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]

The Nintendo Switch Is Only Mid Way Through Its Lifecycle According to Nintendo Boss

In a recent investor QA, Nintendo President Shuntaro Furukawa claims that the Nintendo Switch, which launched in 2017, is only halfway through its lifecycle.


“We are not able to comment about the next game system at this time. It is now the fifth year since the launch of Nintendo Switch, and the total hardware sell-through has exceeded 90 million units. We recognize that the system is at the mid-point of its lifecycle. The launch of Nintendo Switch – OLED Model has also been contributing to continued sales momentum and we are now offering consumers three Nintendo Switch models to match their play styles and lifestyles, as well as a wide range of software.

With this, we believe a foundation for growth has been laid that exceeds what we previously considered to be a conventional hardware lifecycle. With regards to the next game system, we are considering many different things, but as far as the concept and launch timing are concerned, there is nothing we can share at this time.”

Nintendo President Shuntaro Furukawa

This of course does not necessarily mean that a successor to the Switch is not in the works. It also does not mean that we need to wait another five years for a Nintendo console as there is no doubt there will be overlap. This is just your regular run-of-the-mill crap corporations say in investor calls.

[Source: Nintendo]

Improved Nintendo Switch in the Works for Early 2021

Sources within Chinese supply chains are claiming that an “improved” Nintendo Switch is in the works with a planned launch of early 2021.

IGN, via VGC, via Taipei tech site Economic Daily News, are reporting that the new Switch model will feature upgraded “interactivity” and improved display.

This can simply turn out to a better, more efficient screen, and less shitty Joy-Cons, that don’t suffer from drift. Perhaps Nintendo is streamlining their production, leading to more efficiency, and cost improvements, maximizing profits.

Whatever the case, it does not appear to be the often rumored Switch Pro. Nintendo is making enough money on the regular Switch and Switch Lite, given that they are sold out everywhere, so why rush?

[Source: IGN, VGC, EDN]

The Nintendo Switch Finally Makes Its Way to Brazil

Nintendo has not officially distributed goods and services in Brazil since 2015, but that will be coming to an end soon.

The Nintendo Switch, which was released over three years ago is making it to the land that gave us Pelé, the thong, Carnival, cheap plastic surgery, and my personal favorite, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

Importation tariffs in Brazil can range anywhere from 20% to 50%, which made the cost of doing business in the country cost prohibitive for Nintendo.

Nintendo fans in Brazil have been forced to import or purchase through shady resellers. However, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro lowered taxes on games on 2019, giving Nintendo the opportunity to re-enter Brazil, which is the world’s 8th largest economy.

This is indeed a cause for celebration.

[Source: Nintendo]

Happy 130th Birthday Nintendo

Not a lot of people may know this, but Nintendo is older than dirt. Back in September 23, 1889, Fusajiro Yamauchi founded Nintendo in Kyoto, Japan. Of course, years later the company would pivot to more high tech endeavors.

So, Happy Birthday Nintendo, and thank you for bringing so much joy to the world in the way of games and consoles. Except for the Virtual Boy, that was ass and made people sad.

Nintendo’s Former US President and Chief Operating Officer Heads Back to School

I’m late to the show on this, because I was taking some much need time off, but holy smokes, Reggie “Fucking” Reggie Fils-Aimé  is going back to school.

Fils-Aimé will be returning to his alma mater, Cornell University in New York City where he will conduct a lecture. According to the Cornell University website:

Reggie Fils-Aime ’83, retired president and COO of Nintendo America, will deliver a lecture and meet with the community. Attendees can visit with Reggie and enjoy light refreshments after the lecture.

Reggie Fils-Aime will share principles for you to master so you can cultivate your own leadership capability. Reggie developed these principles through 35+ years of experience across a range of international industries and businesses. The principles are applicable to any situation, including now while you area student or in your future endeavors.

Cornell University

Students are expected to behave themselves.

NYC is not too far from Spieler Dad headquarters. I just might make the trip.

[Source: Cornell University]

Old and Overrated NES Game Sells for $9000 at Auction

I dream of finding something rare and valuable at a garage sale. You hear about it all the time. Some jerk goes to a garage sale and unknowingly buys a fucking copy of the Magna Carta. Then its all champagne, caviar, and coke parties ever after.

Well, some lucky prick from Nevada is up $9,000 because he had some very forgetful parents. Scott Amos of Reno, NV was cleaning out his childhood home’s attic when he found a sealed copy of Kid Icarus for the NES along with an accompanying receipt from December 8, 1988.

How the game got there, no one knows for sure, but it’s possible that it was an forgotten Christmas gift.

Mr. Amos shared his find with Heritage Auctions who confirmed that he’s one lucky S.O.B.

“Kid Icarus is one of the hardest NES titles to find in sealed condition... To find a sealed copy ‘in the wild,’ so to speak, not to mention one in such a nice condition and one with such transparent provenance, is both an unusual and rather historic occurrence. We feel that the provenance will add a significant premium for serious collectors.”

Valarie McLeckie, Video Game Consignment Director at Heritage Auctions (Reno Gazette Journal)

That rarity, translated into $9,000 for Mr. Amos.

All joking aside, Scott Amos plans to share his windfall with family.

“I have an older sister, too. We’re splitting (the proceeds) 50-50. We’re going to do a Disney World vacation next month. Instead of doing something responsible, we’re going to have some fun with it.”

Reno Gazette Journal

Now I feel like the asshole, because he seems to be a nice guy.

[Source: Reno Gazzette Journal]

European & Japanese Nintendo Switch Online Subscribers Now Have Access to Free Premium Games

Luigi throwing shade.

Europeans and Japanese gamers will soon have access to free games from Nintendo, with some caveats.

The program is called ‘Game Trials,’ and Nintendo Switch Online Subscribers in the EU will be able to play Mario Tennis Aces free, for a short time. Japanese subscribers will have access to Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker.

The program runs from August 7 to August 13 in the EU. Unlike similar programs from Sony and Microsoft, subscribers cannot keep the game after the program ends. However, if participants decide to purchase the game during the trial period, they’ll get 33% discount.

No news on what games will be part of this program in the U.S.

[Source: Nintendo]

The Nintendo Game Boy Turns 30

Thirty years ago, Nintendo launched the Game Boy, and they have been the leader of portable gaming since.

The Game Boy wasn’t much to look at, but in true Nintendo fashion, it was supported with great games. Not to mention, the Game Boy was built like a fucking tank.

Game Boy that survived a bombing in first Gulf War.

Happy birthday Game Boy. Hope you received a plethora of piñatas.

[Source: Nintendo]

The Nintendo Switch Lite Is and Actual Thing—Launches September 20

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All the rumors turned out to be true. One of the worst kept secrets of the past few months will be launching September 20—the Nintendo Switch Lite.

The Switch Lite will launch with three color variations: yellow, gray, and turquoise and will be priced at $299, a $100 cheaper than a standard Switch. Nintendo is positioning the Switch Lite as a console for those who want to play on the go, a more portable Switch, if you will.

Of course, the Switch Lite is slightly smaller than a standard Switch, and it has an old school D-Pad instead of buttons, but it will sport a longer battery life.

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Also, the Switch Lite will not have detachable Joy-Cons, a kickstand, and won’t support any TV mode, validating previous rumors. This is a true and handheld console folks.

So, is this the end of the 3DS? According to Nintendo’s Doug Bowser, nope.

“We’ll continue to support our 3DS family of systems as long as there is demand…”

http://www.theverge.com

I wouldn’t hold my breadth though. The 3DS had a good had a good run, but it’s days are officially numbered.

[Source: Nintendo]