Akito Nakatsuka

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Akito Nakatsuka
Akito Nakatsuka.jpg
Local 中塚章人 (なかつか あきと)
Born 1954?
Birth Place Unknown
Nationality Japanese   Japan.svg
  • A. Nakatuka
  • Tsukasan
  • NAK

Akito Nakatsuka has been working with Nintendo since 1984. He has composed music for several of Nintendo's games across multiple gaming platforms. In addition to his multiple credits as a composer, he is often seen credited as a special thanks mention. His best known soundtracks are Zelda II: The Adventure of Link (NES) and Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!! (NES). He also composed the music to the Super GameBoy. During Nintendo's development for the BS games in Japan, he composed the music to a vast majority of those games.

During Nintendo's Famicom Disk System development, Akito got the chance to improve some of his previous work with the Famicom Disk System's extra sound channel, and he made great use of it. Unfortunately, Akito didn't get to compose many Disk System tunes.

Music Development

Akito Nakatsuka seems to sometimes write in the Key of F and use either several triplets and/or dotted eighth notes followed by sixteenth notes in a similar fashion to Nobuyuki Ohnogi.


Akito first used a sound engine written by Hirokazu Tanaka. Then, he ended up programming his own sound engine around 1986. Back then, assembly was the only way to make music. His sound driver took advantage of the Famicom Disk System's audio capabilities.


Released Title Sample
1984-10-05 Devil World (FC)
1984-11-22 Clu Clu Land (NES)
1984-11-30 Excitebike (NES)
1985-01-30 Ice Climber (NES)
1985-12-06 Spelunker (NES) (スペランカー) Composer?
1986-02-21 Family Computer Disk System (FDS) (ファミリーコンピュータ ディスクシステム)
1986-08-27 I Am a Teacher: Super Mario's Sweater (FDS) (アイ アム ア ティーチャー スーパーマリオのセーター)
1986-09-26 I Am a Teacher: Basic Hand Knitting (FDS) (アイ アム ア ティーチャー 手あみのきそ)
1986-??-?? FamicomBox (FC)
1987-01-14 Zelda II: The Adventure of Link (NES)
1987-02-21 Famicom Golf: Japan Course (FDS) (ファミコン ゴルフ: ジャパン コース)
1987-06-14 Famicom Golf: USA Course (FDS) (ファミコン ゴルフ: USA コース)
1987-10-?? Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!! (NES)
1988-11-30 Kaettekita Mario Bros. (FDS) (帰ってきた マリオブラザーズ)
1988-12-09 Vs. Excitebike (FDS) (VS。エキサイトバイク) Sound Driver
1990-08-?? Punch-Out!! (NES)
1991-09-20 NES Open Tournament Golf (NES) (マリオ オープン ゴルフ)
1994-02-09 Wario's Woods (NES) (ワリオの森) Sound Driver
1995-04-23 BS-X Satellaview (SFC)
1995-06-14 Super Game Boy (SNES)
1997-??-?? BS Legend of Zelda (SFC)
1997-12-01 Heisei Shin Oniga Shima: Kouhen (SFC)
1998-01-30 Super Game Boy 2 (SFC)
1999-06-25 Sutte Hakkun (SFC)
2005-05-19 Brain Age: Train Your Brain In Minutes a Day (NDS)
2013 (TBA) Large Ensemble! Band Brothers DS (3DS) (大合奏!バンドブラザーズ3DS)
Unknown Bdash Gatsu-Go (SFC) (ビーダッシュ)
Unknown Satella Walker: Sate Bou no Sukuidasu! (SFC)
Unreleased SNES Burn-In Test Cart (SNES)

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