Nintendo Fan Forum  

Go Back   Nintendo Fan Forum > Nintendo Corner > Gaming News

Notices

Gaming News Gaming News around the world.

Closed Thread
 
Thread Tools
Old 02-21-2008, 05:38 PM   #1
isladel
Member
Points: 869, Level: 15
Points: 869, Level: 15 Points: 869, Level: 15 Points: 869, Level: 15
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Posts: 52

Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
isladel is an unknown quantity at this point

The legend that brought to us the Game&Watch and the Game Boy!

Gunpei Yokoi1941 -1997
-The legend that brought to us the Game&Watch and the Game Boy!
[IMG]http://www.************.com/graphics/rest/gbgy.GIF[/IMG] [IMG]http://www.************.com/graphics/rest/gbgy.GIF[/IMG] [IMG]http://www.************.com/graphics/rest/gbgy.GIF[/IMG] [IMG]http://www.************.com/graphics/rest/gbgy.GIF[/IMG] [IMG]http://www.************.com/graphics/rest/gbgy.GIF[/IMG] [IMG]http://www.************.com/graphics/rest/gbgy.GIF[/IMG]

Here is a profile of one of nintendoŽs finest men. He is the brain behind both the fantastic Game&Watch-games, the Game Boy and unfortunately also behind the Virtual Boy. The Metroid games are also a creation of him and his team.
[IMG]http://www.************.com/graphics/rest/yokoi.gif[/IMG]


Gunpei grew up in Kyoto. His father was a director of a pharmaceutical company. After Gunpei has graduated from collage with a degree in electronics he started looking for a job and was hired by Hiroshi to maintain the assembly-line machines that made Nintendo's famous Hanafunda cards.
the Ultrahand and other toysIn 1970 he was assigned to a new project in the new Games department. He was told of Hiroshi to do something for the christams rush. When Gunpei asked what Hiroshi had in mind he just said "Something great". Gunpei worked under Imanishi to create a department for komuki - engineering. The next day he introduced to them an expansion arm toy that he had designed before, purely for his own amusement. This was actually Nintendo's first toy ever was named the Ultrahand and sold in no less than 1.2 million copies (for about 800 yen each). After that he created more great toys such as the baseball-throwing machine for the homes called The Ultra Machine. This machine lobbed a softer version of a baseball that could be batted safely even indoors. The next thing in the "Ultra series" was a little periscope called the Ultra Scope, used to look around corners and over fences etc. This toy never sold in any greater quantities though. The next invention from Gunpei was a "lovetester" that actually became a big hit in Japan. It involved a girl and a boy holding each others hands and with their free hands holding the two handels inside the machine. The machine then tested how much "love" that was flowing between them (actually the machine only read the current passing through the two, it had nothing to do with any love or emotions)! Gunpei loved his work and he saw himself as "a cartoonist who understood movements in the world and created abstractions of them" (Gunpei's own words). Gunpei joins up with Masayuki.
After the success of the love tester Gunpei Yokoi hired Masayuki Uemoura from Sharp and they began developing the Nintendo Beam Gun games using the solar cells from Sharp. They began experimenting with small solar cells to be used as sensors to detect light coming from, for example a lightgun. They began planning on a cheap lightgun that could be sold on the consumer market. At last the Nintendo Beam Gun games consisting of a lightgun and some targets (with solar cells mounted on them) were out on the market and sold in over 1 million copies. (It was sold for between 4,000 and 5,000 yen) Game & Watch
When Hiroshi Yamauchi declared that Nintendo would start to sell videogames instead of toys Gunpei was asked to create "something new" and he designed a series of cheap handheld machines with LCD-display best known as Game&Watch. Gunpei also invented the famous "control-cross" that is still used on the videogame consoles even today! The Game&Watch games became a huge success worldwide.
[IMG]http://www.************.com/graphics/rest/lightg.jpg[/IMG]
The Light Gun series!


