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Akito Nakatsuka
NameAkito Nakatsuka
BornJapan
OccupationComposer
Supervisor
Manager, Sound Division
Known ForExcitebike
Ice Climber
Zelda II: The Adventure of Link
Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!!
Years active1984-Present

Akito Nakatsuka - Gameography

Akito Nakatsuka is a Japanese video game composer and sound designer.  Nakatsuka began his career in the video game industry in 1984 when he was hired by Nintendo after graduating from university.  He initially joined Nintendo’s Research & Development 2 Division as a sound composer with his early compositions utilizing Hirokazu Tanaka’s sound driver.  His first project included Devil World, Excitebike, Ice Climber, and several other Nintendo classic titles.

Natkatsuka would later program his own sound engine in 1986 which was adopted by the R&D2 team.  His sound driver took advantage of the additional audio capabilities of the Famicom Disk System with its extra sound channel.  While he has composed music for a multitude of games across several of Nintendo’s consoles he is best known for the Zelda II: The Adventure of Link and Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!! soundtracks for the Nintendo Entertainment System.  In addition to creating music for Nintendo’s video games he has also composed music for some of their hardware peripherals such as the Famicom Disk Writer and Super Game Boy.

In 1995 Nintendo released the Satellaview, a satellite modem peripheral for the Super Famicom in Japan.  This allowed gamers to play games that were broadcasted via satellite on their Super Famicom.  Nintendo produced several Satellaview games based on its popular franchises as well as created several original games for the service which Nakatsuka composed the music for many of the titles.

Around 2005 his focus has shifted from creating his own original works to directing and supervising the work of other composers.  Nakatsuka was appointed manager of Nintendo Software Planning & Development’s sound division, where he has provided sound supervision and support to younger staff.

