Akira Saito, a Very Talented Programmer at M2, Passes Away

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016

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Akira Saito | Sega 3d Classics Collection


Akira Saito was a very talented programmer, and a key member at M2. He worked on many projects like Sega 3D Classics Collection for Nintendo 3DS, as well as the emulators for the Sega Genisis/Mega Drive and Master System on the Wii Virtual Console, and more. Akira Saito was just 43 years old, a life cut short as his battle with cancer came to a tragic end. In a post on M2’s website, M2 President, Naoki Horii summed up Akira Saito’s life and legacy like this:

“He lived his life with video games.”

Things like this remind of us of how special life is, and how lucky we are to be alive. You never know quite how much time you have left in this world, and that’s a heck of a reason to spend that time doing what you love and staying close to those important to you.

M2’s Akira Saito clearly had a passion for video games that came out in his work. Though he may no longer be with us, his memory and his legacy will live on. Our thoughts are with his family, friends, and colleagues as they get through this hard time.




About Michael Fontanini

Michael is a veteran gamer in my early 30s, who grew up around video games, with fond memories of the oldies like the NES and SNES. He loves Nintendo but also plays a lot of games on his PC. Michael also enjoys going for walks or bike rides, and loves animals.

Michael is also a computer programmer. This started with a toy he got as a kid called PreComputer 1000 that was made by V-Tech. It had a simple programming mode which is what started him down the road of being a programmer! Michael can program in BASIC, Visual Basic, C++, C#, and is familiar with Java and Lua Script.

Putting programming and gaming together, Michael became a hobbyist game developer which may give him some good insights on game development! Most recently, he has been playing with the free version of the Unity engine (a powerful and easy-to-use game engine).

I love Nintendo but I also play a lot of game's on PC, many of which are on steam. My favorite Nintendo game's include Zelda, Metroid, and Smash Bros to name a few. On PC I love the Half-Life games, as well as most all of the Source Engine games just to name a few.