Nintendo console designer Masayuki Uemura has died aged 78


Masayuki Uemura, a key figure in the creation of Nintendo’s most beloved retro consoles, deceased Monday at the age of 78. Uemura was a game engineer and chief designer of the Famicom system – which was released in the United States as the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) – during his tenure at Nintendo from 1972 to 2004.

In 1981, then Nintendo president Hiroshi Yamauchi called Uemura late that night and asked him to design a console that could take game titles in cartridge form, according to a 2020 interview with Kotaku. Uemura rose to the challenge with Yamauchi and the resulting product was the iconic NES.

Boss Mode – While researching the console design, Uemura said Kotaku that he examined rival gaming machines by taking them apart and analyzing their components. “I looked at the chipsets, I saw what processors they were using, I checked the patents, all that.”

Uemura then realized that he would have to design something completely new for home use. “I knew that nothing I was looking for would help me design a new home system. They just didn’t have enough expressive graphics… and they were just plain old fashioned.

Franchise – Uemura’s innovative NES design set a new bar for future gaming technology. Years later, the Nintendo designer and his team also developed the SNES console, released in 1990. While working in the industry company, Uemura has also worked on develop classic games Like Ice climbers, Football and Golf.

In 2004, Uemura retired to become Director of Gaming Studies at Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto, Japan. With such an illustrious career, Uemura will forever be known as a fundamental figure in the gaming community as well as a source of inspiration for future generations of developers.


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