Nintendo of America executive inducted into the International Video Game Hall of Fame
Reggie Fil-Aimé is now a permanent part of video game history
This past weekend, the International Video Game Hall of Fame (IVGHoF) accepted a new member into the exclusive group. It had selected Reggie Fils-Aimé, the former president of Nintendo of America, to be inducted, choosing him for all the work he has done for the industry as a whole and for gamers around the world.
Fils-Aimé was the recipient of the Walter Day Life Time Achievement Award in conjunction with his induction into the Hall. The award is named after Walter Day, who founded the Twin Galaxies video game organization that would go on to become the authoritative source of data for arcade game high scores.
The former executive was selected by Triforce, an inductee from 2016 who became popular as an eSports gamer. Fils-Aimé retired from Nintendo this year, being replaced by Doug Bowser, but is still an integral part of the gaming community. He will be giving the keynote address for the SXSW next year and is now teaching business at his alma mater, Cornell University.
The former Nintendo exec had been with the company for years. He started, in 2003, as the Executive VP of Sales & Marketing and continued to work up from there. Within a year, he was already making huge changes at the company, leading to staffers on all levels talking about the “Reggielution,” his efforts to reshape the organization.
The IVGHoF has been around since 2009 and resides in Ottumwa, Iowa. The city is known as the “video game capital of the world” and is the home of Day’s Twin Galaxies.