NES/SNES Creator Masayuki Uemura passed away

NES/SNES Creator Masayuki Uemura passed away

We are sorry to have to report on the passing of Masayuki Uemura, former Nintendo engineer and game producer, who passed away at age 78. Our thoughts and hearts go out to his family, friends and loved ones.

Masayuki Uemura is widely known as the creator of the Famicom and Super Famicom, known to the west as the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) and Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES).

About Masayuki Uemura

Masayuki Uemura was a Japanese engineer, video game producer, and professor. 

As a former employee of Sharp Corporation, Uemura joined Nintendo in 1971 working with Gunpei Yokoi and Genyo Takeda on solar cell technology for the Laser Clay Shooting System arcade game. After becoming General Manager of Nintendo R&D2, Uemura served as the lead architect for the Nintendo Entertainment System and Super NES game consoles.

He retired from Nintendo in 2004 and became director for the Center for Game Studies at Ritsumeikan University.

He also had a hand in developing Nintendo’s very first home console, the Color TV Game, as well as the lesser known Satellaview satellite modem peripheral. Uemura left Nintendo back in 2004, moving on to conducting research at the Ritsumeikan University’s Graduate School of Core Ethics and Frontier Sciences as a professor, as well as founding and heading the Ritsumeikan Center for Game Studies.