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Kenji Yamamoto
Kenji Yamamoto
Born April 25, 1964

Mie Prefecture, Japan

Company Nintendo SPD
Current Position Sound Supervisor / Composer
First game Punch-Out!! (NES)
Latest game Super Smash Bros. for Wii U


Kenji Yamamoto is a prolific composer working for Nintendo, known for providing the soundtrack for several titles in the Metroid franchise among other games. He is not to be confused with a namesake composer who has worked on the soundtrack of Dragon Ball games and anime.

History

After graduating with a Degree in Music in the Osaka University of Arts (the same university Koji Kondo attended), he joined Nintendo in 1987. While he started in the R&D2 department composing the soundtrack to the NES Punch-Out!!, he would later switch to the R&D1 department, where he would work on games such as Famicom Tantei Club Part II and Super Metroid.

Years later, he would become the Group Manager of the Sound Department of Nintendo SPD, where he would serve as supervisor for other composers working on that department. He would still compose for various games, including most developed by Retro Studios.

Production History

Special Thanks

Song Credits

Punch-Out!! (NES version)

  • Title Theme -- Arrangement
  • Round Begin -- Arrangement
  • Minor Circuit -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Countdown -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Opponent Down -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Bout Winner -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Title Lost -- Arrangement
  • Title Bout -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Won Title -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Jogging -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Glass Joe / Mr. Sandman Intro -- Arrangement
  • Von Kaiser / Super Macho Man Intro -- Arrangement
  • Piston Honda Intro -- Arrangement
  • Don Flamenco Intro -- Arrangement
  • King Hippo Intro -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Soda Popinski Intro -- Arrangement
  • Dream Fight -- Composition & Arrangement
  • World Champion -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Game Over -- Composition & Arrangement

Alleyway

  • Title Theme -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Start -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Game Over -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Level Completed -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Bonus Start -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Bonus Stage -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Bonus Fail -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Bonus Win -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Nice Play! -- Composition & Arrangement

Famicom Tantei Club Part II: Ushiro ni Tatsu Shōjo

  • Title -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Thicket -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Run! -- Composition & Arrangement
  • That's Right 1 -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Investigation -- Arrangement
  • Opening "Ushiro ni Tatsu Shōjo" -- Composition & Arrangement
  • That's Right 2 -- Composition & Arrangement
  • The Girl Behind 1 -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Utsugi Office "Ushiro ni Tatsu Shōjo Ver." -- Arrangement
  • Old School Building -- Composition & Arrangement
  • The Girl Behind 2 -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Ayumi -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Principal's Office -- Arrangement
  • Hitomi -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Victim -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Sadness -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Footsteps -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Credits -- Composition & Arrangement

Radar Mission

  • Title -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Game Options -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Arrange Your Fleet -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Ready!! -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Game A Theme -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Lucky Shot -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Aircraft Launching -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Last Enemy -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Last Boat -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Victory!! -- Composition & Arrangement
  • You Lost -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Game Over -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Select Power-Up -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Game B Start -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Game B Theme -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Mission Complete -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Congratulations! -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Multiplayer Victory -- Composition & Arrangement

Super Metroid

  • Theme of Super Metroid -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Planet Zebes - Crateria Arrival -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Crateria - Space Pirates Appear -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Brinstar - Plant Overgrowth Area -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Brinstar - Red Soil Wetland Area -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Norfair - Scorching Lava Area -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Theme of Samus Aran, Space Warrior -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Norfair - Ancient Ruins Area -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Samus Aran's Last Cry -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Mysterious Statue Chamber -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Planet Zebes Explosion -- Composition & Arrangement

