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  The National Videogame Museum welcomes legendary Nintendo engineer Masayuki Uemura - creator of the NES and SNES - to Sheffield.
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02/14/2020
 


[This unedited press release is made available courtesy of Gamasutra and its partnership with notable game PR-related resource GamesPress.]

Sheffield, 14/02/2020: The National Videogame Museum (NVM) in Sheffield is proud to announce that they will be holding a very exclusive event that sees the eminent Nintendo engineer, Masayuki Uemura, to Sheffield. In this event, Uemura-sensei will be discussing his legendary 32-year career as Nintendo’s hardware designer, where he spearheaded the creation of the NES and the SNES.

 

The 26th February will see legendary Japanese game designer, Masayuki Uemura, visit the museum for an exclusive one-night only event where he will be discussing his illustrious videogame career. Uemura-sensei worked as the head of Nintendo’s famous Research and Development 2 team, which designed the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) and Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES). Since then, Uemura’s creations have sold over 110 million units worldwide, and provided the basis for game franchises such as Super Mario, Metroid and The Legend of Zelda.

 

Uemura-sensei will be holding an exclusive intimate event at the museum, where attendees will be able to meet him and ask him questions about his highly respected history. Mr Uemura very rarely gives talks in public outside of Japan, so being able to have him speak in Sheffield makes this a very special event.

 

This event comes off the back of the only working prototype for the Super NES CD-ROM, commonly known as the Nintendo PlayStation, being put up for public auction. This super rare item, possibly the only remaining unit of its kind in the world, is expected to auction for upwards of $1 million. There is the possibility that Uemura-sensei will discuss the development of this unit at the event in Sheffield. The Super Famicom is also fast approaching the 30th anniversary of its release in Japan, and there is hope that Uemura-sensei can share details of its development.

 

This month also sees the NVM launch its February half term event programme, which is focussed around Sonic the Hedgehog. With Sonic making his way to the cinema on 14th February, the museum will be hosting a series of Sonic games available to play on the museum. There will also be the opportunity to make your own Sonic character, and then play as it in a special game on the museum galleries.

 

Conor Clarke, Marketing and Communications Manager for the NVM, said “Masayuki Uemura is a colossal figure in videogame history, and being able to bring him to the UK is an honour. To be able to hear stories of his long career at Nintendo is a real privilege, as we will be able to track how he forged gaming history as we know it. With the NES and SNES having such a beloved place in mine and others’ hearts, we can’t wait!”

 

Tickets for the event with Masaykui Uemura can be found here: https://thenvm.digitickets.co.uk/event-tickets/26831?catID=16358&;

 

Notes to Editors

Interviews

If you would like to interview NVM staff, please contact Conor Clarke on [email protected] or 0114 321 0299.

 

About the National Videogame Museum

The NVM is a charity that educates the public about the art, science, history and technology of videogames. The NVM celebrates videogame culture and allows the public to play most of its exhibits, which include games consoles, arcade machines and other interactive experiences, including games designed exclusively for the Museum. The Museum displays the UK’s only permanently accessible collection of over 100 videogames as well as a large collection of game memorabilia and ephemera. Formerly the National Videogame Arcade in Nottingham, the Museum has welcomed over 120,000 visitors, including hundreds of school visits, since it opened in 2016. The Museum presents a mixture of permanent and temporary exhibitions that are scheduled up to 2 years in advance, some of which tour the UK. For more details about the NVM, please visit: http://www.thenvm.org