Kouji Murata (GB Driver)
|Kouji Murata (GB Driver)|
Kouji Murata is an unofficial name of a sound driver used by Minakuchi Engineering on several of their Game Boy games. It was programmed by Kouji Murata, who did music and sound effects on most, if not all of the games which used the driver.
The driver was first used in Bionic Commando (GB) and would be used for the remainder of Minakuchi Engineering's Game Boy output, most notably the Mega Man GB series. Although sharing similarities to that of Hiroshi Wada's sound driver, much of the underlying code is different. While Murata's last game with the driver was the Banpresto-published release of Itsudemo! Nyan to Wonderful (GBC), it was picked up and used by pirate company Vast Fame (likely without Murata's permission) and used for their own GBC games, eventually porting it to the GBA. Since then, other pirate companies and homebrew developers have used it in their own programs.