Yasunori Mitsuda

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Yasunori Mitsuda
Also known as 光田 康典 (みつだ やすのり) / 光田康典
Date of Birth 21 January 1972 • 52 years
Place of Birth Japan
Site http://7star.pk/
Twitter @yasunorimitsuda
Total Games 14
First Work CHRONO TRIGGER Orchestral Arrangement • 1995
Last Work Xenogears Complete Soundtrack on Piano • 2024
Total Soundtracks 402
Most Popuplar Chrono Cross Original Soundtrack

Yasunori Mitsuda is a renowned video game composer who has created some of the most memorable soundtracks in gaming history. His unique style of blending traditional and modern musical elements has earned him critical acclaim and a dedicated fanbase.

Early Life and Career

Mitsuda was born on January 21, 1972, in Tokuyama, Yamaguchi, Japan. As a child, he was introduced to music by his mother, who played the piano. He began playing the piano himself at the age of five and later learned to play the guitar.

Mitsuda attended the Junior College of Music in Osaka, where he studied composition and orchestration. After graduation, he worked for a short time as a sound engineer before joining Square Enix (formerly Square) in 1992.

Notable Works

Mitsuda's first major project at Square was to compose the soundtrack for the role-playing game (RPG) "Chrono Trigger." Released in 1995, the game became a critical and commercial success, and Mitsuda's soundtrack was praised for its innovative use of different musical genres.

Mitsuda went on to compose the music for several other Square RPGs, including "Xenogears" and "Chrono Cross." His work on "Chrono Cross" earned him widespread recognition and numerous awards, including the prestigious "Soundtrack of the Year" award from the Japanese gaming magazine Famitsu.

In addition to his work at Square, Mitsuda has also composed music for other video game developers. His credits include "Shadow Hearts" for Nautilus, "Luminous Arc" for Imageepoch, and "Inazuma Eleven" for Level-5.

Mitsuda's music is characterized by its blend of traditional and modern elements. He often incorporates orchestral instruments, such as the violin and cello, with electronic beats and synthesized sounds. His music is also known for its emotional depth and the way it enhances the storytelling of the games it accompanies.

Personal Life

Mitsuda is a private person and little is known about his personal life. He has been married since 1999 and has one daughter. In a rare interview, he revealed that he enjoys playing video games in his spare time and that he draws inspiration from a wide variety of musical genres, including rock, jazz, and traditional Japanese music.


Mitsuda's contributions to video game music have earned him widespread recognition and admiration from fans and fellow composers alike. His innovative use of different musical genres and his ability to create emotional and evocative music have made him one of the most influential composers in the industry.

Mitsuda's legacy continues to inspire new generations of video game composers, who strive to capture the same emotional depth and storytelling power in their own work. His impact on the industry is undeniable, and his music will continue to be remembered and enjoyed by gamers and music lovers for years to come.


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WiiMonado: Beginning of the World : музыка


NDSInazuma Eleven 2: Kyoui no Shinryokusha - Blizzard : музыка
NDSInazuma Eleven 2: Kyoui no Shinryokusha - Fire : музыка
WiiArc Rise Fantasia : музыка


NDSSands of Destruction : музыка
WiiSuper Smash Bros. Brawl : Music Arrangement


PCSeventh Seal, The : музыка


PS2Xenosaga Episode I: Der Wille zur Macht : Music Composer


PSXChrono Cross : Music
PSXFinal Fantasy Anthology : Sound Effects


PSXXenogears : Music Compostion‑Arrangement, Music Composition (Epilogue), Music Composition (Ending Theme Song)


PSXTobal No. 1 : Sound Producer, Musicians


SNESChrono Trigger : Music


SNESFinal Fantasy V : Sound Effects






























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