Yoko Shimomura

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Yoko Shimomura
Yoko Shimomura.
Born October 19, 1967 (age 56)
Super Mario–related role(s) Music producer for the Mario & Luigi series. Has also worked on Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars and its remake, the Super Smash Bros. series, and Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope.

Yoko Shimomura (Japanese: 下村陽子 Shimomura Yōko) (also credited Youko Shimomura) is a Japanese video game composer and musician. She is well known for her work in Street Fighter II, the Kingdom Hearts franchise, and in the Super Mario franchise for composing the music for the Mario & Luigi series and Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars.

Early life[edit]

Yoko Shimomura was born on October 19, 1967 in Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan. At the age of four, she started taking piano lessons and after being inspired by classical music, she began to play the piano randomly. After attending Osaka College of Music, she intended to become a piano instructor, but because she had been an avid gamer for many years, she decided to send some samples of her work to various video game companies. Afterwards, she began working for Capcom.


Shimomura later transferred to Squaresoft (now known as Square Enix). In 1996, she composed and arranged the music in Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars, arranging music from Koji Kondo's Super Mario franchise music, and one track from Final Fantasy IV by Nobuo Uematsu.

After leaving Square Enix in 2002, she became a freelancer. She worked on the music for the Mario & Luigi series starting with Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga in 2003 and has continued to compose the soundtracks for every entry to date. She has also created multiple arrangements for Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U, and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. She is credited as a vocalist for Paper Mario: The Origami King. She is one of the composers for Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope.[1]

Games composed[edit]

Song credits[edit]

Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope[edit]

  • Prologue - On the Back of the Darkmess Manta — Composition/arrangement
  • The Galaxy Awaits (Main Menu) — Composition/arrangement
  • Battle of Beacon Beach — Composition/arrangement
  • Dark Secrets on a Sunlit Planet — Composition/arrangement
  • The Temple Under Siege — Composition/arrangement
  • Beacon in the Darkmess — Composition/arrangement
  • Cold, Dark Mask of the Mountain, Pt. I — Composition/arrangement
  • Cold, Dark Mask of the Mountain, Pt. II — Composition/arrangement
  • Warmth Amongst the Snow — Composition/arrangement
  • Clash in the Outer Galaxy — Composition/arrangement
  • Uphill Battle — Composition/arrangement
  • Root of Corruption, Pt. I — Composition/arrangement
  • Root of Corruption, Pt. II — Composition/arrangement
  • Kaleidoscopic Canopy — Composition/arrangement
  • Pixies and Poets — Composition/arrangement
  • Yearning to Bloom — Composition/arrangement
  • Planet in Pre-Bloom — Composition/arrangement
  • Fuzzy and Fleeting — Composition/arrangement
  • Sights and Scents of Terra Flora — Composition/arrangement
  • Dancing in the Sand — Composition/arrangement
  • Ride out the Storm — Composition/arrangement

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