Masayuki Uemura has passed away. This has been notified by the educational center Ritsumeikan University Center for Game Studies in a statement, in which it has confirmed that the main architect of the Nintendo Entertainment System, also known as the NES or Famicom in Japan and other eastern countries, has died. last December 6 at 78 years old. Uemura was also the designer of SNES, the successor to the 8-bit of the Japanese.
The creative joined Nintendo in 1971, where he developed ideas for Nintendo’s early game consoles with Gunpei Yokoi. During those years, Uemura outlined some of the early Mario machines, systems like the Color TV-Game 6, 15 o la Color TV-Game Block Breaker. Later, he focused on the aforementioned projects, the consoles that took Nintendo to the top.
Dedicated to academic life
Uemura left Nintendo in 2004, although he continued as a development advisor at the company. Meanwhile, he devoted part of his activity to academic research within the Ritsumeikan University Graduate School of Core Ethics. In 2011 he was appointed director of the Ritsumeikan University Center for Game Studies, a position he has held throughout his last years of life. In addition, in 2016 he was awarded the Japan Media Arts Festival’s Special Achievement Awards, which rewards his contributions to the video game industry.
NES dominated the market of consoles since its launch in Japan in 1983. In the years to come it expanded around the world, which was a success for Nintendo. However, the change of generation brought with it a strengthening of one of its competitors, SEGA, which with its Mega Drive managed to snatch a part of the market, which does not mean that SNES was not a triumph for the creators of Mario.
Source | Automaton-Media