Hirokazu Tanaka, also known as Hip (or Chip) Tanaka, has remixed the theme music for both Metroid and Super Mario Land as tributes to Hiroshi Yamauchi, Nintendo’s long-time President who passed away this week. Tanaka worked at Nintendo as a composer and audio producer for 19 years, from 1980 to 1999, producing the original soundtracks for both of the titles he remixed. He now works as a chiptune artist.
Yamauchi served as Nintendo’s President from 1949 to 2002, ushering in the video game era for the company in the 80’s, and thus remained President throughout the duration of Tanaka’s tenure at the company. On Thursday, Yamauchi died of pneumonia at a hospital in central Japan.