Iwata’s role will now be filled by former head of Nintendo of America Tatsumi Kimishima, who has been with the company since 2000. Kimishima previously acted as head of Nintendo of America from 2002 to 2006, and was subsequently replaced by Reggie Fils-Aime. Seven years later in 2013, he was promoted to managing director of Nintendo, where he has been serving up until now.
Rumors and speculation had been circulating since Iwata’s passing in July that his role would be taken over by company creative visionary Shigeru Miyamoto, but he will be remaining as senior managing director rather than stepping into the presidential role.
Kimishima will be leading Nintendo during several transition periods for the company, including the launch of its next console (currently code-named “NX”), and plans to launch new games on mobile devices as part of a deal with mobile developer DeNA.