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Jim Merrick to Return to Nintendo of America

by Mike Sklens - December 6, 2005, 9:29 am PST
Total comments: 19 Source: Gamasutra

Nintendo of Europe's senior marketing director comes home.

Gamasutra has learned that recent rumors of Nintendo of Europe senior marketing director Jim Merrick will be return of Nintendo of America after a three year stint across the pond. Merrick was on a three year contract with Nintendo of Europe and is returning primality for family reasons. Merrick's new position at Nintendo of America is as of yet unknown. The same goes for his soon to be announced replacement at Nintendo of Europe.

While at Nintendo of Europe, Merrick oversaw the launch of the Nintendo DS and Game Boy Micro.

Talkback

Myxtika1 AznDecember 06, 2005

The first two sentences in the first paragraph are so hard to read.

RennyDecember 06, 2005

It makes my brain feel as if it were educated by the public school system. Which it was, somewhat. But, uhh, as for the article's subject... NoE isn't the most popular subsidiary of NCL. Is this a motivation for his returning? If his only hallmark for his tenure at NoE is the two hardware launches, it seems he had a fairly positive effect over there. Any Europeans's's have opions on the matter? Why did he leave NoA in the first place, anyway?

ruby_onixDecember 06, 2005

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Merrick's new position at Nintendo of America is as of yet unknown.

President of NOA!

We haven't had one of those since Minoru Arakawa and Howard Lincoln left, have we?

Bill AurionDecember 06, 2005

Isn't Tatsumi Kimishima the current President?

Yes, the current NOA president clearly does not like the spotlight.

NinGurl69 *hugglesDecember 06, 2005

Mr. Sparkle?

ruby_onixDecember 06, 2005

He should just "technically" promote someone like Jim Merrick to the position of President, and then continue running the show from behind-the-scenes without a title of his own. In that way, he will become feared, and everyone wins.

DjunknownDecember 06, 2005

So this outspoken big-wig is coming to back to the USA, eh? He he seemed to be the most vocal voice in Europe, almost like reggiehead.gif.

Though he could be put to better use in the land down under. NAL needs some some of compenent marketing last I heard from our dwindling Aussie posters... But it can't be helped, the family comes first.

BiLdItUp1December 06, 2005

I'm OK with this, I guess. I hope he wasn't forced to go back to reign him in and get him to stop talking; it doesn't sound like that anyways. Props to the man.

ThePermDecember 06, 2005

i can never remember who the president of noa is...but noe Jim Merrick. Ask me and id know. Which isnt right...i shoiuld know who the president of nintendo of america is. I miss Howard Lincoln, Peter Main, and Minoru Arakawa. You see when they were running the show...they bitch slapped ncl around..and i was happier.

IceColdDecember 06, 2005

Merrick > Reggie

"they bitch slapped ncl around..and i was happier. "

You speak as though NOA never puts up a fight. Just because they couldn't convince Nintendo to make a powerfuls ystem? Hah. The head folks at NOA don't just sit on their thumbs--you just don't hear about their small victories.

Infernal MonkeyDecember 06, 2005

While I read this, I had a thought of Jim Davis being employed by Nintendo, and then holding meetings where he would show everyone his latest Garfield comic.

"In this one, Garfield kicks Odie off the table. Again!"
"Oh you've still got it, sir!" they'd reply, gritting their teeth.

KDR_11kDecember 06, 2005

and is returning primality for family reasons

Nintendo Wins! PRIMALITY!

Is that where you fling monkey poo at your opponent?

PaLaDiNDecember 06, 2005

No, it's where you make them obsess over finding the next prime number.

BiLdItUp1December 07, 2005

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Originally posted by: TheYoungerPlumber
"they bitch slapped ncl around..and i was happier. "

You speak as though NOA never puts up a fight. Just because they couldn't convince Nintendo to make a powerfuls ystem? Hah. The head folks at NOA don't just sit on their thumbs--you just don't hear about their small victories.


Care to elaborate, TYP? or are you nda-ded? You seem to know a couple things we don't...

ruby_onixJanuary 10, 2006

http://www.gameinformer.com/NR/exeres/53FFAD0D-C2AF-4449-AB96-DE1CDB6C4499.htm

According to teh Billeh, Jim Merrick isn't moving to NOA. He's leaving Nintendo altogether.

NephilimJanuary 11, 2006

He will be CO dev Squad leader Recon of Microsoft in a month

KDR_11kJanuary 11, 2006

Or a consultant for Infinium Labs.

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