– by Joseph Jammer Medina

No, that title technically wasn’t clickbait, but it also kinda was, I’ll admit. But it was too perfect an opportunity not to pass up, given the circumstances. Yes, it’s true. Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime, who’s been one of the main faces of the company stateside for over 15 years, is retiring from the Big N this coming April, the video game developer recently announced.

“I really appreciate everything Reggie has done for Nintendo,” said Shuntaro Furukawa, President of Nintendo Co., Ltd, said in a statement. “Inside and outside our company, Reggie is known as an exceptional leader. We are grateful that he is leaving the business in good shape with strong momentum. While we will miss him and we wish him the very best in his retirement, we are also pleased to have such an able successor ready to step into that role. Doug Bowser and the rest of the team will ensure a seamless transition and continued momentum for Nintendo.”

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“Nintendo owns a part of my heart forever,” Fils-Aime said. “It’s a part that is filled with gratitude – for the incredibly talented people I’ve worked with, for the opportunity to represent such a wonderful brand, and most of all, to feel like a member of the world’s most positive and enduring gamer community. As I look forward to departing in both good health and good humor, this is not ‘game over’ for me, but instead ‘leveling up’ to more time with my wife, family and friends.”

You can also check out Fils-Aime video on the matter below:

Taking Fils-Aime’s place is none other than Doug Bowser. Seriously, things could not have ended up more perfectly than that, right?

I’ve always been a big Nintendo fan, and while the company has had its fair share of ups and downs over the years, Fils-Aime is a personality who’s always been fun to watch as he embraced the meme culture surrounding his more awkward moments. Fils-Aime is leaving Nintendo at quite a high point in its history, so what better time to take a step back and spend more time with friends and family?

Will you miss Reggie? Let us know in the comments!

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SOURCE: Nintendo

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.