|Native name||田中 宏和|
|Also known as||Hip Tanaka|
December 13, 1957 |
|Occupations||Composer, sound designer, president|
Hirokazu "Hip" Tanaka (田中 宏和 Tanaka Hirokazu?, born December 13, 1957) is a Japanese composer and sound designer, best known for his scores in various video games produced by Nintendo. In 1980, after graduating from university with a degree in electronic engineering, Tanaka successfully applied for a job at Nintendo as a sound designer. At Nintendo, Tanaka would work on well known games such as Metroid, Kid Icarus, Super Mario Land, Tetris, Mother, Dr. Mario, and EarthBound.
At the advice of EarthBound co-worker Tsunekazu Ishihara, Tanaka would join Creatures as a guest composer, where he would end up composing multiple songs for the first Japanese Pokémon anime. Despite the fact that his themes were not used in the West, they inspired best-selling singles and albums in Japan due to their popularity there. Tanaka was eventually forbidden by Nintendo to continue to write more songs for the anime due to their policy of not allowing employees to work for other companies, so he resigned at Nintendo and joined Creatures full-time in 1999. In 2001, Tanaka succeeded Ishihara to become the president of Creatures, where he still works today.
Besides writing music, Tanaka is also known for his role in designing and coding the Famicom and Game Boy audio hardware, along with co-designing the NES Zapper, Game Boy Camera, and Game Boy Printer.
- Space Firebird (1980)
- Radar Scope (1980)
- Heli Fire (1980)
- Mickey & Donald (1982)
- Donkey Kong 2 (1982)
- Donkey Kong 3 (1983)
- Pinball (1983)
- Mario’s Cement Factory (1983)
- Donkey Kong Jr. (1983)
- Snoopy (1983)
- Popeye (1983)
- Mario's Bombs Away (1983)
- Spitball Sparky (1984)
- Wild Gunman (1984)
- Duck Hunt (1984)
- Hogan's Alley (1984)
- Urban Champion (1984)
- Balloon Fight (1985)
- Wrecking Crew (1985)
- Stack-Up (1985)
- Gyromite (1985)
- Gumshoe (1986)
- Metroid (1986)
- Kid Icarus (1986)
- Famicom Wars (1988) (with Kenji Yamamoto)
- Alleyway (1989)
- Baseball (1989)
- Super Mario Land (1989)
- Yakuman (1989)
- Tetris (1989)
- Mother (with Keiichi Suzuki) (1989)
- Golf (1989)
- Knight Move (1989)
- Dr. Mario (1990)
- Barker Bill's Trick Shooting (1990)
- Balloon Kid (Balloon Fight GB in Japan) (1990)
- Hello Kitty World (1992)
- Mario Paint (1992) (with Ryoji Yoshitomi and Kazumi Totaka)
- EarthBound (Mother 2, 1994, with Keiichi Suzuki)
- Snoopy Concert (with Minako Hamano) (1995)
- Game Boy Camera (1998)
- Super Smash Bros. Brawl (2008) (arrangements with various others)
- Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U (2014) (arrangements with various others)
- Donkey Kong (1981, sound effects)
- X (1992, sound effects)
- Fire Emblem Gaiden (1992, supervisor)
- Fire Emblem: Monshō no Nazo (1994, special thanks)
- Various songs for the original Japanese Pokémon anime.
- Play For Japan: The Album (2011) (with various others)
- Tanaka, Hirokazu. "Biography". HirokazuTanaka.com. Retrieved 5 September 2014.
- Greening, Chris. "Hirokazu Tanaka Profile". Game Music Online. Retrieved 5 September 2014.
- Tanaka, Hirokazu. "Works". HirokazuTanaka.com. Retrieved 5 September 2014.
- Brandon, Alexander; Tanaka, Hirokazu. "Shooting from the Hip: An Interview with Hip Tanaka". Gamasutra. Retrieved 5 September 2014.
- Brandon, Alexander (25 Sep 2002). "Shooting from the Hip: An Interview with Hip Tanaka". Gamasutra. Retrieved 24 Jul 2010.
- Official website (Japanese)
- Hirokazu Tanaka discography at MusicBrainz
- Artist profile at OverClocked ReMix
- Hirokazu Tanaka @ HearJapan
- Article at TvTropes