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Yoshiaki Koizumi makes Boomberg's Top 50 Most Influential People of 2017 list

Yoshiaki Koizumi

GENERAL MANAGER, ENTERTAINMENT PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT, NINTENDO CO.

Nintendo sold 7.6 million Switches in the seven months after they hit the market, helping The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, one of the console’s first titles, become the fastest-selling game in company history. The system is the biggest shake-up in gaming since the Wii introduced virtual bowling and tennis to grandparents throughout the world in late 2006, and it represents a stunning success for Koizumi, who took over as Nintendo’s creative force in 2014 from legendary designer Shigeru Miyamoto, the man behind landmark games Super Mario Bros. and Donkey Kong.

Wow, now that's quite a big deal! Really awesome to see Koizumi get mentioned on this list. His profile has certainly been raised with Nintendo fans in 2017. Cool to know that the rest of the world is taking notice as well! I have a feeling he's only just getting started!

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pc
Sat Dec 02 17 01:29pm
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Koizumi is a brilliant guy who deserves every ounce of respect he gets. Definitely worthy of taking on one of the most heady roles in the history of gaming: being the successor of the legendary Shigeru Miyamoto.

About time this guy got some fame if you ask me. Too many awards given to Miyamoto-san.

dude is young and fresh. nintendo needs more of em.

I have a feeling that he is being combed to replace Kimishima as the true Iwata successor.

elfteiroh
Sun Dec 03 17 04:59pm
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A bit too soon to say. I would be more prone to say they want him to replace Miyamoto, as it's actually the role he took in the company.
But I agree, this past year they really put him in the spotlight in a role closer to the one Iwata had in the presentations. But it may just be the "public figure" position they are giving him, leaving the head of the company in a much more pragmatic role "in the shadows".
We shall see.

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