Shinichi Sakamoto

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Shinichi Sakamoto
Shinichi Sakamoto - 6.jpg
Local 坂本 慎一 (さかもと しんいち)
Born 1966-01-07
Birth Place Sumida, Tokyo Prefecture, Japan
Nationality Japanese   Japan.svg
Aliases Shin-ichi Sakamoto

Shinichi Sakamoto is a Japanese composer and sound designer known for his work at Westone. He also helped program NMK's NES sound driver, as well as programming his own.

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.

Music Development


For Jaws, Sakamoto utilized a sound driver provided by Michishito Ishizuka. He later created his own sound engine. To compose music and sound data, Sakamoto wrote the music in 6502 assembly coding.

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.


Released Title Sample Notes
1983-11-?? Senjyo (ARC) (センジョウ)
1984-??-?? Star Force (ARC) (スターフォース)
1985-??-?? Lovely Cards (ARC) (ラブリーカード)
1986-??-?? Argus (ARC) (アーガス)
1986-??-?? Valtric (ARC) (バルトリック)
1987-??-?? Psychic 5 (ARC) (サイキック5)
1987-08-?? Wonder Boy in Monster Land (ARC) (ワンダーボーイ モンスターランド )
1987-10-30 Bikkuriman World (PCE)
1987-11-?? Jaws (NES)
1988-11-?? Wonder Boy III: Monster Lair (ARC) (ワンダーボーイIII モンスター・レアー)
1988-12-22 Appare! Gateball (PCE) (あっぱれ!ゲートボール)
1989-??-?? Wonder Boy III: The Dragon's Trap (SMS) (モンスターワールドII ドラゴンの罠)
1990-??-?? Aurail (ARC) (オーライル)
1990-03-23 Mashin Eiyuuden Wataru Gaiden (FC) (魔神英雄伝ワタル外伝)
1990-04-27 Aoi Blink (PCE) (青いブリンク) With Soichiro Harada.
1991-04-19 Dragon's Curse (PCE)
1991-06-21 Power Eleven (PCE) (パワーイレブン)
1991-09-13 Jikuu Senki Mu (GB)
1991-10-25 Wonder Boy in Monster World (GEN) (ワンダーボーイV モンスターワールドIII)
1991-11-22 Raiden (TG16) (雷電)
1992-03-27 Wonder Boy III: The Dragon's Trap (GG) (モンスターワールドII ドラゴンの罠)
1992-04-24 Star Parodier (PCCD) (スターパロジャー) PSG only
1993-12-10 Nakayoshi to Issho (FC) (なかよしといっしょ) Sound Driver
1994-??-?? The Space Adventure (SCD) Sound Supporter
1994-??-?? Dungeon Explorer (SCD)
1994-10-28 Blood Gear (PCCD) (ブラッド・ギア)
1995-07-21 Panic Bomber (VB) (とびだせ!ぱにボン)
1995-07-28 Tengai Makyou: Dennou Karakuri Kakutouden (PC-FX) (天外魔境电脳络缲格闘伝) PSG Program
1995-12-15 Kekkon: Marriage (SS)
1996-10-10 Kekkon: Marriage (PS1)
1999-05-31 Shadowgate 64: Trials of the Four Towers (N64) Special Thanks
1999-07-01 Mirano no Arbeit Collection (PS1) (ミラノのアルバイトこれくしょん) Voice Director and Sound Work
1999-07-29 Akihabara Dennou Kumi Peta Pies! (DC)
2001-02-22 Reel Fishing: Wild (DC)
2008-09-11 Sega Ages 2500 Series Vol. 33: Fantasy Zone Complete Collection (PS2) Special Thanks
Unreleased Aquario of the Clockwork (ARC)

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