There is another sad, industry news this year. The chief engineer of the iconic NES and SNES consoles, Masayuki Uemura, has died.
Masayuki Uemura is dead. The famous Nintendo employee who designed the 8-bit NES and the 16-bit SNES console died on December 6, 2021, at the age of 78.
Masayuki Uemura showed great talent from the very beginning of his career in Nintendo. The man joined the company in 1971 and initially helped with the work on the Color TV-Game. After just a few years, Uemura was promoted highly and became the head of Research and Development at a Japanese corporation. Since 1981, it was Masayuki Uemura who led the team of engineers who worked on groundbreaking NES and SNES consoles in the history of the industry.
After leaving Nintendo in 2004, Uemura worked as a lecturer at the Ritsumekian University in Kyoto, where he led an extensive educational program for game developers.