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Professor Reggie: Ex-Nintendo President Lands Gig At Cornell University

In a world without Reddit and Twitter, the headline for this piece would've been way better. Reggie Fils-Aime as a college professor? There are so many great ways to title that. We'll get to them in a moment, as soon as we explain just what in the world we're talking about.


Former Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime announced on Twitter that he's becoming what's called a "Leader in Residence" at Cornell University. It's basically a role in which he'll act as a mentor on campus. He'll meet with students. He'll occasionally give talks. He'll even teach from time to time. Fils-Aime is the first person to hold such a position at the school, and the fact that he gets to do it at Cornell — his alma mater — is really great.

But not as great as the jokes being told about Professor Reggie.

"The student body is ready," wrote @fuzzijammies on Twitter, beating us to what would have made an amazing headline for this story.

"Every lecture ends with, 'Ok, that's all the time I've got. I have to get back to playing animal crossing new leaf on my Nintendo 3ds,'" wrote Reddit user Wigglynuff, referencing one of many Reggie-related memes.


"About your professor: My name is Reggie. I'm about kicking ass, taking names..." added @ItsKgan on Twitter, and yeah, that's another Reggie meme. The man was a meme machine.

As for what Fils-Aime might be teaching: we honestly don't know at this time. One might think something related to video games would be a safe assumption (given the Nintendo connection), but Fils-Aime worked at a number of companies throughout his career, including Pizza Hut and VH1. His Leader in Residence role at Cornell will last through the upcoming academic year, according to his Twitter post. So if you've been thinking about transferring to Cornell — and you wouldn't mind seeing Reggie Fils-Aime around campus or even in your classroom — you'd best get a move on.