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Yoko Shimomura (下村 陽子 Shimomura Yōko?, born October 19, 1967) is a Japanese video game composer. She has been described as "the most famous female video game music composer in the world". She has worked in the video game music industry since graduating from Osaka College of Music in 1988. From then until 1993, she worked for Capcom, where she composed wholly or in part the scores for 17 games, including Final Fight and Street Fighter II.

From 1993 to 2002 Shimomura worked for Square (now Square Enix), where she composed for a further eight games, Super Mario RPG, Parasite Eve, and Legend of Mana games. While working for Square, she was best known for her work on the soundtrack for Kingdom Hearts, which was her last game for the company before leaving. Starting with Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga, she began working as an active freelancer, writing for over a dozen titles.

Her works have gained a great deal of popularity, and have been performed in multiple video game music concerts, including one, Sinfonia Drammatica, that was focused half on her "greatest hits" album, Drammatica: The Very Best of Yoko Shimomura, and half on the music of a previous concert. Music from several of her games has been published as arranged albums and as piano scores.

Compositions for the Kingdom Hearts series

Year Game
2002 Kingdom Hearts
2004 Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories
2005 Kingdom Hearts II
2007 Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories
2008 Kingdom Hearts coded
2009 Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days
2010 Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep
2011 Kingdom Hearts Re:coded
2012 Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance
2013 Kingdom Hearts χ
2013 Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX
2014 Kingdom Hearts HD II.5 ReMIX
2015 Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ
2016 Kingdom Hearts HD II.8 Final Chapter Prologue
TBC Kingdom Hearts III


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