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Hirokazu Tanaka
Hirokazu Tanaka
Born December 13, 1957

Kyoto, Japan

Company Creatures Inc. (formerly Nintendo R&D1)
Current Position President, Composer
First game Space Firebird
Latest game Great Detective Pikachu
Twitter https://twitter.com/tanac2e


Hirokazu Tanaka (田中宏和 Tanaka Hirokazu), also known by his alias Hip Tanaka, is one of the most prolific sound engineers and composers who has worked at Nintendo. Currently he serves as the president of Creatures Inc.

History

Hirokazu Tanaka joined Nintendo in 1980 after graduating with a degree in electronic engineering, where he soon would be in charge of sound effect design from some early arcade games. Starting with Donkey Kong 3, he would also provide music.

Working at Gunpei Yokoi's R&D1 department, Tanaka was put in charge of music composition for all of the games that R&D1 would release for the Famicom, including some of his most famous scores such as Metroid, Kid Icarus and Mother. He also helped design the sound hardware of the Game Boy, and later was the main developer behind the Game Boy Camera peripheral.

Tsunekazu Ishihara, president of Creatures, who worked alongside Tanaka on EarthBound, asked him to compose music for the Pokémon anime series; however, since Nintendo didn't allow employees to work for other companies, he was forced to resign from the company in 1999. He then joined Creatures, where he would be the composer of several songs heard in the Pokémon series.

In 2001, he succeeded Ishihara as president of Creatures, since he founded The Pokémon Company. Tanaka's current job consists on supervision of Pokémon products and, ocassionally, composing some more songs on the anime (although the amount of new songs has been decreasing over the years). He has also performed on Japanese dance clubs under the name "Chip Tanaka", and has provided guest arrangements on the Super Smash Bros. series.

Production History

Special Thanks

Song Credits

Wild Gunman

  • Title Theme -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Game A Start -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Jingle -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Foul!! -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Fire!! -- Composition & Arrangement
  • You Won -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Game B Start -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Game C Start -- Composition & Arrangement
  • You Lose -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Game Over -- Composition & Arrangement

Duck Hunt

  • Title Theme -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Game A / B Start -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Miss -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Duck Get! -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Clear -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Perfect -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Game C Start -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Game Over -- Composition & Arrangement

Hogan's Alley

  • Title Theme -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Demo Theme -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Game A Start -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Miss -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Success -- Composition & Arrangement
  • (Super) Sharp Shooter! -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Game B Start -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Scene Change -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Game C Start -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Stage Clear -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Game Over -- Composition & Arrangement

Donkey Kong 3 (NES Version)

  • Title Theme -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Theme A -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Potted Plant Pinch Theme -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Clear Theme A -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Theme B -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Super Spray -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Clear Theme B -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Danger! -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Miss -- Composition & Arrangement

Urban Champion

  • Title Theme -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Stage Start A -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Theme A -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Stage Clear -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Stage Start B -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Theme B -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Theme C -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Winner! -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Title Theme B -- Composition & Arrangement

Balloon Fight

  • Game Start -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Dropping Enemy Sound -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Eaten Sound -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Restart -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Clear -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Perfect -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Balloon Trip -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Game Over -- Composition & Arrangement

Wrecking Crew

  • Game Start -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Theme A -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Stage Clear -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Bonus Stage -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Power-Up Music -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Game Over -- Composition & Arrangement

Stack-Up

  • Title Theme -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Test Theme -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Direct Theme -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Memory Start -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Memory Theme -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Bingo Theme -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Hurry Up! -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Time Up -- Composition & Arrangement

Gyromite

  • Title Theme -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Test Theme -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Direct Mode -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Game A Start -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Game A Theme -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Hurry Up! -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Game A Clear -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Game Over -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Game B Theme -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Game B Clear -- Composition & Arrangement

Gumshoe

  • Title -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Stage 1 -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Dead -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Game Over -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Black Panther -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Stage Clear -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Stage 2 -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Phone Call -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Stage 3 -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Stage 4 -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Ending -- Composition & Arrangement

Metroid

  • Title Theme -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Samus Appearance Jingle -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Brinstar (Rock Stage) -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Mini Boss Room (I) ~ Kraid -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Norfair (Flame Stage) -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Mini Boss Room (II) ~ Ridley -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Silence -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Item Acquisition Jingle -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Tourian (Base Stage) -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Zebetite -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Escape -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Ending -- Composition & Arrangement

Kid Icarus

  • Title Theme -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Stage 1 (Underworld) -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Stage 2 (Overworld) -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Stage 3 (Skyworld) -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Labyrinth -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Boss -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Stage Clear -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Stage 4 (Palace in the Sky) -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Last Boss -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Reaper's Theme -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Game Over -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Ending -- Composition & Arrangement

