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Kenji Yamamoto (山本 健誌 Yamamoto Kenji) is a Japanese video game musician working for Nintendo. He has composed the soundtrack for various games in the Metroid series, as well as other games. He also voiced the Spore Spawn in Super Metroid.[1]

He did not compose music for Metroid: Other M, as he was working on Donkey Kong Country Returns. He was replaced by Ninja Gaiden composer Kuniaki Haishima. While it was reported that Yamamoto was composing the music for Metroid Prime: Federation Force alongside Next Level Games' internal music team, he is not credited in the final game.[2] He did return as the music director of the newest Metroid title, Metroid: Samus Returns, with the new composer Daisuke Matsuoka re-arranging some of Yamamoto's classic Metroid tracks (including the Theme of Samus).

He is not to be confused with the Kenji Yamamoto who composed music for Dragon Ball Z and some of its related media.

Clark Wen describes Yamamoto as "very humble" for a person of his stature, and also "very demanding at times". On the night that Metroid Prime went gold, Yamamoto called Wen at 9:00pm to request some last-minute changes, which Wen spent four hours implementing. Wen stated that it was worth it, and credited Yamamoto with pushing him to make the best game possible.[3] Most of their communication was via phone, and it was not until after Wen left Retro Studios and was living in Japan that they met in person, an experience Wen described as "cathartic". According to him, Yamamoto is a guitarist and is from the birthplace of ninjutsu in Japan.[3]

WorkEdit

Kenji Yamamoto (circa 1994)

Kenji Yamamoto, circa 1994.

Listed below are soundtracks he has created for various games:

MetroidEdit

Other gamesEdit

  • Advance Wars: Dual Strike (with Yoshito Hirano)
  • Famicom Tantei Club
  • Famicom Tantei Club II
  • Galactic Pinball
  • Hajimari no Mori
  • Mario Kart Advance (sound support)
  • Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!!
  • Sakuchi Momoko no Ukiuki Cannibal (sound support)
  • Excite Truck (with Masaru Tajima)
  • Donkey Kong Country Returns (with Minako Hamano, Masaru Tajima, Shinji Ushiroda and Daisuke Matsuoka)

Super Smash Bros. BrawlEdit

Kenji Yamamoto was one of the various composers contributing to Super Smash Bros. Brawl's soundtrack.[4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ http://www.metroid-database.com/sm/interview.php
  2. ^ Next Level handling Metroid Prime: FF’s music along with Nintendo’s Kenji Yamamoto. Nintendo Everything (2015-06-17). Retrieved on 2018-03-20.
  3. ^ a b Kerwin, Darren, RoyboyX. "Interview: Clark Wen", Shinesparkers, 2018-06-02. Retrieved on 2018-06-02. 
  4. ^ The Musicians. Smash Bros. DOJO!! (2007-05-22). Retrieved on 2007-09-10.