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Nintendo game pioneer dies at 78 in Japan

You may not know his name, but if you’ve ever played a Nintendo game system, you likely enjoyed his work.

Masayuki Uemura, who’s credited with creating the Nintendo consoles, has died at the age of 78, reports ABC News.

The company sold 60 million of its Nintendo entertainment system consoles worldwide.

According to NPR, Uemura grew up in his birthplace of Tokyo following his birth in 1943. He joined Nintendo in 1972.

Games like Super Mario and Donkey Kong helped to popularize the gaming system.

The Ritsumeikan Center for Game Studies at Ritsumeikan University, where he taught, announced his death on Thursday, Polygon reported.

Uemura cultivated a new generation of game producers at the University. Despite “retiring” in 2004, he continued to teach.

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