Masayuki Uemura (June 20, 1943 - December 6, 2021) was an engineer that worked for Nintendo between 1972 and 2004, mostly notorious for being the main developer behind the Famicom and the Super Famicom.


Uemura joined Nintendo in 1972 after having worked at Sharp, where he initially assisted Gunpei Yokoi with solar cell engineering for various of his toys.

Eventually he became the manager of Nintendo R&D2, where he was in charge of production of various hardware products such as the Famicom and the Super Famicom, as well as various games designed by R&D2 on Famicom and Satellaview.

He retired from Nintendo in 2004, although he remained as an advisor for the Research & Engineering Department. Later, he became a professor at the Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto.

Masayuki Uemura passed away on December 6, 2021 from unspecified causes at the age of 78.[1]

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