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When we sampled in front of the mic, I spoke a number of times. I wasn't any good and completely failed.

—Minako Hamano[1]


Minako Hamano (born June 28, 1969 in Kyoto City) is a Japanese composer of video game music working for Nintendo. Her claim to fame was being a composer for The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening.

Hamano was only 24 years old during the development of Super Metroid. She originally recorded a voice for Samus Aran during the Game Over sequence, but it had sounded too sexual and was removed.[1] A female moaning sound was unearthed by Super Metroid dataminers in 2021, and may represent Hamano's recording. The sound can be listened to below, with an edit for pitch and speed.[2] This sample was used in-game during Samus Aran's Final Cry.[3]

Clark Wen, the audio lead of Metroid Prime and Echoes, met Hamano after he left Retro Studios and describes her as "sweet and down to earth".[4]

Metroid music composed by Hamano[]

Minako Hamano has been credited with composing music for Super Metroid, Metroid Fusion, Metroid: Zero Mission, Metroid Prime 3: Corruption, and Super Smash Bros. Brawl.

For Super Metroid, she collaborated with Kenji Yamamoto, with each composer writing different tracks for the game. Super Metroid: Sound in Action credited Hamano with composing the following tracks:

Fusion is the only time Minako Hamano has scored a Metroid game without Kenji Yamamoto. Instead, she received assistance from Akira Fujiwara. Hamano has specifically discussed composing the SA-X Appears track, as well as the various tracks that play in the Navigation Rooms while Adam is speaking.[5] She later supervised the Sector 1 arrangement heard in Brawl.

It is not confirmed which specific tracks from Fusion (aside from the aforementioned tracks), Zero Mission, and Corruption were composed by Hamano.

For Metroid: Samus Returns and Metroid Dread, Hamano was a sound coordinator rather than a composer. Because some of her previous Metroid tracks have been remixed in Samus Returns, she is additionally credited as an original composer.

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We used the voice more carefully. When she dies, Hamano did the voice, but it sounded too sexual so we couldn't use it.

Kenji Yamamoto[1]

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HAMANO Minako - Sound

  • Birthday: June 28, 1969
  • Hometown: Kyoto City
  • Masterpieces: Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening
  • Duties and Content: BGM composition
  • Favorite Films and Music: Le Grand Bleu (The Big Blue) was beautiful. I also wanted to see Bonobono.
  • Secret of Samus that only I know: Nothing different. (Also, Samus's voice...)
  • Clear Time: About 3:30 (Also about 98%)



Other games[]

  • Famicom Tentei Club Part II: Ushiro ni Tatsu Shoujo
  • The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening
  • Teleroboxer
  • Galactic Pinball
  • The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening DX
  • Pokémon Puzzle Challenge
  • Mario Kart: Super Circuit
  • Wario World
  • Daigasso! Band Brothers
  • Tetris DS
  • Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day!
  • Brain Age2: More Training in Minutes a Day!
  • Super Smash Bros. Brawl
  • Jam with the Band
  • Wario Land: Shake It!
  • Donkey Kong Country Returns