Hirokazu Tanaka

aka: H. Tanaka, Hip Tanaka, たなか ひろかず, 田中 宏和
Moby ID: 47443

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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.

Credited on 90 games

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Detective Pikachu Returns (2023, Nintendo Switch) Special Thanks
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (2018, Nintendo Switch) Music Arrangement
Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! (2018, Nintendo Switch) Special Thanks
Pokémon Ultra Sun (2017, Nintendo 3DS) Special Thanks
Pokémon Ultra Moon (2017, Nintendo 3DS) Special Thanks
Final Fantasy XIV Online: Stormblood (2017, PlayStation 4) Guest Creators: MONSTER HUNTER: WORLD
Pokémon Moon (2016, Nintendo 3DS) Special Thanks
Pokémon Sun (2016, Nintendo 3DS) Special Thanks
Detective Pikachu (2016, Nintendo 3DS) Producers
Pokémon Alpha Sapphire (2014, Nintendo 3DS) Special Thanks
Pokémon Omega Ruby (2014, Nintendo 3DS) Special Thanks
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U (2014, Wii U) Music Arrangement
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS (2014, Nintendo 3DS) Music Arrangement
Pokémon Art Academy (2014, Nintendo 3DS) Pokémon Trading Card Development
Pokémon X (2013, Nintendo 3DS) Special Thanks
Pokémon Y (2013, Nintendo 3DS) Special Thanks
Pokédex 3D Pro (2012, Nintendo 3DS) Producers
Pokémon Dream Radar (2012, Nintendo 3DS) Producers
AXRIA Retro World (2012, Windows) Music
Kid Icarus: Uprising (2012, Nintendo 3DS) Very Special Thanks

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