Rod Nakamoto

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Rodney Nakamoto
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Birth Place USA
Nationality American   USA.svg

Rod Nakamoto is an American game developer. In June 1979, he founded Sweet Micro Systems, which ran up until September 1983. A year later, he founded Interactive Designs, which he operated for 8 years. While there, he did the music for Darkwing Duck for the TurboGrafx-16, which appears to be his only music credit. At the beginning of 1993, Rod worked at Sega America as the VP. He has also worked for other major gaming companies such as Electronic Arts, GT Interactive, and Namco.

In addition, Rod created the successful Mockingboard sound card for the Apple II.

Since 2010, Rod has been operating his own company No Strings Toys.

Audio Development


The original music was from the cartoon series but since the NEC did not want to pay the full license, I had to interpret the music. So I used a keyboard and mixer to create the sound track. The output was digitized and fed into a sound / music engine that I created for the TG-16. The TG-16 had its own sound chip so it was fairly straightforward. The whole game was written in C with assembly language drivers. Much less difficult than the previous Apple II and PC products which I wrote entirely in assembly.


Released Title Sample Notes
1988-??-?? Cabal (DOS) Sound Driver
1991-??-?? TaleSpin (TG16) Arranged Scott Etherton's music.
1992-??-?? Darkwing Duck (TG16)