Ayako Mori

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Ayako Mori
Mori ayako.jpg
Local 森 安也子 (もり あやこ)
Born c. 1949
Birth Place
Nationality Japanese   Japan.svg
Aliases Wood, Kinchaku Aya

Ayako Mori is one of the first sound designers to work for Capcom when the company began in 1984, and likely the first actual composer who worked for the company (Tamayo Kawamoto and Yoshihiro Sakaguchi joined at around the same time, but initially focused on sound effects and programming respectively). She worked for Capcom for two more years until 1986. She left Capcom after composing Ghosts 'n Goblins, possibly because of the fact she was unhappy with the way Capcom treated their sound staff. Her arcade music was ported to several early NES games.

It is rumored the boss in 1942, "Ayotollah" was named after her.

Audio Development


As was typical of arcade games at the time, Ayako had to write her music in assembly language, initially using two AY-3-8910 chips, and later two YM2203 chips.


For Ghosts 'N Goblins, Ayako wrote the music in 6502 assembly using a sound driver by Yoshihiro Sakaguchi.


Released Title Sample Notes
1984-05-?? Vulgus (ARC) (バルガス)
1984-07-?? SonSon (ARC) (ソンソン)
1984-09-?? Pirate Ship Higemaru (ARC)
1984-??-?? 1942 (ARC)
1985-09-19 Ghosts 'N Goblins (ARC) (魔界村)
1985-11-?? Gun.Smoke (ARC) (ガンスモーク)
1985-12-11 1942 (NES)
1986-02-08 SonSon (FC) (ソンソン)
1986-04-?? Trojan (ARC) (闘いの挽歌)
1986-06-13 Ghosts 'N Goblins (NES) (魔界村)
1986-12-?? Side Arms: Hyper Dyne (ARC) (サイドアーム)
1986-12-24 Trojan (NES) (闘いの挽歌)
2001-01-?? Ghosts 'N Goblins (GBC)
Arranged by Allister Brimble.


In the NES Ghosts 'N Goblins, she is credited as Wood, which is simply just an English translation of her last name, Mori.