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Shogo Sakai
Shogo Sakai (1)
Born 1960
Company Data East (1987-1996)
HAL Laboratory (since 1996)
Current Position Composer
First game Donald Land
Latest game Part Time UFO
Twitter Shogo_Sakai


Shogo Sakai is a video game music composer, active since 1987. Initially he worked for the company Data East on the soundtrack of various games, mostly on the Glory of Heracles franchise. However, on 1996 moved to HAL Laboratory, where he was in charge of the soundtrack of the never released EarthBound 64.

Sakai has worked ever since on various games on the Kirby and Super Smash Bros. franchises, and he was the sole composer of the entire Mother 3 soundtrack. For Super Smash Bros. Brawl he arranged many of the songs, including the Super Smash Bros. Brawl theme song composed by Nobuo Uematsu.

In 2017, Sakai orchestrated almost all of the songs for the Kirby 25th Anniversary Orchestra Concert held across Japan.

Production History

Special Thanks

Song Credits

Super Smash Bros. Melee

  • Opening -- Composition & Arrangement[1]
  • Princess Peach's Castle -- Arrangement[2]
  • Rainbow Cruise -- Arrangement[2]
  • Jungle Japes -- Arrangement[3]
  • Temple -- Arrangement[2]
  • Brinstar -- Arrangement[2]
  • Brinstar Depths -- Arrangement[2]
  • Pokémon Stadium -- Arrangement[2]
  • Mother -- Arrangement[2]
  • Icicle Mountain -- Arrangement[2]
  • Super Mario Bros. 3 -- Arrangement[2]
  • Fire Emblem -- Arrangement[2]
  • Dr. Mario -- Arrangement[2]
  • Menu 2 -- Composition & Arrangement[4]

Super Smash Bros. Melee Smashing... Live! Live Orchestra Music

  • Jungle Garden -- Arrangement
  • Great Bay Shrine -- Arrangement
  • Dr. Mario -- Arrangement
  • Original Medley -- Arrangement (w/Hirokazu Ando)
  • Pokémon Medley -- Arrangement
  • Opening -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Depth of Brinstar -- Arrangement
  • Smash Bros. Great Medley -- Arrangement
  • Fire Emblem -- Arrangement
  • Rainbow Cruise -- Arrangement

Kirby Air Ride

  • Fantasy Meadows -- Composition & Arrangement[5]
  • Sky Sands -- Composition & Arrangement[5]
  • Frozen Hillside -- Composition & Arrangement[5]
  • Magma Flows -- Composition & Arrangement[5]

Super Smash Bros. Brawl

  • Super Smash Bros. Brawl Main Theme -- Arrangement[6]
  • Boss Battle -- Arrangement[2]
  • Main Theme (New Super Mario Bros.) -- Arrangement[6]
  • Underwater Theme (Super Mario Bros.) -- Arrangement[6]
  • Luigi's Mansion Theme -- Arrangement[6]
  • King K. Rool / Ship Deck 2 (Donkey Kong Country) -- Arrangement[6]
  • Title (The Legend of Zelda) -- Arrangement[6]
  • Great Temple / Temple (Zelda II: The Adventure of Link) -- Arrangement[6]
  • Wildlands (Yoshi's Island DS) -- Arrangement[6]
  • The Legendary Air Ride Machine (Kirby Air Ride) -- Composition & Arrangement[6]
  • Road to Viridian City (from Pallet Town/Pewter City) (Pokémon Red / Pokémon Blue) -- Arrangement[6]
  • Wild Pokémon Battle! (Pokémon Ruby / Pokémon Sapphire) -- Arrangement[6]
  • Route 209 (Pokémon Diamond / Pokémon Pearl) -- Arrangement[6]
  • Porky's Theme (Mother 3) -- Composition & Arrangement[6]
  • Mother 3 Love Theme -- Composition & Arrangement[6]
  • Snowman (Mother) -- Arrangement[6]
  • Fire Emblem Theme -- Arrangement[6]
  • Underworld (Kid Icarus) -- Arrangement[6]
  • Mario Bros. -- Arrangement[6]
  • PictoChat -- Composition & Arrangement[6]
  • Mii Channel -- Arrangement[6]

The Sound of Kirby Café

  • A Tranquil Oasis -- Composition & Arrangement

Kirby 25th Anniversary Orchestra Concert

  • Kirby's 25th Anniversary: Grand Opening -- Arrangement
  • Kirby's Adventure Medley -- Arrangement
  • King Dedede & Meta Knight Medley -- Arrangement
  • Kirby's Dream Land 2 Animal Friends Medley -- Arrangement
  • Kirby's Dream Land 3 / Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards Medley -- Arrangement
  • Kirby Super Star Medley -- Arrangement
  • Kirby Air Ride Medley -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Kirby & the Amazing Mirror / Kirby: Squeak Squad Medley -- Arrangement
  • Kirby Triple Deluxe Medley -- Arrangement
  • Kirby: Planet Robobot Medley -- Arrangement
  • Kirby's Return to Dream Land Medley -- Arrangement
  • A New Wind for Tomorrow -- Arrangement
  • Milky Way Wishes: Staff Credits -- Arrangement

Kirby Memorial Arrangements

  • Take Off! -- Arrangement
  • Beyond the Forest and the Desert -- Arrangement
  • I'll Never Forget You -- Arrangement

Interviews

References

  1. https://vgmdb.net/album/2975
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U sound test
  3. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate sound test
  4. https://www.sourcegaming.info/2016/05/16/mmdr_arrange/
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 https://vgmdb.net/album/1758
  6. 6.00 6.01 6.02 6.03 6.04 6.05 6.06 6.07 6.08 6.09 6.10 6.11 6.12 6.13 6.14 6.15 6.16 6.17 6.18 6.19 Super Smash Bros. Brawl sound test
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