7 things I learned from the designer of the NES

Late last week, eight floors above a Five Guys in a common space of a completely mistakable building, the man who created the most famous game console spoke to a crowd of maybe 100 people. Masayuki Uemura was responsible for designing the Nintendo Family Home Computer, or Famicom, as well as the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES), which was sold in America. In honor of the 30th anniversary of the console’s US release, he was taking part in NYU’s Game Center Lecture Series at Brooklyn’s MetroTech center.

“This story took place about 30 years ago, so some of you may not have been born,” Uemura laughed as he started up his PowerPoint presentation. “Maybe 30 years from now somebody in this place will come up here and do a similar talk.”

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