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DateBoxTitlePlatformDeveloperPublisherRoleGenre
1984Devil World BoxDevil WorldFamicom
Nintendo Entertainment System
Nintendo R&D1NintendoComposerMaze
1984Clu Clu Land BoxClu Clu LandFamicom
Nintendo Entertainment System
Nintendo R&D1NintendoComposerPuzzle
1984ExcitebikeExcitebikeFamicom
Nintendo Entertainment System
Nintendo R&D1NintendoComposerRacing
1985Ice Climber BoxIce ClimberFamicom
Nintendo Entertainment System
Nintendo R&D1NintendoComposerPlatformer
1987Zelda II - The adventure of Link BoxZelda II: The Adventure of LinkFamicom Disk System
Nintendo Entertainment System
Nintendo R&D4NintendoComposerAction-Adventure
RPG
1987Famicom Golf Japan Course BoxGolf: Japan CourseFamicom Disk SystemHAL LaboratoryNintendoComposerSports
Golf
1987Famicom Golf US Course BoxGolf: USA CourseFamicom Disk SystemHAL LaboratoryNintendoComposerSports
Golf
1987Mike Tyson's Punch-Out BoxMike Tyson's Punch Out!!Famicom
Nintendo Entertainment System
Nintendo R&D3NintendoComposerSports
Boxing
1987Famicom Disk WriterFamicom Disk SystemNintendo R&D2NintendoComposerHardware
1988Vs. ExcitebikeFamicom Disk SystemNintendo R&D1NintendoSound ProgrammerRacing
1988Kaette Kita Mario Bros.Famicom Disk SystemNintendo R&D4NintendoComposerPlatformer
1991NES Open Tournament Golf BoxNES Open Tournament GolfFamciom
Nintendo Entertainment System
Nintendo R&D2NintendoComposerSports
Golf
1994Super Game Boy BoxSuper Game BoySuper Famicom
Super Nintendo
NintendoNintendoSound DesignHardware
1995BS Zelda no Densetsu Inishie no Sekiban BoxBS Zelda no DensetsuSuper FamicomNintendoSt. GIGASFC SoundAction-Adventure
1996Pilotwings 64 BoxPilotwings 64Nintendo 64Nintendo R&D3
Paradigm Entertainment
NintendoSound ArrangementFlight Simulator
1996Marvelous - Mōhitotsu no Takarajima BoxMarvelous: Mohitotsu no TakarajimaSuper FamicomNintendo R&D2NintendoSpecial ThanksAction-Adventure
1997Heisei Shin OnigashimaSuper FamicomNintendo R&D1
Pax Softnica
NintendoComposerAdventure
1998Sutte HakkunSuper FamicomNintendo R&D2
Indieszero
NintendoComposerAction
1998Super Game Boy 2Super FamicomNintendoNintendoSound ComposerHardware
1999Super Mario Bros Deluxe BoxSuper Mario Bros. DeluxeGame Boy ColorNintendo R&D2NintendoCoordinatorPlatformer
2000Kirby Tilt n Tumle BoxKirby Tilt 'n' TumbleGame Boy ColorHAL LaboratoryNintendoSpecial ThanksAction
Puzzle
2001Super Smash Bros. Melee BoxSuper Smash Bros. MeleeGameCubeHAL LaboratoryNintendoOriginal Music ComposerFighting
2002Koro Koro Puzzle Happy Panechu!Game Boy AdvanceMobile21
Nintendo R&D2
NintendoRecordingPuzzle
2004Daigasso! Band Brothers BoxDaigasso! Band BrothersNintendo DSNintendo R&D2
Nintendo SPD
NintendoComposerMusic
2005Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day!Nintendo DSNintendo SPDNintendoComposerEducational
2005Super Princess Peach BoxSuper Princess PeachNintendo DSTOSENintendoSpecial ThanksPlatformer
2005Super Mario Strikers BoxSuper Mario StrikersGameCubeNext Level GamesNintendoSpecial ThanksSports
Soccer
2006Tetris DSNintendo DSNintendoNintendoSpecial ThanksPuzzle
2006Kanji Sonomama Rakubiki Jiten DSNintendo DSIntelligent SystemsNintendoSpecial ThanksUtility
2006Otona no Jōshiki Ryoku Training DS Nintendo DSHAL LaboratoryNintendoSpecial ThanksEducational
2007I Wanna Be The Guy: The Movie - The GamePCMichael "Kayin" O'ReillyMichael "Kayin" O'ReillyOriginal Music ComposerAction-Adventure
Platformer
2007Mario Strikers Charged BoxMario Strikers ChargedWiiNext Level GamesNintendoSpecial ThanksSports
Soccer
2007Donkey Kong Barrel BlastWiiPaonNintendoSpecial ThanksRacing
2008Mario Super Sluggers BoxMario Super SluggersWii
Wii U
Bandai Namco Games
Now Production
NintendoSound SupportSports
Baseball
2008Jam with the Band BoxJam With the BandNintendo DSNintendo SPDNintendoSound AdviserMusic
2008Super Smash Bros Brawl BoxSuper Smash Bros. BrawlWiiGame Arts
HAL Laboratory
Sora Ltd.
NintendoOriginal Music ComposerFighting
2008Wario Land - Shake It! BoxWario Land: Shake It!WiiGood-FeelNintendoSound SupervisorPlatformer
2008Style BoutiqueNintendo DSSyn SophiaNintendoSound SupervisorSimulation
2008Magnetica TwistWiiWareMitchell CorporationNintendoSound AdviserPuzzle
2009Art Style: PiCTOBiTSNintendo DsiSkip Ltd.NintendoSpecial ThanksPuzzle
2009Excitebike World Rally BoxExciteBike: World RallyWiiWareMonster Games
Nintendo SPD
NintendoOriginal Music ComposerRacing
2010Fossil Fighters: ChampionsNintendo DSRED Entertainment
M2
NintendoSound AdviserRPG
2011Rhythm Heaven Fever BoxRhythm Heaven FeverWiiGood-Feel
Prope
Arzest
Mitchell
Skip Ltd
Chunsoft
Vanpool
NintendoSound SupportParty
2012Kiki TrickKiki TrickWiiNintendo SPDNintendoSound SupportMusic
2012Abobo's Big AdventureBrowserTeam BoboTeam BoboOriginal Music ComposerAction
2012Mario Party 9 BoxMario Party 9WiiNdcubeNintendoSpecial ThanksParty
2014Super Smash Bros for Wii U BoxSuper Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii UWii U
Nintendo 3DS
Bandai Namco Studios
Sora Ltd.
NintendoSupervisorFighting

