Akito Nakatsuka

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Akito Nakatsuka
Akito Nakatsuka.jpg
Local 中塚章人 (なかつか あきと)
Born 1954?
Birth Place Unknown
Nationality Japanese   Japan.svg
  • A. Nakatuka
  • Tsukasan
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Akito Nakatsuka has been working with Nintendo since 1984. He has composed music for several of Nintendo's games across multiple gaming platforms. In addition to his multiple credits as a composer, he is often seen credited as a special thanks mention. His best known soundtracks are Zelda II: The Adventure of Link (NES) and Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!! (NES). In addition, Nakatsuka composed many of Nintendo's "black box" games such as Clu Clu Land, Excitebike, and Ice Climber. He also composed the music to the Super GameBoy. During Nintendo's development for the BS games in Japan, he composed the music to a vast majority of those games.

During Nintendo's Famicom Disk System development, Akito got the chance to improve some of his previous work with the Famicom Disk System's extra sound channel, and he made great use of it. Unfortunately, Akito didn't get to compose many Disk System tunes.

Nowadays, he mainly works as a supervisor.

Music Development

Akito Nakatsuka seems to sometimes write in the Key of F and use either several triplets and/or dotted eighth notes followed by sixteenth notes in a similar fashion to Nobuyuki Ohnogi.


Akito first used a sound engine written by Hirokazu Tanaka. Then, he ended up programming his own sound engine around 1986. Back then, assembly was the only way to make music. His sound driver took advantage of the Famicom Disk System's audio capabilities.


Akito used his own variant of Nintendo's Kankichi-kun sound driver.


Released Title Sample Notes
1984-10-05 Devil World (FC)
With Koji Kondo.
1984-11-22 Clu Clu Land (NES)
1984-11-30 Excitebike (NES)
1985-01-30 Ice Climber (NES)
1986-02-21 Family Computer Disk System (FDS) (ファミリーコンピュータ ディスクシステム)
1986-08-27 I Am a Teacher: Super Mario's Sweater (FDS) (アイ アム ア ティーチャー スーパーマリオのセーター)
1986-09-26 I Am a Teacher: Basic Hand Knitting (FDS) (アイ アム ア ティーチャー 手あみのきそ)
1986-??-?? FamicomBox (FC)
1987-01-14 Zelda II: The Adventure of Link (NES)
1987-02-21 Famicom Golf: Japan Course (FDS) (ファミコン ゴルフ: ジャパン コース) With Yumiko Kametani.
1987-06-14 Famicom Golf: USA Course (FDS) (ファミコン ゴルフ: USA コース) With Yumiko Kametani.
1987-10-?? Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!! (NES)
With Kenji Yamamoto and Yukio Kaneoka.
1988-11-30 Kaettekita Mario Bros. (FDS) (帰ってきた マリオブラザーズ) New Music Only
1988-12-09 Vs. Excitebike (FDS) (VS。エキサイトバイク) Sound Driver
1990-08-?? Punch-Out!! (NES)
1991-09-20 NES Open Tournament Golf (NES) (マリオ オープン ゴルフ)
1995-04-24 BS-X Satellaview (SFC)
1995-06-14 Super Game Boy (SNES)
1996-??-?? JRA PAT (SFC) Composer?/Sound Driver
1997-??-?? BS Zelda no Densetsu (SFC)
1997-05-11 Excitebike Bunbun Mario Battle Stadium 1 (SFC) Composer?/Sound Driver
1997-05-18 Excitebike Bunbun Mario Battle Stadium 2 (SFC) Composer?/Sound Driver
1997-12-01 Heisei Shin Oniga Shima: Kouhen (SFC)
1998-01-30 Super Game Boy 2 (SFC)
1999-06-25 Sutte Hakkun (SFC)
2005-05-19 Brain Age: Train Your Brain In Minutes a Day (NDS)
2013 (TBA) Daigasso! Band Brothers DS (3DS) (大合奏!バンドブラザーズ3DS)
Unknown Bdash Gatsu-Go (SFC) (ビーダッシュ)
Unknown Cassette Kensaki - NUS-you S Cassette (SFC) Composer?/Sound Driver
Unknown Famicom Disk Writer (FDS)
Unknown Satella Walker: Sate Bou no Sukuidasu! (SFC)
Unreleased SNES Burn-In Test Cart (SNES)

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