Today is Reggie Fils-Aime’s last day at Nintendo, so there’s no better time to take one last look back at the man, the myth, the Reg-legend.

The video game industry still has a lot of issues when it comes to making the public actually aware of who it is that makes the products we all enjoy. The visible faces tend to be the executives, not the workers (who really should organize to help fix this). But sometimes video game executives are such entertaining characters in their own right you don’t mind that they are the face of the whole company. Nintendo is especially great at this with charming industry legends like Shigeru Miyamoto and the late Satoru Iwata.

Reggie Fils-Aime is also one of those people. After first shocking the Nintendo audience at E3 2004, cursing up a storm on stage, he rose to the rank of president at Nintendo of America in 2006. Not only was he the first American to hold this position but he achieved the even rarer feat of being a Black man at least partially in charge of a Japanese gaming company, arguably the most powerful visible Black person in video games.

So join us in (metaphorically) pouring one out for Reggie Fils-Aime, set to retire as President of Nintendo of America this April.

“Nintendo owns a part of my heart forever,” Fils-Aime said in statement. “It’s a part that is filled with gratitude – for the incredibly talented people I’ve worked with, for the opportunity to represent such a wonderful brand, and most of all, to feel like a member of the world’s most positive and enduring gamer community.”

Reggie’s tenure at Nintendo covered the ups and downs and ups again of the Wii to Wii U to Nintendo Switch eras. But honestly most gaming fans appreciate him for the sheer amount of memes this man, this hulking former Pizza Hut executive, turned into while hawking Mario games. And if you’re concerned we won’t be getting that comedy going forward don’t worry. Reggie’s successor, the next president of Nintendo of America, is literally named Doug Bowser.

15 years is a good run and we’re firmly in a new era of Nintendo now thanks to the ongoing success of the Switch. Remember that the current president of the whole company, Shuntaro Furukawa, has only been in his position for less than a year. We haven’t even seen him in a direct yet.

Reggie Fils-Aime and his awesome energy and ready body may be leaving but Nintendo is still here. Read about how the Switch might become a VR headset. And here are some cool Switch games to play right now.

And if you don’t believe us about Reggie cursing on stage, just take a look…

More Black Nintendo Characters


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The craggy natural hair style on rock-type Pokemon X/Y gym trainer Grant is perfection.


It’s hard to top Captain Falcon in terms of sheer ridiculousness, but F-Zero racer/singer Kate Alen comes close.


This guy from Metroid Other M. Remember him?


Bawdy barkeeper Telma adds some much-needed color to a Zelda world that uses Middle-Eastern shorthand to mark villains.


Twintelle is the Queen of Arms. That’s a fact.


New Splatoon idol Marina is so popular she’s actually unbalancing the Splatfest tournaments as players flock to her opinions.


Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime is arguably the most powerful Black person in video games.



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