Atsuko Iwanaga

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Atsuko Iwanaga
Atsuko Iwanaga - 1.jpg
Local 岩永 敦子 (いわなが あつこ)
Born 1961-06-19
Birth Place Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa, Japan
Nationality Japanese   Japan.svg
Aliases A. Iwanaga, まつだいら あこ / 松平あこ (Ako Matsudaira)

Atsuko Iwanaga (better known as Ako Matsudaira) is a Japanese composer. She attended the Kunatachi College of Music and graduated in 1984. She started her video game music career working for Coreland Technologies, composing for some of their arcade games. She later moved on to Arc System Works and worked with Junya Kozakai on some of their Famicom titles.

Iwanaga is the wife of game designer Kenichi Iwanaga who founded Minato Giken. As a result, she also scored several games for the company, but was usually credited as a sound programmer. She appears to have left the games industry after Minato Giken folded in 1997.

Audio Development


Atsuko used a sound driver by Minoru Kidooka. The music was entered in a binary format and then assembled onto the NES.


Atsuko used a sound driver by Katsuhiro Hayashi, which in turn was a variant of Nintendo's Kankichi-kun.


Released Title Sample Notes
1985-??-?? I'm Sorry (ARC) (ごんべえのあいむそーりー)
1985-??-?? My Hero (ARC) (青春スキャンダル)
1989-03-01 Hany in the Sky (PCE) (はにいいんざすかい)
1989-03-17 Rolling Thunder (NES) (ローリング・サンダー)
1989-11-24 Mahjong Gakuen: Toumasou Shirou Toujou (PCE) (麻雀学園 東間宗四郎登場) With Yasushi Kawasaki.
1989-12-22 Mappy Kids (FC) (マッピー・キッズ)
1990-09-08 SD Sengoku Bushou Retsuden: Rekka no Gotoku Tenka o Nusure! (FC) (SD戦国武将列伝 烈火のごとく天下を盗れ!)
1990-09-14 Hany on the Road (PCE) (はにいおんざろおど) With Yasushi Kawasaki and Junya Kozakai.
1990-10-21 Shufflepuck Cafe (FC) (シャッフルパック・カフェ)
1990-12-07 Chiyonofuji no Ooichou (FC) (千代の富士の大銀杏) With Junya Kozakai and Jun Shirahama.
1990-12-07 Fushigi no Yume no Alice (PCE) (不思議の夢のアリス)
1990-12-14 Zipang (PCE) (ジパング) With Junya Kozakai.
1990-12-15 Hissatsu Shigoto Nin (FC) (必殺仕事人) With Jun Shirahama.
1991-??-?? Quiz Gakuen Paradise (ARC) (クイズ学園パラダイス) With "Kirin".
1991-03-15 Obocchamakun (PCE) (おぼっちゃまくん) With Junya Kozakai.
1991-03-22 Road Spirits (PCE) (ロード・スピリッツ) Ending CG (Arc)
1992-04-17 Hirake! Ponkikki (FC) (ひらけ!ポンキッキ)
1992-08-07 Quiz Sekai wa Show by Shoubai!! (GB) (クイズ世界はSHOW by ショーバイ!!)
1992-10-09 Shuffle Fight (FC) (シャッフルファイト)
1993-??-?? Nostradamus (ARC) (ノストラダムス) With Mika Nozawa.
1993-02-19 Battle Baseball (FC) (バトル・ベースボール) Sound
1993-12-17 Taisen Mahjong Haopai 2 (GG) (対戦麻雀 好牌) Special Thanks
1994-??-?? Dynamite Headdy (GG) (ダイナマイトヘッディー)
1994-??-?? Dynamite Headdy (SMS)
1994-02-18 Tetsuwan Atom (SFC) (鉄腕アトム) Music Program
1994-05-25 Gururin (ARC) (ぐるりん) With Kenji Sugai.
1994-09-30 Yuu Yuu Hakusho: Battle of Seven Strengths (GG) (激闘!七強の戦い) Music Program
1995-??-?? Sonic Labyrinth (GG) (ソニックラビリンス)
1995-02-24 Crayon Shin-chan: Showdown! Quantum Panic!! (GG) (クレヨンしんちゃん:対決!カンタムパニック!!) Sound Effector
1995-04-07 The Quiz Gear Fight!! (GG) (ザ・クイズギアファイト!!)
1995-11-17 Sonic Labyrinth (GG) Sound Programmer
1995-11-24 Akagawa Jirou: Majo-tachi no Nemuri (SFC) (赤川次郎:魔女たちの眠り)
1996-03-29 Kaitou Saint Tail (GG) (怪盗セイント・テール) Sound Effect [sic]


Atsuko usually went by the pseudonym Ako Matsudaira. The etymology of this name is unknown.

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