I went to see a talk given by the NES creator, Masayuki Uemura, at the National Videogame Museum in Sheffield on Wednesday. Uemura was the head of Nintendo R&D2, and designed the NES as well as the Super NES later on. But the talk he gave focused mostly on the NES, and the adaptations that Nintendo made to the Famicom in order to give it a chance in the US of A.
Much of what he spoke about was fairly common knowledge already, like the way Nintendo made the NES look more like a video recorder than a console as a ruse to gain acceptance in the marketplace. At the time, the American video game crash of 1983 had turned retailers (and no doubt many consumers) off game consoles, which is why the NES was billed as an ‘Entertainment System’.
But although I knew a lot of this stuff already, Uemura-san did reveal a few choice snippets that surprised me – like one of the reasons that the NES kept its cartridges in its belly rather than on the outside. I wrote up a few of these choice bits of info in my debut article for Nintendo Life, check it out through the link below: