You may or may not be familiar with the name Ryo Nagamatsu. The composer for Nintendo has handled a great deal of titles over the years, with a career stretching back to the days of the Wii. After well over a decade of working with the company, Nagamatsu has announced he’s leaving Nintendo to work a bit more broadly across the industry to serve those who need his help.
I have made a decision to leave the company of April 30, 2023. I will work a little wider and more directly to help those who need my help and to help the industry. Thank you all for your kind support! I look forward to serve you in the future!(an amicable settlement) pic.twitter.com/L5P7PgF7JG
— 永松亮(Nagamatsu Ryo) (@NagamatsuRyo) May 1, 2023
Nagamatsu was the sole composer for games like Nintendo Land, Wii Sports Resort, The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, the Switch remake of Link’s Awakening, and more. He also contributed heavily to the soundtracks for Splatoon 2 and 3, Super Mario Galaxy 2, and Mario Kart 8. His contributions to Nintendo scores will be missed, though there’s nothing indicating he won’t take on any more work from the company as a freelancer. Hopefully his new tenure brings him many more exciting opportunities and a chance to stretch his wings. Best of luck to him!