Shinji Hosoe (細江 慎治, Hosoe Shinji, born February 28, 1967), also known as Megaten and Sampling Masters MEGA,[1] is a Japanese video game composer and musician most famous for scoring Ridge Racer, Street Fighter EX and many Namco arcade games between 1987 and 1996.[2] He also runs the music production and publishing company SuperSweep, alongside long time collaborator Ayako Saso.

Shinji Hosoe
細江 慎治
Also known asMegaten
Sampling Masters MEGA
Born (1967-02-28) February 28, 1967 (age 57)
Gero, Gifu Prefecture, Japan
  • Composer
  • musician
  • producer
  • Piano
  • synthesizer
Years active1987–present
LabelsTroubadour Records



Early life


Hosoe was born on February 28, 1967, in Gero, Gifu Prefecture, Japan. His family moved to Chōfu while he was in first grade of elementary school. At the age of 8, he bought Isao Tomita's album The Planets. He also listened to electronic music by artists such as Jean-Michel Jarre, Kraftwerk and Yellow Magic Orchestra. During his teenage years, he played bass in a Yellow Magic Orchestra tribute band. At the time, he did not have a serious interest in music and received low grades in music classes. After graduating high school, he studied computer graphics at Japan Electronics College.[3]

Namco (1985–1996)


Hosoe joined Namco in 1985 as a part-time game tester and CG artist. During this time, he merely created music as a hobby in his spare time. After showing his music to fellow co-workers, he was reassigned the position of a composer in 1986.[4] This led to him composing for Dragon Spirit, as well as various other arcade games such as Final Lap, Ordyne and Dirt Fox. He started off tracks by programming a rhythm into the sequencer, then playing melodies with a keyboard on-top, and later adding new parts or re-writing existing parts.[5] In 1990, he composed for Galaxian3: Project Dragoon, working with Ayako Saso and Takayuki Aihara for the first time; he found himself busy with lots of other work, hence other tracks were composed by the other two composers.[6]

Using the pseudonym Yuji Yamada, he also composed for games that were not developed or published by Namco. These include the Little Master series; as the series was intended for children, director Tadato Kawano asked Hosoe to compose tracks that are upbeat and happy.[7] He also composed for the PC-98 game Eye of the Beholder along with Yuzo Koshiro, whose style he tried to imitate for his tracks in the game.[8]

In 1992, Hosoe composed for Fighter & Attacker alongside Aihara, which was his first game project to utilize hardcore techno music. Neither Hosoe and Aihara had previously listened to music in this genre; Kawano had given Hosoe two CDs of hardcore techno music, which initially puzzled him but grew on him after repeated listens, so he composed music in this genre to match the game's intensity.[9] The following year, he composed for Ridge Racer. While racing games at this point often featured jazz fusion music, the majority of tracks in the game are dance music,[6] although he initially planned to include a wider variety of genres. Due to time constraints, he asked Saso and Nobuyoshi Sano to contribute one track each.[10] The success of Ridge Racer has since led to him receiving many offers from companies to compose similar music. He also composed for Cyber Sled earlier that year, which he considers to be his greatest work,[2] although it received a mixed reception from critics, who criticized it for being repetitive.[11][12]

Arika and SuperSweep (1996–present)


Hosoe left Namco to join Arika in 1996, feeling that his salary would not increase any further.[13] Saso and Aihara also joined Arika desiring to continue working with him, although Sano remained at Namco. This led to the trio composing for Street Fighter EX along with its sequels. The console versions were their first game projects to feature live instrumentation. Ex-Taito composer Yasuhisa Watanabe later joined the sound team. The trio were also given freedom to work on the music of Square games Bushido Blade and Driving Emotion Type-S. The latter game was poorly received by game critics and fans, although the soundtrack has received praise for its blend of fusion, rock and techno music.[14][15][16] However, the music also received criticism, with one critic describing it as sounding like "a flock of seagulls being maimed and tortured".[17]

Upon joining Arika, he expressed a desire to eventually found his own game music company, which eventually led to him leaving in 2000 and founding SuperSweep alongside Saso and Watanabe.[2][18] Yousuke Yasui, who had already tried to apply to join Arika, also joined the company as a composer. In addition to composing for games, the company also publishes various soundtracks.

