While the Play for Japan charity effort was founded to provide charitable donations to those devastated by Japan’s natural disasters, with gamers playing for extended amounts of time in efforts to raise money, the newest initiative is using ‘play’ in a whole new way. Well-known industry composers from many of your favorite gaming titles are coming together to release a compilation disc of classic tunes titled ‘Play for Japan.’

The project is being headed by Silent Hill‘s Akira Yamaoka. The album will contain music from classics such as Chrono Trigger, Final Fantasy, and Super Mario Bros., while also including many modern titles like Red Dead Redemption and Dead Space.

The album will go up for purchase on iTunes in early June with 100% of the proceeds going to the Japanese Red Cross to help those affected by the recent earthquake.

Check out the video of Yamaoka explaining the collaborative project and the tracklist:



  • Akira Yamaoka (Shadows of the Damned) | “Ex Animo”
  • Arthur Inasi (Harmonix) | “We Are One”
  • Bear McCreary (SOCOM 4) | “Maverick Regeneration”
  • Chance Thomas (Lord of the Rings Online) | “Rise Up”
  • Hip Tanaka.ß (Mother) | “HVC-1384?
  • Inon Zur feat. The Lyris Quartet (Dragon Age) | “Remember”
  • Jason Graves (Dead Space) | “Necromancer”
  • Koji Kondo (Super Mario Bros.) | “Super Mario Medley On Two Pianos”
  • Laura Karpman (Everquest II) w/Lisbeth Scott | “Pine Wind Sound”
  • Laura Shigihara (Plants vs. Zombies) | “Jump”
  • Mitsuto Suzuki (The 3rd Birthday) | “Play for You”
  • Nobuko Toda (Metal Gear Solid 4) | “Reminiscence”
  • Nobuo Uematsu (Final Fantasy) | “Every New Morning”
  • Penka Kouneva (Prince of Persia) | “White Cloud”
  • Sean Murray (Call of Duty) | “The Temple Stone”
  • Tommy Tallarico (Advent Rising) | “Greater Lights”
  • Woody Jackson (Red Dead Redemption) | “Moshi Moshi”
  • Yasunori Mitsuda (Chrono Trigger) | “Dimension Break”

If you were one of the people who missed out on the opportunity to donate to the quake relief efforts by purchasing a copy of Street Fighter IV for the iPhone, obviously you still have the chance to do so while receiving something cool.

It’ll be interesting to see the numbers this pulls in since earlier this year, fellow gaming oriented charity Child’s Play raked in over $2 million in donations.

The Play for Japan charity album will be available for purchase on iTunes in the first week of June.

Source: Joystiq