DateBoxTitlePlatformDeveloperPublisherRoleGenre
1984Devil World BoxDevil WorldFamicom
Nintendo Entertainment System
Nintendo R&D1NintendoComposerMaze
1984Clu Clu Land BoxClu Clu LandFamicom
Nintendo Entertainment System
Nintendo R&D1NintendoComposerPuzzle
1984ExcitebikeExcitebikeFamicom
Nintendo Entertainment System
Nintendo R&D1NintendoComposerRacing
1985Ice Climber BoxIce ClimberFamicom
Nintendo Entertainment System
Nintendo R&D1NintendoComposerPlatformer
1987Zelda II - The adventure of Link BoxZelda II: The Adventure of LinkFamicom Disk System
Nintendo Entertainment System
Nintendo R&D4NintendoComposerAction-Adventure
RPG
1987Famicom Golf Japan Course BoxGolf: Japan CourseFamicom Disk SystemHAL LaboratoryNintendoComposerSports
Golf
1987Famicom Golf US Course BoxGolf: USA CourseFamicom Disk SystemHAL LaboratoryNintendoComposerSports
Golf
1987Mike Tyson's Punch-Out BoxMike Tyson's Punch Out!!Famicom
Nintendo Entertainment System
Nintendo R&D3NintendoComposerSports
Boxing
1987Famicom Disk WriterFamicom Disk SystemNintendo R&D2NintendoComposerHardware
1988Kaette Kita Mario Bros.Famicom Disk SystemNintendo R&D4NintendoComposerPlatformer
1991NES Open Tournament Golf BoxNES Open Tournament GolfFamciom
Nintendo Entertainment System
Nintendo R&D2NintendoComposerSports
Golf
1997Heisei Shin OnigashimaSuper FamicomNintendo R&D1
Pax Softnica
NintendoComposerAdventure
1998Sutte HakkunSuper FamicomNintendo R&D2
Indieszero
NintendoComposerAction
1998Super Game Boy 2Super FamicomNintendoNintendoSound ComposerHardware
2001Super Smash Bros. Melee BoxSuper Smash Bros. MeleeGameCubeHAL LaboratoryNintendoOriginal Music ComposerFighting
2004Daigasso! Band Brothers BoxDaigasso! Band BrothersNintendo DSNintendo R&D2
Nintendo SPD
NintendoComposerMusic
2005Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day!Nintendo DSNintendo SPDNintendoComposerEducational
2007I Wanna Be The Guy: The Movie - The GamePCMichael "Kayin" O'ReillyMichael "Kayin" O'ReillyOriginal Music ComposerAction-Adventure
Platformer
2008Super Smash Bros Brawl BoxSuper Smash Bros. BrawlWiiGame Arts
HAL Laboratory
Sora Ltd.
NintendoOriginal Music ComposerFighting
2009Excitebike World Rally BoxExciteBike: World RallyWiiWareMonster Games
Nintendo SPD
NintendoOriginal Music ComposerRacing
2012Abobo's Big AdventureBrowserTeam BoboTeam BoboOriginal Music ComposerAction

DateBoxTitlePlatformDeveloperPublisherRoleGenre
1996Marvelous - Mōhitotsu no Takarajima BoxMarvelous: Mohitotsu no TakarajimaSuper FamicomNintendo R&D2NintendoSpecial ThanksAction-Adventure
2000Kirby Tilt n Tumle BoxKirby Tilt 'n' TumbleGame Boy ColorHAL LaboratoryNintendoSpecial ThanksAction
Puzzle
2005Super Princess Peach BoxSuper Princess PeachNintendo DSTOSENintendoSpecial ThanksPlatformer
2005Super Mario Strikers BoxSuper Mario StrikersGameCubeNext Level GamesNintendoSpecial ThanksSports
Soccer
2006Tetris DSNintendo DSNintendoNintendoSpecial ThanksPuzzle
2006Kanji Sonomama Rakubiki Jiten DSNintendo DSIntelligent SystemsNintendoSpecial ThanksUtility
2006Otona no Jōshiki Ryoku Training DS Nintendo DSHAL LaboratoryNintendoSpecial ThanksEducational
2007Mario Strikers Charged BoxMario Strikers ChargedWiiNext Level GamesNintendoSpecial ThanksSports
Soccer
2007Donkey Kong Barrel BlastWiiPaonNintendoSpecial ThanksRacing
2009Art Style: PiCTOBiTSNintendo DsiSkip Ltd.NintendoSpecial ThanksPuzzle
2012Mario Party 9 BoxMario Party 9WiiNdcubeNintendoSpecial ThanksParty

DateBoxTitlePlatformDeveloperPublisherRoleGenre
2008Wario Land - Shake It! BoxWario Land: Shake It!WiiGood-FeelNintendoSound SupervisorPlatformer
2008Style BoutiqueNintendo DSSyn SophiaNintendoSound SupervisorSimulation
2014Super Smash Bros for Wii U BoxSuper Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii UWii U
Nintendo 3DS
Bandai Namco Studios
Sora Ltd.
NintendoSupervisorFighting