Kenichi Okuma’s Twitter has announced that the composer passed away on July 22nd due to esophageal cancer, he was 56 years old.

His most famous work was as a composer on Super Smash Bros. Brawl as the composer and arranger of the following remixes…

Pokémon Gym / Evolution (Pokémon Red/Pokémon Blue)

Flat Zone 2


Smash Bros. creator Masahiro Sakurai offered his condolences in a tweet and mentioned how the songs he wrote for Brawl were grandfathered in to future Smash Bros. titles like Smash 4 and Smash Ultimate.

We at GoNintendo offer our condolences to Kenichi Okuma’s family and friends for their loss. May the fond memories his music made for fans all around the world last forever.

Thanks to Saturn for the heads up!

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2y ago

Truly tragic, my own dad is currently battling the same type of cancer, same age too, condolences to his family