As the Japanese company announced, Genyo Takeda Nintendo will leave the end of June. It is safe to say that the now 68-year-old, who played a major role in concepts like the analog stick or the Wii, then retires.
One of the most famous heads of Nintendo certainly belongs to the now 68-year-old Japanese Genyo Takeda, which is responsible for Nintendos Integrated Research & Development division and supports the company as technical director on important issues.
Already in the eighties, Takeda was one of the most important minds of Nintendo and, among other things, used a new concept, which ensured that the game was stored on the modules of the NES. In the nineties, however, he played a key role in the development of the analog stick, which made the Nintendo 3D title mass-effective.
Nintendo: Genyo Takeda is probably retiring
Also the successful Wii, which sold more than 100 million times worldwide, went back to the internal use of Takeda. So, he insisted that it make little sense to publish a powerful successor to the GameCube. Instead, the key to success should lie in an innovative concept. The idea of the Wii was born.
According to a recent announcement from Nintendo, Takeda will leave the company on June 29 after 36 years. Where his path leads him next, was not confirmed, however, it is assumed that the now 68-year-old will go into well-earned retirement.
His successor, Ko Shiota, former Executive Officer and General Manager of Platform Technology Development (PTD), was selected.