Reggie Fils-Aimé Given Lifetime Achievement Award by Video Game Hall of Fame

Reggie Fils-Aimé Given Lifetime Achievement Award by Video Game Hall of Fame

The former NoA president credits his connection to the community.

The former Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aimé left an indelible mark on the company, becoming its face throughout the last few console generations. His retirement closed off an incredible career, one that the International Video Game Hall of Fame has seen fit to award.

This past weekend, Fils-Aimé was given the Walter Day Lifetime Achievement Award by the International Video Game Hall of Fame. The award, named after Twin Galaxies founder Walter Day, recognizes Fils-Aimé many years in the industry and his work at Nintendo.

In an acceptance video uploaded to YouTube, Fils-Aimé thanked the IVGHF and Isaiah "TriForce" Johnson, who gave an introductory speech for the awards. He then went on to acknowledge fans, and how his connection with the community marked his time at Nintendo.

"I was a fan before I was ever an employee of Nintendo," Fils-Aimé says. "I think that knowledge of video games, the knowledge of all of these great franchises, the ability to poke fun at myself to create all of those wonderful memes... I think that is what endeared me with the community, and I do believe that the love of the community is a large part of why I'm able to receive this award."

Fils-Aimé has kept busy since his retirement from Nintendo earlier this year, taking a spot on the board of directors for the New York Videogame Critics Circle and getting a lecture series at his alma mater of Cornell's School of Economics and Management.

Though his retirement marked the end of an era for Nintendo, he still supports Nintendo from afar and finds other ways to move the industry forward. There may not be many more Reggie memes in our future, but still, his influence is recognizable and worthy of awards.

Sometimes we include links to online retail stores. If you click on one and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. See our terms & conditions.

Eric Van Allen

News Editor

Eric is a writer and Texan. He's a former contributor to sites including Compete, Polygon, Waypoint, and the Washington Post. He loves competitive games, live music, and travel.

Read this next

"Stadia Nailed the Impossible, and Then Failed the Possible"

THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | A time of technological transitions for companies like Google, Valve, Game Freak, Microsoft, Sony, and more.

Red Dead Redemption 2's Frame Rate and Resolution Come Up Short on Stadia

Digital Foundry went deep on Red Dead's two streaming modes for Stadia.

Pokemon Sword and Shield's Worst Pokemon Are a Reference to Actual Prehistoric Mistakes

When Gideon Mantell accidentally mixed up early Iguanodon fossils, at least no living creatures suffered.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare's Latest Patch Adds in Gun Game

Also, it's led to some more map leaks.

Jedi: Fallen Order's Intro Beautifully Captures One of Star Wars' Defining Traits

Star Wars has always made us feel small in a powerful way.

State of Decay 2 Shambles Over to Steam in 2020

Undead Labs' survival game is transitioning to a new platform next year.

Netflix's The Witcher Episode Titles Tease Appearances of Familiar Characters, And More

We could be seeing more than just familiar Ciri and Yennefer as side characters in The Witcher.

More News

Red Dead Redemption 2's Frame Rate and Resolution Come Up Short on Stadia

Digital Foundry went deep on Red Dead's two streaming modes for Stadia.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare's Latest Patch Adds in Gun Game

Also, it's led to some more map leaks.

State of Decay 2 Shambles Over to Steam in 2020

Undead Labs' survival game is transitioning to a new platform next year.

Netflix's The Witcher Episode Titles Tease Appearances of Familiar Characters, And More

We could be seeing more than just familiar Ciri and Yennefer as side characters in The Witcher.

More on 3DS

Shovel Knight's Final Expansions Are Coming Next Month

They'll mark the end of Treasure Trove, but not for our brave blue Knight.

Mario & Luigi Series Developer AlphaDream Files for Bankruptcy

The Superstar Saga creator is reportedly in severe debt.

Why Are Portable Systems and RPGs Perfect Lovers? Axe of the Blood God Talks it Over

Nadia and Eric go over the reasons why handhelds are perfect for RPGs and name some of their favorites.

Shovel Knight Developers Say King of Cards and Showdown Mark "The End"

After releasing these final two free updates, Yacht Club is moving on to new projects.

Who's Your Favorite Video Game Cat?

COMMUNITY QUESTION | Morgana? Cait Sith? Tell us who your favorite video game feline is.

The Wii U And 3DS Both Have The Same Number Of Upcoming Games... One

THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | Nintendo sticks to its traditions of focusing on families and pretending its older hardware is still viable.