Shuntaro Furukawa




Nintendo’s sixth president, a Tokyo-born classic-gaming devotee, joined Nintendo in 1994 and still has a crystal clear vision of the future. Furukawa’s reign has been a prosperous one, with a progressive mobile strategy that’s already in the record books. And it has come a long way from its days as a playing-card company, now a cultural-touchstone video-game developer whose consoles have included the Nintendo 64, GameCube, Wii and now the Switch. Having earned an approval rating of 96.51 percent from shareholders, it’s clear Furukawa has resonated with both consumers and the business world. By expanding the Switch’s reach and altering the company’s core approach to gaming on the go, he is intent on keeping his users brand loyal.


  • Nintendo
  • Nintendo Switch
  • Nintendo Switch Online


  • Waseda University (Japan)

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Shuntaro Furukawa Officially Takes Over As Nintendo President

Shuntaro Furukawa Officially Takes Over As Nintendo President

Incoming Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa officially assumed his new role following the company's 78th Annual General Meeting of Shareholders in Kyoto.Furukawa replaces Tatsumi Kimishima, who announced his retirement in April. Kimishima became Nintendo's president in 2015 after the death of Satoru Iwata. He oversaw the launch of the Nintendo Switch in March 2017, which managed to sell over 17 million units its first fiscal year.Furukawa joined Nintendo in 1994 and has served as outside director of the Pokémon Company since...


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