• Register
  • TOS
  • Privacy
  • @NeoGAF
  • Like

RoombaDance
Member
(01-13-2017, 11:07 AM)
RoombaDance's Avatar
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.


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.




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 this post has some truth to it I have a feeling you're going to like him.


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.


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.


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.


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.


The Old Guard popped in for a quick cameo. They didn't show up on stage or have their names ever appear on screen.


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
I really want everyone to know how much more Titanfall 2 sold than Nioh. It was a staggering amount.
(01-13-2017, 11:09 AM)
Kazuo Hirai's Avatar
When people think about "Faces of Sony", It's me

ID
LiamR
Member
(01-13-2017, 11:09 AM)
LiamR's Avatar
Great to see them putting the next generation first. It was a good move.
TheGreatMightyPoo
Banned
(01-13-2017, 11:09 AM)
Koizumi and Nogami are gods.
TheMoon
Quest Reward:
Eye of Webster
(01-13-2017, 11:10 AM)
TheMoon's Avatar
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
Member
(01-13-2017, 11:10 AM)
The_Joker1721's Avatar
I already love Nogami. Y'all just couldn't handle how amazing he was when he striked that pose.
robotrock
Banned
(01-13-2017, 11:11 AM)
robotrock's Avatar
Didn't realize Koizumi directed Super Mario Galaxy. What a legend
Hero of Legend
Member
(01-13-2017, 11:12 AM)
Hero of Legend's Avatar
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
Member
(01-13-2017, 11:13 AM)
RoombaDance's Avatar

Originally Posted by The_Joker1721

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

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
Member
(01-13-2017, 11:13 AM)
OrbitalBeard's Avatar
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
Member
(01-13-2017, 11:14 AM)
Rymuth's Avatar
Koizumi was very charismatic

Nogami was simply baller
zeromcd73
(01-13-2017, 11:15 AM)
zeromcd73's Avatar
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
Banned
(01-13-2017, 11:15 AM)
watershed's Avatar
That one translator was hilariously bad, Maybe because the guy he was translating wasn't reading off a script, but he was superbad.
ShockingAlberto
Member
(01-13-2017, 11:17 AM)
ShockingAlberto's Avatar
Takahashi might not be the next CEO of Nintendo, but he will be CEO of Nintendo one day.
StayDead
um wat
(01-13-2017, 11:18 AM)
StayDead's Avatar
Koizumi is an amazing guy. Hopefully he sticks around to do more front-end stuff, because he's awesome!
WhiteRabbitEXE
Member
(01-13-2017, 11:20 AM)
WhiteRabbitEXE's Avatar
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
Member
(01-13-2017, 11:20 AM)
DonMigs85's Avatar
Kosuke Yabuki should play live-action Saitama
ScherzoPrime
Member
(01-13-2017, 11:22 AM)
ScherzoPrime's Avatar
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
Member
(01-13-2017, 11:23 AM)
massoluk's Avatar
They need a new translator, not everyone can be Bill, but jeeze, that was without emotion at all
ugly
Member
(01-13-2017, 11:23 AM)
ugly's Avatar
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
Member
(01-13-2017, 11:24 AM)
Koizumi is THE man. He should be a main Nintendo face from now on.
Crayolan
Member
(01-13-2017, 11:25 AM)
Crayolan's Avatar
Nogami is great, he should present more often.
Myoclonic Jerk
Member
(01-13-2017, 11:26 AM)
Myoclonic Jerk's Avatar
Good move. Shows confidence in the new generation and ensures stability in the company's future
Chao
Member
(01-13-2017, 11:26 AM)
Chao's Avatar
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
Member
(01-13-2017, 11:35 AM)
clay_ghost's Avatar
Yup, that what stood out to me. Really feel the winds of Change coming.
Subhuman Filth
Junior Member
(01-13-2017, 11:36 AM)
Subhuman Filth's Avatar

Originally Posted by RoombaDance

Bill Trinen let the new translators have a go at it. He'll be keeping his job.