One of SuperSweep's first works was the soundtrack of Arika's Technictix in 2001, which Hosoe considers to be one of his most significant contributions to game music.[2] The team also worked on the music of the game's sequel Technic Beat. The game's producer, Ichiro Mihara, decided that the game's soundtrack would include remixes of music from earlier Namco and Arika games. Mihara chose which tracks would be included in the game, while the composers decided on which tracks they wanted to remix, at times fighting with other composers over who would remix a track.[19]

In 2004, Hosoe and Saso[20] worked on the gameplay soundtrack of Xenosaga Episode II: Jenseits von Gut und Böse, with Yuki Kajiura composing the cutscene music. Kajiura worked entirely separate from Hosoe and Saso, and did not collaborate on any tracks nor even meet during the game's production.[21] For the gameplay tracks, Hosoe composed those with the sound hardware of the PlayStation 2, and opted to use an electronic sound over orchestral due to the limited memory available to work with, in an attempt to make the difference in sound quality between the gameplay and cutscene soundtracks smaller.[2] His music for the game was poorly received by critics and fans at the time, and were considered unfitting;[22] as a result, he had no interest in releasing a soundtrack CD at the time and did not return to compose for Xenosaga Episode III: Also Sprach Zarathustra, although his work eventually received a more positive reception from fans.[23]

Along with Saso, Kenji Kawai and other composers, he scored Folklore in 2007. The game features a serious, dark cinematic score; while Hosoe most frequently works on upbeat electronic music, he found the music easy to compose due to not having to focus on sound design. In 2009, he served as the sole composer of Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors, which also features dark, intense music. He found the music straightforward to compose. As he had to compose the music using the Nintendo DS sound hardware, Yasui assisted him in ensuring that the music sounded close to the quality of recorded music. He would go on to compose for later titles in the Zero Escape series, including Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward in 2012 and Zero Time Dilemma in 2016.[24]

In 2016, game company Breaking Bytes announced that if its shoot 'em up game Xydonia is successfully funded, then Hosoe and Keishi Yonao will contribute additional tracks to the game. Saso and Yasui are also planned to be additional composers for the game if the stretch goal of €32,000 is reached.[25] However, as of 2024 the game has yet to be released.

Side projects


In addition to his career as a composer for games and other media, Hosoe has also participated in a number of side projects. He founded the record label Troubadour Record in 1991. The label released a number of game soundtrack-inspired concept albums, featuring other prolific video game composers such as Hitoshi Sakimoto and Hayato Matsuo,[13] as well as vocal and cover albums. He was also part of the group Oriental Magnetic Yellow (O.M.Y.), parodying Yellow Magic Orchestra, alongside fellow Namco composers Sano, Aihara, and Hiroto Sasaki.[4] The group released several albums and also performed concerts.[26] He has also released albums under the Sampling Masters name with Saso, including the Over Drive Hell series of albums. He has also participated in the Nanosweep album series, which features original tracks by composers from both SuperSweep and Hiroshi Okubo's circle nanosounds.

Notable works


Video games


As lead composer

Year Title Notes
1987 Dragon Spirit Music
Final Lap Music
Quester Music
1988 Assault Music with Kazuo Noguchi
Ordyne Music
1989 Dirt Fox Music
1990 Final Lap 2 Music
Pistol Daimyo no Bōken Music with Seiichi Sakurai and Yoshie Takayanagi
Dragon Saber Music
Galaxian3: Project Dragoon Music with Ayako Saso and Takayuki Aihara
1991 Starblade Music
1992 Eye of the Beholder PC-98 version; music with Yuzo Koshiro
Fighter & Attacker Music with Takayuki Aihara
1993 Cyber Sled Music
Ridge Racer Music with Ayako Saso and Nobuyoshi Sano
1994 Ridge Racer 2 Music with Ayako Saso, Nobuyoshi Sano and Takayuki Aihara
Attack of the Zolgear Music with Ayako Saso
1995 Tekken PlayStation version; arrangements with various others[a]
Rave Racer Music with Ayako Saso, Nobuyoshi Sano and Takayuki Aihara
Dirt Dash Music with various others[b]
Speed Racer Music
1996 Xevious 3D/G Music with Ayako Saso, Nobuyoshi Sano and Hiroto Sasaki
Tekken 2 PlayStation version; arrangements with various others[c]
Street Fighter EX Music with Ayako Saso and Takayuki Aihara
1997 Bushido Blade Music with Ayako Saso and Takayuki Aihara
Street Fighter EX Plus α Music with Ayako Saso and Takayuki Aihara
1998 Street Fighter EX2 Music with Ayako Saso and Takayuki Aihara
Tetris: The Grand Master Music with Ayako Saso
1999 iS: internal section Music with Ayako Saso
Street Fighter EX2 Plus Music with Ayako Saso and Takayuki Aihara
Custom Robo Music with Ayako Saso and Yasuhisa Watanabe
2000 Street Fighter EX3 Music with Ayako Saso, Takayuki Aihara and Yasuhisa Watanabe
Driving Emotion Type-S Music with Ayako Saso and Takayuki Aihara
Custom Robo V2 Music with Ayako Saso, Yasuhisa Watanabe and Yousuke Yasui
2002 Technic Beat Music with various others[d]
Custom Robo GX Music with Ayako Saso
2003 Mega Man Network Transmission Music with Ayako Saso and Yousuke Yasui
2004 Xenosaga Episode II: Jenseits von Gut und Böse Music with Yuki Kajiura and Ayako Saso
2005 Spikeout: Battle Street Music with Ayako Saso
Azumi Music with Ayako Saso, Yousuke Yasui and Masashi Yano
Ibara Music
Under Defeat Music
Super Dragon Ball Z Music with various others[e]
2009 Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors Music
2010 Fate/Extra Music with Keita Haga and Daisuke Nagata
2012 Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward Music
2016 Zero Time Dilemma Music
2021 Pac-Man 99 Music with Ayako Saso
2022 Alice Gear Aegis: Op. Halzion Music

