Masayuki Uemura, Console Creator Pioneer at Nintendo Passes

Masayuki Uemura, the lead architect behind the NES and SNES, has passed away on Monday, December 6, 2021 according to a statement from Ritsumeikan University.

Uemura was born in Tokyo in 1943. He studied electronic engineering at the Chiba Institute of Technology and joined Nintendo in 1971. Once at Nintendo he was tasked with developing a hom console that could play Nintendo games which at that point were only available in arcades.

His work ultimately materialized in the Famicom in 1983, known in the US as the NES. He also worked on the successor Super Famicom (SNES) which was released in Japan in 1990.

[Source: Ritsumeikan University]

A Ton of Stuff Announced at Latest Nintendo Direct

Everyone knew this was going to happen, but Nintendo made it official. SNES games are finally heading to the Switch.

The first 20 games are below and will be available to play on September 5.

  • Brawl Brothers
  • Breath of Fire
  • Demon’s Crest
  • F-Zero
  • Joe & Mac 2: Lost in the Tropics
  • Kirby’s Dream Course
  • Kirby’s Dream Land 3
  • Pilotwings
  • Star Fox
  • Stunt Race FX
  • Super EDF Earth Defense Force
  • Super Ghouls’n Ghosts
  • Super Mario Kart
  • Super Mario World
  • Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island
  • Super Metroid
  • Super Puyo Puyo 2
  • Super Soccer
  • Super Tennis
  • The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past

To go along with the above, Nintendo is also offering up SNES controllers, so you can play the games like god intended.

A good amount of other exciting titles were announced. Some of the highlights are below.

  • Overwatch Legendary Edition
  • Xenoblade Chronicles
  • Luigi’s Mansion 3
  • Animal Crossing: New Horizons
  • Divinity: Original Sin 2 – Definitive Edition
  • Return of the Obra Dinn
  • Star Wars: Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast
  • DOOM 64
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Complete Edition
  • Assassin’s Creed: The Rebel Collection
  • Devil May Cry 2
  • GRID Autosport
  • Vampyr
  • Call of Cthulhu

Nintendo Directs are usually pretty good. Yesterday’s Nintendo Direct was a exceptional.

[Source: Nintendo]