Nintendo Icon Masayuki Uemura Passes at 78

Video Game pioneer and legend Masayuki Uemura passed away on December 6, 2021. The reports do not state how Mr. Uemura died.

Gaming fans will know Masayuki-san as the genius behind Nintendo’s NES and SNES. Both consoles ushered in a new wave and standard for gaming at home. He is also behind the creation of console accessory light-gun aka the Zapper.  In addition to the creation of the consoles, Masayuki-san helped create the games you could play on the NES and the SNES.  His work includes the popular titles Super Mario, Kirby, and Legend of Zelda franchises throughout the 1980s, 1990s, and early 2000s.

Masayuki Uemura retired from Nintendo in 2004. He continued his other passion, teaching, at Ritsumeikan University as a visiting professor. He brought his knowledge and love of video games and help to create the Ritsumeikan Center for Game Studies, Japan’s only academic institution dedicated to the study of video games.

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Surprisingly, Masayuki Uemura has also contributed to the world of beauty when Super Mario collabed with Japanese beauty brand, Shu Uemura. Masayuki and Shu are not related.

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Masayuki Uemura believed that fun was the key to happiness. We will truly miss the colorful way he saw the world. Fandom Spotlite would like to offer our deepest condolences to the family, friends, and fans of the iconic Masayuki Uemura.

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