Kenji Yamamoto (Nintendo composer)

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Kenji Yamamoto
Kenji Yamamoto - 1.jpg
Local 山本 健誌 (やまもと けんじ)
Born 1964-04-25
Birth Place Mie Prefecture, Japan
Nationality Japanese   Japan.svg
Aliases K. Yamamoto, Metal Kenji
Not to be confused with Kenji Yamamoto.

Kenji Yamamoto is a Japanese composer and sound designer. He has been an employee of Nintendo since 1987. He attended the Osaka University of Arts and obtained a music degree there. Coincidentally, Koji Kondo also attended there. He started working for Nintendo at age 23. His popular works include Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!! and Super Metroid.

Kenji still works at Nintendo to this day, working in their Planning/Development division. He no longer composes music and instead works as a sound supervisor.

Audio Development


For Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!!, as well as the Famicom Tantei Club games, he used a sound driver by Akito Nakatsuka, who may have also been his superior at the time.

For his work with Intelligent Systems, Yamamoto either used Hirokazu Tanaka's sound driver, or may have been arranged by Tanaka himself.


Kenji programmed his own variant of Nintendo's Kankichi-kun Ver S1.20 sound driver.

Game Boy Advance

Kenji used Nintendo's MP2K sound driver. Seeing that he was usually credited for "Sound Support", and the driver credits a "KY" as its programmer, Kenji most likely programmed the sound driver.


