Yasuhiro Kawasaki

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Yasuhiro Kawasaki
Yasuhiro Kawasaki.jpg
Local 川崎康宏 (かわさき やすひろ)
Birth Place Yokosuka, Kanagawa, Japan
Nationality Japanese   Japan.svg
Aliases Y. Kawasaki, Yaz Kawasaki

Yashiro Kawasaki is a Japanese musician. He started out composing music for companies such as ASCII and Hi-Tech Lab Japan before going independent as a freelance composer. He composes for all types of media including film, commercials, television, and video games. He has also served as a music producer, and even arranged for Oyunaa from Mongolia. During the 90s, he served as a composer for Pony Canyon, likely as a freelance musician.

In the world of video games, he is probably best known for his work in the SNES game Illusion of Gaia. He has also worked on the soundtrack to Tomy's Zoids series.

In addition to music composition, he has also made sound effects, and has also done some sound programming on the side. It appears Kawasaki left the game industry in 2014.

Audio Development


For Puzslot, Kawasaki either used a sound driver or gave his compositions to the programmers to implement into the game (M. Yamamoto and/or M. Takeda).

When Pony Canyon contracted Crosstalk to develop the NES version of Hillsfar, Kawasaki's music from the NEC PC-9801 version of the game was arranged to the NES by Yoshio Kobayashi. Coincidentally, the two worked on the NEC PC-9801 game DragonStrike; both AD&D games originally by Westwood, licensed to Japan by Pony Canyon, and developed by Crosstalk. However, Kawasaki was a composer for Pony Canyon, while Kobayashi was the in-house composer for Crosstalk.

For Tanigawa Kouji no Shougi Shinan III, his music was converted to someone's driver, but the developer and arranger are currently unknown.


Kawasaki was unable to remember how he did the music for the NEC PC-9801 due to the passing years, but it was likely in a similar fashion to how he did music for the Sharp X68000 since some of his music was ported over to that platform.

Sharp X68000

Yasuhiro Kawasaki used the OPMDRV driver for DragonStrike, where music was typed in Music Macro Language, in which the note pitch and length was written in text.


Kawasaki developed a driver with Hiroji Sawai and Issei Okita, based off the 1.20 version of Nintendo's Kankichi-kun. It is confusing since games that use the driver give credit for the driver to different combinations of the three. It is likely Kawasaki designed and composed music for it, Sawai may have done sound effects or instrument sampling, and Okita programmed the audio engine itself.


Released Title Sample Notes
1988-10-20 Double Eagle (X68) (ダブルイーグル) Composer?
1988-??-?? Alantia: Legend of Blue Star (PC98) (アトランタ)
1989-09-14 Tanigawa Kouji no Shougi Shinan III (FC) (谷川浩司の将棋指南Ⅲ)
Verified by composer.
1989-12-19 Shougi (GB) (将棋)
Uses music from Tanigawa Kouji no Shougi Shinan III.
1990-06-?? Lupin III (FMT) (ルパン三世)
1990-11-21 Hillsfar (PC98) (ヒルズファー)
1991-03-21 Hillsfar (NES)
Arranged by Yoshio Kobayashi.
1991-04-12 Hellfire S (ROM2) (ヘルファイアーS) Sound with Hiroji Sawai.
1991-??-?? Fleet of Silence (PC98) (沈黙の艦隊)
1992-02-21 IQ Panic (ROM2)
1992-02-28 Puzslot (FC) (パズロット)
1992-03-21 DragonStrike (PC98) (ドラゴンストライク)
With Yoshio Kobayashi
1992-03-31 DragonStrike (X68) (ドラゴンストライク)
With Yoshio Kobayashi
1992-??-?? Zaibatsu Bank (DOS) (財閥銀行)
1993-??-?? Raruu (PC98) (ラルー RARUE)
1993-11-27 Illusion of Gaia (SNES) (ガイア幻想紀)
1993-12-25 The Legend of Bishin Zoku (SFC) (美神伝説Zoku) Sound Programmer with Hiroji Sawai.
1994-??-?? SimTower (DOS) (ザ・タワー)
1994-07-15 Kabuki-chou Reach Mahjong: Toupuusen (SFC) (歌舞伎町リーチ麻雀 東風戦)
1995-05-?? SimTower (W16) (ザ・タワー) Sound Effects
1995-05-19 Battle Tycoon: Flash Hiders SFX (SFC) (バトルタイクーン) Sound Driver, Sound Effects & Sound Data with Issei Okita.
1995-09-15 St Andrews: Eikou to Rekishi no Old Course (SFC) (セント・アンドリュース 〜栄光と歴史のオールドコース〜) Sound Programmer with Issei Okita.
1995-11-24 Super Okumanchouja Game (SFC) (スーパー億万長者ゲーム) With Masahito Miyamoto.
1995-12-08 Miracle World (PS1) (ミラクルワールド)
1996-03-22 Rin Kaihou Kudan no Igo Taidou (SFC) (林海峯九段の囲碁大道) Composer?
1996-03-29 Puyo Puyo CD Tsuu (ROM2) (ぷよぷよCD通)
1996-07-26 Earth Light: Luna Strike (SFC) (アースライト ルナ・ストライク) Composer with Haruhiko Kuroiwa.
Sound Programmer with Issei Okita.
1996-09-27 Kuro no Juusan (PS1) (黒の十三)
1997-??-?? SimTower (MAC)
1999-03-19 Shougi 2 (GBC) (将棋2)
Uses music from Tanigawa Kouji no Shougi Shinan III.
1999-11-11 Super Producers (DC) (SUPER PRODUCERS -目指せショウビズ界-)
2001-02-15 Kikou Heidan J-Phoenix Joshouhen (PS2)
2001-12-24 Shougi 3 (GBC) (将棋3) Uses music from Tanigawa Kouji no Shougi Shinan III.
2003-09-05 Zoids Vs. II (GC) (ゾイド VS.II)
2003-12-18 DreamMix TV: World Fighters (GC) (ドリームミックスTV ワールドファイターズ)
2003-12-18 DreamMix TV: World Fighters (PS2) (ドリームミックスTV ワールドファイターズ)
2004-09-30 Zoids Vs. III (GC) (ゾイド VS.III)
2004-??-?? Zoids Infinity (ARC) (ゾイドインフィニティ)
2005-08-11 Zoids Tactics (PS2) (ゾイドタクティクス)
2006-11-30 Zoids: Battle Colosseum (GC) (ゾイドバトルコロシアム)
2007-10-18 Zoids Assault (X360) (ゾイドオルタナティブ)
2007-12-27 Jinsei Game Wii (WII) (人生ゲームWii)
2009-03-19 Gardening Mama (NDS) (ガーデニングママ)
2009-10-22 Sukeban Shachou Rena Wii (WII) (女番社長レナ)
2010-11-05 Babysitting Mama (WII) (ベビーシッター ママ)
2011-03-16 Happy Vegiful (IOS) (ハッピーベジフル)
2012-07-05 Dokuro (VITA) (ドクロ)
2013-06-30 Dokuro (IOS) (ドクロ)
2013-08-08 Gangan!! Battle Rush! (AND) (ガンガン!!バトルRUSH!)
2013-12-05 Dokuro (AND) (ドクロ)
2014-11-20 Dolly Kanon Dokidoki Tokimeki Himitsu no Ongaku Katsudou Start Desu!! (3DS) (ドーリィ♪カノン ドキドキ♪トキメキ♪ ヒミツの音楽活動スタートでぇ~す!!)
2014-12-08 Dokuro (W64) (ドクロ)