Kit Ellis and Krysta Yang are all finished with Nintendo after working for the company for 13 and 14 years respectively. Kit was director of social media marketing and original content, while Krysta was senior manager of creator relations and original content. But together, Kit and Krysta were best known for co-hosting the recently concluded Nintendo Minute series, and YouTube channel MinnMax has interviewed them both about the show, their long careers working at Nintendo, and what it was like “behind the curtain” with titans like former Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aimé and mastermind Shigeru Miyamoto.
As expected, the two didn’t suddenly start trashing their former employer, and there were no horrendous scandals to share. They treasure their time with Nintendo and the wide multitude of unique and amazing experiences they had there, from speaking to famous game developers to visiting Nintendo HQ in Japan. (At Nintendo HQ, everyone, including executives, eats in a cafeteria together that has nice food and a warm high school vibe, apparently.)
Kit and Krysta especially had praise to share for Shigeru Miyamoto. “He’s always got a huge smile on his face, and he’s making people laugh,” said Kit. “And I don’t know how he does it because I certainly couldn’t be like that every day, but that’s what makes him the legend.” Krysta added, “He has this child-like joy and wonder that he’s just kept throughout his whole life,” ultimately concluding, “It’s very contagious. It makes you happy to see him like that.”
Meanwhile, Krysta described Reggie Fils-Aimé as “one of the smartest people I’ve ever met in my life” and praised his decision-making process, where he always wanted to collect different perspectives before formulating an opinion. Kit also shared one of Reggie’s best pieces of wisdom: “Be open to alternative outcomes.”
The main reason Kit and Krysta left Nintendo is just that the company recently closed its California office, and they didn’t want to migrate to Redmond, WA to continue with the company. So instead they’re pursuing new opportunities that they have yet to announce.
For lots of little insights about the joy (and occasional pressure) of working at Nintendo, check out the full MinnMax interview with Kit and Krysta.