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NameMasayuki Uemura
BornJune 20, 1943
Nara, Japan
OccupationEngineer
Designer
Known ForFamicom
Famicom Disk System
Nintendo Entertainment System
Super Famicom
Super Nintendo
Years active1972-2004

Masayuki Uemura - Gameography

Masayuki Uemura is a retired Japanese engineer and video game producer that worked for Nintendo from 1972 until 2004.  Uemura was appointed head of Nintendo’s Research & Development 2 division and was given the task to design Nintendo’s first cartridge-based home video game console.  As the chief designer of the Family Computer, commonly referred to as the Famicom, Uemura had a profound impact on the home video game console industry by creating a console that would end up setting the standards for home consoles for decades.

Even though Uemura designed Nintendo’s first cartridge-based game console the Famicom, the system that would eventually be redesigned as the Nintendo Entertainment System as well as the Super Famicom his reputation never seems to have reach the heights of others within Nintendo.  While game designers such as Shigeru Miyamoto, Satoru Iwata and Eiji Aonuma seem to get most of the attention from game fans it was the hardware designed by Masayuki Uemura that served as the basic platform required for them to create their games.

The importance of Masayuki Uemura’s achievements helped shaped the video game industry and his profound impact on the home console industry revitalized the video game market in North America.  Uemura was instrumental in helping Nintendo transition from a small Japanese hanafuda card manufacture to a toy maker and ultimately to one of the most successful video game companies in the world.  Uemura retired from Nintendo in 2004, and currently serves as the director of the Center for Game Studies at Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto.

