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Hajime Wakai (born July 5, 1973) is a composer who has worked with Nintendo since the Nintendo 64 era. He is mostly notorious for his work in the soundtrack of various Star Fox, Pikmin, and The Legend of Zelda titles; he also recorded some of the voice samples for the Pikmin themselves. Among his various works he is known to have composed all of the planet and battle themes of Star Fox 64[1], as well as most of the battle themes of The Wind Waker[2], notorious for their interactivity with the on-screen actions.

At around the Wii era, Wakai became a sound director for titles like Big Brain Academy: Wii Degree, Wii Music, or Nintendo Land, as well as Skyward Sword and Breath of the Wild; his work in these two latter titles in particular led him to become one of the main sound supervisors of the Zelda franchise.

Game Works

Special Thanks

Song Credits

Star Fox 64

  • Training Mode -- Composition & Arrangement[1]
  • Corneria -- Composition & Arrangement[1]
  • Fichina/Sector Z -- Composition & Arrangement[1]
  • Meteo -- Composition & Arrangement[1]
  • Sector Y/Solar -- Composition & Arrangement[1]
  • Katina -- Composition & Arrangement[1]
  • Aquas -- Composition & Arrangement[1]
  • Sector X -- Composition & Arrangement[1]
  • Zoness -- Composition & Arrangement[1]
  • Titania/Macbeth -- Composition & Arrangement[1]
  • Area 6 -- Composition & Arrangement[1]
  • Bolse -- Composition & Arrangement[1]
  • Venom -- Composition & Arrangement[1]
  • Warp Zone -- Composition & Arrangement[1]
  • Determination -- Composition & Arrangement[1]
  • Underground Base -- Composition & Arrangement[1]
  • Star Wolf's Theme -- Composition & Arrangement[1]
  • Boss Battle One -- Composition & Arrangement[1]
  • Boss Battle Two -- Composition & Arrangement[1]
  • Boss Battle Three -- Composition & Arrangement[1]
  • Andross Battle -- Composition & Arrangement[1]
  • Ultimate Andross -- Composition & Arrangement[1]
  • Versus Battle One -- Composition & Arrangement[1]
  • Versus Battle Two -- Composition & Arrangement[1]

F-Zero X

  • All Need is 30 Deaths -- Composition & Arrangement[3]
  • Credits -- Composition & Arrangement[3]

Pokémon Stadium

Pikmin

  • Pikmin -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Carry, Fight, Multiply and Get Eaten -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Choose a Ship's Log -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Prologue -- Composition & Arrangement
  • A Panoramic View -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Impact Site -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Forest of Hope -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Forest Navel -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Distant Spring -- Composition & Arrangement
  • The Final Trial -- Composition & Arrangement
  • A Gigantic Creature Draws Near -- Composition & Arrangement
  • The Final Gigantic Creature -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Let's Challenge -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Challenge Results Announcement -- Composition & Arrangement
  • New Record Achieved! -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Onion Discovered! -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Meeting -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Ship Part Discovered! -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Ship Part Appeared! -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Ship Part Successfully Recovered! -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Ship Power Up! -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Ship Complete! -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Night Comes -- Composition & Arrangement
  • It's My Mistake... -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Today's Record -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Out of Time, Into the Sink-or-Swim Universe... -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Escape, and Crash... -- Composition & Arrangement
  • I Will Live as a Pikmin... -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Ship Complete, Now to Outer Space! -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Escape, and On to Planet Hocotate! -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Those who Directed this Journey -- Composition & Arrangement
  • The Complete Enemy Reel -- Composition & Arrangement

The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker

  • Boss Clear Fanfare -- Composition & Arrangement[5]
  • Helmaroc King -- Composition & Arrangement[5]
  • Molgera -- Composition & Arrangement[6]

Nintendo Sound Selection vol.1 Peach & Healing Music

  • Aryll's Theme -- Alto Saxophone

Nintendo Sound Selection vol.3 Luigi <B - Side Music>

  • Luigi's Mansion -- Arrangement, Piano
  • K.K. Soul -- Saxophone

Nintendogs

  • Nintendogs Theme -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Walking the Dog -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Shopping Theme -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Bathtime Theme -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Street Marker -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Contest Rules -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Beginner & Open Class -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Expert & Master Class -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Championship Cup -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Meet a Friendly Dog -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Meet a Curious Dog -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Meet a Playful Dog -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Meet an Angry Dog -- Composition & Arrangement

