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Reggie Fils-Aimé may have left Nintendo, but he still knows how to inspire an audience.

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Reggie Fils-Aimé may have left Nintendo, but he still knows how to inspire an audience.

For Nintendo fans Reggie Fils-Aimé is fondly remembered as the charismatic public face of the company’s American arm. His appearances on stage at E3, and in the various Nintendo Directs in which philosophised on the nature of video games, were both informative and always entertaining.

Last week Fils-Aimé made his first public appearance since leaving Nintendo by serving as the commencement speaker at Ringling College of Art & Design’s graduation ceremony in Palmetto.

In an interview with the Sarasota Herald-Tribune before the speech, Fils-Aimé reflected on his own experiences at Cornell University, as well as his work at Nintendo, saying:

“I think why the Nintendo fan gravitated to me, was that I certainly am an aggressive person. I want to win. We brought some very unique and compelling programmes to the Americas, and I was associated with some wonderful initial reveals in my very first E3. So, it was a brashness and aggressiveness but also a drive to really bring Nintendo back to its glory, and fortunately I was able to be part of that process.”

The full interview runs to seven minutes and is well worth watching.

You can also watch the full 20 minute Ringling College commencement speech, in which Fils-Aimé speaks more about his early career and education.

Following his departure from Nintendo, Fils-Aimé wasted no time in setting up a Twitter account, which currently has over 414,000 followers.


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Original image credit: Sarasota Herald-Tribune

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