Kenji Yoshida

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Kenji Yoshida
Kenji Yoshida - 1972.jpg
Local 吉田 健志 (よしだ けんじ)
Born 1949-08-14
Birth Place Amagasaki, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan
Nationality Japanese   Japan.svg
Aliases N. Yoshida, K. Yoshida, 吉田🤘ウィ〜! (Yoshida Wee!)

Kenji Yoshida (born Noboru Yoshida (吉田昇)) is a Japanese professional composer, sound designer and musician. Yoshida has been in the music industry since 1967, however he first made music for Japanese commercials and movies. In 1971, he joined the folk group "Kaigara" as a bass player, and in 1972, he performed in the theme song of the TV drama "Papa to Yobanaide". In the past, he was a supporting member in 1967 and played in folk groups such as The Lind & Linders, New Far Fly, Bang Bang, Jupiter, and Band of Tsumasaburo in the later years. After the group disbanded, he worked as a freelance professional musician, produced sound for commercials, and was the music director for the film "Kurakunarumadematenai!" (1975, Kazuki Omori) as music director. His commercial music in particular was known to be catchy and memorable.

During the 80s, Kenji was struggling as a freelance musician, and wanted to work in music full-time. He went to the arcade one day, played MagMax, and landed an interview with its developer, Nihon Bussan, the next day. During his time with the company, he worked on a vast majority of their games, and got to work on a huge amount of platforms. He started out working on their arcade games, but when the company started working on the NES, TurboGrafx-16, and other platforms, he also started working on those platforms. Around 1997, Nihon Bussan ceased game development, and Yoshida left as a result.

While Yoshida no longer composes video game music, he is active as a musician under the name "Jubi".

Audio Development

SNES

Yoshida's music was converted to many sound engines including Make Software and Cream's, both of which were variants of Nintendo's Kankichi-kun. It is possible sound staff from those companies converted his music.

