Masayuki Uemura Wiki – Masayuki Uemura Biography
Masayuki Uemura, a Japanese home computer game pioneer whose Nintendo consoles sold millions of units worldwide, has died.
According to the university in Kyoto where he taught, Uemura, the lead architect behind Nintendo Co’s trailblazing home game consoles, died on Monday.
He was 78 years old.
Masayuki Uemura Dies
The video gaming community is mourning the loss of one of its early pioneers, Masayuki Uemura.
Uemura, whose death on Monday at the age of 78 was just announced, was the lead architect behind the Nintendo Entertainment System [NES] and its successor, the Super Nintendo Entertainment System [SNES].
Born in Tokyo in 1943, Uemura studied electronic engineering at the Chiba Institute of Technology and joined Nintendo in 1971.
Then-president Hiroshi Yamauchi tasked Uemura in 1981 to develop a home console for games like Donkey Kong, which was a massive hit in the United States but only available for arcade use.
The so-called Famicom game system hit the Japanese market in 1983 as Nintendo’s first cartridge-based console, allowing users to play popular games that came in cassette formats.
The upgraded Super Famicom was released in Japan in 1990.
The Nintendo Entertainment System, as it was known, hit the United States in 1985 and eventually became a global sensation with more than 60 million consoles sold worldwide, bringing international recognition to a company that previously made traditional Japanese card games, other playing cards, and toys.
After retiring from Nintendo, Uemura taught game studies starting in 2004 at Ritsumeikan University in the ancient Japanese capital, which is also home to Nintendo.