The Early Nintendo Composers

Back in the 80’s, the video game industry got a major boost due in large part to the Nintendo Entertainment System. Musical compositions played a key role in helping the 8-bit system gain worldwide popularity. Songs to games like Super Mario Bros, Legend of Zelda, and Metroid are still very popular.  Here’s a list of some of the early composers who helped Nintendo become what it is today: (some of their notable works are listed below)

 

Koji Kondo (Born August 13, 1960)

Koji Kondo1
Super Mario Bros – (1985)
Legend of Zelda – (1986)
Super Mario Bros 2 – (1988)
Super Mario Bros 3 – (1988)

 

Hirokazu “Hip” Tanaka (Born December 13, 1957)

Metroid (1986)
Kid Icarus (1986)
Tetris (NES) (1989)
Dr. Mario (1990)

David Wise (Born September 13, 1967)

Wizards & Warriors (1987)
R.C. Pro Am (1988)
Marble Madness (NES) (1989)

 

 Manami Matsumai (Born December 12, 1964)


Megaman 1 (1987)
Megaman 2 (1988)

 

Nobuo Uematsu (Born March 21, 1959)

Final Fantasy (1987)
Final Fantasy 2 (1988)

 

Miki Higashino (Born January 1, 1968)

Gradius (1985)
Life Force (1986)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II (1989)

 

Hirohiko Takayama (Born May 5, 1966)

Hirohiko Takayama - NES
T&C Surf Designs (1988)
Friday the 13th (1989)
Xexyz (1990)

 

Kinuyo Yamashita (Born December 31, 19??)


Castlevania (1986)
Stinger (1986)

 

Akito Natkasuka (Born ???)

Ice Climber (1985)
Zelda 2: The Adventure of Link (1987)
Mike Tyson’s Punch Out (1987)