Yesterday, news broke that Nintendo of America’s Reggie Fils-Aime – the President of the company who ushered in the Wii era, saw them through the Wii U era, and launched Nintendo back into relevance with the Switch – will be stepping down come April.
For Nintendo fans, this wasn’t just news of an executive leadership change—Reggie has been a fan-facing figure for over a decade with his fan interactions, his appearances at trade shows, conventions, and Nintendo’s Direct presentations, and the sheer number of memes he has bestowed upon the gaming community (most historically, “my body is ready”). It’s just a general bummer overall then that he will be stepping down.
News of his retirement was greeted with congratulations on his tenure and his achievements by many across the gaming industry—including head of PlayStation’s Worldwide Studios Shawn Layden, head of Xbox Phil Spencer, the official DOOM account, the official Square Enix account, and more. You can see these tweets for yourself below.
Reggie Fils-Aime leaves a massive legacy in his wake—now to see if his successor Doug Bowser (yes, really) will be able to live up to it.
This will always be true. We'll miss you, Reggie. https://t.co/N2zBwQDQlY
— DOOM (@DOOM) February 21, 2019
All the best to Reggie Fils-Aime on the next phase of his life and career. Great leader, industry partner and friend.
— Phil Spencer (@XboxP3) February 21, 2019
Reggie, thanks for all the games and your leadership in our industry. We are a better and brighter place for your wisdom and efforts. With appreciation and best wishes from all your friends @PlayStation
— Shawn Layden (@ShawnLayden) February 22, 2019
Thank YOU, Reggie, for everything. ♥
— Limited Run Games (@LimitedRunGames) February 21, 2019
Thanks for everything, Reggie!
— Devolver Digital (@devolverdigital) February 21, 2019
We will miss you, Reggie. Thank you for all of your hard work and dedication at Nintendo! pic.twitter.com/Vs7x3QPXRE
— Tetris (@Tetris_Official) February 21, 2019
Thank you, Reggie! We hope you keep on dancing, ten outta ten! pic.twitter.com/H4fgaS2pYa
— YO-KAI WATCH (@YokaiWatchNews) February 21, 2019
Thank you, Reggie! ❤️
— SquareEnixUSA (@SquareEnixUSA) February 21, 2019
We will miss you Reggie! That Game Award trophy looks nice in your office! Thank you for everything!
— The Game Awards (@thegameawards) February 21, 2019
Thanks for having a sense of humor. pic.twitter.com/qxQ3yOh7xr
— Cheap Ass Gamer (@videogamedeals) February 21, 2019
— Twitter Gaming (@TwitterGaming) February 21, 2019