Released Title Sample Notes
1987-10-?? Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!! (NES) (マイク タイソン・パンチアウト!!)
With Yukio Kaneoka and Akito Nakatsuka.
1988-04-27 Famicom Tantei Club: Kieta Koukeisha - Zenpen (FDS) (ファミコン探偵倶楽部 消えた後継者 前・前編) Music Director
1988-06-14 Famicom Tantei Club: Kieta Koukeisha - Kouhen (FDS) (ファミコン探偵倶楽部 消えた後継者 前・後編)
1988-08-12 Famicom Wars (FC) (ファミコンウォーズ) With Hirokazu Tanaka.
1989-05-23 Famicom Tantei Club Part II: Ushiro ni Tatsu Shoujo - Zenpen (FDS) (ファミコン探偵倶楽部PARTII うしろに立つ少女 前・後編) Sound Director with Hirokazu Tanaka.
1989-06-30 Famicom Tantei Club Part II: Ushiro ni Tatsu Shoujo - Kouhen (FDS) (ファミコン探偵倶楽部PARTII うしろに立つ少女 前・前編) Sound Director with Hirokazu Tanaka.
1990-10-23 Radar Mission (GB) (海戦ゲーム レーダーミッション)
1994-03-19 Super Metroid (SNES) (スーパーメトロイド) With Minako Hamano.
1995-07-21 Galactic Pinball (VB) (ギャラクティックピンボール) With Masaru Tajima.
1998-04-01 Famicom Tantei Club Part II (SFC) (ファミコン探偵倶楽部PARTⅡ)
1999-07-01 Hajimari no Mori (SFC) (はじまりの森) With Kozue Ishikawa.
2001-07-21 Mario Kart: Super Circuit (GBA) (マリオカートアドバンス) Sound Support
2002-07-05 Momoko Sakura no Ukiuki Carnival (GBA) (さくらももこのウキウキカーニバル) Sound Support
2002-11-17 Metroid Fusion (GBA) (メトロイドフュージョン)
2002-11-17 Metroid Prime (GC) (メトロイドプライム)
2003-??-?? Metroid: Zero Mission (GBA) (メトロイド ゼロミッション) With Minako Hamano.
2004-11-15 Metroid Prime 2: Echoes (GC) (メトロイドプライム2 ダークエコーズ)
2005-06-23 Advance Wars: Dual Strike (NDS) (ファミコンウォーズDS)
2005-10-24 Metroid Prime Pinball (NDS) (メトロイドプライムピンボール) With Masaru Tajima.
2005-12-29 Brain Age 2: More Training in Minutes a Day (NDS) (東北大学未来科学技術共同研究センター川島隆太教授監修 もっと脳を鍛える大人のDSトレーニング) Japanese Version: Sound Director
2006-01-26 English Training: Have Fun Improving Your Skills (NDS) (英語が苦手な大人のDSトレーニング/えいご漬け) Sound Director
2006-11-19 Excite Truck (WII) (エキサイトトラック) With Masaru Tajima.
2007-03-29 Practise English! (NDS) (英語が苦手な大人のDSトレーニング もっとえいご漬け) Sound Director
2007-08-27 Metroid Prime 3: Corruption (WII) (メトロイドプライム3 コラプション) With Minako Hamano and Masaru Tajima.
2008-01-31 Super Smash Bros. Brawl (WII) (大乱闘スマッシュブラザーズX) Music Arrangement with various others.
2008-04-22 Magnetica Twist (WII) (みんなでパズループ) Sound Adviser with Akito Nakatsuka.
2008-12-24 Brain Age Express: Math (NDS)
2009-04-20 Excitebots: Trick Racing (WII) (エキサイト猛マシン) Music Chief
2009-05-18 Punch-Out!! (WII) (パンチアウト!!) Music of NES "Punch-Out!!"
2009-11-09 Excitebike: World Rally (WII) (エキサイトバイク ワールドレース) Music Supervisor
2009-12-16 Photo Dojo (DSI) (写真で格闘!フォトファイターX) Sound Supervisor
2010-01-18 Starship Defense (DSI) Sound Supervisor
2010-11-21 Donkey Kong Country Returns (WII) (ドンキーコングリターンズ) Music Supervisor
2011-03-25 Pilotwings Resort (3DS) (パイロットウイングス リゾート) Music Supervisor
2011-06-13 Wii Play: Motion (WII) (Wiiリモコンプラス バラエティ) Sound Director
2011-07-21 Rhythm Heaven Fever (WII) (みんなのリズム天国) Sound Support with Shinnosuke Kobayashi, Akito Nakatsuka, Lawrence Schwedler, and Bad Animals.
2011-10-21 Ketzal's Corridors (3DS) (疾走すりぬけ アナトウス) Sound Supervisor
2011-11-16 Sakura Samurai: Art of the Sword (3DS) (ひらり 桜侍) Music Director
2012-01-19 Kiki Trick (WII) (キキトリック) Sound Supervisor
2012-07-28 Brain Age: Concentration Training (3DS) (東北大学加齢医学研究所 川島隆太教授監修 ものすごく脳を鍛える5分間の鬼トレーニング) Sound Supervisor
2013-04-18 Tomodachi Life (3DS) (トモダチコレクション 新生活) Sound Supervisor
2013-05-24 Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D (3DS) (ドンキーコング リターンズ 3D) Original Wii Version: Music Supervisor
2013-07-12 Flower Town (3DS) (すれちがいが~でん) Sound Director
2013-07-12 Mii Force (3DS) (すれちがいシューティング) Sound Director
2013-07-12 Monster Manor (3DS) (すれちがい迷宮) Sound Director
2013-07-12 Warrior's Way (3DS) (すれちがい合戦) Sound Director
2013-12-31 Dr. Luigi (WIIU) (Dr.LUIGI & 細菌撲滅) Sound Supervision
2014-02-13 Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (WIIU) (ドンキーコング トロピカルフリーズ) Music Supervisor
2014-06-19 Pokemon Art Academy (3DS) (ポケモン アートアカデミー) Sound Supervisor
2014-11-21 Super Smash Bros. for Wii U (WIIU) (大乱闘スマッシュブラザーズ for Wii U) Music Arrangement with various others.
2015-04-16 Style Savvy: Fashion Forward (3DS) (ガールズモード3 キラキラ☆コーデ) Sound Supervisor
2015-06-11 Rhythm Heaven Megamix (3DS) Sound Support Staff with Shinnosuke Kobayashi and Masato Onishi.
2015-11-20 Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash (WIIU) (マリオテニス ウルトラスマッシュ) Sound Supervisor with Ryoji Yoshitomi and Minako Hamano.
2016-04-07 Disney Art Academy (3DS) (ディズニーアートアカデミー) Sound Supervisor
2016-12-08 Miitopia (3DS) (ミートピア) Sound Supervisor
2017-07-13 Hey! Pikmin (3DS) (Hey! ピクミン) Sound Progress Management with Minako Hamano and Yuichi Ozaki.
2017-09-15 Metroid: Samus Returns (3DS) (メトロイド サムスリターンズ) Music Director / Original Metroid Music

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