Ayako Sasō

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Ayako Sasō
Ayako Saso 2.jpg
Local 佐宗 綾子 (さそう あやこ)
Born March 5, 19??
Birth Place Yokohama, Japan
Nationality Japanese   Japan.svg
Aliases Aya, A. Saso (As credited in Rolling Thunder 2), SamplingMasters AYA
Website www.ayazo.net

Ayako Sasō is a Japanese composer who worked at Namco. She joined the company in 1989 and started composing for their arcade games, most notably Ridge Racer and Rolling Thunder 2. Here, she would meet Shinji Hosoe, who works closely with her to this day. She is also part of Sampling Masters alongside Hosoe, and previously Nobuyoshi Sano and Takayuki Aihara. In 1996 she left Namco to join Arika alongside Hosoe and Aihara. Four years later, the trio left Arika as Hosoe formed SuperSweep, which Saso is currently part of although Aihara did not join.

Music Composition


Ayako said for Rolling Thunder 2, her music was composed using a piece of proprietary software Namco had on the PC.


Released Title Sample Notes
Unreleased Puzzle Club (ARC)
1990-??-?? Boxy Boy (ARC)
1990-??-?? Rolling Thunder 2 (ARC)
1990-19-11 Rolling Thunder 2 (GEN) Arranged by Hiromi Shibano.
1990-??-?? Soukoban Deluxe (ARC)
1992-??-?? Magical Q Great Adventure Exploding Quiz (ARC)
1993-??-?? Ridge Racer (ARC) (リッジレーサー) With Etsuo Ishii, Yuri Misumi, Keiichi Okabe, Shinji Hosoe, and Nobuyoshi Sano.
1994-??-?? Ridge Racer 2 (ARC) (リッジレーサー レボリューション)
1995-12-03 Ridge Racer Revolution (PS1) "Ridge Racer 2" Original Sound with Shinji Hosoe, Nobuyoshi Sano, Takayuki Aihara, and Etsuo Ishii.
1995-??-?? Dirt Dash (ARC) With Shinji Hosoe, Nobuyoshi Sano, Yuri Misumi, Hiroto Sasaki, and Takayuki Aihara.
1995-??-?? Rave Racer (ARC) (レイブレーサー) With Etsuo Ishii, Shinji Hosoe, Ayako Saso, Takayuki Aihara, and Nobuyoshi Sano.
1995-??-?? X-Day 2 (ARC)
1996-03-29 Tekken 2 (PS1) (铁拳2) BGM Arrange with Yoshie Arakawa, Nobuyoshi Sano, Hiroto Sasaki, Takayuki Aihara, Shinji Hosoe, and Keiichi Osabe.
1996-04-26 Galaxian 3 (PS1) (ギャラクシアン³) With Shinji Hosoe.
1996-11-30 Street Fighter EX (ARC) (ストリートファイターEX) With Shinji Hosoe and Takayuki Aihara.
1996-??-?? Xevious 3D-G (ARC) With Shinji Hosoe, Nobuyoshi Sano, and Hiroto Sasaki.
1997-03-11 Street Fighter EX Plus (ARC) (ストリートファイターEX) With Shinji Hosoe and Takayuki Aihara.
1997-03-14 Bushido Blade (PS1) (ブシドーブレード) With Shinji Hosoe and Takayuki Aihara.
1997-07-17 Street Fighter EX Plus Alpha (PS1) (ストリートファイターEX PLUS α) With Shinji Hosoe and Takayuki Aihara.
1998-03-12 Street Fighter EX2 (ARC) (ストリートファイターEX2) With Shinji Hosoe and Takayuki Aihara.
1998-??-?? Fighting Layer (ARC) (ファイティングレイヤー) With Shinji Hosoe and Takayuki Aihara.
1998-??-?? Tetris: The Grand Master (ARC) With Shinji Hosoe and Takayuki Aihara.
1999-01-14 Deep Freeze (PS1) (ディープフリーズ) Sound Effect/Voice Edit with Shinji Hosoe and Takayuki Aihara.
1999-01-28 iS: internal section (PS1) With Shinji Hosoe.
1999-12-22 Street Fighter EX2 Plus (PS1) With Shinji Hosoe and Takayuki Aihara.
1999-12-?? Fighting Layer (ARC)
2005-Q2-?? Ibara (ARC)
2006-02-23 Ibara (PS2)
2020-09-24 Ginga Force (W64) (ギンガフォース) With Yousuke Yasui, Shinji Hosoe, Kazuhiro Kobayashi, Teruo Taniguchi, and Takahiro Eguchi.
2021-04-07 Pac-Man 99 (SW) (パックマン99) SuperSweep co., ltd.: Composer with Shinji Hosoe.