Uemura Who Helped Design The NES Says Console Colours Were Based On Nintendo President’s Favourite Scarf

Masayuki Uemura, who helped design the Nintendo Entertainment System, was a special guest at the National Videogame Arcade which was held at Nottingham in the UK. Uemura held a sold out talk to attendees at the event on Tuesday and talked about designing the console which sold more than 60 million units. He also revealed that the console’s original colour scheme was based on the Nintendo president’s favourite scarf.

“The NES had an important role in transmitting Japanese culture to the world and we received influences from foreign countries, too. We are different cultures but childhood is universal.”


NA: Three NES Zapper Games Coming To The Wii U Virtual Console Tomorrow

Nintendo is bringing three classic NES games to the North American Virtual console tomorrow, including Wild Gunman, Hogan’s Alley, and the Adventures of Bayou Billy. The original versions of Wild Gunman and Hogan’s Alley were played completely with the NES Zapper, while only some sections of The Adventures of Bayou Billy made use of the famous peripheral. In their Virtual Console re-releases, this functionality is replicated by the Wii Remote’s motion controls. Each game also features off-TV play. So, if your down for some sharp shooting, make sure to pick up these gems for $4.99 each. You can watch gameplay below if your interested.

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Video: Sydney Hunter And The Curse Of The Mayans Footage

The team over at Collectorvision have just released a video showing off their latest project in the Sydney Hunter series,  subtitled the Curse of the Mayan. If you haven’t heard of them, Collectorvision is a studio that specializes in creating retro-style games with their own IP’s, often porting them to cartridges and discs for older consoles in addition to digital releases on newer consoles. Sydney Hunter and the Curse of the Mayans is one such game and is due to release on the Wii U eshop and possibly the 3DS eShop in April or May of 2016 with an NES cartridge version being released sometime in 2017. Check out the game in the video below!



NES Designer Talks About The Birth Of Nintendo’s First Famicom

In an interview with USGamer, Masayuki Uemura, the man who designed the NES console, talks about the birth of the console and the challenges faced at launch. The console was first released in Japan on July 15th 1985, so has celebrated its 30th anniversary this year.

In the article, Uemura talks about the NES development and the challenges you face when developing a console:

“To tell you the truth, development is a bit boring, actually, because if the thing that you’re making doesn’t sell well, you’re in trouble… and if it sells too well, you’re also in trouble.” He chuckled. “You’ll get praise if you create something that sells really well, but it’s never going to please 100 percent of the people, and all those claims or complaints that people have end up coming back to the developer at some point.”

He also talks about the consoles controller design:

“There were, as you can probably imagine, a lot of difficulties we faced in doing things for the first time in building this hardware, but one of the most difficult was, ‘What shape and layout will the controller have?’ This has a touch of coincidence about it, too, but some of those people who had gone to work with Gunpei Yokoi’s team eventually found their way back to our team. So one of the ideas that came up because of that was, ‘Well, we’ve got this Game & Watch multi-screen Donkey Kong that uses the controller format of a plus control pad and buttons.’ So we hooked that up and got it working.”

“At the time, we were prototyping various ideas for the Famicom hardware, as well as controllers. When we took this idea that had been used for controls with the Donkey Kong Game & Watch and got it working on the Famicom prototype with that same style of controls, we immediately knew, ‘OK, this feels right; there’s something good about this.’ That means that there are actually a few people who can claim that they invented the controller for the Famicom!”

There’s much more to this interesting article with Masayuki Uemura on all things NES, you can check out the full feature here.

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GameTrailers Top 10 NES Games Part 2

Popular video site GameTrailers have put together their list of definitive games for the Nintendo Entertainment System. You will be familiar with a number of the titles included in the list and if you haven’t already played them then now’s the perfect time to catch up. The top five is certainly very solid. You can catch the first part of the series, here.

10. Mike Tyson’s Punch Out
9. Ninja Gaiden
8. Mega Man 3
7. River City Ransom
6. Castlevania
5. Dragon Warrior IV
4. Super Mario Bros.
3. Mega Man 2
2. The Legend of Zelda
1. Super Mario Bros. 3

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Here’s A 30 Minute Documentary On The Power Glove

Interested in the history of the Power Glove? Well you may find this video by YouTuber the Gaming Historian rather interesting. For those not in the know the Power Glove was a controller accessory for the Nintendo Entertainment System and was released back in 1989. The device was actually developed by Mattel and was licensed by Nintendo and not created by them as some people believe. Anyway, be sure to check out the video if it piques your interest.

Check Out This ‘Teens React Gaming’ Video With Contra (NES)

The REACT guys have posted a video of ‘Teens React Gaming’, specifically retro gaming, and the game they have to team up to play is Contra from the Nintendo Entertainment System. These group of teens are teamed up to play through the game, and we get to watch their reactions. Take a look at the funny video above, watching teens trying to navigate the game. It’s bizarre how much games have changed in such a short amount of time!