Friday, September 24

Designer of the NES and Super NES Retires from Nintendo | Digital Trends Spanish

The Nintendo designer who created the American models of the NES and Super NES consoles has announced that it is retiring of the company after a long career of 39 years to dedicate himself to “other projects”.

The person in question is Lance Barr, who started working at Nintendo in 1982 and was in charge of the design of some machine cabinets. Arcadian, that at that time they were making the leap from Japan to the West.

But one of his most popular works without a doubt was the redesign of the original Famicom, which was sold in America under the name Nintendo Entertainment System. The Japanese Famicom had another design, one in which the cartridges were top-loaded and which also included side clips for when the controls were not in use.

On the other hand, the American version of the console was very different and more similar to a VHS. The games were loaded from the front and with a mechanical system that left them fixed in their position; all these changes, according to Barr, were due to technical requirements for the type of cartridge connector to be used.

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Lance Barr created not only the western NES, but also some of its accessories such as the popular Zapper pistol. And years later, he would also design the Super NES that was sold in the United States and that perhaps was not radically different from the Japanese and European versions, but it did have certain peculiarities in the mechanism of the buttons, the colors and the shape much more square console.

The now-retired designer was also in charge of the redesigns of the NES and SNES; both were smaller versions of the originals, although the biggest change was received by the NES, whose cartridges were top-loaded and similar to the Japanese Famicom.

The redesigns of the original consoles came for a very simple reason: they had to be attractive to the US market. In particular, the original design of the Famicom was somewhat strange and closely tied to Japanese tastes and Nintendo wanted the NES to look good next to the VHS of the time. In that sense, Lance Barr’s work was vital, creating console shapes and designs that became an icon of the video game industry.

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