Iku Mizutani

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Iku Mizutani
Iku Mizutani - 1.jpg
Local 水谷 郁 (みずたに いく)
Gender Male
Born 1960-10-11
Birth Place Toyonaka-shi, Osaka, Japan
Nationality Japanese   Japan.svg
Aliases Can Mizutani
Funny Iku
I. Mizutani
Max Mizutani
Mizutani Iku
Website www.soundfountain.co.jp

Iku Mizutani is a Japanese composer, sound designer, and audio programmer.

Mizutani started out at Konami and their interior sound team, the Konami Kukeiha Club, around 1986, where he mostly worked on the Famicom. Around 1989, Mizutani left Konami and joined Natsume, where he programmed several different sound drivers for platforms like the Game Boy. At both companies, he collaborated with many other sound designers.

Today, Mizutani is the president of Sound Fountain. With his company, he continues to create music and sound effects for the games. The company works primarily on the King of Fighters and Medabots series.

Audio Development

NES, Sega Master System

Mizutani created two sound drivers at Natsume:

  1. The first one is used in Dungeon Magic and Heroes of the Lance.
  2. A whole new one is used in all other games.

The music was arranged in binary/hexadecimal.


Mizutani created MIDI files and loaded them into a debugger. There, he converted them to text and modified the music. Then he initialized it. Mizutani used instrument samples from many Roland devices such as the S-330, D-550, SC-55 Mk II, and the Yamaha TX-802.

Game Boy Advance

Mizutani used Natsume's own sound driver.


