Nintendo's Reggie Fils-Aime Retires And Games Industry Says Goodbye

He's handing off his ass-kicking and name-taking responsibilities.

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Now Playing: Reggie Fils-Aime Is Retiring!? - GS News Update

Reggie Fils-Aime, the affable president of Nintendo of America, announced that he'll be retiring in April. The shadow of Fils-Aime looms large--in part because he is just very physically large--but mostly because he was well-known as an friendly figure and public face, not just for Nintendo but for the video games industry as a whole.

As a result, his retirement is bittersweet, and the industry is gathering to let him know he'll be missed. Several industry leaders have stepped forward to issue congratulations and thanks on Twitter, including his ostensible competitors like Phil Spencer from Microsoft.

"All the best to Reggie Fils-Aime on the next phase of his life and career," said Spencer. "Great leader, industry partner and friend."

Others have thanked him for his contributions, shared endearing anecdotes, or otherwise wished him well. As of April 15, the role of Nintendo of America president will go to current sales VP Doug Bowser, who definitely hasn't heard anyone else tell him your very creative "Bowser" joke yet. Fils-Aime has also released a heartwarming message of his own on Twitter.

Check below for a sampling of reactions from around the industry.

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srfilk86

He knows when to abandon ship. The Wii U was a failure, but the Switch is a success. Get out while you still can. Because the Switch's success is about the same as the Wii's success. People got roped in by a gimmick only to be given a port station. That said, 2019 and beyond will have those juicy Platinum titles. That company saves every console from complete mediocrity.

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alastor529

@srfilk86: Bayonetta 3 and Astral Chain are on my switch radar.
and hopefully they do a Wonderful 101 sequel or just port it over from Wii U.
Im loving the Platinum games support for Nintendo.

Also there is still whatever Retro Games is developing besides Metroid Prime 4 as well. it hasn't been announced yet.

and of course all of nitnendos 1st party stuff.

I think the Switch will be just fine and don't regret my "port station" as you call it

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Seven7Swords

Well, my body wasn't ready. Especially for his retirement.