Tatsumi Kimishima (君島 達己 Kimishima Tatsumi, Born April 21, 1950) was the fifth president and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Nintendo.

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Kimishima joined Nintendo after working at Sanwa Bank for twenty-seven years, much of which was spent at various western offices in the United States. His first experience in the video game industry was as the Chief Financial Officer of The Pokemon Company, which he joined in 2000. He was subsequently promoted to the position of president of Pokemon USA the following year, and in 2002, he succeeded Minoru Arakawa as president of Nintendo of America. In 2003, after Satoru Iwata became president and CEO of Nintendo and also assumed leadership of Nintendo of America, Kimishima was promoted to Managing Director of Nintendo.

In 2015, following Iwata's death, Kimishima was named president and CEO of Nintendo with the acknowledgement that it would be a short-term role. Much of Kimishima's tenure as president was spent modernizing Nintendo's executive ranks and overseeing the launch of the Nintendo Switch console. In 2018, he retired and was succeeded by Shuntaro Furukawa.

During Kimishima's tenure, Nintendo launched Tokyo Mirage Sessions ♯FE, Fire Emblem Heroes, Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia, and Fire Emblem Warriors, and Fire Emblem: Three Houses began development.

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