Released Title Sample Notes
1986-??-?? Rock 'n Rage (ARC)
1987-??-?? Ferocious (MSX) (ウシャス)
1987-??-?? Nemesis 2 (MSX) (グラディウス2)
1987-??-?? Usas (MSX) (ウシャス)
1987-01-04 Hi no Tori: Gaou no Bouken (FC) (火の鳥 我王の冒険)
1987-04-?? Rush 'n Attack (NES)
1987-04-10 Green Beret (FDS) (グリーン ベレー)
1987-07-07 Metal Gear (MSX) (メタルギア)
1988-??-?? King's Valley II: The Seal of El Giza (MSX) Special Thanks
1988-11-26 Snatcher (PC88) (スナッチャー) Sound Effect
1988-12-13 Snatcher (MSX) (スナッチャー) Sound Effect
1989-11-10 Dungeon Magic: Sword of the Elements (NES) (ダンジョン&マジック)
1990-08-09 Amazing Penguin (GB) (おさわがせ!ペンギンBOY)
1990-08-10 Shadow of the Ninja (NES) (影)
1990-09-08 World Boxing (FC) (ワールドボクシング)
1991-01-?? Heroes of the Lance (NES)
Arranged Seiji Toda's music.
1991-04-26 Spanky's Quest (GB) (ラッキー モンキー) Sound Manager
1991-06-?? Tail 'Gator (GB) (しっぽでぶん)
1991-10-25 Chaos World (FC) (ケイオスワールド)
1991-10-26 Shatterhand (NES) (特救指令ソルブレイン)
1991-12-21 Choujin Sentai Jetman (FC) Sound Driver
1992-??-?? Sagaia (SMS) Music Director
1992-??-?? Special Criminal Investigation (SMS) Sound Programmer
1992-01-?? Dragon Fighter (NES) (ドラゴンファイター) Sound Manager
1992-01-31 Don Doko Don 2 (FC) (ドンどこドン2)
1992-07-17 Mitsume ga Tooru (FC) (三つ目がとおる) Sound Driver
1992-07-24 Toukon Club (FC) (闘魂倶楽部)
1992-12-?? The Jetsons: Cogswell's Caper (NES) (ジェットソン) With Kazuko Umino.
1993-??-?? Renegade (SMS) Music Director
1993-04-23 Jantei Monogatari 3: Saver Angels (PCE) (雀偵物語3:セイバーエンジェル)
1993-07-16 Zen Nippon Pro Wrestling (SFC) (全日本プロレス)
1993-12-28 Zen Nippon Pro Wrestling Dash: Sekai Saikyō Tag (SFC) (全日本プロレス’ ダッシュ 世界最強タッグ) Sound Effects
1994-04-28 Fortune Quest: Quiz o Korogase (SFC) (フォーチュン・クエスト ダイスをころがせ)
1994-06-?? Natsume Championship Wrestling (SNES)
1994-06-17 Pocky & Rocky 2 (SNES) Special Thanks
1994-06-25 Zen-Nippon Pro Wrestling: Fight da Pon! (SFC)
1994-09-?? Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers (SNES)
1996-??-?? Tetris Plus (SS) (テトリスプラス)
1996-04-?? Mark Davis' The Fishing Master (SNES) Sound Director
1996-10-18 Tetris Plus (PS1) (テトリスプラス)
1996-12-27 Tetris Plus (GB) (テトリスプラス)
1997-??-?? Cleopatra Fortune (ARC) (クレオパトラ フォーチュン) Special Thanks
1997-03-14 Casper (SNES)
1998-05-28 GT24 (SS)
1998-12-18 Pocket Color Block (GBC)
1998-12-26 Big Mountain 2000 (N64) (スノースピーダー)
1999-04-23 Hole In One Golf (GBC) (ゴルフDEおはスタ)
1999-04-23 Real Pro Yakyuu! Central League-hen (GBC) (リアルプロ野球!セントラルリーグ編)
1999-04-23 Real Pro Yakyuu! Pacific League-hen (GBC) (リアルプロ野球!パシフィックリーグ編)
1999-11-15 WWF Wrestlemania 2000 (GBC)
2000-06-?? Power Rangers: Lightspeed Rescue (GBC)
2000-08-11 Tokoro-san no Setagaya Country Club (GBC) (所さん世田谷カントリークラブ)
2001-01-25 Croc 2 (GBC)
2001-02-06 Action Man: Search for Base X (GBC)
2001-04-15 Power Rangers: Time Force (GBC)
2001-08-27 Jaguar Mishin Sashi Senyou Soft: Mario Family (GBC) (ジャガーミシン刺しゅう専用ソフトマリオファミリー)
Unreleased Jaguar Mishin Sashi Senyou Soft: Kirby Family (GBC) (ジャガーミシン刺しゅう専用ソフトカービィファミリー)
2001-09-07 Medarot Navi: Kabuto Version (GBA)
2001-10-25 Disney•Pixar Monsters, Inc. (GBA)
2001-11-16 WWF Road to WrestleMania (GBA)
2002-04-26 Keitai Denjuu Telefang 2: Speed (GBA) (携帯電獣テレファング2)
2002-06-14 Family Tennis Advance (GBA) (ファミリーテニスアドバンス)
2002-06-25 Medabots AX: Metabee Ver. (GBA)
2002-08-19 Power Rangers: Wild Force (GBA)
2002-10-23 WWE Road to Wrestlemania X8 (GBA)
2002-11-22 Medabots: Metabee (GBA) Sound Producer
2002-12-27 Samurai Deeper Kyo (GBA)
2003-06-24 Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Wrath of the Darkhul King (GBA)
2003-07-04 Hachiemon (GBA) (ハチエモン)
2003-09-05 Power Rangers: Ninja Storm (GBA)
2003-12-14 Medabots: Infinity (GC) Sound Producer
2004-08-10 Mobile Suit Gundam Seed: Battle Assault (GBA)
2004-08-31 Power Rangers: Dino Thunder (GBA)
2004-10-12 WWE Survivor Series (GBA)
2005-09-08 Power Rangers: S.P.D. (GBA)
2006-11-22 Curling DS (NDS) (日本カーリング協会公認:みんなのカーリング)
2008-07-10 Yokojiku de Manabu Sekai no Rekishi: Yoko-Gaku DS (NDS)
2008-11-27 Kenka Banchou 3: Zenkoku Seiha (PSP)
2010-07-14 The King of Fighters XIII (ARC)
2011-03-24 Final Fantasy IV Complete Collection (PSP) (ファイナルファンタジーIV コンプリートコレクション)
2011-11-22 The King of Fighters XIII (X360)
2017-08-08 Mega Man: Legacy Collection 2 (W64)

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