Super Mario Land

  • Ground Theme -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Muda Kingdom Theme -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Underground Theme -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Chai Kingdom Theme -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Coin Room -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Invincibility Theme -- Arrangement
  • Level Complete -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Bonus Chance -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Get Bonus -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Shooting Theme -- Composition & Arrangement
  • In Front of the Enemy -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Enemy Transformation Theme -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Lost a Life -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Game Over -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Tatanga's Theme -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Princess Daisy's Theme -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Credits -- Composition & Arrangement

Yakuman

  • Title -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Options -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Mahjong Play -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Yakuman -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Game Over -- Composition & Arrangement

Tetris (Game Boy Version)

  • Title -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Type A (Initial Version) -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Type A -- Arrangement
  • Type B -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Type C -- Arrangement
  • Stage Clear -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Game Over -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Level 9 Ending -- Arrangement
  • Ending -- Composition & Arrangement
  • High Score -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Multiplayer (Danger!) -- Arrangement
  • Multiplayer Round Clear -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Multiplayer Results -- Composition & Arrangement

Mother

  • Mother Earth -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Humoresque of a Little Dog -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Magicant -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Twinkle Elementary School -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Snowman -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Fallin' Love, and... -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Eight Melodies -- Composition (w/Keiichi Suzuki), Arrangement (w/Keiichi Suzuki)

Knight Move

  • Options -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Start -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Train -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Horse Man -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Umasakuraba -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Ranking -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Champion Score -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Congratulations! -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Multiplayer Victory -- Composition & Arrangement

Dr. Mario

  • Title Theme -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Select -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Fever -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Fever Clear -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Game Over -- Composition & Arrangement
  • VS Game Over -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Chill -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Chill Clear -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Level 20 HI Clear (UFO) -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Ending -- Composition & Arrangement

Balloon Kid

  • Title -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Intro -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Stages 1 & 5 -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Bonus Stage -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Perfect! -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Invincibility Theme -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Stage Cleared -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Stage 2 -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Approaching the Boss -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Boss Theme -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Boss Defeated -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Stages 3 & 6 -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Stages 4 & 7 -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Boss Theme 2 -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Bonus Failed -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Boss Theme 3 -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Final Stage -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Final Boss Theme -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Final Boss Defeated -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Jim Rescued -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Ending -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Game Over -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Balloon Trip -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Pause -- Composition & Arrangement
  • End of Trip -- Composition & Arrangement

Mario Paint

  • Opening Demo A (Fan Chant) -- Composition & Arrangement, Performer
  • Opening Demo B -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Falling Star -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Mysterious -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Special Stamps -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Flyswatter ~ Level 1 -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Flyswatter ~ Level 2 -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Big Robo Bug -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Beat the Robo Bug! -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Beat the Robo Bug! (Final) -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Master Externimator -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Beaten by Bugs -- Composition & Arrangement

EarthBound

  • Strike Back -- Composition & Arrangement
  • This is no Time to Be Sleeping -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Snowman -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Super Dry Dance (Dusty Dunes Desert Theme) -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Boris' Cocktail -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Moonside Swing (Moonside Theme) -- Composition & Arrangement
  • The Discipline of Mu -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Pyramid -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Megaton Walk -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Enjoy the Dungeon (Dungeon Man Theme) -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Yellowish Submarine -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Falling Down, Falling Down -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Eight Melodies (From the Bottom of the Memories) -- Composition (w/Keiichi Suzuki), Arrangement
  • Welcome, Me (Magicant Theme) -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Labyrinth of a Dream -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Sea of Eden -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Power -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Crossing Time and Space -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Becoming Robots -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Space Tunnel -- Composition & Arrangement
  • The Place -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Please Disappear (Final Battle Theme) -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Good Friends / Bad Friends -- Composition (w/Keiichi Suzuki), Arrangement (w/Keiichi Suzuki)
  • Smiles and Tears (Ending Theme) -- Composition (w/Keiichi Suzuki), Arrangement (w/Keiichi Suzuki)

Snoopy Concert

  • Peanuts Main Theme -- Arrangement
  • Selected! -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Cancel! -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Theme of Charlie Brown (Baseball Theme) -- Arrangement
  • The Great Disappearing Music! -- Arrangement
  • Punchin' the Bag -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Olympic Hills -- Arrangement
  • Please Input Your Password -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Moon Mechanisms -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Back to the Moon Base -- Arrangement
  • Schroeder's Happiness -- Arrangement
  • Joe Cool's Footrace -- Arrangement

Pokémon Channel

  • Meowth's Party - Composition

Super Smash Bros. Brawl

  • Donkey Kong -- Arrangement
  • Squeak Squad Theme -- Arrangement

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U

  • Chill (Dr. Mario) Ver. 2 -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Balloon Trip -- Composition & Arrangement
  • PAC-MAN (Club Mix) -- Arrangement

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