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Hirokazu Tanaka

Also Known As

  • たなか ひろかず
  • H. Tanaka
  • Hip Tanaka

Game Credits


Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (2018)   (Original Game Supervisors (Creatures Inc.))
Detective Pikachu (2016)   (Producers)
Pokédex 3D Pro (2012)   (Producers)
Pokémon Dream Radar (2012)   (Producers)
Pokédex 3D (2011)   (Producers)
PokéPark 2: Wonders Beyond (2011)   (Producers)
PokéPark Wii: Pikachu's Adventure (2009)   (Producers)
Pokémon Channel (2003)   (Supervisors)
Kingler's Day (2001)   (Director)
Machop at Work (2001)   (Director)


Pokémon Art Academy (2014)   (Pokémon Trading Card Development)
Game Boy Camera (included games) (1998)   (Director)
Game & Watch Gallery (1997)   (Adviser)
EarthBound (1994)   (Sound Director)
Fire Emblem Gaiden (1992)   (Supervisor)


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


Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (2018)   (Music Arrangement)
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS (2014)   (Music Arrangement)
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U (2014)   (Music Arrangement)
Abobo's Big Adventure (2012)   (Original Game Music (uncredited))
AXRIA Retro World (2012)   (Music)
Pokémon Ie TAP? (2011)   (作編曲 (Arrangement):)
I Wanna Be the Boshy (2010)   (Kid Icarus)
Super Smash Bros. Brawl (2008)   (Music Arrangement)
I Wanna Be The Guy: The Movie - The Game (2007)   (Original Music Composers (uncredited))
Dance Dance Revolution: Mario Mix (2005)   (Destruction Dance)
Mother 1+2 (2003)   (Musical Effects)
Pokémon Channel (2003)   (Music Producer)
Dr. Mario 64 (2001)   (Original Sound Composer)
Game Boy Camera (included games) (1998)   (Sound Composer)
Wrecking Crew '98 (1998)   (Sound Director)
Snoopy Concert (1995)   (Sound Staff)
EarthBound (1994)   (Music)
Mario Paint (1992)   (Sound staff)
X (1992)   (Music by)
Nintendo Campus Challenge 1991 (1991)   (Sound Composers (uncredited))
Balloon Kid (1990)   (Music Composition )
Barker Bill's Trick Shooting (1990)   (Music and Sound Effects (uncredited))
Dr. Mario (1990)   (Composer (uncredited))
Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon & the Blade of Light (1990)   (Music)
Nintendo World Championships 1990 (1990)   (Sound Composers (uncredited))
Earth Bound (1989)   (Musical Effects)
Super Mario Land (1989)   (Sound)
Tetris (1989)   (Music Composer & Arranger (uncredited))
Tetris (1989)   (Sound Composer (uncredited))
Yakuman (1989)   (Music Composer (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)
Metroid (1986)   (Music by)
Balloon Fight (1985)   (Sound (uncredited))
Gyromite (1985)   (Robot Sound 5/5 1985)
Ice Climber (1985)   (Music Programmer (uncredited))
Stack-Up (1985)   (Sound (uncredited))
Wrecking Crew (1985)   (Sound Composed by)
Clu Clu Land (1984)   (Music Programmer (uncredited))
Hogan's Alley (1984)   (Sound (uncredited))
Urban Champion (1984)   (Sound (uncredited))
VS. Duck Hunt (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)


Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS (2014)   (Senior Supervisors)
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U (2014)   (Creatures Inc.)
Super Smash Bros. Brawl (2008)   (Senior Supervisors)


Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! (2018)   (Special Thanks)
Pokémon Ultra Moon (2017)   (Special Thanks)
Pokémon Ultra Sun (2017)   (Special Thanks)
Pokémon Moon (2016)   (Special Thanks)
Pokémon Sun (2016)   (Special Thanks)
Pokémon Alpha Sapphire (2014)   (Special Thanks)
Pokémon Omega Ruby (2014)   (Special Thanks)
Pokémon X (2013)   (Special Thanks)
Pokémon Y (2013)   (Special 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 To)
The Outfoxies (1995)   (Special thanks to)
Fire Emblem: Monshō no Nazo (1994)   (Special Thanks to)
Mario & Wario (1993)   (Special Thanks to)


Karaoke Revolution: J-Pop Best - vol.2 (2003)   (Daiichikosho)
Super Smash Bros.: Melee (2001)   (Original Game Staff)
Super Smash Bros. (1999)   (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

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