Akito Nakatsuka is Japanese composer, sound designer, sound programmer, and sound producer who had been working with Nintendo since 1984.
He has composed music for several of Nintendo's games across multiple gaming platforms. His best known soundtracks are Zelda II: The Adventure of Link (NES) and Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!! (NES). In addition, Nakatsuka composed many of Nintendo's "black box" games such as Clu Clu Land, Excitebike, and Ice Climber. He also composed the music to the Super Game Boy. During Nintendo's development for the BS Satellaview games in Japan, he composed the music to a vast majority of those games.
It appears Nakatsuka left Nintendo around 2012 or 2013.
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.
- mobygames.com/developer/sheet/view/developerId,59334/ - MobyGames.
- nintendo.co.jp/nom/0106/asobu/interv/talk/page02.html - Interview (in Japanese).
- w.atwiki.jp/gamemusicbest100/pages/4221.html - Atwiki.jp (in Japanese).