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DateBoxTitlePlatformDeveloperPublisherRoleGenre
1973Laser Clay Shooting SystemLaser Clay Shooting SystemArcadeNintendo R&DNintendoDesignerLight Gun
1974Mini Laser ClayMini Laser ClayArcadeNintendo R&DNintendoDesignerLight Gun
1974Wild GunmanWild GunmanArcadeNintendo R&DNintendoDesignerLight Gun
1975EVR RaceEVR RaceArcadeNintendo R&DNintendoDesignerSports
1975Shooting TrainerShooting TrainerArcadeNintendo R&DNintendoDesignerLight Gun
1976EVR BaseballEVR BaseballArcadeNintendo R&DNintendoDesignerSports
1976Sky HawkSky HawkArcadeNintendo R&DNintendoDesignerLight Gun
1977Color TV-Game 6ConsoleNintendo R&D2NintendoDesigner
Engineer
Hardware
1977Color TV-Game 15ConsoleNintendo R&D2NintendoDesigner
Engineer
Hardware
1978Color TV-Racing 112ConsoleNintendo R&D2NintendoDesigner
Engineer
Hardware
1979Space FeverSpace FeverArcadeNintendo R&D1NintendoDesignerShooter
1979Color TV-Block BreakerConsoleNintendo R&D2NintendoDesigner
Engineer
Hardware
1980Computer TV-GameConsoleNintendo R&D2NintendoDesigner
Engineer
Hardware
1983Nintendo Famicom ConsoleFamicomConsoleNintendo R&D2NintendoDesigner
Engineer
Hardware
1983NES BoxDonkey KongFamicom
NES
Nintendo R&D2NintendoProducerPlatformer
1983Donkey Kong Jr BoxDonkey Kong Jr.Famicom
NES
Nintendo R&D2NintendoProducerPlatformer
1983Donkey Kong Jr Math BoxDonkey Kong Jr. MathFamicom
NES
Nintendo R&D2NintendoProducerEducational
Platformer
1983Mahjong BoxMahjongFamicomNintendo R&D2NintendoProducerBoard Game
1983Mario Bros NES BoxMario Bros.Famicom
NES
Nintendo R&D2
Intelligent Systems
NintendoProducerPlatformer
1983Baseball BoxBaseballFamicom
NES
Nintendo R&D1NintendoProducerSports
Baseball
1983Tennis BoxTennisFamicom
NES
Nintendo R&D2
Intelligent Systems
NintendoProducerSports
Tennis
1984Pinball BoxPinballFamicom
NES
Nintendo R&D1NintendoProducerPinball
1984Golf BoxGolfFamicom
NES
Nintendo R&D2
HAL Laboratory
NintendoProducerSports
Golf
1984F1 Race BoxF-1 RaceFamicomHAL LaboratoryNintendoProducerRacing
1984Clu Clu Land BoxClu Clu LandFamicom
NES
Nintendo R&D1NintendoProducerAction
Puzzle
1985Ice Climbers NES BoxIce ClimberFamicom
NES
Nintendo R&D1NintendoProducerPlatformer
1985Nintendo Entertainment System ConsoleNintendo Entertainment SystemConsoleNintendo R&D2NintendoDesigner
Engineer
Hardware
1986Famicom Disk System ConsoleFamicom Disk SystemAddonNintendo R&D2NintendoDesigner
Engineer
Hardware
1987Famicom Golf Japan Course BoxFamicom Golf: Japan CourceFamicom Disk SystemHAL LaboratoryNintendoProducerSports
Golf
1987Famicom Golf US Course BoxFamicom Golf: U.S. CourseFamicom Disk SystemHAL LaboratoryNintendoProducerSports
Golf
1990Super Famicom ConsoleSuper FamicomConsoleNintendo R&D2NintendoDesigner
Engineer
Hardware
1991NES Open Tournament Golf BoxNES Open TournamentFamicom
NES
Nintendo R&D2NintendoProducerSports
Golf
1991Super Nintendo ConsoleSuper NintendoConsoleNintendo R&D2NintendoDesigner
Engineer
Hardware
1995SatellaviewConsoleNintendo R&D2NintendoDesigner
Engineer
Hardware
1996Marvelous - Mōhitotsu no Takarajima BoxMarvelous: Mōhitotsu no TakarajimaSuper FamicomNintendo R&D2NintendoProducerAdventure
1997BS Zelda no Densetsu Inishie no Sekiban BoxBS Zelda no Densetsu: Inishie no SekibanSatellaviewNintendo R&D2NintendoProducerAction-Adventure
1997Kodomo Chousadan Mighty PocketsSatellaviewNintendo R&D2NintendoProducerBoard Game
1998Sutte HakkunSatellaview
Super Famicom
Nintendo R&D2
Indieszero
NintendoProducerPlatformer
Puzzle
1998Super Game Boy 2Super FamicomPeripheralNintendoProducerHardware
1999Super Mario Bros Deluxe BoxSuper Mario Bros. DeluxeGame Boy ColorNintendo R&D2NintendoProducerPlatformer
2000Kirby Tilt n Tumle BoxKirby Tilt 'n' TumbleGame Boy ColorHAL LaboratoryNintendoProducerAction
Puzzle
2001Super Mario Advance BoxSuper Mario AdvanceGame Boy AdvanceNintendo R&D2NintendoSpecial ThanksPlatformer
2001Super Mario Advance 2 BoxSuper Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2Game Boy AdvanceNintendo R&D2NintendoProducerPlatformer
2002Koro Koro Puzzle Happy Panechu!Game Boy AdvanceNintendo R&D2
Mobile21
NintendoProducerPuzzle
2002The Legend of Zelda - A Link to the Past & Four Swords BoxThe Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past & Four SwordsGame Boy AdvanceNintendo R&D2
Capcom
NintendoProducerAction-Adventure
2002Super Mario Advance 3 BoxYoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3Game Boy AdvanceNintendo R&D2NintendoProducerPlatformer
2003Super Mario Advance 4 BoxSuper Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3Game Boy AdvanceNintendo R&D2NintendoProducerPlatformer
2004Navi TrackerThe Legend of Zelda: Navi TrackersGameCube / GBANintendo EADNintendoProgress ManagementPuzzle

DateBoxTitlePlatformDeveloperPublisherRoleGenre
1973Laser Clay Shooting SystemLaser Clay Shooting SystemArcadeNintendo R&DNintendoDesignerLight Gun
1974Mini Laser ClayMini Laser ClayArcadeNintendo R&DNintendoDesignerLight Gun
1974Wild GunmanWild GunmanArcadeNintendo R&DNintendoDesignerLight Gun
1975EVR RaceEVR RaceArcadeNintendo R&DNintendoDesignerSports
1975Shooting TrainerShooting TrainerArcadeNintendo R&DNintendoDesignerLight Gun
1976EVR BaseballEVR BaseballArcadeNintendo R&DNintendoDesignerSports
1976Sky HawkSky HawkArcadeNintendo R&DNintendoDesignerLight Gun
1979Space FeverSpace FeverArcadeNintendo R&D1NintendoDesignerShooter

