Quick Beats: Mega Man and Inti Composer Create Backdraft Founder Talks and Bongo Drums

Mega Man ZX Legacy
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Throughout the Nintendo Life Video Game Music Festival, we spoke with a variety of songwriters and musicians for a mix of in-depth interviews and shorter, sharper (and perhaps a little dumber) Q&A in which we just do ten quick personal questions; We call these shorter functions “Quick Beats.”

Today we speak with composer Ippo Yamada, who began his career as a sound designer at Capcom (working on games like Demon’s Crest and Resident Evil) before founding Inti Creates with other former Capcom developers in 1996. Since then he has written the music for the Mega Man Zero series and a host of other Inti Creates titles, including Azure Striker Gunvolt, Blaster Master Zero, and most recently Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon 2.

So join us in discovering the first record Mr. Yamada bought, what he would save from his home in an emergency, and his favorite track from his impressive previous catalog …

What was the first song or album you remember buying?

I think the first thing I bought was Godiego’s single album The Galaxy Express 999.