Super Smash Bros. Brawl

  • Area 6 (Star Fox 64) -- Composition & Arrangement[7]
  • Area 6 Ver. 2 (Star Fox 64) -- Composition & Arrangement[7]

Touch Generations Soundtrack

  • Nintendogs Theme - Live Ver. (nintendogs) -- Composition, Flute
  • Title - Live Ver. (Wii Sports) -- Flute

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

  • Ballad of the Goddess (Main Theme) -- Composition (arr. Takeshi Hama)[8]
  • Finding the Loftwing -- Composition & Arrangement[8]
  • Wing Ceremony: Fanfare -- Composition & Arrangement[8]
  • Wing Ceremony -- Composition & Arrangement[8]
  • Receiving a Stone Tablet -- Composition & Arrangement[8]
  • A Column of Light Appears -- Composition & Arrangement[8]
  • Bazaar -- Composition & Arrangement[8]
  • The Sky ~Together with the Loftwing~ -- Composition & Arrangement[8]
  • Toward the Surface for the First Time -- Composition & Arrangement[8]
  • Sealed Grounds -- Composition & Arrangement[8]
  • Battle -- Composition & Arrangement[8]
  • A Strong Enemy -- Composition & Arrangement[8]
  • Inner Sanctum -- Composition & Arrangement[8]
  • Eldin Volcano -- Composition & Arrangement[8]
  • Encounter with the Mogmas -- Composition & Arrangement[8]
  • Eldin Volcano: Underground -- Composition & Arrangement[8]
  • Earth Temple -- Composition & Arrangement[8]
  • Fierce Battle -- Composition & Arrangement[8]
  • The Dragon Head -- Composition & Arrangement[8]
  • Approaching Boulder -- Composition & Arrangement[8]
  • Scaldera Appears -- Composition & Arrangement[8]
  • Battle with Scaldera/Tentalus -- Composition & Arrangement[8]
  • Lanayru Mining Facility -- Composition & Arrangement[8]
  • Verse from the "Ballad of the Goddess" -- Composition & Arrangement[8]
  • Learning the "Ballad of the Goddess" -- Composition & Arrangement[8]
  • The Imprisoned Appears -- Composition & Arrangement[8]
  • Battle with the Imprisoned -- Composition & Arrangement[8]
  • The Sealing Spike Appears -- Composition & Arrangement[8]
  • Sealing Successful -- Composition & Arrangement[8]
  • Harp Performance: "Ballad of the Goddess" -- Composition & Arrangement[8]
  • Harp Performance: "Farore's Courage" -- Composition & Arrangement[8]
  • Spirit Vessel -- Composition & Arrangement[8]
  • Guardians -- Composition & Arrangement[8]
  • The Spirit Vessel is Filled -- Composition & Arrangement[8]
  • End of the Silent Realm -- Composition & Arrangement[8]
  • Lake Floria -- Composition & Arrangement[8]
  • The Water Dragon is Restored -- Composition & Arrangement[8]
  • The Dragon's Hall -- Composition & Arrangement[8]
  • Harp Performance: "Nayru's Wisdom" -- Composition & Arrangement[8]
  • Harp Performance: "Din's Power" -- Composition & Arrangement[8]
  • Din's Silent Realm -- Composition & Arrangement[8]
  • Volcano Summit -- Composition & Arrangement[8]
  • The Mogma Elder -- Composition & Arrangement[8]
  • Talking to the Mogmas -- Composition & Arrangement[8]
  • Plats Escapes -- Composition & Arrangement[8]
  • Battle with Levias, the Great Spirit of the Skies -- Composition & Arrangement[8]
  • Flight of the Imprisoned -- Composition & Arrangement[8]
  • Tadtones: Complete -- Composition & Arrangement[8]
  • Verse from the "Song of the Hero": Water Dragon -- Composition & Arrangement[8]
  • Sneaking Around Eldin Volcano -- Composition & Arrangement[8]
  • Verse from the "Song of the Hero": Fire Dragon -- Composition & Arrangement[8]
  • Verse from the "Song of the Hero": Thunder Dragon -- Composition & Arrangement[8]
  • Last Verse from the "Song of the Hero" -- Composition & Arrangement[8]
  • Learning the "Song of the Hero"? -- Composition & Arrangement[8]
  • Harp Performance: "Song of the Hero" -- Composition & Arrangement[8]
  • Sky Keep -- Composition & Arrangement[8]
  • The Evil One Awakens -- Composition & Arrangement[8]
  • Demise -- Composition & Arrangement[8]
  • Demise: Crashes of Thunder -- Composition & Arrangement[8]
  • Epilogue -- Composition & Arrangement[8]
  • Batreaux's Theme -- Composition & Arrangement[8]
  • Batreaux Becomes Human -- Composition & Arrangement[8]
  • Rest Until Morning -- Composition & Arrangement[8]
  • Rest Until Night -- Composition & Arrangement[8]
  • Fanfare: Got Material -- Arrangement[8]
  • Fanfare: Got an Item -- Arrangement[8]
  • Treasure Chest -- Arrangement[8]
  • Fanfare: Got a Valuable Item -- Arrangement[8]
  • Fanfare: Got a Heart Container -- Arrangement[8]
  • Fanfare: Got a Rupoor -- Composition & Arrangement[8]
  • Sound for Solving a Puzzle -- Arrangement[8]
  • Game Over -- Composition & Arrangement[8]
  • Wii Channel Logo -- Composition & Arrangement[8]

