The lead architect of NES (Nintendo Entertainment System) and SNES (Super Nintendo Entertainment System) Masayuki Uemura passed away on 6 December at the age of 78, the Ritsumeikan University announced today.
Uemura joined Nintendo as an engineer from Sharp in 1972 and later developed his brainchild, the NES (or the Famicom). He started working on the Famicom in 1981, following a demand for a device capable of playing arcade games on TV from late Nintendo President, Hiroshi Yamauchi.
Later in his career, Uemura produced the successor of the Famicom, the Super Famicom also known as the SNES, and he rose to the position of manager of Nintendo R&D2. During his time with Nintendo, he also served as producer on titles including Ice Climber, Clu Clu Land, and a trilogy of sports titles, Soccer, Baseball, and Golf.
Uemura retired in 2004 and went to the Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto to become a professor.