Retrieved April 2, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Tatsumi Kimishima About This Person". IGN. Retrieved April 2, 2013. 
  11. ^ Kageyama, Yuri (May 15, 2016). "Japanese video game maker Nintendo Co. is eyeing the movie business for growth". US News.