Gamers Pay Tribute to Reggie Fils-Aime After Retirement News

Gamers Pay Tribute to Reggie Fils-Aime After Retirement News

Our bodies weren't ready.

It really does feel like the end of an era after Nintendo of America's longtime president Reggie Fils-Aime announced today that he is retiring in April. The outpouring of thanks from Nintendo fans on social media has been great and many since the news broke.

Fils-Aime, alongside the late Nintendo president Satoru Iwata, served as the face of the company for a generation of gamers introduced to Nintendo during the GameCube and Wii eras. The Wii in particular ushered in a new age for Nintendo thanks to its tremendous sales, and Fils-Aime was Nintendo's American avatar through that seismic influx of players.

While the kneejerk reaction to the news that Fils-Aime would be retiring and replaced with a man whose last name is Bowser was jokes, things became sentimental fast after Fils-Aime published a video aimed at fans announcing his retirement.

As we said in our tribute, Fils-Aime occupied a rare space among video game executives. He was someone who was able to sell games directly himself instead of being just another suit on the C-suite board. Fils-Aime starred in ridiculous skits for both Nintendo and online entertainment productions like Mega 64. He's launched as many memes as he's launched games, and not many gamers were ready when news of Fils-Aime's retirement came down.

Industry leaders and veterans have also shared their best wishes for the outgoing Nintendo of America president. Fellow leaders like Phil Spencer and companies like WayForward have thanked Fils-Aime for his service.

Fan artists have also paid tribute to Fils-Aime with drawings and pictures, which seems like the perfect tribute for a president of Nintendo. Though of course, there's still a couple of Bowser jokes around too.

While Fils-Aime's interviews were sometimes too faithful to the sales pitch, he's been noted for his candor and frankness with the press. Some gamers will remember Fils-Aime best as the first person of Haitian descent to run a major Fortune 500 company.

Although Fils-Aime will no longer be leading Nintendo's business in America, he leaves behind a legacy of enthusiasm and love for video games, and an outsized impact on a generation of Nintendo fans.

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Matt Kim

News Editor

Matt Kim is a former freelance writer who's covered video games and digital media. He likes video games as spectacle and is easily distracted by bright lights or clever bits of dialogue. He also once wrote about personal finance, but that's neither here nor there.

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