Yusuke Takahama

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Yusuke Takahama
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Local 高濱 祐輔 (たかはま ゆうすけ)
Born 1966-04-28
Birth Place Kobe, Hyogo
Nationality Japanese   Japan.svg
Aliases Y. Taka, Y. Takahama, Taka, Takaha, Yuusuke Takahama, Hamasan
Website www.target-ent.com

Yusuke Takahama started his music career in the 80s when he was a keyboardist in a band, and he started his solo career in 1991. He writes music for all sorts of media including television, anime, and video games. He has composed the music and sound for over 100 video games. He began working at Data East around 1989 as a part-time employee, composing music for some of their arcade and home console titles. His first game there was Hercules no Eikou II. Though other Data East composers like Shogo Sakai and Seiji Momoi were amazed by his talent, he was not let into their in-house band Gamedelic since he wasn't full-time employee. Takahama left Data East somewhere between 1991-1994 and started composing music for Meldac on the SNES and was also working for KID. He also did some game soundtracks for Varie. Then, in 2003, Takahama composed music for Jamsworks. Lately, Takahama has been credited for music in games developed by Sega.

Today, Takahama runs Target Entertainment, which composes music for various types of media including video games. His favorite artist is Ryuichi Sakamoto.

Some of Yusuke's notable works include Kick Master, Dark Lord, and G.I. Joe: The Atlantis Factor.

Music Composition


While working at Data East, Takahama wrote music on the MSX computer using Data East's sound engine created by someone whose last name is Ohgoshi. When he worked at KID, he wrote the music in Music Macro Language using their sound driver which was probably written by Norio Nakagata.


When working at KID, Takahama wrote the music in Music Macro Language on a PC-98 computer. During the development of Battle Grand Prix, the instruments in the game were taken from his Roland U-220 sound module.


Released Title Sample Notes
1989-07-14 Bad Dudes (NES) (ドラゴンニンジャ)
With Yuji Suzuki and Junichi Uchida.
1989-09-01 Bloody Wolf (TG16) (ならず者戦闘部隊 ブラッディウルフ) With Shogo Sakai and Yuji Suzuki.
1990-03-02 Heavy Barrel (NES) (ヘビーバレル) With Shogo Sakai, Masaaki Iwasaki, Seiichi Hamada, and Yuji Suzuki.
1990-03-23 Boulder Dash (NES) (ボルダーダッシュ) With Shogo Sakai.
1990-05-11 Lock N' Chase (GB) (ロックンチェイス) With Shogo Sakai and Yuji Suzuki.
1990-09-14 Little Magic (FC) (リトルマジック) DECO Sound Team with Shogo Sakai, Seiichi Hamada, and Seiji Yamanaka.
1990-09-21 Side Pocket (GB) (サイドポケット) With Seiichi Hamada, Yuji Suzuki, and Seiji Yamanaka.
1990-11-?? Werewolf: The Last Warrior (NES) (超人狼戦記ウォーウルフ) With Shogo Sakai.
1990-12-19 Battle Stadium: Selection Pro Baseball (FC) (バトルスタジアム 選抜プロ野球) With Toshio Murai, Y. Tsuji, and Masahiro Teramoto.
1991-??-?? Caveman Ninja (ARC) With Hiroaki Yoshida and Seiichi Hamada.
1991-02-08 Dark Lord (FC) (ダークロード) With Shogo Sakai, Masaaki Iwasaki, Seiichi Hamada, Seiji Momoi, and Yuji Suzuki.
1991-02-26 Grand Master (FC) (グランド マスター) Arranged by Hirotoshi Motoyama?
1991-05-10 Scorpius (X68) (スコルピウス)
1991-09-27 Shounen Ashibe: Yuuenchi Panic (GB) (少年アシベ ゆうえんちパニック)
1991-12-20 Satoru Nakajima Kanshuu: F1 Grand Prix (SMD) (中嶋悟監修エフワングランプリ)
1991-??-?? G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero (NES) With Nobuyuki Shioda
1992-01-?? KickMaster (NES) With Nobuyuki Shioda.
1992-01-08 Kikou Keisatsu Metal Jack (GB) (機甲警察メタルジャック)
1992-02-28 New Century GPX Cyber Formula (GB) (新世紀GPX サイバーフォーミュラ)
1992-03-?? G.I. Joe: The Atlantis Factor (NES)
1992-03-06 Utsurun Desu: Kawauso Hawaii e Iku! (FC) (伝染るんです。 かわうそハワイへ行く!)
1992-03-13 Heavenly Gods Mystery Game 2: Reader Five-Dream Honor Bodies (GB) (天神怪戦2 読本 夢五誉身)
1992-03-27 Battle Grand Prix (SNES) (バトルグランプリ)
1992-07-03 Urusei Yatsura: Find Miss Tomobiki! (GB (うる星やつら ミス友引を探せ!)
1992-08-11 Satoru Nakajima Supervision F-1 Hero GB: World Championship '91 (GB) (中嶋悟監修F―1ヒーロー)
1992-08-11 F1 Pole Position (GB) (中嶋悟監修 F-1 HERO GB '92)
1992-12-11 Satoru Nakajima Supervision F-1 Super License (SMD) (中嶋悟監修エフワンスーパーライセンス)
1992-12-28 The King of Rally (SFC) (ザ・キング・オブ・ラリー)
1993-05-28 Pachinko Monogatari: Pachi-Slot Moaru Deyo!! (SFC) (パチンコ物語 パチスロもあるでよ!!)
1993-09-14 Shin Nippon Pro Wrestling: Chou Senshi in Tokyo Dome (SFC) (新日本プロレスリング 超戦士in闘強導夢)
1993-11-26 RPG Jinsei Game (FC) (RPG人生ゲーム)
1994-01-08 Super Pinball: Behind the Mask (SNES) (スーパー・ピンボール ビハインド・ザ・マスク) With Takehiko Saeki.
1994-02-25 Uchuu Race: Astro Go! Go! (SFC) (宇宙レース アストロゴー!ゴー!)
1994-03-18 Super Jinsei Game (SFC) (スーパー人生ゲーム)
1994-09-22 Nakajima Satoru Kanshuu: F-1 Hero '94 (SFC) (中嶋悟監修F‐1ヒーロー’94) Arranged by OeRSTED.
1995-01-20 Stardust Suplex (SFC) (スターダストスープレックス)
1995-01-27 Pachinko Monogatari 2 (SFC) (パチンコ物語2)
1995-02-24 Nage Libre: Seijaku no Suishin (SFC) (NAGE LIBRE 〜静寂の水深〜) With Michihiko Shichi.
1995-07-14 Kat's Run: Zen Nihon K Car Senshuken (SFC) (キャッツラン 全日本Kカー選手権) With Satoshi Nagano and Michihiko Shichi.
1999-07-15 The Book of Watermarks (PS1)
2000-08-04 Zokzok Heroes (GBC) (ぞくぞくヒーローズ) With Hitoshi Yukawa, Nobuo Horie, and Kenji Kanemitsu.
2003-11-07 Ribbit King (GC)
2003-12-18 Ribbit King (PS2)
2008-01-31 Super Smash Bros. Brawl (WII)
2009-10-13 Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games (NDS)
2010-11-11 Sonic Colors (NDS)
Unknown Super Real Darwin (SMD) (スーパーリアルダーウィン)

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