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Minako Hamano
Minako Hamano (Current ish)
Born June 28, 1969
Company Nintendo SPD
Current Position Music Composer
First game The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening
Latest game Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze

Minako Hamano is a Nintendo composer known for her prominence on the Metroid franchise, in which she would often collaborate with Kenji Yamamoto. She joined the company in the R&D1 department, with her debut game being The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening.

In recent years, she has been part of the Nintendo SPD sound group, where she would compose the music for the Brain Age series among other titles.

Production History

Special Thanks

Song Credits

The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening

  • Opening -- Composition
  • Link Wakes Up -- Composition
  • Swordless Link -- Composition
  • Mysterious Forest -- Composition
  • Cave -- Composition
  • Level 1 - Tail Cave -- Composition
  • Mid Boss Battle -- Composition
  • Boss Battle -- Composition
  • Level 2 - Bottle Grotto -- Composition
  • Kanalet Castle -- Composition
  • Level 3 - Key Cavern -- Composition
  • Dream Shrine -- Composition
  • Dream Shrine ~Asleep~ -- Composition
  • Level 4 - Angler's Tunnel -- Composition
  • Mambo's Mambo -- Composition
  • Level 5 - Catfish's Maw -- Composition
  • South Face Shrine -- Composition
  • Level 6 - Face Shrine -- Composition
  • Level 7 - Eagle's Tower -- Composition
  • Level 8 - Turtle Rock -- Composition
  • Ending -- Composition (w/Kozue Ishikawa), Arrangement (w/Kozue Ishikawa)

Super Metroid

  • Opening (Destroyed Science Academy Research Station) -- Composition (w/Hirokazu Tanaka), Arrangement
  • Wrecked Ship -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Maridia - Rocky Underground Water Area -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Maridia - Quicksand Underground Water Area -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Mini Boss Confrontation Theme (Spore Spawn, Botwoon) -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Big Boss Confrontation Theme (Ridley, Draygon) -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Big Boss Confrontation Theme (Kraid, Crocomire, Phantoon) -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Tourian -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Mother Brain -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Escape -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Ending -- Composition (w/Kenji Yamamoto), Arrangement

Snoopy Concert

  • Neighborhood Streets -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Tunes By the Lake -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Field of Flowers -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Boulder Digging -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Daylight Forest -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Evening Forest -- Arrangement

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time Hyrule Symphony

Mario Kart: Super Circuit

  • Shy Guy Beach -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Bowser Castle Course -- Composition (w/Koji Kondo), Arrangement
  • Rainbow Road - Composition & Arrangement

Metroid Fusion

  • Opening -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Title -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Sector 1: (SRX) SR388 Simulation Area -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Environment Sound (Silence 1) -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Environment Sound (Tension) -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Environment Sound (Shock) -- Composition & Arrangement
  • X Invasion Detection -- Composition & Arrangement
  • SA-X Chase -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Sector 2: (TRO) Tropic Area -- Composition & Arrangement
  • VS. Cyclops -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Environment Sound (Silence 2) -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Sector 4: (AQA) Aquatic Level Control Zone -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Sector 3: (PYR) High-Temperature Area -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Sector 6: (NOC) Dark Area -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Sector 5: (ARC) Low-Temperature Area -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Sector 3: Emergency Situation -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Sector 3: Restart the Cooling Unit Timer Mission -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Environment Sound (Intrigue) -- Composition & Arrangement
  • VS. Mother Plant -- Composition & Arrangement
  • VS. Nightmare -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Sector 4: (AQA) Underwater Area
  • The Final Command -- Composition & Arrangement
  • VS. SA-X -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Epilogue -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Ending -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Appearance Jingle -- Arrangement
  • Get Item Jingle -- Arrangement
  • Game Over -- Composition & Arrangement

Wario World

  • Greenhorn Forest -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Stage Clear -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Greenhorn Ruins -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Battle Ring -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Horror Manor - Mansion -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Beanstalk Way - Lowlands -- Composition & Arrangement

Daigasso! Band Brothers

  • Grading -- Composition & Arrangement

Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day!

  • Title -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Announcement -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Play Clear -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Sudoku Clear -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Sudoku Fail -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Jingle ~ Too Old -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Jingle ~ Old -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Jingle ~ Same -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Jingle ~ Young -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Jingle ~ Too Young -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Staff Credits -- Composition & Arrangement

Brain Age 2: More Training in Minutes a Day!

  • Title -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Menu -- Arrangement
  • Configuration -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Ranking -- Arrangement
  • Announcement -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Virus Buster (Fever) -- Arrangement
  • Virus Buster (Chill) -- Arrangement
  • Virus Buster Game Over -- Arrangement
  • Virus Buster Clear -- Arrangement
  • Staff Credits -- Composition & Arrangement

Super Smash Bros. Brawl

  • Sector 1 -- Arrangement

Jam with the Band

  • Grading -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Karaoke Training -- Composition & Arrangement

Donkey Kong Country Returns

  • The Tiki Tribe Appears! -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Sunset Coast -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Stage Clear ~ Results -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Bonus Blitz Returns (Tropical ver.) -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Stormy Shore -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Pinchin' Prelude -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Pinchin' Pirates -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Mast Blast -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Savory Stu -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Mole Patrol -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Lift-Off Launch -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Feather Fiend -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Tiki Tong Terror -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Final Boss - Tiki Tong's Theme -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Tiki Tong Trounced! -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Ending -- Composition (w/David Wise), Arrangement
  • Orb Collected ~ Results -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Banana Temple -- Arrangement

Brain Age: Concentration Training

  • Channel Menu -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Title -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Start Jingle -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Training Partners Hangout -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Brain News End Theme -- Composition & Arrangement

Miiverse

  • Loading Screen -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Main Menu -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Miiverse Settings -- Composition & Arrangement

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze

  • World Map -- Arrangement
  • Horn Top Hop -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Ba-Boom's Introduction -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Triple Trouble (Boss - Ba-Boom, the Boisterous) -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Seaside Tide -- Composition & Arrangement
  • K-Stage Results -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Secret Seclusion -- Arrangement

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