DateBoxTitlePlatformDeveloperPublisherRoleGenre
1977Color TV-Game 6ConsoleNintendo R&D2NintendoDesigner
Engineer
Hardware
1977Color TV-Game 15ConsoleNintendo R&D2NintendoDesigner
Engineer
Hardware
1978Color TV-Racing 112ConsoleNintendo R&D2NintendoDesigner
Engineer
Hardware
1979Color TV-Block BreakerConsoleNintendo R&D2NintendoDesigner
Engineer
Hardware
1980Computer TV-GameConsoleNintendo R&D2NintendoDesigner
Engineer
Hardware
1983Nintendo Famicom ConsoleFamicomConsoleNintendo R&D2NintendoDesigner
Engineer
Hardware
1985Nintendo Entertainment System ConsoleNintendo Entertainment SystemConsoleNintendo R&D2NintendoDesigner
Engineer
Hardware
1986Famicom Disk System ConsoleFamicom Disk SystemAddonNintendo R&D2NintendoDesigner
Engineer
Hardware
1990Super Famicom ConsoleSuper FamicomConsoleNintendo R&D2NintendoDesigner
Engineer
Hardware
1991Super Nintendo ConsoleSuper NintendoConsoleNintendo R&D2NintendoDesigner
Engineer
Hardware
1995SatellaviewConsoleNintendo R&D2NintendoDesigner
Engineer
Hardware
1998Super Game Boy 2Super FamicomPeripheralNintendoProducerHardware

DateBoxTitlePlatformDeveloperPublisherRoleGenre
1983NES BoxDonkey KongFamicom
NES
Nintendo R&D2NintendoProducerPlatformer
1983Donkey Kong Jr BoxDonkey Kong Jr.Famicom
NES
Nintendo R&D2NintendoProducerPlatformer
1983Donkey Kong Jr Math BoxDonkey Kong Jr. MathFamicom
NES
Nintendo R&D2NintendoProducerEducational
Platformer
1983Mahjong BoxMahjongFamicomNintendo R&D2NintendoProducerBoard Game
1983Mario Bros NES BoxMario Bros.Famicom
NES
Nintendo R&D2
Intelligent Systems
NintendoProducerPlatformer
1983Baseball BoxBaseballFamicom
NES
Nintendo R&D1NintendoProducerSports
Baseball
1983Tennis BoxTennisFamicom
NES
Nintendo R&D2
Intelligent Systems
NintendoProducerSports
Tennis
1984Pinball BoxPinballFamicom
NES
Nintendo R&D1NintendoProducerPinball
1984Golf BoxGolfFamicom
NES
Nintendo R&D2
HAL Laboratory
NintendoProducerSports
Golf
1984F1 Race BoxF-1 RaceFamicomHAL LaboratoryNintendoProducerRacing
1984Clu Clu Land BoxClu Clu LandFamicom
NES
Nintendo R&D1NintendoProducerAction
Puzzle
1985Ice Climbers NES BoxIce ClimberFamicom
NES
Nintendo R&D1NintendoProducerPlatformer
1987Famicom Golf Japan Course BoxFamicom Golf: Japan CourceFamicom Disk SystemHAL LaboratoryNintendoProducerSports
Golf
1987Famicom Golf US Course BoxFamicom Golf: U.S. CourseFamicom Disk SystemHAL LaboratoryNintendoProducerSports
Golf
1991NES Open Tournament Golf BoxNES Open TournamentFamicom
NES
Nintendo R&D2NintendoProducerSports
Golf
1996Marvelous - Mōhitotsu no Takarajima BoxMarvelous: Mōhitotsu no TakarajimaSuper FamicomNintendo R&D2NintendoProducerAdventure
1997BS Zelda no Densetsu Inishie no Sekiban BoxBS Zelda no Densetsu: Inishie no SekibanSatellaviewNintendo R&D2NintendoProducerAction-Adventure
1997Kodomo Chousadan Mighty PocketsSatellaviewNintendo R&D2NintendoProducerBoard Game
1998Sutte HakkunSatellaview
Super Famicom
Nintendo R&D2
Indieszero
NintendoProducerPlatformer
Puzzle
1998Super Game Boy 2Super FamicomPeripheralNintendoProducerHardware
1999Super Mario Bros Deluxe BoxSuper Mario Bros. DeluxeGame Boy ColorNintendo R&D2NintendoProducerPlatformer
2000Kirby Tilt n Tumle BoxKirby Tilt 'n' TumbleGame Boy ColorHAL LaboratoryNintendoProducerAction
Puzzle
2001Super Mario Advance 2 BoxSuper Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2Game Boy AdvanceNintendo R&D2NintendoProducerPlatformer
2002Koro Koro Puzzle Happy Panechu!Game Boy AdvanceNintendo R&D2
Mobile21
NintendoProducerPuzzle
2002The Legend of Zelda - A Link to the Past & Four Swords BoxThe Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past & Four SwordsGame Boy AdvanceNintendo R&D2
Capcom
NintendoProducerAction-Adventure
2002Super Mario Advance 3 BoxYoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3Game Boy AdvanceNintendo R&D2NintendoProducerPlatformer
2003Super Mario Advance 4 BoxSuper Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3Game Boy AdvanceNintendo R&D2NintendoProducerPlatformer