Reggie Fils-Aimé talks about re-evaluating his life after Iwata’s death

Reggie Fils-Aimé – the famous ex-president of Nintendo of America – is currently working to promote his upcoming book, Disrupting the Game: From the Bronx to the Top of Nintendo. Last month Reggie took the stage at South by Southwest (SXSW) in Austin, Texas to talk about his upbringing, his time at Nintendo and the impact of Satoru Iwata’s death on him.

You can now watch the full interview in the video above, but we thought we’d share one of the more interesting tidbits about Iwata’s death. Reggie shared some background on how Nintendo’s CEO’s death affected his decision to ultimately leave the company:

So my boss, my mentor, my friend Satoru Iwata died in 2015. He and I were about the same age and he died of some form of cancer and you know he and I had been working together for over ten years at that point. So when that happens, when it gets that bone-deep, there really arises a need for you to step in and evaluate — “what am I doing, am I having fun, am I doing things that are really fulfilling” — and I’ve been a lot Fun at Nintendo, but I wanted to do more.

I wanted to share my insights on a much broader level – like here – I wanted to help young leaders find their own way, I wanted to serve on the board, I wanted to spend more time at Cornell (University). When you run a company — Nintendo of America was the biggest part of Nintendo worldwide, half the sales and profits — when you run the company, you can’t do all those things.

Reggie went on to clarify that before he left, he needed to get the company on a positive path and ensure that great people were in place to drive the company forward.

It’s worth watching the full interview if you can; Reggie’s views on Meta (which we’ve already covered) are scathing, but he’s filled with optimism for smaller companies, which he believes will drive innovation for the industry.

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