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U

  • Tour (Animal Crossing: New Leaf) -- Arrangement[9]

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

  • The Story of Calamity Ganon -- Composition (w/Manaka Kataoka & Koji Kondo), Arrangement (w/Manaka Kataoka)[5]
  • Kakariko Village -- Composition (w/Koji Kondo), Arrangement[5]
  • Impa's Story -- Composition & Arrangement[5]
  • Hateno Ancient Tech Lab -- Composition & Arrangement[5]
  • Great Fairy: Revival -- Composition (w/Manaka Kataoka & Koji Kondo), Arrangement (w/Manaka Kataoka)[5]
  • Hinox Battle -- Composition & Arrangement[5]
  • Wetlands -- Composition & Arrangement[5]
  • Watch Out for the Flowers -- Composition & Arrangement[5]
  • A Heart Container Appears -- Composition & Arrangement[5]
  • The Grand Divine Beast -- Composition & Arrangement[5]
  • Mipha and the Divine Beast -- Arrangement[5]
  • Revali and the Divine Beast -- Arrangement[5]
  • Daruk and the Divine Beast -- Arrangement[5]
  • Urbosa and the Divine Beast -- Arrangement[5]
  • Race Start -- Composition & Arrangement[5]
  • Mini-Game: Sand-Seal Rally -- Composition & Arrangement[5]
  • Regrettable Race -- Composition & Arrangement[5]
  • New Record -- Composition & Arrangement[5]
  • Sand-Seal Rally Award Ceremony -- Composition & Arrangement[5]
  • Molduga Battle -- Composition & Arrangement[5]
  • Encounter with the Deku Tree -- Composition (w/Yasuaki Iwata, Koji Kondo), Arrangement[5]
  • Memories of a Sacred Sword -- Composition (w/Koji Kondo, Takeshi Hama), Arrangement[5]
  • Master Sword ~ The Deku Tree's Words -- Arrangement[5]
  • Hestu Dance! -- Composition & Arrangement[5]
  • Akkala Ancient Tech Lab -- Composition & Arrangement[5]
  • Blood Moon -- Composition & Arrangement[5]
  • Link's Memories: "Return of Calamity Ganon" -- Arrangement[5]
  • When the Twelve Memories are Collected -- Arrangement[5]
  • Hyrule Castle Town Ruins -- Composition & Arrangement[5]
  • Staff Credits -- Composition (w/Manaka Kataoka, Yasuaki Iwata, & Koji Kondo), Arrangement (w/Manaka Kataoka, Yasuaki Iwata)[5]
  • Kilton -- Composition & Arrangement[5]
  • Malanya Revival -- Composition & Arrangement[5]
  • Malanya's Dance -- Composition & Arrangement[5]
  • Killing Time -- Composition & Arrangement[5]
  • Inn (Regular) -- Composition & Arrangement[5]
  • Inn (Expensive) -- Composition & Arrangement[5]
  • Cooking Failure -- Composition & Arrangement[5]
  • Cooking Success -- Composition & Arrangement[5]
  • Major Cooking Success -- Composition & Arrangement[5]
  • Korok Challenge Complete -- Composition & Arrangement[5]
  • Dyeing -- Composition & Arrangement[5]
  • Decolorizing -- Composition & Arrangement[5]
  • 2014 E3 Trailer BGM -- Composition & Arrangement[5]

Expansion Pass

  • Larger than Life: Daruk -- Composition (w/Yasuaki Iwata), Arrangement[5]

Gallery

Interviews

References

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