Minako Hamano

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When we sampled in front of the mic, I spoke a number of times. I wasn't any good and completely failed.

—Minako Hamano


Minako Hamano is a Japanese composer of video game music working for Nintendo. She has composed music for Super Metroid, Metroid Fusion, Metroid: Zero Mission, Metroid Prime 2: Echoes, Metroid Prime 3: Corruption and Super Smash Bros. Brawl. Her claim to fame was being a composer for The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening.

Hamano was only 24 years old during the development of Super Metroid. She originally recorded a voice for Samus Aran during the Game Over sequence, but it had sounded too sexual and was removed. The voice may still exist within the code, but it has not yet been found.[1] Hamano composed the SA-X Appears track in Fusion.

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We used the voice more carefully. When she dies, Hamano did the voice, but it sounded too sexual so we couldn't use it.

Kenji Yamamoto

Minako Hamano

HAMANO Minako - Sound

  • Birthday: June 28, 1969
  • Hometown: Kyoto City
  • Masterpieces: Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening
  • Duties and Content: BGM composition
  • Favorite Films and Music: Le Grand Bleu (The Big Blue) was beautiful. I also wanted to see Bonobono.
  • Secret of Samus that only I know: Nothing different. (Also, Samus's voice...)
  • Clear Time: About 3:30 (Also about 98%)


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