Masato Nakamura

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Masato Nakamura
Masato Nakamura - 01.jpg
Local 中村 正人 (なかむら まさと)
Born 1958-10-01
Birth Place Chofu, Tokyo, Japan
Nationality Japanese   Japan.svg

Masato Nakamura is a Japanese professional musician. He is the bass guitarist in the band DREAMS COME TRUE, and has been a member since the band's formation in 1988.

He is best known as being the composer for the first two Sonic the Hedgehog games. Fujio Minegishi, a director at Sega, had originally wanted Yuzo Kayama to compose the game's score. However, the development team suggested Nakamura instead, and so he was chosen as the composer. He worked on the soundtrack while working on the DCT album "Million Kisses".

Over the years, Masato has been involved on and off in the game industry, his most recent works being ironically Nintendo games. He currently works at Tose.

Audio Development

For the original Sonic the Hedgehog games, Nakamura wrote the music on sheet music, and then converted his music to MIDI on Notator for the Atari ST. He then sent his MIDI files to Sega, who implemented the music into their sound driver.


Released Title Sample Notes
1991-06-23 Sonic the Hedgehog (GEN) (ソニック・ザ・ヘッジホッグ) Arranged by Hiroshi Kubota.
1991-10-25 Sonic the Hedgehog (SMS) Sound Producer
1991-12-28 Sonic the Hedgehog (GG) (ソニック・ザ・ヘッジホッグ) Sound Producer
1992-11-21 Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (GEN) (ソニック・ザ・ヘッジホッグ2) Arranged by Sega sound team.
2006-11-14 [Sonic the Hedgehog: Genesis (GBA)]] Unknown arranger.
2007-11-06 Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games (WII) (マリオ&ソニック AT 北京オリンピック) Sonic the Hedgehog Original Music
2008-01-17 Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games (NDS) (マリオ&ソニック AT 北京オリンピック) Sonic the Hedgehog Original Music
2009-11-26 Professor Layton and the Last Specter (NDS) (レイトン教授と魔神の笛) With Ryo Shintani and Hiroshi Kusuhara.
2016-10-25 World of Final Fantasy (PS4) (ワールド オブ ファイナルファンタジー) Sound Director
2017-08-15 Sonic Mania (W64) (ソニックマニア) Green Hill Zone, Chemical Plant Zone, Oil Ocean Zone
2017-12-20 Sonic Runners Adventure (AND) "Green Hill: Act 1"
2020-07-17 Paper Mario: The Origami King (SW) (ペーパーマリオ オリガミキング) Sound Support with various others.
2021-06-24 Scarlet Nexus (PS5) Development Sound Director (TOSE)
Sound Manager / Technical Sound Designer
2022-06-23 Sonic Origins (XX) (ソニックオリジンズ) Sonic 1 & 2 Original Music Composition
2022-12-09 Dragon Quest Treasures (SW) (ドラゴンクエスト トレジャーズ 蒼き瞳と大空の羅針盤) Sound Manager