aka: K. Yamashita, Kinuyo Ueda, James Banana, Onigiri Yamako
Biography edit · view history
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.
Credited on 37 games
Displaying most recent · View all
|Gunhound EX (2014 on Windows)||Special Thanks|
|Stickvania (2010 on Browser)||The music and sound effects borrowed from Konami’s brilliant works Castlevania and Super Castlevania IV were composed by|
|Walk It Out! (2010 on Wii)||'Belmont's Destiny'|
|Kikansha Thomas: Kokugo Sansuu Eigo (2007 on Nintendo DS)||Sound (サウンド)|
|Medabots: Infinity (2003 on GameCube)||Music Composer|
|Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Wrath of the Darkhul King (2003 on Game Boy Advance)||Sound|
|MedaBots: Metabee (2003 on Game Boy Advance)||Music Compoer|
|Disney•Pixar Monsters, Inc. (2001 on Game Boy Advance)||Sound|
|Medarot Navi: Kuwagata (2001 on Game Boy Advance)||Music Composer (ミュージックコンポーザー)|
|Croc 2 (2001 on Game Boy Color)||Sound Design|
|Sylvanian Melodies: Mori no Nakama to Odori Masho! (2000 on Game Boy Color)||Sound|
|WWF Wrestlemania 2000 (1999 on Game Boy Color)||Special Thanks|
|Bass Masters Classic (1999 on Game Boy Color)||Sound|
|Dragon Dance (1998 on Game Boy Color)||Sound|
|Casper (1997 on SNES)||Musicians (おんがくやさん)|
|Mega Man X3 (1995 on SNES)||Music|
|Mark Davis' The Fishing Master (1995 on SNES)||Music Composer|
|Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (1994 on SNES)||Music|
|Natsume Championship Wrestling (1994 on SNES)||Sound|
|Pocky & Rocky 2 (1994 on SNES)||Sound|
[ full credits ]
- 21 games with Iku Mizutani
- 11 games with Takashi Matsumoto
- 11 games with Kimio Hirota
- 6 games with Toshikazu Iwasa
- 6 games with Shinji Morimitsu
- 5 games with Shinya Sakamoto
- 5 games with Tetsuari Watanabe
- 5 games with Shuya Takaoka
- 5 games with Wataru Kitamura
- 5 games with Takashi Maeda
Add your expertise to help preserve video game history! You can submit a correction or add the following: