Shinichi started out playing keyboards and guitar. He first worked on video games in 1982 when he worked at Tecmo (under their Tehkan name) at the young age of 16. He was also in charge of several of their games such as Senjou. He later worked for Nippon Microcomputer Development, scoring the music for games such as Argos, Bartolik, and Psychic 5. In 1986, he joined some former Tecmo staff at Westone Bit Entertainment. There, he composed the music for a majority of their games, including the Wonder Boy series. Shinichi prefers the sound of square waves to CD music.
Today, Sakamoto works at Amata Corporation as a producer of operations and development. He has been in the games industry for over 30 years.
For Mashin Eiyuuden Wataru Gaiden, Sakamoto also wrote in assembly, but this time using his own sound driver. This sound driver was also used in Nakayoshi to Issho, though Sakamoto himself was not involved with that title.
Sakamoto also helped NMK program their sound driver.
- mobygames.com/developer/sheet/view/developerId,88948/ - MobyGames.
- facebook.com/sakamoto41 - Facebook.
- twitter.com/sintan_jp - Twitter.
- youtube.com/user/sakasama111 - YouTube.
- youtube.com/user/sintan111 - 2nd YouTube.
- soundcloud.com/shinichi-sakamoto-2 - SoundCloud.
- hardcoregaming101.net/interviews/shinichisakamoto-interview.htm - Interview from July 8, 2013.
- atwiki.jp/gamemusicbest100/pages/4146.html - Atwiki.jp (Japanese).