Junichi Masuda

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Junichi Masuda
Junichi Masuda - 1.jpg
Local 増田 順一 (ますだ じゅんいち)
Born 1968-01-12
Birth Place Japan
Nationality Japanese   Japan.svg

Junichi Masuda was a Japanese composer, sound designer, and sound programmer who was the main composer at Game Freak. He has been working there as their main composer ever since 1989. Masuda has composed a vast majority of the Pokemon games. He currently lives in Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan. He also attended the Japan Electronics College for computer graphics.

Music Development


On Pokémon, Junichi used Nintendo's modified MP2K sound engine.


Masuda used the SMPS sound engine by Sega. In particular, the 68000 version.

Nintendo DS

Masuda used Nintendo's Nitro Composer sound driver.


Released Title Sample Notes
1989-06-27 Mendel Palace (NES) (クインティ)
1991-12-14 Yoshi (GB) (ヨッシーのたまご)
1991-12-14 Yoshi (NES)
1992-04-24 Magical ^ Taruruuto-kun (SMD) (まじかるタルるートくん)
1993-08-27 Mario and Wario (SFC) (マリオとワリオ)
1994-07-22 Pulseman (SMD) (パルスマン)
1996-02-27 Pokemon Red Version (GB)
1996-10-15 Pokemon Blue Version (GB)
1997-01-17 Bushi Seiryuuden: Futari no Yussha (SFC) (BUSHI 青龍伝 二人の勇者)
1998-09-12 Pokemon Yellow Version (GB) (ポケットモンスター ピカチュウ)
1999-11-21 Pokemon Gold Version (GBC)
1999-11-21 Pokemon Silver Version (GBC)
2000-12-14 Pokemon Crystal Version (GBC) (ポケットモンスター クリスタル)
2002-11-21 Pokemon Ruby Verison (GBC)
2002-11-21 Pokemon Sapphire Verison (GBC)
2004-01-29 Pokemon FireRed Version (GBA)
2004-01-29 Pokemon LeafGreen Version (GBA)
2004-09-16 Pokemon Emerald Version (GBA) (ポケットモンスター エメラルド)
2006-09-28 Pokemon Diamond Version (NDS)
2006-09-28 Pokemon Pearl Version (NDS)
2008-09-13 Pokemon Platinum Version (NDS) (ポケットモンスター プラチナ)
2009-09-12 Pokemon HeartGold Version (NDS)
2009-09-12 Pokemon SoulSilver Version (NDS)