Metroid Prime

  • Title -- Arrangement
  • Menu Select -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Prologue -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Frigate Orpheon -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Vs. Parasite Queen -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Frigate Orpheon Escape -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Planet Tallon IV -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Chozo Ancient Ruins -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Vs. Hive Mecha -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Vs. Plated Beetle -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Chozo Ruins -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Energy Core -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Vs. Flaahgra -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Magmoor Caves (Burning Trail) -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Magmoor Caves -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Phendrana Drifts -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Ice Chapel -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Space Pirates (Laboratory Gate) -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Vs. Space Pirates -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Vs. Thardus -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Tallon Overworld -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Chapel of the Elders -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Vs. Chozo Ghost -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Phendrana Drifts (Phendrana Underground Lake Area) -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Crashed Ship Frigate Orpheon -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Phazon Mines -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Phazon Area -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Vs. Omega Pirate -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Artifact Temple -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Vs. Meta Ridley -- Arrangement
  • Artifact Temple (Release of the Chozo Ruins Seal) -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Impact Crater -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Vs. Metroid Prime (Spider) -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Vs. Metroid Prime (Head) -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Temple Collapse ~ Epilogue -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Ending Credits -- Composition & Arrangement
  • End Jingle -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Record of Samus -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Samus Appearance Jingle -- Arrangement
  • Item Obtainment Jingle -- Arrangement
  • Artifact Obtainment Jingle -- Composition & Arrangement

Metroid Zero Mission

  • Chozo Map -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Norfair -- Arrangement & Additional Composition
  • Chozo Ruins -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Elevator to Hell -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Kraid's Lair -- Arrangement & Additional Composition
  • Ridley Lands on Zebes -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Gate to Tourian -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Space Pirate Mother Ship -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Alarm Tripped -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Chased by Space Pirates -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Returning Home -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Reflecting on Memories Past -- Composition & Arrangement
  • The Final Gift -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Fully Powerd Suit -- Arrangement
  • Evacuate Immediately -- Arrangement

Nintendo Sound Selection vol.2 Koopa <Loud Music>

  • Oni Fortress -- 1st Guitar

Metroid Prime 2: Echoes

  • Title -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Menu Select -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Prologue -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Landing Site -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Hive Tunnel -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Vs. Dark Galactic Federation Trooper -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Galactic Federation Command Center (Infested) -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Dark Samus & the Ing Approaching -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Save Station Room -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Elevator Room -- Arrangement
  • Temple Grounds Exterior -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Temple Grounds Intro -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Temple Grounds -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Galactic Federation Troopers Story -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Vs. Ing Battle -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Luminoth Energy Controller Entrance -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Luminoth Story -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Great Temple -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Agon Wastes -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Space Pirates -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Vs. Space Pirates -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Space Pirate Compound -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Vs. Minor Boss -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Boss Defeated -- Arrangement
  • Puzzle Theme -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Puzzle Solved -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Dark Agon Wastes -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Dark Samus Appears -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Vs. Dark Samus -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Vs. Amorbis -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Dark Aether Energy Controller -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Restoring an Energy Controller -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Torvus Bog Entrance -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Torvus Bog -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Dark Torvus Bog -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Torvus Bog Hydrodynamo Station -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Dark Torvus Bog Hydrodynamo Station -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Vs. Chykka Larva -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Chykka Larva Defeated? -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Vs. Chykka Adult -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Sanctuary Fortress -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Ing Hive -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Sanctuary Fortress Depths -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Vs. Quadraxis -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Light Energy Controller -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Sky Temple Gateway -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Sky Temple Grounds -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Vs. Emperor Ing (Phase 1) -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Vs. Emperor Ing (Phase 2) -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Final Energy Collected -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Escape -- Arrangement
  • Epilogue -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Ending Credits -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Record of Samus -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Hidden Ending -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Multiplayer -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Multiplayer: Deathball -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Samus Appearance Jingle -- Arrangement
  • Item Obtainment Jingle -- Arrangement
  • Luminoth Artifact Obtainment Jingle -- Composition & Arrangement

Super Smash Bros. Brawl

  • Main Theme (Metroid) -- Arrangement
  • Opening / Menu (Metroid Prime) -- Composition & Arrangement

Metroid Prime Trilogy

  • Menu -- Arrangement

Donkey Kong Country Returns

  • Donkey Kong Country Returns -- Arrangement
  • Gear Getaway -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Mine Menace -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Furious Fire -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Hot Rocket -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Bobbling Basalt -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Credits Concerto Returns ~ Staff Roll -- Arrangement & Additional Composition

Mii Maker

  • 3DS Menu - Composition & Arrangement
  • Main Menu - Composition & Arrangement

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U

  • Donkey Kong Country Returns (Vocal) -- Arrangement

Interviews

Trivia

  • There is another Kenji Yamamoto that has worked a little more than half a decade after him at Nintendo. However, he works in the EAD department unlike the composer.

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