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Hajime Wakai

Hajime Wakai is a veteran composer and sound director at Nintendo EAD, best known for his works on the Star Fox franchise. Having been passionate about music from a young age, Wakai learned to play the piano, flute, and saxophone, and also gained experience composing in a range of styles. After graduating from tertiary studies, he successfully applied to become a composer at Nintendo Entertainment Analysis and Development in 1996. Soon enough, he was asked to create the stage and battle themes for Star Fox 64 under the supervision of Koji Kondo. Benefiting from previous experience writing symphonic music, he offered musically lavish, thematically rich orchestral compositions reminiscent of those of Star Wars and other film franchises. While the score was synthesized, it sounded mature for its time. He also learned about the technical and contextual aspects of game sound production while creating the light-hearted sound effects for Yoshi’s Story, before contributing hard-edged funk-rock compositions for the Death Race and Staff Roll of F-Zero X.

F-Zero X Nintendo 64 (N64)
Pokémon Stadium Nintendo 64 (N64)
Star Fox 64 Nintendo 64 (N64)
Super Smash Bros. Brawl Nintendo Wii
The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker Nintendo Gamecube