Immediately after the release of Super Mario Maker, a game designed around the activity of gamers creating, building, and rearranging levels in Nintendo’s most iconic franchise, we now have Nintendo doing much of the same with their corporate structure.
As of today, Nintendo’s corporate structure has been changed, and Tatsumi Kimishima is now the new President and Representative Director of Nintendo Co. Ltd. There are also new titles for several other key Nintendo Exec. Board members, as well. Two of the company principles, Genyo Takeda and Shigeru Miyamoto, have assumed new titles as Representative Directors, as well. And as Senior Managing Directors, they each respectively assume the new roles of Technology Fellow and Creative Fellow. This three-part leadership is what Kimishima-san has referred to as the troika, and it is presumed to be a somewhat temporary situation until a capable, and likely younger, more ideal replacement can be promoted into the role.
Nintendo’s New StructureIn addition to the several new personnel shifts, the company also made a few adjustments to the business infrastructure, too. As you can see in the charts above, there are a a few different names of divisions and departments, and those name changes are not just cosmetic, but also functional.
Many fans are probably aware of the two major development teams within Nintendo, Entertainment Analysis & Development Division (EAD) and Software Planning & Development Division (SPD). These two teams have been responsible for the creation of some of the most iconic games/franchises ever made; from Mario and Zelda games, to Metroid and Wario games. As of today, both of these two teams are now merged into the same team which is now referred to as the Entertainment Planning & Development Division which is now headed by Shinya Takahashi, formerly of the SPD team. Nintendo also created the all-new Business Development Division which is also headed by Takahashi-san.
There are a lot of ins and outs with this restructuring by Nintendo, and as such, I expect there to be quite a few new and unexpected welcome surprises. The direction that we were made privy to by Iwata-san can truly be realized with this restructuring. There may also be a structure in place within this new arrangement that proves to groom Kimishima-san’s eventual successor at some point in the future.
What do you make of the company’s restructuring? Do you see it as a positive thing? What else do you see being able to come out of this?
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