Gameography

Released Title Sample Notes
1985-??-?? Cosmo Police Galivan (ARC) (コスモポリス ギャリバン)
1985-09-?? Cop 01 (ARC) (コップゼロワン)
1985-10-?? Terra Cresta (ARC) (テラクレスタ)
1985-11-?? Pastel Gal (ARC) (パステルギャル)
1986-10-?? Ninja Emaki (ARC) (妖魔忍法帖)
1986-??-?? Crystal Gal Mahjong (ARC) (クリスタルギャル)
1986-??-?? City Love (ARC) (シティラブ)
1986-03-?? Mighty Guy (ARC) (マイティガイ)
1986-05-19 Seicross (NES) (セクロス)
1986-06-?? Soldier Girl Amazon (ARC) (聖戦士アマテラス)
1986-09-27 Terra Cresta (NES) (テラクレスタ)
1986-10-?? UFO Robo Dangar (ARC) (UFOロボ ダンガー)
1986-12-26 Crazy Climber (FC) (クレイジー・クライマー)
1987-04-?? Kid no Hore Hore Daisakusen (ARC) (キッドのホレホレ大作戦)
1987-05-?? Legion (ARC) (超時迷宮レジオン)
1987-07-?? Taisen Quiz Hyhoo (ARC)
1987-07-?? Taisen Quiz Hyhoo 2 (ARC)
1987-07-10 Booby Kids (FC) (ブービーキッズ)
1987-08-11 Family Mahjong (FC) (ファミリーマージャン)
1987-11-13 Artelius (FC) (アルテリオス)
1987-12-?? Kozure Ookami (ARC) (子連れ狼)
1987-??-?? Booby Kids (ARC) (キッドのホレホレ大作戦 )
1987-??-?? Bijokko Yume Monogatari (ARC) (美女っ子夢物語)
1987-??-?? Seiha (ARC) (制覇)
1987-??-?? Taiiemanukan - House Mannequin (ARC) (対家麻濡感(ハウスマヌカン) 誘惑日記編)
1987-??-?? Taiiemanukan - Roppongi Live Hen (ARC) (対家麻濡感 六本木ライヴ編)
1987-??-?? Terra Force (ARC)
1988-??-?? Armed F (ARC) (アームドF)
1988-??-?? Seiha (MSX) (制覇)
1988-06-03 Cosmo Police Galivan (FC) (コスモポリス ギャリバン)
1988-11-25 Family Mahjong II: Shanghai he no Michi (FC) (ファミリーマージャンⅡ 上海への道) Composer?
1988-12-?? Crazy Climber 2 (ARC) (クレイジー・クライマー2 ) With Satoru Fujiwara.
1988-??-?? Mahjong Camera Kozou (ARC) (麻雀カメラ小僧)
1989-??-?? Mahjong Uchuu yori Ai o Komete (ARC) (宇宙より愛を込めて)
1989-??-?? Scandal Mahjong (ARC) (スキャンダル麻雀)
1989-??-?? Second Love (ARC) (セカンドラブ)
1989-04-28 Keiba Simulation: Honmei (FC) (競馬シミュレーション 本命)
1989-12-09 WCW World Championship Wrestling (NES) (スーパースタープロレスリング)
1990-??-?? Maikobana (ARC)
1990-02-01 Mahjong Shikaku Retsuden: Mahjong Wars (PCE) (麻雀刺客列伝 麻雀ウォーズ)
1990-04-20 Kurogane Hiroshi no Yosou Daisuki! Kachiuma Densetsu (FC) (黒鉄ヒロシの予想大好き! 勝馬伝説)
1990-09-28 Die Hard (PCE) (ダイ・ハード)
1990-??-?? Mahjong The Lady Hunter (ARC) (麻雀レディーハンター 怪盗黒猫連盟編)
1991-??-?? Quiz Mahjong! Hayaku Yatteyo (ARC) (クイズ麻雀!早くヤッてよ)
1991-02-08 Ray-Thunder (GB) (ライサンダー)
1991-10-25 Mahjong Vanilla Syndrome (PCCD) (まーじゃん バニラシンドローム)
1991-??-?? Mahjong Vanilla Syndrome (ARC) (まーじゃん バニラシンドローム)
1992-05-20 Mahjong Taisen (FC) (麻雀対戦)
1992-11-27 Terra Cresta II: Mandler no Gyakushuu (PCE) (テラクレスタⅡ マンドラーの逆襲) Special Thanks
1993-04-?? Mahjong Triple Wars Bangai-hen: Sailor Wars (ARC)
1993-06-11 Cosmo Police Galivan II: Arrow of Justice (SFC) (コスモポリス ギャリバンII)
1993-06-25 Booby Boys (GB) (ブービーボーイズ)
1993-10-29 Super Nichibutsu Mahjong 2: Zenkoku Seiha Hen (SFC) (ニチブツマージャン2全国制覇篇)
1993-10-29 Soukou Kihei Votoms: The Battling Road (SFC)
1993-??-?? Mahjong Triple Wars Bangai-hen: Sailor Wars (ARC) (麻雀トリプルウォーズ番外編 セーラーウォーズ)
1993-??-?? Mahjong Vanilla Syndrome (PC98) (まーじゃん バニラシンドローム)
1994-03-18 F1 Circus CD (SCD) (エフワン サーカス シーディー)
1994-07-29 Super Nichibutsu Mahjong 3: Yoshimoto Gekijou (SFC) (ニチブツマージャン3吉本劇場篇)
1994-11-18 Nichibutsu Mahjong: Yoshimoto Gekijou (GB) (ニチブツマージャン吉本劇場)
1994-12-16 Gionbana (SFC) (祇園花) With "Ministry".
1995-04-14 Puzzle'N Desu! (SFC) (ぱずるんでス!)
1995-05-26 Nichibutsu Mahjong: Joshikou Meijinsen (PS1) (ニチブツマージャン女子高名人戦)
1995-07-28 Mahjong Hanjouki (SFC) (麻雀繁盛記) With "Skid Row".
1995-12-15 Gionbana (PS1)
1996-09-27 Super Nichibutsu Mahjong 4: Kiso Kenkyu Hen (SFC) (スーパーニチブツマージャン4 基礎研究篇)
1997-03-28 Cross Romance: Koi to Mahjong to Hanafuda to (PS1) (クロス・ロマンス〜恋と麻雀と花札と〜)
1997-08-08 Terra Cresta 3D (SAT) (テラクレスタ3D)
Unreleased Genjuu Souseki / Phantom Beast Creation Century (FC) (幻獣創世紀)

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Aliases

Kenji was usually credited as K. Yoshida, but the games Seihai (ARC) and Crazy Climber (FC) credit Yoshida as N. Yoshida. This is in reference to his birth name, Noboru.

During the SNES era, he was oddly credited as 吉田ウィ〜! (Wee! Yoshida), a hand with the devil-horn shape in between the two words. The etymology of this alias is currently unknown.

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