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Masayuki Uemura – Nintendo’s master, inventor of the NES and SNES console dies at the age of 78

The inventor of the beloved Nintendo NES and SNES consoles has died at the age of 78.

Chief engineer Masayuki Uemura oversaw the development of the legendary devices after joining the game company in 1972.

Masayuki Uemura has passed away at the age of 78

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Masayuki Uemura has passed away at the age of 78Credit: Getty
Engineer who oversaw the creation of beloved Nintendo NES and SNES consoles

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Engineer who oversaw the creation of beloved Nintendo NES and SNES consolesCredit: Getty

By 1981, he started working on the Famicom, or NES, which allowed people to play games on a TV, not an arcade machine.

The device was released in 1983 and was an instant hit – driving the growth of the SNES.

From the consoles were born brands like Mario, Zelda and Donkey Kong.

Nintendo’s mastermind retired from the company in 2004 – but remains a consultant in the Research and Engineering Department.

During a talk at the National Museum of Video Games last year, Masayuki talked about his time at Nintendo.

“There’s something different about Nintendo,” he said, reporting Eurogamer.

“These are men who are very seriously thinking about the content of the play.

“Other companies are importing ideas from the US and adapting them to the Japanese market, just making them cheaper and smaller. But Nintendo is interested in the original ideas.”

https://www.thesun.co.uk/tech/16991770/masayuki-uemura-nintendo-nes-snes-consoles-dies/ Masayuki Uemura – Nintendo’s master, inventor of the NES and SNES console dies at the age of 78

Caroline Bleakley

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