Masayuki Uemura

The creator of the Nintendo NES and SNES console, Masayuki Uemura, is a god amongst gamers ! I am so very grateful to have been able to play on these systems when they first came out!! Masayuki Uemura is a legend and will forever live in the hearts of gamers around the world. Even if you don't know his name , you do know his work.

Uemura died on December 6 at the age of 78. The legacy he leaves behind is vast though, including all of Nintendo’s earliest home consoles and peripherals.

Originally an engineer at Sharp, Uemura joined Nintendo in 1972 and worked on the company’s lightgun technology for arcades – one of Nintendo’s very first forays into the video games industry.

He then went on to create Nintendo’s first home consoles in the form of the Japanese-only Color TV-Game systems, before moving on to the revolutionary NES (sold in Japan as the Famicom).

Uemura also created peripherals such as the NES Zapper and Famicom Disk System, and eventually the console’s successor, the Super NES.

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