Reggie Fils-Aime was born on March 25, 1961 and is the President and COO of Nintendo of America. He has been in this role at Nintendo since May, 2006, but started with the company in 2003 as the Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing. He’s also worked for other big companies such as VG1 and Pizza Hut (to name a couple).
E3 2011: Reggie Fils-Aime and Paul Gale
I met Reggie for the first time at E3 2006 when the Wii made its big debut, and despite being a very important and busy person in the industry, he still took the time to talk with me at the show. Flash forward to 2011 and despite the small conversations we had here and there, we finally took our first picture. Once again, for a person in Reggie’s position to give a member of the media some one on one time definitely means a lot. I greatly appreciate Reggie discussing the Wii U with me and think it’s pretty cool that our 3DS’s have now StreetPassed one another as well. Go Regginator!
Equally cool was that at the end of the first day, we actually met up once more and talked for several minutes about Nintendo’s next console, its impressive features, and for the company continuing to be a pioneer and expand the market. I congratulated him and Nintendo’s conference, the show, and he even asked me if I thought “they” stole the show. (That answer is yes by the way. Everyone put on a good performance at E3 2011, but Nintendo wow’d us the most in my opinion). After sharing with him one of the ip’s that I developed, he smirked and that was pretty big in my book.
Reggie, thank you for kicking ass, taking names, and making great games for the past several years. You have so many people out there that look up to you and I can speak for myself now, that what all of Nintendo’s employees say about you is true, “you really are a great role model and a top notch person to be around.” I hope you like the trophy and am proud to know from Jen that it’s being shipped to your office. I didn’t know who would win it going into the event, but after seeing what everyone put out, there was no doubt in my mind that Nintendo deserved it: Best of E3 2011. I sincerely wish you the absolute best in your family and business life…and here’s to a great friendship to continue for years to come.