Noriyuki Iwadare

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Noriyuki Iwadare
Noriyuki Iwadare - 01.jpg
Local 岩垂 徳行 (いわだれ のりゆき)
Born 1964-04-24
Birth Place Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture, Japan
Nationality Japanese   Japan.svg
Aliases N. Iwadare
Turbo Mira

Noriyuki Iwadare is a famed Japanese composer, sound designer and sound programmer. He is perhaps best known for his work with the audio group CUBE. In 1991, Iwadare, along with Kenichi Okuma and Isao Mizoguchi founded Two Five, another audio group specializing in game audio. Iwadare would leave the company in 1997.

His first work was the Genesis version of After Burner II, in which he had to port Hiroshi Kawaguchi's score to the downgraded sound hardware. Iwadare would also work on many more Genesis games. Some of his notable works include the Grandia, Lunar, Langrisser, and Ace Attorney series.

Outside of video game music, Iwadare is also known for his works outside the industry, such as composing the parade music to Tokyo Disney Resort, as well as the opening music to NHK's Art Theatre.

Today, Iwadare continues to be active in the game music industry, and works as a freelance composer, working for many different clients.

Audio Development

Today, Iwadare records using Pro Tools and composes in DP11.


For After Burner II, Noriyuki programmed his own sound driver. He wrote a program where he could play MIDI music live on his PC-8801 computer. He then wrote a conversion tool that would convert his PC-8801 MIDI files to the Mega Drive. Many other composers for the Mega Drive would use the same driver.

For his other games, he used a sound driver by his superior Yasuhiro Taguchi.


For Montstania, Iwadare used a sound driver by Yasuhiro Taguchi.


Noriyuki used Nintendo's MP2K sound engine.


Released Title Sample Notes
1990-03-22 After Burner II (GEN) (アフターバーナーⅡ) Arranged Hiroshi Kawaguchi's music.
1990-12-20 Sagaia (GEN) (ダライアスII) Music Programmer with Yasuhiro Taguchi.
1991-??-?? Warsong (GEN) (ラングリッサー) With Hiroshi Fujioka and Isao Mizoguchi.
1991-??-?? Ys III: Wanderers from Ys (GEN) (ワンダラーズ フロム イース)
1991-01-25 Wings of Wor (GEN) (ジノーグ)
1991-02-15 Parasol Stars: The Story of Bubble Bobble III (PCE) (パラソルスター) With Yasuko Yamada.
1991-03-15 Head Buster (GG) (ヘッドバスター) With Hiroshi Fujioka and Isao Mizoguchi.
1991-05-31 Zero Wing (SMD) (ゼロウイング) Arranger
1991-06-22 Star Odyssey (SMD) (ブルーアルマナック) With Masaru Suzuki, Yoshiaki Kubotera, Hiroshi Fujioka, and Isao Mizoguchi.
1991-09-20 Winner's Horse (GB) (ウィナーズ ホース)
1992-??-?? Gley Lancer (SMD) (グレイランサー) With Yoshiaki Kubotera, Masanori Hikichi, and Isao Mizoguchi.
1992-03-13 Steel Empire (GEN) (鋼鉄帝国) With Isao Mizoguchi and Yoshiaki Kubotera.
1992-06-12 Gambler Jiko Chuushinha (GG) (ぎゃんぶらあ 自己中心派)
1992-08-29 Farjius no Jakoutei: Neo Metal Fantasy (PCCD) (ファージアスの邪皇帝・NEO METAL FANTASY) Recording: AD
1993-05-28 Ranger X (GEN) (エックスランザー)
1993-09-24 Alien vs. Predator: The Last of His Clan (GB) (エイリアンVSプレデター)
1995-06-30 Der Langrisser (SNES) (デア・ラングリッサー)
1996-09-27 Monstania (SFC) (モンスタニア)
1998-05-28 Lunar: Silver Star Story Complete (PS1)
1999-??-?? Grandia (PS1) (グランディア)
2003-07-17 Mega Man X7 (PS2) (ロックマンエックス7)
2002-04-12 Lunar Legend (GBA) (ルナーレジェンドー)
2004-01-23 Gyakuten Saiban 3 (GBA) (逆転裁判3)
2005-01-27 Radiata Stores (PS2) (ラジアータ ストーリーズ)
2007-08-23 Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trials and Tribulations (NDS) (逆転裁判3)
2008-01-31 Super Smash Bros. Brawl (Wii) (大乱闘スマッシュブラザーズエックス)
2009-05-28 Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth (NDS) (逆転検事)
2011-02-03 Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth 2 (NDS) (逆転検事2)
2012-03-22 Kid Icarus: Uprising (3DS) (新・光神話 パルテナの鏡)
2013-07-25 Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies (3DS) (逆転裁判5)
2016-06-09 Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Spirit of Justice (3DS) (逆転裁判6)
2021-03-25 Kagawa Manao to Futari de Shougi (SW) (香川愛生とふたりで将棋)
2023-06-06 Loop8: Summer of Gods (W64) (ループエイト)

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