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RoombaDance 01-13-2017 10:07 AM

Meet the New Faces of Nintendo
 
You may have been distracted by Nintendo introducing their new video game system, but they also used the event to showcase talent who may form their new leadership team.

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Tatsumi Kimishima, the new president of Nintendo kept it low-key, introducing basic product features before handing off the presentation. He seems to have little interest in replicating Iwata's performances. Perhaps he sees himself more as a steward of the company responsible for grooming leaders from the younger generation including an eventual replacement.

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Yoshiaki Koizumi, your MC for the night, was the real star of the show. He has an impressive pedigree, from sneaking backstory into Miyamoto games to directing Donkey Kong Jungle Beat and Super Mario Galaxy. He went on to serve as the head of the Tokyo based Software Development Group 2, responsible for 3D Mario games. He serves as the Deputy General Manager of Nintendo Entertainment Planning & Development, which oversees all Nintendo game development. And of course is now General Manager for the Switch. If [URL="http://www.ign.com/boards/threads/not-giving-yoshiaki-koizumi-more-creative-freedom-has-been-1-of-nintendos-biggest-development-crimes.454373722/"]this post[/URL] has some truth to it I have a feeling you're going to like him.

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Shinya Takahashi, General Manager for Nintendo Entertainment Planning & Development is the top man in charge of all Nintendo software. Before the restructuring he was head of Nintendo SPD, the division which coordinated Nintendo games made by external development studios and developed system software for Nintendo hardware.

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Kouichi Kawamoto has been involved with the WarioWare and Brain Age games. He worked in the Software Development & Design Department which was responsible for UI design on the Wii and DS systems.

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Hisashi Nogami was the director of the first few Animal Crossing games. He led the Software Development Group 2 at EAD, responsible for the Wii Sports, Nintendo Land and Animal Crossing games. He then served as producer for the Splatoon games.

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Kosuke Yabuki has been with Nintendo since 2005, and has relatively fewer games credited to him. He served as director for Mario Kart 7 and 8.

[img]http://i.imgur.com/jK7d7Wp.png[/img]
The Old Guard popped in for a quick cameo. They didn't show up on stage or have their names ever appear on screen.

[img]http://i.imgur.com/MqvNwVr.png[/img]
Bill Trinen let the new translators have a go at it. He'll be keeping his job.


What do you think of the new crowd? Nuke from orbit if bad thread.

Kazuo Hirai 01-13-2017 10:09 AM

When people think about "Faces of Sony", It's me

[SPOILER]ID[/SPOILER]

LiamR 01-13-2017 10:09 AM

Great to see them putting the next generation first. It was a good move.

TheGreatMightyPoo 01-13-2017 10:09 AM

Koizumi and Nogami are gods.

TheMoon 01-13-2017 10:10 AM

New faces are "old" faces but new FACES. I found that quite cool, striking and significant. No prominent role for Miyamoto.

Loved that Koizumi got to shine a bit and people finally meeting Takahashi, the new man with Miyamoto's old job so we can move on from "uuugh, Miyamoto meddling with all my gaems!"

The_Joker1721 01-13-2017 10:10 AM

I already love Nogami. Y'all just couldn't handle how amazing he was when he striked that pose.

robotrock 01-13-2017 10:11 AM

Didn't realize Koizumi directed Super Mario Galaxy. What a legend

Hero of Legend 01-13-2017 10:12 AM

As long and drawn out as the FIFA bit was, it was surreal seeing Bill do the exact opposite of his usual thing and translated English INTO Japanese, was awesome to witness.

RoombaDance 01-13-2017 10:13 AM

[QUOTE=The_Joker1721;228248685]I already love Nogami. Y'all just couldn't handle how amazing he was when he striked that pose.[/QUOTE]

I basically just googled these guys, but I'm sure they've been showing up in Iwata Asks columns for a while. Feel free to share tales of their legends.

OrbitalBeard 01-13-2017 10:13 AM

These dudes aren't new to me, but I'm thrilled to see them in the limelight. I'm confident in Nintendo's future.

Rymuth 01-13-2017 10:14 AM

Koizumi was very charismatic

Nogami was simply baller

zeromcd73 01-13-2017 10:15 AM

Really enjoyed seeing Koizumi present today. After reading the post in the OP I like him even more now.

Hope to see more of him and be the goofy face that takes over from Iwata in future directs.

watershed 01-13-2017 10:15 AM

That one translator was hilariously bad, Maybe because the guy he was translating wasn't reading off a script, but he was superbad.

ShockingAlberto 01-13-2017 10:17 AM

Takahashi might not be the next CEO of Nintendo, but he will be CEO of Nintendo one day.

StayDead 01-13-2017 10:18 AM

Koizumi is an amazing guy. Hopefully he sticks around to do more front-end stuff, because he's awesome!

WhiteRabbitEXE 01-13-2017 10:20 AM

I've said it elsewhere but Koizumi seems like a very Nintendo answer to Apple's Jony Ive.

I like him, keep him doing these.

DonMigs85 01-13-2017 10:20 AM

Kosuke Yabuki should play live-action Saitama

ScherzoPrime 01-13-2017 10:22 AM

Yeah, I think one of the cool things about the conference is that it showed more who is the fresh leading talent at Nintendo; that it's not just Miyamoto, Aonuma and Reggie holding back the tide of investors who want Nintendo to go full Mobile. It kind of helped the show the depth of their idiosyncratic development culture, especially Koizumi's demonstration of the Joy-Con's capabilities.

massoluk 01-13-2017 10:23 AM

They need a new translator, not everyone can be Bill, but jeeze, that was without emotion at all

ugly 01-13-2017 10:23 AM

Koizumi forever man. What an atmosphere he had a hand in for links awakening! Not to mention galaxy is a knock out of the park.

