Doug Bowser
Courtesy of Nintendo
United States
2021

Nintendo of America

Doug
Bowser

President

The sales mastermind behind the Nintendo Switch, Bowser has stayed mum on rumors that a 4K upgrade to the home and handheld console is coming soon following the release of its new OLED model in October. Instead, he’s continued to tout a slate of upcoming sequels to popular titles like “Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild” and “Bayonetta,” not to mention a big November update to 2020’s wildly successful “Animal Crossing: New Horizons,” which at nearly 34 million units is on track to unseat “Mario Kart 8 Deluxe” as bestselling game in the console’s five-year history. The “Mario” brand is also making an ambitious push into film, with Universal’s Illumination studio (“Minions,” “Sing”) working on an animated feature starring Chris Pratt (“Jurassic World,” “The Tomorrow War”) as the titular plumber for a December 2022 release.

Career

  • Electronic Arts
  • Procter & Gamble
  • Nintendo Switch

Education

  • University of Utah (UT, USA)

Variety Honors

  • 2019 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2020 Variety500 Honoree
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Combining home and handheld hardware into a sleek, portable machine, the Switch was already thriving before COVID-19 forced gamers across the globe to hunker down at home. But now it’s soaring after sales in the first half of 2020 skyrocketed, aided further by the massively popular “Animal Crossing: New Horizons,” a life simulation game released in March, adding to the Switch’s nearly two-year hot streak as the bestselling gaming console in the U.S. Now overseeing the Americas after working in...

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