NES and SNES creator Masayuki Uemura Passes Away at 78

The creator of the Nintendo Entertainment System and Super Nintendo creator Masayuki Uemura passed away on 6 December, the Ritsumeikan Center for Game Studies has confirmed.

In addition to his work on Nintendo hardware, Uemura also including Ice Climber, Clu Clu Land, and the NES port of Donkey Kong.

Via Niche Gamer:

Uemura was born in Tokyo in 1943, and got his start in the tech industry at Hayakawa Electric Industry Co., Ltd. (now Sharp Corporation) in 1967.

Uemura joined Nintendo back in 1972 and was known as the lead architect and engineer on both the original Nintendo Entertainment System and Super Nintendo Entertainment System. Uemura was also involved with Nintendo’s early attempts at light gun technology in the 1970s, prior to their color television home consoles in the late 70s.

Easily one of his biggest accomplishments, the original NES, or as it’s called in Japan the Famicom (Family Computer), was a massive hit for Nintendo. The company’s goal was to produce a home family computer with interchangeable games, to which they succeeded.

The original Famicom launched with its three initial games: Donkey Kong, Donkey Kong Jr., and Popeye. Uemura was also in charge of both western redesigns of the Famicom and the Super Famicom.

Despite retiring from Nintendo back in 2004, he continued to collaborate with Nintendo as an advisor. At this point he started his tenure as a Ritsumeikan University professor, and later became the first director for the 2011-launched Ritsumeikan Center for Game Studies.

A private funeral has already been held by Uemura’s family, but it is currently undecided if there will be any kind of public memorial service.

Uemara’s legacy will undoubtedly live on in the hearts and smiles of gamers worldwide. As an 80s kid, there’s almost no imagining the culture of that decade without Nintendo’s little gray box.

Our thoughts and condolences go out to Uemura’s family and friends. Uemura was 78.

Source: Niche Gamer

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