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    Masato Nakamura

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    Japanese musician, best known for composing the first two Sonic the Hedgehog games.

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    Masato Nakamura is a bass guitarist, composer, and record producer. Along with Miwa Yoshida and Takahiro Nishikawa, they make up "Dreams Come True", a Japanese Pop group. Dreams Come True has sold more than 50 million records worldwide since their debut in 1988. In 2002, Yoshida and Nakamura established "DCT Records", a production label for their work.
    Nakamura has lent a hand in a number of videogames over the years, most notably composing the music for Sonic the Hedgehog and Sonic the Hedgehog 2. It has been rumored that Nakamura retains the rights to the compositions he created for those games and charges high licensing fees for their use, as many Sonic games over the years have tried to revisit pieces of music he created and eventually had to remove them. Most famously of them was an incident where Sonic Spinball re-used the theme music from Sonic the Hedgehog 2 and was forced to quickly replace it after the game had already "gone gold" - as such, an extremely limited first-run of that game exists with the original Sonic theme music still intact.
    Many of the songs used in Sonic the Hedgehog bare resemblance to songs from the Dreams Come True albums "Million Kisses" (1991) and "The Swinging Star" (1992), with an instrumental version of "Sweet Sweet Sweet" from "The Swinging Star" serving as Sonic 2's final cutscene song. 
    In 2006, recording artist AKON remixed "Sweet Sweet Sweet" for the soundtrack to SONIC the Hedgehog on Xbox 360 and Playstation 3.
    Masato Nakamura's talents do not stop at just composing, however. He was also a motion capture performer for Squall Leonhart in the 1999 Square-Enix release of Final Fantasy VIII.


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