Nintendo has been searching for a successor for the late Satoru Iwata since he tragically passed away in July, and they recently chose former Nintendo of America President Tatsumi Kimishima as the company’s new President. Since his appointment, Kimishima has said that he won’t change the basic strategies put in motion by Iwata, but outside of that, his longterm plans for the company are unknown.
In his first interview after being named President, Kimishima mentioned that he is currently only signed on as President for one year and that he doesn’t know what will come next. This is standard, as all of Nintendo’s managers are voted in annually, but what’s interesting is that Kimishima went on to say that would not be against outsiders (non-Nintendo employees) taking over the company some day in the future. Nintendo is attempting to build a future-proof leadership group from within the company, but outside leadership could be brought in as well.
Kimishima also stated that Iwata did not give him instructions on running the company. However, he elaborated on his statement that Iwata’s strategies wouldn’t be changed by specifically confirming that smart phone and IP-related plans (licensing out Nintendo characters to business partners) will continue. As for his own plans, all he could say for now is that Nintendo is looking to develop new businesses.