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While that effort flopped, the band inadvertently gained worldwide attention — even if the achievement took a while to become clear. Nakamura composed the music for the massively popular Sega video games Sonic The Hedgehog and Sonic The Hedgehog 2 in 1991 and 1992, respectively. The music showed surprising depth for a video game given the technological limitations of the time, and over the years has become celebrated. For many young people of the time, those background tunes were among the most influential music they encountered.
Dreams Come True rebounded from their American expedition. Although Nishikawa would leave the group in 2003, the duo returned to their signature sound and once again became a chart-topping outfit. Albums routinely sold millions of copies, and even their recent best-of compilations have been top sellers.
The duo also continues to collaborate with Sega on Sonic soundtracks. They’ve worked on special 30th anniversary numbers to commemorate the beloved blue hedgehog, and continue to cross over into his world. That’s helped make an already incredibly popular duo even more visible, as they have played a huge role in one of Japan’s biggest exports.
This article was provided by The Japan Times Alpha.