Hajime Wakai

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Hajime Wakai
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Local 若井淑 (わかい はじめ)
Born 1973-07-05
Birth Place Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan
Nationality Japanese   Japan.svg
Aliases H. Wakai

Hajime Wakai is a Japanese composer, arranger, sound designer, sound programmer, and audio director. He was born in Kyoto Japan. Since 1996, he has been working at Nintendo, and has worked on many of their best-known series including Star Fox, Pikmin, and The Legend of Zelda, and has also worked alongside Koji Kondo. Besides music, Hajime has also done voice work for Nintendo in their Pikmin series, in which he pitched his voice up 1.5 octaves.

While Wakai continues to work at Nintendo, his recent credits are mainly for sound supervision and direction, so he doesn't write as much music for the company.


Released Title Sample Notes
1997-04-27 Star Fox 64 (N64) (スターフォックス64) With Koji Kondo.
1997-12-21 Yoshi's Story (N64) (ヨッシーストーリー) Sound Effect Programmer with Yasushi Ida.
1998-07-14 F-Zero X (N64) (エフゼロエックス) With Taro Bando.
1999-04-30 Pokemon Stadium (N64) (ポケモンスタジアム2) With Kenta Nagata and Tohru Minegishi.
2000-12-14 Pokemon Stadium 2 (N64) (ポケモンスタジアム金銀)
2001-10-26 Pikmin (GC) (ピクミン)
2002-12-13 The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker (GC) (ゼルダの伝説 風のタクト) With Kenta Nagata, Tohru Minegishi, and Koji Kondo.
2004-04-29 Pikmin 2 (GC) (ピクミン2)
2005-04-21 Nintendogs: Dachshund & Friends (NDS) (ニンテンドッグス ダックス&フレンズ)
2006-05-15 New Super Mario Bros. (NDS) (ニュー・スーパーマリオブラザーズ) With Asuka Ohta.
2006-08-03 Star Fox Command (NDS) (スターフォックス コマンド)
2007-04-26 Big Brain Academy: Wii Degree (WII) (Wiiでやわらかあたま塾) Sound Director
2008-01-31 Super Smash Bros. Brawl (WII) (大乱闘スマッシュブラザーズX) Music Arrangement with various others.
2008-04-10 Mario Kart Wii (WII) (マリオカートWii) Sound Support
2008-10-16 Wii Music (WII) (Wiiミュージック) Sound Director
2008-12-25 New Play Control! Pikmin (WII) (ピクミン Wiiであそぶ)
2009-03-12 New Play Control! Pikmin 2 (WII) (ピクミン2 Wiiであそぶ)
2011-07-14 Star Fox 64 3D (3DS) (スターフォックス643D) With Koji Kondo.
2011-11-18 The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword (WII) (ゼルダの伝説 スカイウォードソード) With Shiho Fujii, Mahito Yokota, Takeshi Hama, and Koji Kondo.
2012-11-18 Nintendo Land (WIIU) (ニンテンドーランド) Sound Director
2013-07-13 Pikmin 3 (WIIU) (ピクミン3) With Asuka Hayazaki and Atsuko Asahi.
2013-09-20 The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD (WIIU) (ゼルダの伝説 風のタクトHD) With Kenta Nagata, Asuka Hayazaki, and Atsuko Asahi.
2014-11-21 Super Smash Bros. for Wii U (WIIU) (大乱闘スマッシュブラザーズ for Wii U) Music Arrangement with various others.
2016-04-21 Star Fox Guard (WIIU) (スターフォックス ガード) Sound Supervisor with Koji Kondo.
2016-04-21 Star Fox Zero (WIIU) (スターフォックス ゼロ) Sound Supervisor with Koji Kondo.
2017-03-03 The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (SW) (ゼルダの伝説 ブレス オブ ザ ワイルド) Sound Director
2017-03-03 The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (WIIU) (ゼルダの伝説 ブレス オブ ザ ワイルド) Sound Director
2017-07-13 Hey! Pikmin (3DS) (Hey! ピクミン) Sound Supervisor with Mitsuhiro Hikino and Ryoji Yoshitomi.
2019-09-20 The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening (SW) (ゼルダの伝説 夢をみる島) Sound Supervisor with Takahiro Watanabe.

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