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Yukio Kaneoka is a sound engineer who worked at Nintendo, mostly known for composing much of the music and sound effects on many of the early titles of the company on the Famicom and arcade systems.

History

Kaneoka was one of the earliest sound designers known to have worked at Nintendo. He was employed in the R&D2 department and was tasked with providing the basic fanfares of most arcade titles and some early Famicom games, like Donkey Kong and Mario Bros.

Notoriously, Kaneoka could also be considered as the creator of the distinctive "NES sound", as he is patented with the design of the audio processing unit of the Famicom, which allowed the console to produce sounds with three programmable channels (two pulse and one triangle wave), plus a noise channel and a sample channel.

Kaneoka mentored famed composers Hirokazu Tanaka and Koji Kondo upon their entrances in Nintendo, teaching them the basics of sound engineering and sound effect programming. According to Kondo, Kaneoka was a graduate in electrical engineering who "had a lot of interest in music", without having an actual educational background in music.

With 1990's F-Zero being the last game crediting him as a developer, it is unknown what is his current occupation, although he was credited as supervisor on Mario Tennis and Super Smash Bros. Brawl.

Production History

Song Credits

Donkey Kong (NES Version)

  • Title Theme -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Game Start -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Radar Theme -- Composition & Arrangement
  • 25m Theme -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Hammer Theme -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Hurry Up! -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Miss -- Composition & Arrangement
  • 25m / 75m Clear -- Composition & Arrangement
  • 75m Theme -- Composition & Arrangement
  • 100m Theme -- Composition & Arrangement
  • 100m Clear -- Composition & Arrangement

Donkey Kong Jr. (NES Version)

  • Title Theme -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Game Start -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Level 1 Theme -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Hurry Up -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Miss -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Level 1 Clear -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Level 2 Theme -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Level 2 Clear -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Level 3 Theme -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Level 3 Clear -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Level 4 Theme -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Level 4 Clear (All Clear!) -- Composition & Arrangement

Popeye (NES Version)

  • Title Theme -- Arrangement
  • Game Start -- Arrangement
  • Level 1 -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Bluto Attacks -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Spinach Power -- Arrangement
  • Heart Fall -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Miss -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Level 1 Clear -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Level 2 -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Level 2 Clear -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Level 3 Start -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Level 3 -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Level 3 Clear -- Arrangement

Gomoku Narabe Renju

  • Title Theme -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Game Start -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Win -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Lose -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Result Screen -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Draw -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Perfect Game -- Composition & Arrangement

Mahjong

  • Title Theme -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Game Start -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Lost Point -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Turn End -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Match Set -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Mahjong -- Composition & Arrangement

Mario Bros. (NES Version)

  • Title Theme -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Game Start A -- Arrangement
  • Miss -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Clear -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Game Start B -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Restart -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Extend -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Bonus Stage -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Perfect -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Game Over -- Composition & Arrangement

Popeye no Eigo Asobi / Donkey Kong Jr. Math

  • Title Theme -- Composition & Arrangement

Baseball (NES Version)

  • Sports Theme (Title Theme) -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Change Theme A -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Change Theme B -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Home Run! -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Game Set -- Composition & Arrangement

Tennis (NES Version)

  • Sports Theme (Title Theme) -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Win -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Lose -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Next Team -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Championship Cup Theme -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Game Set -- Composition & Arrangement

Pinball (NES Version)

  • Title Theme -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Bonus -- Composition & Arrangement

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