What's the best gift you've ever received from an employer? A voucher? A box of chocolates? Maybe a company paperweight? Well, if you worked for Nintendo and your name is Takaya Imamura, then you're definitely the winner of this competition.
The legendary designer, famous for the F-Zero car designs, creating Majora's Mask's unusual map maker Tingle and the terrifying Moon, as well as introducing Fox McCloud and friends to the world, left Nintendo over a year ago. And today, Imamura shared with the world Nintendo's parting gift to him:
An in-app translation of the tweet text reads as follows:
A treasure received from the team when leaving the company. It's been a year in a blink of an eye, but how are you all doing?
This custom Game & Watch — with a Mii in the top left corner that looks like Imamura, 'SUPER GAME CREATOR' printed above the screen, and his name embellished in the traditional Nintendo logo style at the bottom — is one of the coolest things we've seen in a while. And it looks like you can play Ball on this one (which was the very first Game & Watch title) complete with Mario's head on there, which suggests that this is very likely the Game & Watch: Super Mario Bros. console that released back in 2020 with a special custom case.
We can't believe it's already been that long since the designer left Nintendo, but at least we can appreciate those car designs in the recent Switch Online release of F-Zero X, eh?
Let us know what you think of this custom gift in the comments!
I read the headline and was expecting Tingle's head instead of Mario's.
That logo is brill
The name of the device is a lovely play on words.
That's pretty awesome. The Mii version of him looks a little baked, if you know what I mean.
No way his top score is 0001, I reckon he’s hacked it and the score resets each time. Having SMB3 on this device is a must for all fans.
Tingle is by far the best Zelda character in the series. I had no idea this guy created so many other iconic things for Nintendo!
@StarPoint Kooloo-Limpah! ✨💚
Nice but I’m sure he would’ve preferred a huge cash lump sum.
Scalpers must be drooling at this, and they can’t have it LOL
@HamatoYoshi doubt it. Putting a price on something priceless does not make it better, nor is it a good predictor of preference. This gift seems both priceless and on point. Well done to whoever put it together in Nintendo!
Love it. Beats my pen I got after 15 years with the firm!
How would you like to be known as the guy who made tingle a reality.
Well done. Good for them
That is pretty awesome. Nice to know some companies appreciate their employees.
Okay, okay. The best thing my employer ever gave me was a sewing pin. They gave it to me after removing it from my puppy's stomach. It was a very thoughtful gift, and also the puppy lived and is still my best bud.
But this is cool, too 😀
Without being specific - I have received much better gifts from my company than a sticker placed over on a recent game. For his sake, I hope he has as well.
This looks cool! I think the added touches of the changed logo show how much care went into this!
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