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Kinuyo Yamashita

Also Known As

  • K. Yamashita
  • Kinuyo Ueda
  • James Banana
  • Onigiri Yamako

Game Credits


Stickvania (2010)   (The music and sound effects borrowed from Konami’s brilliant works Castlevania and Super Castlevania IV were composed by)
Walk It Out! (2010)   ('Holiday Waltz')
Kikansha Thomas: Kokugo Sansuu Eigo (2007)   (Sound (サウンド))
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Wrath of the Darkhul King (2003)   (Sound)
Medabots: Infinity (2003)   (Music Composer)
MedaBots: Metabee (2003)   (Music Compoer)
Croc 2 (2001)   (Sound Design)
Disney•Pixar Monsters, Inc. (2001)   (Sound)
Bass Masters Classic (1999)   (Sound)
Dragon Dance (1998)   (Sound)
Casper (1997)   (Musicians (おんがくやさん))
Mark Davis' The Fishing Master (1995)   (Music Composer)
Mega Man X3 (1995)   (Music)
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (1994)   (Music)
Natsume Championship Wrestling (1994)   (Sound)
Pocky & Rocky 2 (1994)   (Sound)
GS Mikami: Joreishi wa Nice Body (1993)   (Music Composer)
Zen Nippon Pro Wrestling Dash: Sekai Saikyō... (1993)   (Music Composer)
Power Blade 2 (1992)   (Sound)
Power Blade (1991)   (Sound (uncredited))
Power Blazer (1990)   (Sound)
King's Valley II (1988)   (Sound)
Snatcher (1988)   (Sound Effect Conversion Data Production)
Arumana no Kiseki (1987)   (Music Composer (uncredited))
Esper Dream (1987)   (Music)
Hinotori (1987)   (Music by)
Majō Densetsu II: Taimashikyō Galious (1987)   (Sound design )
Castlevania (1986)   (Music by)
King Kong 2: Ikari no Megaton Punch (1986)   (Music by)
Vampire Killer (1986)   (Music by)


Gunhound EX (2014)   (Special Thanks)
WWF Wrestlemania 2000 (1999)   (Special Thanks)
Stinger (1986)   (Special Thanks)


The Treasure of Usas (1987)   (Staff)

Developer Biography

Kinuyo Yamashita (山下 絹代) was born December 31st 1965 in Amagasaki, Hyōgo, Japan. She started playing the piano at age 4 and took lessons as a child. After graduating from Osaka Electro-Communication University in 1986 where she studied electronic engineering, she joined Konami and became a member of the legendary Konami Kukeiha Club.

During her three years at Konami, Kinuyo composed a number of soundtracks mostly for Japanese-only games, with her debut composition Vampire Killer which she composed with Satoe Terashima becoming a cult video game classic, as would its NES counterpart Castlevania. But stress and the pressures of work would catch up to her, and in 1989 she left Konami.

Kinuyo then became a freelance video game composer, mostly composing for Natsume, but also handling the soundtrack for Mega Man X3. She also performed for the pop/jazz cover band Honey Honey for four years beginning in 1991.

In 1998 Kinuyo suffered a brain hemorrhage while playing tennis and another one a week after. She was hospitalized for many months and had no recollection of her experience, but eventually she recovered and resumed her career.

Kinuyo moved to the United States in 2010, and currently lives in Montague, NJ with her husband. She continues to write video game soundtracks and make personal appearances, and is currently branching out into other music genres.

Last updated: Aug 17, 2014