Greatest Japanese Video Game Music Composers

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Our list of Greatest Japanese Video Game Music Composer will give you the names and work of the people who have made video games more enjoyable. While you may be familiar with the music, you may not know the composers who have created that music. Although many people do not consider video game music as art, there are many compositions that are definitely a work of art. Without further ado, here’s our list of the Greatest Japanese Video Game Music Composers responsible for some of the most famous gaming soundtracks ever composed:

Koji Kondo

Key Titles: The Legend of Zelda series, Star Fox, Super Mario series

One of the most famous video game music composer of all times is Koji Kondo. Although he had no intention of becoming a video game music composer, he got a job as a sound designer at Nintendo in the early 1980s. The rest is history since his work includes some of the most recognisable video game music. It is simply impossible to consider yourself a gamer without knowing the music from The Legend of Zelda.

Yuzo Koshiro

Key Titles: The Revenge of Shinobi, Actraiser, Streets of Rage

Yuzio Koshiro became known as ‘The Genius of FM Synth’ because he revolutionised video game music on many levels. He was a genius programmer who managed to get the imitate the sounds of drums and guitars with sounds from rudimentary technology. Moreover, he blended different types of his favourite music genres to create such video game soundtracks that no one has heard at the time. His talent is boundless, and his influence can be found even in today’s gaming music.

Takashi Tateishi

Key Titles: Mega Man 2, Side Arms, U.N. Squadron,

This composer was once considered the lost prodigy of the video game music. Takashi Tateishi was hugely influential yet almost anonymous due to the Japanese culture which put the team effort before the individual. On the excellent Mega Man 2 soundtrack he is even credited as Ogeretsu Kun. His present role is working as a sound designer and composer at Konami. The theme for the final gauntlet of Mega Man 2 still gets your blood pumping.

Yoko Shimomura

Key Titles: Street Fighter II, Kingdom Hearts, Legend of Mana

The only woman on our list is Yoko Shimomura who is considered one of the grand matriarchs of Japanese game music. Her work dominated arcades all over the world in the early 1990s. In her later career, she created soundtracks for some of the most beloved J-RPGs, including Kingdom Hearts and Final Fantasy XV. However, she is most renowned for creating almost the entire music for Street Fighter II: The World Warrior. This game is considered an industry changer, with a soundtrack which is deeply in the hearts and minds of gamers around the world.