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Masayuki Uemura, Nintendo Designer Who Created the NES and SNES, Passes Away | Levelup

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The world of video games is in mourning, having just lost one of its most important creatives and minds. Masayuki Uemura, a prominent Nintendo designer and father of the NES and SNES, has died at the age of 78.

His legacy is essential to understand the evolution of the home console market and the dominance that Nintendo has had over the decades. Uemura worked for the Japanese company for years, even before it formally entered the world of video games.

The NES and SNES, the great legacy of Masayuki Uemura

Uemura joined the ranks of Nintendo in 1972, when he worked on projects such as Laser Clay Shooting System, a simulation shooter game from Nintendo that used a predecessor to the iconic NES light gun.

The role of the creative was essential for the company to have the success that we all know with its first consoles. He was the general director of Nintendo’s Research & Development 2 division, in charge of creating hardware.

Together with Gunpei Yokoi, he conceived the idea for the NES and SNES, the use of cartridges and other items that soon became an industry standard. It was under Uemura’s leadership that the Famicom and its design for the West were designed.

He is also recognized for being the father of the Super Famicom or SNES, which placed Nintendo at the center of the industry. His legacy does not end there, as he was also part of the team that created the Famicom Disk System, the Satellaview and the aforementioned NES Zapper.

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His career was not only focused on hardware, as he worked on the production of some Nintendo titles, such as Ice Climber, Golf, Tennis, Baseball, Donkey Kong, Donkey Kong Jr. and [i]Mario bros[/i].

Uemura remained active at Nintendo until 2004, when he retired. However, he never completely left the industry, continually assisting the company as an advisor on various projects.

At LEVEL UP we mourn the passing of Masayuki Uemura and wish him peace in his final rest. We also send our condolences to his family and loved ones.

Masayuki Uemura (1943-2021)



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