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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)


Battletoads (2020)   ('Battletoads')
Call of Duty: Black Ops - Cold War (2020)   (Additional Vocal Arranging)
Tamarin (2019)   (Music)
Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair (2019)   (Composers)
Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII (2018)   (Additional Vocal Arranging)
Snake Pass (2017)   (Music)
Yooka-Laylee (2017)   (Composers)
Star Ghost (2016)   (Music)
Tengami (2015)   (With Music Composed by)
Donkey Downfall (2014)   (Original music by)
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (2014)   (Music)
Sorcery! (2013)   (Music by)
Abobo's Big Adventure (2012)   (Original Game Music (uncredited))
AXRIA Retro World (2012)   (Music)
Viva Piñata: Pocket Paradise (2008)   (Music)
Diddy Kong Racing DS (2007)   (Music and Sound Effects)
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)   (Music / Sound Effects)
Donkey Kong Land (1995)   (Music and Sound)
Battletoads (1994)   (Music)
Donkey Kong Country (1994)   (Music / Sound Effects)
Monster Max (1994)   (Music)
Wizards & Warriors III: Kuros - Visions of Power (1992)   (Composer (uncredited))
Battletoads (1991)   (Music)
Danny Sullivan's Indy Heat (1991)   (Music and Sound (uncredited))
High Speed (1991)   (Music (uncredited))
Nintendo Campus Challenge 1991 (1991)   (Sound Composers (uncredited))
WWF Superstars (1991)   (Music (uncredited))
Arch Rivals (1990)   (Music Composer (uncredited))
Double Dare (1990)   (Music)
Ivan 'Ironman' Stewart's Super Off ... (1990)   (Music and Sound (uncredited))
NARC (1990)   (Music Arranger (uncredited))
Pin-Bot (1990)   (Music )
Snake Rattle N Roll (1990)   (Music)
Solar Jetman: Hunt for the Golden Warpship (1990)   (Music By)
WWF Wrestlemania Challenge (1990)   (Sound Composer)
California Games (1989)   (Music (uncredited))
Cobra Triangle (1989)   (Music)
Hollywood Squares (1989)   (Music Composer (uncredited))
IronSword: Wizards & Warriors II (1989)   (Music)
John Elway's Quarterback (1989)   (Music Composer & Arranger (uncredited))
Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1989)   (Sound (uncredited))
WWF Wrestlemania (1989)   (Music by)
Wizards & Warriors (1987)   (Composer (uncredited))


Rare Replay (2015)   (Special Thanks)


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)
Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest (1995)   (Original DKC2 Team )
Donkey Kong Country (1994)   (Original DKC Team )
Captain Skyhawk (1990)   (Todays Greatest Heroes)

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

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