Donkey Kong
Then games like Pac-Man and space invaders came and Nintendo became interested in these more advanced videogames. He was told to assist a new employee at Nintendo in his work with a game that would work all around the globe. The new employeeŽs name was Shigeru miyamoto and the name of the games was Donkey Kong!
The Game Boy
Later the NES where released and when it was time for Nintendo to create a new handheld console they again asked Gunpei and as we all know 1989 he came up with the Game Boy which is the most successful handheld machine ever produced! The machine has sold in over 60 million copies worldwide! Gunpei and his R&D1 team has also done all the utterly brilliant Metroid games and Kid Icarus (for the NES) and Super Mario Land 1 for the GB. Unfortunately Gunpei's second last project at Nintendo was his biggest project ever became his biggest mistake. IŽm refering to the Virtual Boy that was NintendoŽs biggest mistake ever! It was just to weird and most of all it didŽnt had any great titles go back it up.
After that he made the Game Boy Pocket, a smaller version of the GB with a much better screen which became a big sucess and much thanks to that, the Game Boy is still THE handheld console today!
Gunpei hands in his resignation
The 15th August 1996, only weeks after the lauch of the Game Boy Pocket, Gunpei handed in his resignation. He said that it didŽnt had anything to do with the failure with the Virtual Boy, he just wanted to start his own company named Koto Laboratory. Even after his resignation he continued to corporate with Nintendo and Nintendo that was going to release some of his corporation's new products. Koto Laboratory began producing different LCD keychain games and other such items. During his time at Nintendo (around 30 years!), although of all the success of his products, the success new turned to his head and he always talked about Nintendo rather than taking all the honor himself. He died in a tragicall car accident in October 4:th in 1997, 57 years old.



isladel is offline  
Sponsored Links
Old 02-22-2008, 01:31 AM   #2
gamerman64
Member
Points: 4,892, Level: 44
Points: 4,892, Level: 44 Points: 4,892, Level: 44 Points: 4,892, Level: 44
User owns 2x Nintendo Wii User owns 1x Nintendo Wii Classic User owns 1x Nintendo Wii Nunchuck User owns 1x Nintendo Wii Remote
 
gamerman64's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Aukland, NZ
Posts: 371

Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 31
gamerman64 is on a distinguished road

he was a good guy. Too bad he died, he had a lot more to give.
gamerman64 is offline  
Old 02-27-2008, 11:28 PM   #3
Dr. Jekyll
A STRANGE CASE OF...
Points: 4,260, Level: 41
Points: 4,260, Level: 41 Points: 4,260, Level: 41 Points: 4,260, Level: 41
User owns 1x Nintendo Wii
 
Dr. Jekyll's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Posts: 627

My Mood: Cynical
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 35
Dr. Jekyll is on a distinguished road


Awards Showcase
Royalty 
Total Awards: 1

Wish I had toys that great when I was younger.
Dr. Jekyll is offline  
Old 02-28-2008, 12:54 AM   #4
Lukario
Strangers
Points: 12,501, Level: 73
Points: 12,501, Level: 73 Points: 12,501, Level: 73 Points: 12,501, Level: 73
 
Lukario's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Posts: 3,160

Thanks: 0
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
Rep Power: 126
Lukario has a brilliant futureLukario has a brilliant futureLukario has a brilliant futureLukario has a brilliant futureLukario has a brilliant futureLukario has a brilliant futureLukario has a brilliant futureLukario has a brilliant futureLukario has a brilliant futureLukario has a brilliant futureLukario has a brilliant future

Friend Codes

Awards Showcase
Super Member NFF Old Man Award Monster Poster NFF 3rd Annual Award Super Member NFF Artist Joker Inventor Award 
Total Awards: 10

Xbox Live Gamertag: deadDEFINED
Quote:
Originally Posted by Dr. Jekyll View Post
Wish I had toys that great when I was younger.
LOL.

This guy was great. Like gamerman64 said, I wish he was still alive.

Lukario
__________________
maybe we're just sleepwalking...
Lukario is online now  
Old 02-28-2008, 08:10 AM   #5
hendrasudiro
Member
Points: 2,080, Level: 27
Points: 2,080, Level: 27 Points: 2,080, Level: 27 Points: 2,080, Level: 27
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Posts: 114

Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 29
hendrasudiro is on a distinguished road

I really thanked to this genius man who creating game console and games software.
hendrasudiro is offline  
Old 03-03-2008, 07:01 AM   #6
janneke
HoHum
User owns 1x Nintendo Wii
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Posts: 277

Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
janneke is an unknown quantity at this point

Bows to the king of game I must indeed admit it's a great loss he died.
janneke is offline  
Closed Thread


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Game & Watch Kazuo Game Boy 14 10-24-2012 09:26 PM
game boy sp. A dead game? Jmc92 Advance, SP and Micro 27 01-21-2011 10:52 AM
Game & Watch Brandyn General Nintendo Section 12 04-02-2010 10:47 AM
Game&Watch Gallery Brandyn Nintendo Games 6 09-12-2009 11:45 PM
game & watch fan frankieritz Introductions! 2 04-15-2009 01:25 AM

NFF Youtube Videos NFF Facebook page

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 12:34 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.3
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Nintendo Blog

Nintendofanforum.com is a Nintendo fansite and is not associated with or endorsed by Nintendo of America, Inc.
All trademarks and images belong to their respective owners.
Nintendo Wii