John Vignocchi leaves Gearbox for Nintendo.

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He's going to be the next Reggie

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#3 Posted by Jesus_Phish (3915 posts) -

@meptron: To be the next Reggie he'll have to beat Reggie's replacement, Doug Bowser.

So basically Johnny V has been Mario this whole time.

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Now I want Nintendo to start doing skits again during their Directs more than ever.

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#5 Edited by Rahf (544 posts) -

One part of me hopes Johnny V. left because of Randy Pitchford's actions, and the public's revelations, over the past year.

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#6 Posted by nutter (2394 posts) -

@meptron: At each Nintendo Direct, the big reveal will be shaved into his chest.

The old NES tip line will now be Dave Lang’s cell phone number.

The new age of Nintendo will be great, indeed.

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#7 Posted by mellotronrules (2630 posts) -

i read about this a few days ago- i didn't even realize he was at gearbox. good for him! though i wonder if this makes him button-it-up a bit more for the e3 couch stuff.

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#8 Posted by tatsuyarr (253 posts) -

So... Disney Infinity 4.0 with Amiibo support confirmed !?

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#9 Posted by Mikemcn (8603 posts) -

Getting far from Gearbox is a good idea i think.

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#10 Edited by notnert427 (2294 posts) -

Good for Johnny V! This seems like a great fit for both sides, given JV's earnest childlike enthusiasm.

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#11 Posted by creutzfeldt (95 posts) -

JV is a perfect hire at Nintendo. Gearbox (at least Pitchford) is burning out in a spectacular way atm - leaving is probably... wise....

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#12 Posted by reap3r160 (270 posts) -

Can't wait for Night 3 of the E3 after show...

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#13 Edited by MrGreenMan (250 posts) -

I am so happy for the guy. He is such a weirdly beautiful man and I couldn't think of a better place for him to work at. I'm just curious as to what his role will me.

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#14 Posted by The_Nubster (4358 posts) -

Didn't even know that he was at Gearbox., Good riddance to gearbox, and good luck to Johnny V.

Also, he seems to have lost a lot of weight in the picture posted on twitter. If that's the case, good for him! He's looking good.

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#15 Posted by Beomoose (797 posts) -

Super cool for JV! Hope at E3 After Hours they have a big cardboard cutout of him behind the couch, lol.

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#16 Posted by JasonR86 (10274 posts) -

Extremely intelligent career move all things consider at Gearbox at the moment.

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#17 Posted by Gazoinks (113 posts) -

Good for Johnny. His hyper cheerful enthusiasm seems like a good fit, and there's definitely no better time to not be working at Gearbox.

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#18 Posted by JStaunton (496 posts) -

Genuinely had no idea he was at Gearbox. Think it was mentioned on the bombcast but thought they were joking...

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#19 Posted by Casepb (776 posts) -

Smart move. I wouldn't want anything to do with Gearbox.

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#20 Posted by TheHT (15890 posts) -

Oh wow, holy shit. Congratu-fucking-lations. That's seriously fantastic.

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#21 Posted by OurSin_360 (6226 posts) -

I hate it when articles try to speculate or create reasons for something instead of just reporting it, but if he was in charge or part of public relations he probably wasn't allowed to do his job given how pitchford has been going crazy on social media recently.

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#22 Posted by Redhotchilimist (2977 posts) -

I think that's really great and I also think he's likely to get fired if he turns up at the e3 couch again this year.

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@redhotchilimist said:

I think that's really great and I also think he's likely to get fired if he turns up at the e3 couch again this year.

haha, yes exactly. the mario people aren't exactly known for the "after-hours" content.

i can see the headlines now- "mr. johnny vignocchi was excused from the organization following the tweeting of mr. miyamoto's personal cell number."

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#24 Posted by Efesell (4633 posts) -

Five large men in purple suits waiting in the wings of the E3 live shows to handle the situation.

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#25 Posted by Gooddoggy (568 posts) -

@redhotchilimist said:

I think that's really great and I also think he's likely to get fired if he turns up at the e3 couch again this year.

haha, yes exactly. the mario people aren't exactly known for the "after-hours" content.

i can see the headlines now- "mr. johnny vignocchi was excused from the organization following the tweeting of mr. miyamoto's personal cell number."

I mean *Disney* was fine with him being there.

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#26 Posted by Efesell (4633 posts) -

@gooddoggy: Yeah but there is nobody stricter than Nintendo when it comes to things like this.

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#27 Posted by WickedCobra03 (2314 posts) -

Glad he found a great fit! Hopefully he is able to stay at Nintendo for a good long while! JV love!

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#28 Posted by MonkeyKing1969 (7687 posts) -

@casepb said:

Smart move. I wouldn't want anything to do with Gearbox.

You got that right. I'm actually a little disappointment he even considered working there in the first place.

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#29 Posted by fisk0 (6966 posts) -

@casepb said:

Smart move. I wouldn't want anything to do with Gearbox.

You got that right. I'm actually a little disappointment he even considered working there in the first place.

I think they've generally had a decent reputation over the years? I mean, I personally started having a bad feeling about them after Colonial Marines where TimeGate (who were one of my favorite budget developers with the F.E.A.R expansions and the Section 8 games behind them) got thrown under the bus for something that seemed like Gearbox's fault, but it's really only in the last 6 months or so Gearbox have really, publicly, started to sound like a hellscape, and I think Vignocci has been there longer than that.

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#30 Posted by Aegon (7318 posts) -

I'm still baffled that he's been able to acquire any serious position.

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#32 Edited by jakob187 (22960 posts) -

I didn't even know that Johnny V was at Gearbox, but glad he jumped off that shitshow of a joke developer/publisher.

CONGRATS, JOHNNY V! Convince them to get the rights to Vagrant Story and make a new one with Matsuno-san.