Hidenori Maezawa

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Hidenori Maezawa
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Local 前沢 秀憲 (まえざわ ひでのり)
Born 1958-09-14
Birth Place Japan
Nationality Japanese   Japan.svg
Aliases H. Maezawa
Michael Maezawa
Otoshi Hidenori
Dandy Hidenori
まえざわ (Maezawa)
魔遺慶流 (Michael)

Hidenori Maezawa became a fan of music because his older brother was a huge fan of The Beatles. Although he enjoyed listening to music, he didn't decide to make his own music until he was 20. Maezawa wanted to play in a band, but he wasn't that great at playing instruments, so he began composing instead.

In 1986, while looking for a job in the magazine Being, Maezawa saw an opening at Konami for a gaming composer. His ability to both compose music and program computers was very useful and he was given the job. Maezawa then immediately began working on the audio of Castlevania, although he says he played only a minor role in the total audio.

Because of his technical skill, Maezawa was often in charge of porting the music from arcade versions of a game over to NES sound chip, a daunting task. During these ports, Maezawa sometimes had the ability to flex his creativity by compose new music to fit into new sections. Another benefit of being able to program is that Maezawa was involved in designing Konami's add-on chip for the NES called the VRC VI. Among other things, the chip allowed for improved audio capabilities, effectively doubling the NES's sound quality. The chip made its debut in 1989, but it was only used in a few Konami games only released in Japan, so most of the world didn't get to appreciate it.

Maezawa stayed in Kobe, Japan as a game composer for Konami until 1992 when he moved to Tokyo, Japan to be a music director for Konami's music label as the technology for putting chip tunes on CD was just being made. During that time, Maezawa saw many other fields in the music industry and decided to go out on his own. He started up his own company, Picnic. He uses Picnic to act as a middleman for the gaming industry and the music industry, which he claims is very different. Maezawa now makes music for various medias including game, pachinko machines, movies, and even traditional music. He has a album called Rain Book that he recorded with Japanese folk singer Yoko Yamamoto.

Audio Development


Hidenori reprogrammed Konami's standard NES sound driver for his own needs, and this variant would be used in many games, including ones he was not actively involved in. Music was entered in assembly macros on a computer, and then assembled for playback on a development system.


Released Title Sample Notes
1986-12-13 Nazo no Kabe: Block-kuzushi (FDS) (謎の壁 ブロックくずし) With Jun Funahashi and Hiroshi Takeyasu.
1987-01-04 Hi no Tori Hououhen: Gaou no Bouken (FC) (火の鳥 鳳凰編 我王の冒険) With Iku Mizutani and Kinuyo Yamashita.
1987-03-18 The Goonies II (NES) (グーニーズ2 フラッテリー最後の挑戦)
With Satoe Terashima.
1987-07-07 Getsu Fuuma Den (FC) (月風魔伝)
1987-08-11 Knightmare II: The Maze of Galious (FC) (魔城伝説Ⅱ・大魔司教ガリウス) With Shinya Sakamoto, Atsushi Fujio, Kiyohiro Sada, and Kinuyo Yamashita.
1987-09-25 Life Force (NES) (沙羅曼蛇) Arranger with Shinya Sakamoto, Satoe Terashima, and Atsushi Fujio.
1988-02-09 Contra (NES) (魂斗羅)
Arranger (Composed Japanese intro only)
1988-04-28 Parodius: Tako wa Chikyuu o Sukuu (MSX) (パロディウス ~タコは地球を救う~)
1988-06-12 Risa no Yousei Densetsu (FDS) (リサの妖精伝説) With Shinya Sakamoto, Atsushi Fujio, Kiyohiro Sada, Koji Murata, Yukie Morimoto, and Michiru Yamane.
1988-07-15 Jarinko Chie: Bakudan Musume no Shiawase Sagashi (FC) (じゃりン子チエ ばくだん娘の幸せさがし)
1988-08-12 The Adventures of Bayou Billy (NES) (マッド・シティ)
With Kiyohiro Sada, Jun Funahashi, Atsushi Fujio, and Tsutomu Ogura.
1988-12-16 Gradius II (NES) (グラディウスII) With Yukie Morimoto.
1989-05-12 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (NES) (激亀忍者伝)
Sound Programming
1989-08-04 Cosmic Wars (FC) (コズミックウォーズ) With Harumi Ueko.
1989-12-15 Top Gun: The Second Mission (NES) (トップガン デュアルファイターズ)
With Yuichi Sakakura and Harumi Ueko.
1989-12-22 Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse (NES) (悪魔城伝説) With Yoshinori Sasaki, Jun Funahashi, and Yukie Morimoto.
1990-??-?? Surprise Attack (ARC) (サプライズアタック) With Yoshinori Sasaki, Kozo Nakamura, and Miki Higashino.
1990-02-02 Super C (NES) (スーパー魂斗羅)
1990-02-?? Parodius Da! Shinwa kara Owarai E (ARC) (パロディウスだ! -神話からお笑いへ-)
Arranged by Kazuki Muraoka.
1991-??-?? Sunset Riders (ARC) (サンセットライダーズ) Sound Advisor
1991-??-?? Xexex (ARC) (ゼクセクス) With Motoaki Furukawa, Satoko Miyawaki, and Ayako Nishigaki.
1991-02-21 Bells & Whistles (ARC) (出たな!!ツインビー) With Michiru Yamane and Masae Nakashima.
1992-??-?? Lethal Enforcers (ARC) (リーサルエンフォーサーズ) Sound Effects
2008-12-02 Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Cross Generation of Heroes (ARC) (タツノコ VS. CAPCOM CROSS GENERATION OF HEROES) With Masayuki Endo and Shojiro Nakaoka.


Hidenori usually went by the moniker and pseudonym Michael Maezawa. The etymology of the name is unknown, but was most likely used by him since Konami prohibited staff's real names from being revealed at the time. In Getsufu Maden, his name is written in meaningless kanji as 魔遺慶流 (Ma i ke ru, the Japanese pronunciation of Michael.) This is most likely due to the Chinese theme of the game, so Maezawa decided not to use hiragana/katakana for his name as a result.

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