Source - press release
Minoru Arakawa, President of Nintendo of America for the past 22 years, has announced his retirement from the position with immediate effect. After such a strong GameCube launch, Mr. Arakawa has decided now is the time to relinquish his duties. Mr. Arakawa will be succeeded by Tatsumi Himishima, who has served as Chief Financial Officer for The Pokemon Company and President of Pokemon USA during his short tenure with Nintendo. In related news, Nintendo will apparently use the Milia 2002 event in France to announce the launch date for GameCube in Europe. The console, which has been available in Japan and the USA since late last year, has been a point of significant consternation for gamers this side of the pond, with Nintendo seemingly indignant on the point of a release date. Only last month did they eventually let on that they were aware of the problem, and agreed to announce a launch date very soon.