Tohru Nakabayashi

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Tohru Nakabayashi
Tohru Nakabayashi - 02.jpg
Local 中林 亨 (なかばやし とおる)
Born 1957-12-25
Birth Place Gunma Prefecture, Takasaki, Japan
Nationality Japanese   Japan.svg
Aliases Master, NAK.

Tohru Nakabayashi is a Japanese composer and sound designer best known for his work with Sega, which he was part of from 1986 to 1998. In 1976, he graduated Gunma Prefectural Tomioka High School. In 1980, he graduated Chiba Institute of Technology. He is currently a general manager of technology development at FPS.

Some of Nakabayashi's most popular works include Alien Syndrome, Altered Beast, and Golden Axe.

Audio Development

Nakabayashi is known for having a distinctive drum pattern, which Hiroshi Kawaguchi titled Nakabayashi Drums.


For Michael Jackson's Moonwalker, he converted Michael Jackson's compositions into Sega's arcade sound system. Nakabayashi also allegedly met Michael Jackson personally when he traveled to North America.


Released Title Sample Notes
1987-??-?? Ghostbusters (SMS)
1988-11-27 Altered Beast (GEN) (獣王記) Arranged by Kazuhiko Nagai.
1988-??-?? Thunder Blade (ARC)
1988-??-?? Altered Beast (ARC) (獣王記)
1989-06-?? Altered Beast (SMS) Arranged by Kazuhiko Nagai.
1989-06-?? Golden Axe (ARC)
1990-07-20 Juuouki (FC) (獣王記) Arranged by Kenji Eno and Michiya Hirasawa.
1990-??-?? Cyberball (GEN) (サイバーボール)
1990-??-?? Michael Jackson's Moonwalker (ARC) (マイケル・ジャクソンのムーンウォーカー)
1992-??-?? Burning Rival (ARC) Sound programming
1997-??-?? Die Hard Arcade (SAT) Special Thanks

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