David Wise

Also Known As

  • Dave Wise
  • D. Wise

Game Credits


Donkey Kong Land 2 (1996)   (Original Game)


Donkey Kong Country (1994)   (Donkey Kong Country Game Boy Color Team)


Donkey Downfall (2014)   (Original music by)
Tengami (2014)   (With Music Composed by)
Sorcery! (2013)   (Music by)
Abobo's Big Adventure (2012)   (Original Game Music (uncredited))
AXRIA Retro World (2012)   (Music)
Viva Piñata: Pocket Paradise (2008)   (Sound Effects)
Diddy Kong Racing DS (2007)   (Music)
It's Mr Pants (2004)   (Squeaky Pants)
Star Fox Adventures (2002)   (Music Composition)
Diddy Kong Racing (1997)   (Music)
Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Tr... (1996)   (Music Score & SE)
Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest (1995)   (Sound Effects)
Donkey Kong Land (1995)   (Sound)
Battletoads (1994)   (Sound Effects)
Donkey Kong Country (1994)   (Music)
Monster Max (1994)   (Music)
Wizards & Warriors III: Kuros - Visions of Power (1992)   (Composer (uncredited))
Danny Sullivan's Indy Heat (1991)   (Music and Sound (uncredited))
WWF Superstars (1991)   (Music (uncredited))
Solar Jetman: Hunt for the Golden Warpship (1990)   (Music By)
WWF Wrestlemania Challenge (1990)   (Sound Composer (uncredited))
Arch Rivals (1989)   (Music Composer (uncredited))
Cobra Triangle (1989)   (Music)
Ivan 'Ironman' Stewart's Super Off ... (1989)   (Music and Sound (uncredited))
Double Dare (1988)   (Music)
NARC (1988)   (Music Arranger (uncredited))
Pin-Bot (1988)   (Music )
WWF Wrestlemania (1988)   (Music by)
California Games (1987)   (Music (uncredited))
John Elway's Quarterback (1987)   (Music Composer & Arranger (uncredited))
Wizards & Warriors (1987)   (Composer (uncredited))


Rare Replay (2015)   (Special Thanks)
Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest (1995)   (Original DKC2 Team )
Donkey Kong Country (1994)   (Original DKC Team )


Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts (2008)   (The Rare Family)
Super Smash Bros.: Melee (2001)   (Original Game Staff)
Mickey's Racing Adventure (1999)   (Mickey's Racing Adventure Development Team)
Captain Skyhawk (1989)   (Todays Greatest Heroes)


IronSword: Wizards & Warriors II (1989)   (Music)

Developer Biography

David Wise was hired by Ashby Computers and Graphics (now Rare Ltd.) in 1985. He played in a few bands when he was young. He worked at a music store, and he made a demonstration on a Yamaha CX5 music computer when one day Tim and Chris Stamper walked in saw this demonstration and hired him to compose music for their games. From 1985 up until 1994, he was the sole music composer for the company. He wrote music for all of Rare's games or programmed other compositions from other systems that were ported to the NES by Rare. Many of these games did not have credits within them, but he is the only known composer during this period.

His best known work is composing the Donkey Kong Country series of games, which is also one of the better SNES music compositions.

Today, he is still composing music for Rare.

Last updated: Aug 22, 2007