Why Yasunori Mitsuda And Yoko Shimomura Were Chosen For Xenoblade Chronicles

By Ishaan . May 11, 2011 . 2:32pm

We’ve covered the Japanese “Iwata Asks” interview for Xenoblade Chronicles in the past, but the English language version of the session with the game’s team of composers went up today. You can read the piece here.


One of Xenoblade Chronicles’ composers is Yasunori Mitsuda, who also worked on Xenosaga and Xenogears. He and the game’s director, Tetsuya Takahashi, are good friends and have a long working relationship. Because of this, Takahashi — who directed both Xenosaga and Xenogears — entrusted the music for Xenoblade Chronicles’ epilogue to Mitsuda.


“I think at heart, games are something that you enjoy via a combination of your eyes, ears and the feel of the controller in your hands,” Mitsuda told Nintendo president, Satoru Iwata, while discussing his approach to music. “I always try to be aware of the importance of taking the music and making that element fit in with the images and story, enhancing the player’s emotional response.”


Also working on Xenoblade Chronicles’s music is Yoko Shimomura, who you might know best from her work on Kingdom Hearts. She was chosen because Takahashi wanted to give Xenoblade a different feel from his previous games.


“I wanted to try a lot of new ideas without being bound by any pre-existing concept of what an RPG should be,” Takahashi said to Iwata. “This also applied to the game’s audio content and I wanted to create a different atmosphere to that of titles I’d worked on previously. So I asked Shimomura-san to come up with tracks, including the main theme and the opening song.”


If you’re interested, you can read our summary of the Iwata Asks interview with the game’s full team of composers in this older post from last year. We’ve also got a write-up on the origins of Xenoblade Chronicles’ development, and that interview hasn’t been translated yet, so you can get an early look at it here.


Nintendo will release Xenoblade Chronicles on the Wii in Europe this year. No American release for the game has been announced yet.

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  • Guest

    Interestingly enough neither mitsuda nor shimomura their prowess in Xenoblade’s OST, most of the tracks were arranged by ACE+ but if there is an OST I’m looking forward to in the future it has to be FFXIII Versus with Shimomura.

    • frumply

      Fortunately that didn’t turn out to be too bad of a decision, as many of the parts ACE handled were amazingly well done. The music of Gaur plains adds tremendously to the atmosphere as you come out of a narrow cave system to a vast open field.

      • puchinri

        Agreed. I love the music for Gaur Plains and Macuna Woods, and I think the tracks fit wonderfully with the places.

  • Shimomura is just that deal. I listen to dramatica frequently and her style is really nice. I loves me some Yoko mhmm.

  • Guest

    If Xenoblade represents your left leg, then The Last Story represents your right leg….meaning, one can’t walk right without both of them. So release The Last Story to the West as well!!

    • I’d say that The Last Story would hold back Xenoblade.

      • Guest

        I’d say you were misinformed

  • I love Shimomura’s work with Kingdom Hearts, but Radiant Historia’s OST caught me off guard with its excellence. Atlus did just about everything right on the gameplay/story front and Shimomura’s score completed the package.

    It’s rare that I want anyone but Uematsu on a Final Fantasy game, but I’m extremely excited about her being brought in for Versus XIII.

    • SetzerGabbiani

      Yes! Let us not forget Radiant Historia. The music (and gameplay) were definitely great surprises.

  • hush404

    Okay, that’s creepy… just as I read the part about Yoko Shimomure doing the music… my winamp switched to a kingdom hearts song by her…. …. … 0_0 … I can’t wait for this game to get a NA release date, I WANTS!

  • Pesmerga00

    Because they are awesome! That is why.

  • puchinri

    I kind of forgot that Mitsuda had worked on it at all. Though it was Manami Kiyota’s tracks that I loved most (but ACE+’s battle stuff is pure win). Well, the OST is great period and everyone did wonderful work.
    I’m looking forward to hearing the music while playing.

  • Ren

    Sadly, Shimomura doesn’t really shines on this soundtrack, she’s by far the weakest contributor to Xenoblade, Manami Kyouta and ACE+ far over shines her. Not to say she’s bad on the album, but her Kingdom Hearts and Parasite Eve pieces are far more memorable. Main theme aside, the only memorable tracks she composed were Unfinished Battle and Colony 9. Kinda sad she only made 7 tracks of the 91.

    • puchinri

      I agree, but I think it works actually and kind of makes it better for Manamo Kyouta and ACE+. I would have liked to hear more from Yoko, but I already knew that I loved her. But now I know to keep an eye out for Kyouta and ACE+ too as far as their future works go.

  • gatotsu911


  • If they want to bring life to wii, release this and last story or die trying

    also waiting for some major releases at E3 cant wait :D

  • PrinceHeir

    awww man i would kill for a “Rebuild of” version of Xenosaga.

    still Xenoblade looks just as awesome as The Last Story. so both games need to come in the US. not to mention with the new nintendo coming up. it’s hard to see any groundbreaking wii games after skyward sword has been released.

    • lostinblue

      “Revisit Xenosaga the way it was meant to be”

      Yeah, you might be onto something, then again I’d prefer new games ;)

      I’d like to see them completing their original vision for Xenogears still.

      • PrinceHeir

        well i just want my true version of Xenosaga :D

        the trilogy wasn’t bad though, in fact it was awesome though i always prefer the original creators vision :P

    • Guest

      Also Pandora’s Tower, Earth Seeker, Dragon Quest Monsters: Battle Road Victory, Fatal Frame remake and reconsider Dynamic Slash ( Zangeki no Reginliev)

  • lostinblue



    Speaking of which there was a town in Baten Kaitos called Mintaka. probably unrelated but hmm…

    Sigh. I want a new Baten Kaitos.

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