Kouji Murata (GB Driver)

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Kouji Murata (GB Driver)
Released 1992-07-24
Programmers Kouji Murata
Language GB-Z80 Assembly
Formats MML

Kouji Murata is an unofficial name of a sound driver used by Minakuchi Engineering on several of their Game Boy games. It was programmed by Kouji Murata, who did music and sound effects on most, if not all of the games which used the driver.

Release History

The driver was first used in Bionic Commando (GB) and would be used for the remainder of Minakuchi Engineering's Game Boy output, most notably the Mega Man GB series. Although sharing similarities to that of Hiroshi Wada's sound driver, much of the underlying code is different. While Murata's last game with the driver was the Banpresto-published release of Itsudemo! Nyan to Wonderful (GBC), it was picked up and used by pirate company Vast Fame (likely without Murata's permission) and used for their own GBC games, eventually porting it to the GBA. Since then, other pirate companies and homebrew developers have used it in their own programs.


Released Title Sample Notes
1992-07-24 Bionic Commando (GB)
First known use of the driver.
1992-12-11 Mega Man III (GB)
Used by both Kouji Murata and Toru Osada.
1993-10-29 Mega Man IV (GB)
1994-07-22 Mega Man V (GB)
Unknown if composed by Murata, Kinuyo Yamashita, or both.
1998-??-?? Itsudemo! Nyan to Wonderful (GBC) Last official use by Kouji Murata.
1998-??-?? Zook Hero Z (GBC) (路克英雄 Z) First known unlicensed use.
1999-??-?? Zook Hero 2 (GBC) (路克英雄 2)
2000-11-?? Queen Fighter 2000 (GBC) (女王格鬥2000)
2000-12-?? Feng Kuang Da Fu Weng - Crazy Monopoly (GBC) (疯狂大富翁)
2001-??-?? Bai Wang Da Fu Weng Jin Ban - Monopoly 2 (GBC)
2001-??-?? Shui Hu Shen Shou - Water Margin Animal (GBC) (水滸神獸)
2001-??-?? Super Fighter 2001 Alpha (GBC) (超級格鬥2001α)
2001-??-?? Digital Monsters 3 (GBC) (數碼暴龍水晶版3)
2001-07-15 Sheng Shou Wu Yu - Sacred Story Dragon Legend (GBC) (聖獸物語神龍傳說)
2001-07-18 Shi Kong Xing Shou - Space-Time Star Beast (GBC) (時空星獸)
2002-??-?? Xin Feng Shen Bang (GBC) (新封神榜)
2002-??-?? Devil Island (GBC)
2002-??-?? Soul Falchion (GBC) (格鬥劍神)
2003-??-?? Digimon Saphire (GBC)
2003-??-?? Mo Jie Qi Bing - The Lord of the Rings (GBA) (魔戒奇兵)
2003-??-?? Rockman & Crystal (GBA) Uses Vast Fame's GBA port of the same sound driver.
Unknown Digimon Pocket (GBC)