KaneU 01-13-2017 10:24 AM

Koizumi is THE man. He should be a main Nintendo face from now on.

Crayolan 01-13-2017 10:25 AM

Nogami is great, he should present more often.

Myoclonic Jerk 01-13-2017 10:26 AM

Good move. Shows confidence in the new generation and ensures stability in the company's future

Chao 01-13-2017 10:26 AM

Koizumi is one sexy mofo, and does a great job on stage, I can see him being the new young face representing Nintendo

clay_ghost 01-13-2017 10:35 AM

Yup, that what stood out to me. Really feel the winds of Change coming.

Subhuman Filth 01-13-2017 10:36 AM

[QUOTE=RoombaDance;228248524]Bill Trinen let the new translators have a go at it. He'll be keeping his job.[/QUOTE]

You're not kidding. That one translator was just all spilled spaghetti during the Suda51 segment. Goddamn was that unprofessional.

Baleoce 01-13-2017 10:37 AM

I almost died of laughter after the intro the dude from Suda51 had.

marmoka 01-13-2017 10:37 AM

[QUOTE=RoombaDance;228248524][img]http://i.imgur.com/MqvNwVr.png[/img][/QUOTE]

I can only see true happiness in his face. This guy has to be the happiest man in the world.

Gurgelhals 01-13-2017 10:38 AM

[QUOTE=watershed;228248938]That one translator was hilariously bad, Maybe because the guy he was translating wasn't reading off a script, but he was superbad.[/QUOTE]

That was during Suda51's bit, right? I mean, Suda51 is an eccentric dude. I don't speak Japanese, so I just assumed that he was indeed saying lots of unscripted and untranslatable weird Suda51 stuff on stage and the translator just went "WTF???!?? PLZ HELP!!!"

That translator-BSoD was the best bit of the presentation, btw.

ShockingAlberto 01-13-2017 10:39 AM

The impression I got from Koizumi tonight is that he absolutely saw this as his chance to be the new face of a multi-billion dollar international company.

DXB-KNIGHT 01-13-2017 10:39 AM

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[spoiler]Sorry Couldn't help it[/spoiler]

Movalpolos 01-13-2017 10:40 AM

They look like businessmen that are completely out of touch.

Lemonte 01-13-2017 10:41 AM

What's going on with Reggies eyebrows? Makeup?

the_batman 01-13-2017 10:42 AM

[QUOTE=Movalpolos;228249981]They look like businessmen that are completely out of touch.[/QUOTE]
woooooww, way to assume lol

haven't seen any "where are the women?" posts yet, i guess that only applies to western companies?

Occam 01-13-2017 10:42 AM

[QUOTE=Movalpolos;228249981]They look like businessmen that are completely out of touch.[/QUOTE]

Probably because they are.

How else to explain the Switch launch lineup, 32GB of storage space, pricing of system, games and peripherals?

Moff 01-13-2017 10:45 AM

Koizumi is my man, the 3D marios and galaxies were incredible. He understands what kind if gameplay and polish they need. I am excited to see what he does with Odyssey.

deriks 01-13-2017 10:48 AM

Koizumi is amazing

Movalpolos 01-13-2017 10:51 AM

[QUOTE=the_batman;228250085]woooooww, way to assume lol

haven't seen any "where are the women?" posts yet, i guess that only applies to western companies?[/QUOTE]

The proof is in the pudding.

Naked Snake 01-13-2017 10:51 AM

Thread needs Nogami's [b]2[/b]-pose. Preferably in gif

Kinyou 01-13-2017 10:52 AM

Koizumi sure had style.

I-hate-u 01-13-2017 10:59 AM

Koizumi is MVP. If they're smart they'll bring him out more.

GodfatherX 01-13-2017 10:59 AM

Who is stepping up regarding BotW? I remember aounuma saying he was taking a more hands off approach. I need to know who to thank for restoring my hopes for my favorite franchise

wmlk 01-13-2017 11:00 AM

Koizumi is an absolute legend. Favourite guy at Nintendo for years.

Scum 01-13-2017 11:02 AM

[QUOTE=ShockingAlberto;228249023]Takahashi might not be the next CEO of Nintendo, but he will be CEO of Nintendo one day.[/QUOTE]

Before or after Tatsuya Minami? :P

ozfunghi 01-13-2017 11:03 AM

Already running the company into the ground, lol.

bjork 01-13-2017 11:04 AM

Koizumi is pretty dope. I thought he was cool up there.

ZeroX03 01-13-2017 11:04 AM

[QUOTE=RoombaDance;228248524]Bill Trinen let the new translators have a go at it. He'll be keeping his job.[/QUOTE]

Lost it at this.

Milly Osworth 01-13-2017 11:05 AM

The squeeky nervous bored teenager translating was not a good choice 🤓

ShockingAlberto 01-13-2017 11:07 AM

[QUOTE=Scum;228250922]Before or after Tatsuya Minami? :P[/QUOTE]

You gotta admire his forethought on getting out of Platinum before the cancellations.

Milijango 01-13-2017 11:09 AM

Nice writeup, would have sailed most of our heads otherwise.


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