Nintendo UK general manager David Yarnton is to leave the company after nearly 20 years of service.

Yarnton took the position of general manager in September 2003, steering the UK ship during the successful Wii and DS eras and overseeing the launch of 3DS last year. Before taking up the UK position Yarnton served as director of sales and marketing at Nintendo Australia from March 1995 to 2003.

This is the latest high-profile departure from Nintendo UK. Last year communications director Rob Saunders left to join Apple, marketing director Dawn Paine joined Universal in February and most recently marketing manager Rob Lowe took up a new position at BBC Worldwide.

We at Nintendo Life wish Mr Yarnton all the best in his future endeavours.

Nintendo of Europe announces with regret that David Yarnton has decided to pursue opportunities for a change of career outside Nintendo and therefore will shortly be leaving the company. David has had a distinguished career of almost 20 years at Nintendo, first as Sales Director of Nintendo Australia and then, since 2003, as General Manager of Nintendo UK. Nintendo wishes him every success in his choice of new career. Mr Shibata, European President of Nintendo, will be working alongside the UK's senior management team and will be actively involved in the running of the UK office until a replacement is announced.