As a contributor

Year Title Notes
1988 Metal Hawk Music with Kazuo Noguchi
1995 Mach Breakers: Numan Athletics 2 Music ("Attract")
1998 Battle Garegga Saturn version; arrangements ("Subversive Awareness" and "Erupter")
2000 Victorious Boxers: Ippo's Road to Glory Music with Takayuki Aihara and Naoki Tsuchiya
2001 Keyboardmania 3rdMix Arrangements ("EE-AL-K" and "Sensation from Salamander2")
Beatmania IIDX 5th Style Music ("Outer Wall" and "Tablets")
Beatmania IIDX 6th Style Music ("Route 80s" and "Rottel-Da-Sun")
2003 DoDonPachi DaiOuJou PlayStation 2 version; arrangements ("Stage Clear" and "Game Over")
Naruto: Clash of Ninja Music with Ayako Saso and Yousuke Yasui
Beatmania IIDX 9th Style Music ("Rottel-the-Mercury")
Naruto: Clash of Ninja 2 Music with Ayako Saso, Yousuke Yasui and Masashi Yano
2004 Beatmania IIDX 10th Style Music ("1st Samurai")
Espgaluda PlayStation 2 version; arrangement ("Name Entry")
The King of Fighters 2003 Console versions; arrangements with various others[f]
Ridge Racers Music with various others[g]
2005 Zatch Bell! Mamodo Battles Music with various others[h]
Ridge Racer 6 Music ("Valley of the Mind" and "Highway Fusion")
2006 Monster Kingdom: Jewel Summoner Music with various others[i]
Ridge Racers 2 Music ("Rotten7 Remix" and "Heat Floor Remix")
Ridge Racer 7 Music ("Combustion" and "Listen Up!")
2007 Folklore Music with various others[j]
Endless Ocean Music with Ayako Saso
Naruto: Clash of Ninja Revolution Music with various others[k]
Project Sylpheed DLC; one track
Arkanoid DS Arrangement ("Captain Neo -Confusion Mix-")
Umisho Music ("Glad Romantic")
2008 DJMax Technika Music ("Son of Sun")
Tekken 6: Bloodline Rebellion Music ("Fist Festival"[l])
Let's Tap Music with various others[m]
Beatmania IIDX 15: DJ Troopers CS Music ("Vox Up"[n])
2009 11eyes CrossOver Music ("The Long Afternoon of the Mages" and "Hollow Boundary")
3D Dot Game Heroes Music with various others[o]
2010 DJMax Technika 2 Music with various others
DJMax Portable 3 Music ("Xlasher")
2011 Otomedius Excellent DLC-only; music with various others
Ridge Racer 3D Music with various others[p]
Ridge Racer (2011) Music ("The Time is Now")
2012 Ridge Racer Unbounded Music ("Mushrooms" and "Wrong Way")
Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Console version; music with various others[q]
Groove Coaster Zero Music ("Wacky Dance Ethnic")
2013 Tekken Revolution Music ("Fear to Agonize")
maimai PLUS Arrangement ("Like the Wind [Reborn]")
2014 Onigiri Music ("The Rainbow Wind Blows" and "One and All, Forever")
Raiden IV: OverKill Arrangement ("Lightning Strikes")
2015 Chunithm Music ("The Wheel to the Right")
2016 The Metronomicon: Slay the Dance Floor Music ("Zombie Chase")
2017 Giga Wrecker Music with Takahiro Eguchi and Teruo Taniguchi
DJMax Respect Music ("Mulch")
Fighting EX Layer Music with various others[r]
2018 Pokémon Quest Music with Teruo Taniguchi, Takahiro Eguchi, and Fumihisa Tanaka
2019 Tetris 99 Music with various others
2024 Tekken 8 Music ("Delusional Reality" and "Dive into the Arcade")
Endless Ocean Luminous Music with Ayako Saso and Takahiro Eguchi


