The GameCube was a short-lived, sixth generation console that was available ten years ago. Although it sold over 21 million units across the globe, it was dead in about five years. Something similar happened to one of its spokesmodels.
While Asami Abe didn’t die, she may as well have…at least in Nintendo’s eyes. Carefully selected, like all of the Japanese advertising faces, Abe was the face of the Nintendo Puzzle Collection, and it was a high honor fraught with incredible competition for the gig.
Then there was a scandal. Tabloids printed a photograph of Abe and another underage friend smoking a cigarette. It took less than 48 hours for Nintendo to show its disappointment by pulling the ads. She was breaking the law, as well as making an ethically inappropriate lifestyle choice for a Nintendo teen idol.
She tried to weather the storm and went on to attempt a musical career, acting and writing. While semi-successful at all of the above, she now finds herself working the floors of a department store. Perhaps by choice, perhaps by necessity, the Nintendo idol is out of the limelight.
Read more about it here and in the mean time…try not to irritate the higher ups at Nintendo!
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