You're not kidding. That one translator was just all spilled spaghetti during the Suda51 segment. Goddamn was that unprofessional.
Baleoce
Member
(01-13-2017, 11:37 AM)
Baleoce's Avatar
I almost died of laughter after the intro the dude from Suda51 had.
marmoka
Banned
(01-13-2017, 11:37 AM)

Originally Posted by RoombaDance

I can only see true happiness in his face. This guy has to be the happiest man in the world.
Gurgelhals
Member
(01-13-2017, 11:38 AM)
Gurgelhals's Avatar

Originally Posted by watershed

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

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
Member
(01-13-2017, 11:39 AM)
ShockingAlberto's Avatar
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
Member
(01-13-2017, 11:39 AM)
DXB-KNIGHT's Avatar

Sorry Couldn't help it
Movalpolos
Banned
(01-13-2017, 11:40 AM)
They look like businessmen that are completely out of touch.
Lemonte
Member
(01-13-2017, 11:41 AM)
Lemonte's Avatar
What's going on with Reggies eyebrows? Makeup?
the_batman
Banned
(01-13-2017, 11:42 AM)

Originally Posted by Movalpolos

They look like businessmen that are completely out of touch.

woooooww, way to assume lol

haven't seen any "where are the women?" posts yet, i guess that only applies to western companies?
Occam
Member
(01-13-2017, 11:42 AM)
Occam's Avatar

Originally Posted by Movalpolos

They look like businessmen that are completely out of touch.

Probably because they are.

How else to explain the Switch launch lineup, 32GB of storage space, pricing of system, games and peripherals?
Moff
Member
(01-13-2017, 11:45 AM)
Moff's Avatar
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
Member
(01-13-2017, 11:48 AM)
deriks's Avatar
Koizumi is amazing
Movalpolos
Banned
(01-13-2017, 11:51 AM)

Originally Posted by the_batman

woooooww, way to assume lol

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

The proof is in the pudding.
Naked Snake
(01-13-2017, 11:51 AM)
Naked Snake's Avatar
Thread needs Nogami's 2-pose. Preferably in gif
Kinyou
Member
(01-13-2017, 11:52 AM)
Kinyou's Avatar
Koizumi sure had style.
I-hate-u
Member
(01-13-2017, 11:59 AM)
I-hate-u's Avatar
Koizumi is MVP. If they're smart they'll bring him out more.
GodfatherX
Member
(01-13-2017, 11:59 AM)
GodfatherX's Avatar
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
Member
(01-13-2017, 12:00 PM)
wmlk's Avatar
Koizumi is an absolute legend. Favourite guy at Nintendo for years.
Scum
Junior Member
(01-13-2017, 12:02 PM)
Scum's Avatar

Originally Posted by ShockingAlberto

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

Before or after Tatsuya Minami? :P
ozfunghi
Member
(01-13-2017, 12:03 PM)
ozfunghi's Avatar
Already running the company into the ground, lol.
bjork
(01-13-2017, 12:04 PM)
bjork's Avatar
Koizumi is pretty dope. I thought he was cool up there.
ZeroX03
Member
(01-13-2017, 12:04 PM)
ZeroX03's Avatar

Originally Posted by RoombaDance

Bill Trinen let the new translators have a go at it. He'll be keeping his job.

Lost it at this.
Milly Osworth
Member
(01-13-2017, 12:05 PM)
Milly Osworth's Avatar
The squeeky nervous bored teenager translating was not a good choice 🤓
ShockingAlberto
Member
(01-13-2017, 12:07 PM)
ShockingAlberto's Avatar

Originally Posted by Scum

Before or after Tatsuya Minami? :P

You gotta admire his forethought on getting out of Platinum before the cancellations.
Milijango
Member
(01-13-2017, 12:09 PM)
Milijango's Avatar
Nice writeup, would have sailed most of our heads otherwise.

Thread Tools