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Hirokazu Tanaka

Also Known As

  • H. Tanaka
  • Hip Tanaka

Game Credits

Business

Pokémon Channel (2003)   (Supervisors)
 

Production

Pokémon Dream Radar (2012)   (Producers)
Kingler's Day (2001)   (Director)
Machop at Work (2001)   (Director)
 

Design

Super Smash Bros. (1999)   (Original Game Staff)
Game Boy Camera (included Games) (1998)   (Director)
Game & Watch Gallery (1997)   (Adviser )
EarthBound (1994)   (Sound Director)
Fire Emblem Gaiden (1992)   (Supervisor)
 

Art/Graphics

Game Boy Camera (included Games) (1998)   (Graphic Designer)
 

Audio

Abobo's Big Adventure (2012)   (Original Game Music (uncredited))
AXRIA Retro World (2012)   (Music)
Super Smash Bros.: Brawl (2008)   (Music Arrangement)
I Wanna Be The Guy: The Movie - The Game (2007)   (Original music composers (uncredited))
Pokémon Channel (2003)   (Music Producer)
Game Boy Camera (included Games) (1998)   (Sound Composer)
Wrecking Crew '98 (1998)   (Sound Director)
EarthBound (1994)   (Music)
Hello Kitty World (1992)   (Sound programmer)
X (1992)   (Music by)
Balloon Kid (1990)   (Music)
Barker Bill's Trick Shooting (1990)   (Music and Sound Effects (uncredited))
Dr. Mario (1990)   (Sound Composition)
Fire Emblem: Ankoku Ryū to Hikari no Tsurugi (1990)   (Music)
Nintendo World Championships 1990 (1990)   (Sound Composers (uncredited))
Mother (1989)   (Musical Effects)
Super Mario Land (1989)   (Sound)
Tetris (1989)   (Music Composer & Arranger (uncredited))
Famicom Tantei Club: Kieta Kōkeisha (1988)   (Sound Director (おんがくかんとく))
Famicom Wars (1988)   (Sound)
Gumshoe (1986)   (Sound (uncredited))
Kid Icarus (1986)   (Sound Composition)
Metroid (1986)   (Music Composition )
Balloon Fight (1985)   (Sound (uncredited))
Gyromite (1985)   (Robot Sound 5/5 1985)
Stack-Up (1985)   (Sound (uncredited))
Vs. Wrecking Crew (1985)   (Sound Composed by)
Clu Clu Land (1984)   (Music Programmer (uncredited))
Duck Hunt (1984)   (Sound (uncredited))
Hogan's Alley (1984)   (Sound (uncredited))
Ice Climber (1984)   (Music Programmer (uncredited))
Urban Champion (1984)   (Sound (uncredited))
Wild Gunman (1984)   (Sound (uncredited))
Donkey Kong 3 (1983)   (Composer (uncredited))
Mario Bros. (1983)   (Music by)
Donkey Kong Junior (1982)   (Sound (uncredited))
Donkey Kong (1981)   (Sound Programmer)
Space Firebird (1980)   (Sound Composer)
 

Quality Assurance

Super Smash Bros.: Brawl (2008)   (Senior Supervisors)
 

Thanks

Kid Icarus: Uprising (2012)   (Very Special Thanks)
Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs (2010)   (Special Thanks)
Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia (2008)   (Special Thanks)
Mother 3 (2006)   (Special Thanks)
Pokémon Ranger (2006)   (Special Thanks)
Metroid: Zero Mission (2004)   (NCL Special Thanks )
Mario's Tennis (1995)   (Special Thanks)
The Outfoxies (1995)   (Special thanks to)
Fire Emblem: Monshō no Nazo (1994)   (Special Thanks to)
Mario & Wario (1993)   (Special Thanks to)
 

Other

Super Smash Bros.: Melee (2001)   (Original Game Staff)
Teleroboxer (1995)   (Virtual Boy Staff )
Tetris & Dr. Mario (1994)   (Staff)
 


Developer Biography

Hirokazu Tanaka was Nintendo's first sound engineer and composer. He joined the company in 1980 after seeing an advertisement for the job. For years, he was the head composer for games developed by Nintendo's R&D1 division. Although game music was popular, he still tried to keep sound effects and the compositions sounding similar and not competing with each other. His best work would be the soundtrack for Metroid.

He also worked on the music for the Pokémon TV series in Japan, but none of this would leave for North America. Although Nintendo did not directly run the TV series, he was told to leave this job, he then quit Nintendo in 1998.

Today, he is the president of Creatures Inc., a game developer that works on the Pokémon series and produces the Pokémon cards.

Last updated: Jan 22, 2009