Engineer and lead architect of the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) and Super Nintendo (SNES) video game consoles Masayuki Uemura died on December 6 at the age of 78, Risumeika University reported Thursday, where he was director of games studies.
Masayuki Uemura worked at this Japanese university since his retirement from the video game giant in 2004.
Long before joining Nintendo, he worked in particular for Sharp, which sold photocell technologies. It was only in the 1970s that he joined the ranks of the Japanese company, where he led the creation of Nintendo’s first home console, the Color-TV series, in 1977.
But the legacy he leaves to the video game industry is mainly based on his role as the main architect on the creation of the Famicom cartridge console, released in 1983 in Japan. It was released in North America two years later in a different form and under the name Nintendo Entertainment System (NES).
This machine, which has become a worldwide phenomenon, is at the origin of the success that Nintendo and its various products still know today, according to several specialists.
The engineer also designed the giant’s next console, the Super Nintendo (SNES).