Nintendo UK boss David Yarnton is to leave the firm, the platform holder confirmed this morning.

Yarnton joined Nintendo 17 years ago and was appointed general manager of UK operations in 2003.

"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," reads a Nintendo statement.

Yarnton's exit follows the departure of marketing boss Dawn Paine in March and marketing manager Rob Lowe, who moved to BBC Worldwide a few weeks ago.

Until a replacement is found Satoru 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.

Yarnton gave one of his last interviews while at Nintendo to - read everything he had to say here.