Hirokazu Andō

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Hirokazu Ando
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Local 安藤 浩和 (あんどう ひろかず)
Born 1969
Birth Place Japan
Nationality Japanese   Japan.svg

Hirokazu Ando is a Japanese composer and sound designer known for his impressive soundtracks at HAL Laboratory. He joined HAL around 1991, shortly after Jun Ishikawa started working there and around when Hideki Kanazashi left, and his first contribution to the company was for their game Hyper Zone. He worked with Jun on a vast majority of the Kirby series, as well as other games. His most significant contribution to the Kirby series is his song Green Greens, which he wrote on a keyboard recorder. He also worked with other HAL composers like Tadashi Ikegami and Shogo Sakai. He is known for his fast-paced music, in which his colleagues joke that the older he gets, the faster his music is. In addition, Ando has employed the service of his pet chicken Nago for sound effects for some of the games he's worked on.

Most recently, he has taken the lead in HAL Laboratory's sound department for games like Kirby Star Allies and Kirby Fighters 2.

He plays the electric organ, bass guitar and ukulele.

Audio Development


Ando most likely used Music Maker, in which the music was written in MML in textual form. The data was then converted to a sound driver by Hiroaki Suga.


Ando used several different custom versions of Nintendo's Kankichi-kun sound engine and software. He likely wrote in a custom MML on a Sony NEWS.


Released Title Sample Notes
1991-08-31 Hyper Zone (SNES) (ハイパーゾーン) With Jun Ishikawa.
1992-03-27 Arcana (SNES) (Card Master リムサリアの封印) With Jun Ishikawa.
1993-03-23 Kirby's Adventure (NES) (星のカービィ 夢の泉物語) With Jun Ishikawa.
1994-09-21 Kirby's Dream Course (SNES) (カービィボウル)
1995-02-?? Kirby's Avalanche (SNES) Arranged by Akiyoshi Nagao.
1995-03-21 Kirby's Dream Land 2 (GB) (星のカービィ2) With Tadashi Ikegami
1997-06-04 Kirby's Star Stacker (GB) (カービィのきらきらきっず)
1998-02-01 Kirby's Star Stacker (SFC) (カービィのきらきらきっず) With Jun Ishikawa.
1999-01-21 Super Smash Bros. (N64) (ニンテンドウオールスター!大乱闘スマッシュブラザーズ)
2000-03-24 Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards (N64) (星のカービィ64) With Jun Ishikawa.
2001-11-21 Super Smash Bros. Melee (GC) (大乱闘スマッシュブラザーズDX) Sound & Music Director with Shogo Sakai, Tadashi Ikegami, and Takuto Kitsuta.
2002-10-25 Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land (GBA) (星のカービィ 夢の泉デラックス) With Jun Ishikawa, Tadashi Ikegami, and Shogo Sakai.
2003-07-11 Kirby Air Ride (GC) (カービィのエアライド) Sound Composition Chief with Shogo Sakai, Tadashi Ikegami, and Jun Ishikawa.
2006-10-26 Kanshuu Nippon Joushikiryoku Kentei Kyoukai: Imasara Hito ni wa Kikenai Otona no Joushikiryoku Training DS (NDS) (監修 日本常識力検定協会 いまさら人には聞けない 大人の常識力トレーニングDS) With Jun Ishikawa and Tadashi Ikegami.
2006-11-02 Kirby Squeak Squad (NDS) (星のカービィ 参上! ドロッチェ団) With Jun Ishikawa, Tadashi Ikegami, Shogo Sakai.
2008-03-06 Minna no Joushiki Ryoku TV (WII) (みんなの常識力テレビ) With Jun Ishikawa and Tadashi Ikegami.
2008-09-22 Kirby Super Star Ultra (NDS) (星のカービィ ウルトラスーパーデラックス) With Jun Ishikawa.
2009-03-12 Picross 3D (NDS) (立体ピクロス) With Yasumasa Yamada and Jun Ishikawa.
2010-10-14 Kirby's Epic Yarn (WII) (毛糸のカービィ) With Tomoya Tomita, Jun Ishikawa, and Tadashi Ikegami.
2011-10-24 Kirby's Return to Dream Land (WII) (星のカービィWii) With Jun Ishikawa.
2012-07-19 Kirby's Dream Collection (WII) (星のカービィ 20周年スペシャルコレクション) With Jun Ishikawa and Shogo Sakai.
2014-01-11 Kirby: Triple Deluxe (3DS) (星のカービィ トリプルデラックス) With Jun Ishikawa.
2014-07-23 Kirby Fighters Deluxe (3DS) (カービィファイターズZ)
2014-07-23 Dedede's Drum Dash Deluxe (3DS) (デデデ大王のデデデでデンZ)
2015-01-14 BoxBoy! (3DS) (ハコボーイ) With Jun Ishikawa.
2015-10-01 Picross 3D: Round 2 (3DS) (立体ピクロス2) With Megumi Ohara and Shogo Sakai.
2016-01-06 BoxBoxBoy! (3DS) (ハコボーイ! もうひとハコ) With Jun Ishikawa.
2016-04-28 Kirby: Planet Robobot (3DS) (星のカービィ ロボボプラネット) Lead Sound with Jun Ishikawa.
2017-02-22 Bye-Bye BoxBoy! (3DS) (さよなら! ハコボーイ!) With Jun Ishikawa.
2017-04-23 Team Kirby Clash Deluxe (3DS) (みんなで!カービィハンターズZ) Lead Sound with Jun Ishikawa.
2017-07-04 Kirby's Blowout Blast (3DS) (カービィのすいこみ大作戦) With Jun Ishikawa.
2018-03-16 Kirby Star Allies (NS) (星のカービィ スターアライズ) Lead Sound with Jun Ishikawa and Yuuta Ogasawara.
2019-04-26 BoxBoy! + BoxGirl! (NS) (ハコボーイ!&ハコガール!) With Jun Ishikawa and Yuuta Ogasawara.
2019-09-04 Super Kirby Clash (NS) (スーパーカービィハンターズ) With Kiyoshi Hazemoto and Tadashi Ikegami.
2020-09-23 Kirby Fighters 2 (NS) (カービィファイターズ2) With Yuki Shimooka and Kiyoshi Hazemoto.

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