The gaming world mourns Masayuki Uemura, the creator of the NES and SNES


The Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) and the successor Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) are undoubtedly among the consoles that have had a lasting impact on video game history. Her spiritual father, the Japanese Masayuki Uemura, recently passed away.

According to a report by Oricon News’ Japanese colleagues, Uemura passed away on December 6, 2021 at the age of 78. The exact circumstances of his death are not yet known. In his early years, the Japanese initially worked for the Sharp group, for which he sold photocell technology to various companies. One of those was Nintendo, his future employer. Once there, he worked with Gunpei Yoko, among others, to install the photocells in light gun games.

In 1981 he received a call from the then Nintendo President Hirosho Yamauchi, who gave him the task of developing a video game platform using modules (cartridges). A few years later, this gave birth to the Nintendo Entertainment System (also known as Famicon in Japan), which was launched in Japan in 1983. Uemura was also the driving force behind the development of its successor – the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (Super Famicon). The gaming industry has lost another formative personality.