Year Title Notes
2012 The Pet Girl of Sakurasou Music with various others
2014 Sgt. Frog Music with Ayako Saso, Takahiro Eguchi and Yousuke Yasui
No Game No Life Music with Ayako Saso, Takahiro Eguchi and Fumihasa Tanaka
2015 Taboo Tattoo Music with Ayako Saso and Takahiro Eguchi




  1. ^ Yoshie Arakawa, Yoshie Takayanagi, Nobuyoshi Sano, Hiroto Sasaki, and Takayuki Aihara
  2. ^ Nobuyoshi Sano, Hiroto Sasaki, Yuri Misumi, Ayako Saso, Takayuki Aihara
  3. ^ Yoshie Arakawa, Nobuyoshi Sano, Hiroto Sasaki, Ayako Saso, Takayuki Aihara, and Keiichi Okabe
  4. ^ Ayako Saso, Yousuke Yasui, Takayuki Aihara, Norihiro Furukawa, and Hiroto Saitoh
  5. ^ Ayako Saso, Yousuke Yasui, Masashi Yano, Yasuhisa Watanabe, Hiroto Saitoh, Takayuki Aihara, and Wataru Ishibashi
  6. ^ Yasuo Yamate, Takayuki Aihara, Hiroto Saitoh, Ayako Saso, Yasuhisa Watanabe, and Masashi Yano
  7. ^ Hiroshi Okubo, Keiki Kobayashi, Ayako Saso, Yuu Miyake, Nobuyoshi Sano, Kohta Takahashi, Asuka Sakai, Takayuki Aihara, Tetsukazu Nakanishi, Koji Nakagawa, and Junichi Nakatsuru
  8. ^ Ayako Saso, Yousuke Yasui, Masashi Yano, Norihiro Furukawa, and Takayuki Aihara
  9. ^ Hitoshi Sakimoto, Yasunori Mitsuda, Kenji Ito, Yoko Shimomura, Ayako Saso, Yasuyuki Suzuki, Kyouji Iwata, Tsukasa Masuko, and Takahiro Ogata
  10. ^ Kenji Kawai, Ayako Saso, Hiroto Saitoh, and Yuriko Mukoujima
  11. ^ Ayako Saso, Yousuke Yasui, Masashi Yano, and Kazuhiro Kobayashi
  12. ^ Also used in the console version of Tekken 6
  13. ^ Naofumi Hataya, Hiroyuki Yamamoto, Teruyoshi Kutsuna, Ayako Saso, Masaharu Iwata, Mitsuhiro Kaneda, Noriyuki Kamikura, and Azusa Chiba
  14. ^ with Ryutaro Nakahara
  15. ^ Ayako Saso, Yousuke Yasui, Shoichiro Sakamoto, Teruo Taniguchi, Takahiro Eguchi, and Norihiro Furukawa
  16. ^ Hiroshi Okubo, Taku Inoue, Rio Hamamoto, Ryo Watanabe, Ayako Saso, Keiichi Okabe, and Akihiko Ishikawa
  17. ^ Akitaka Tohyama, Nobuyoshi Sano, Shinji Hosoe, Ayako Saso, Keiichi Okabe, Keigo Hoashi, Taku Inoue, Yoshihito Yano, Yuu Miyake, Rio Hamamoto, Go Shiina, and Ryo Watanabe
  18. ^ Ayako Saso, Takayuki Aihara, Takahiro Eguchi, Fumihisa Tanaka, and Kazuhiro Kobayashi


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