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Kazumi Totaka
KazumiTotaka
Born August 23, 1967 (age 49)

Tokyo, Japan

Company Nintendo R&D1 (1990-1996)
Nintendo EAD Kyoto (1996-2015)
Nintendo EPD (2015-present)
University Kunitachi College of Music
Current Position Music Composer
First game X
Latest game Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Kazumi Totaka is a veteran Nintendo composer who has been behind the music of several games ever since the Game Boy era, specially on those of the Animal Crossing franchise.

History

After attending the Kunitachi College of Music, Totaka joined the company in the R&D1 department, where he would be the composer of games like Mario Paint and Super Mario Land 2. However, in the Nintendo 64 era, he was transferred to the Nintendo EAD Sound Group, a position he still holds to this day. After his work on Yoshi's Story and Animal Crossing, he would serve as the sound director for most of the games of those series. He composed the music for most of the Wii's channels, and also got the chance of being a director with Wii Music.

While working on Yoshi's Story, Totaka would provide the characteristic voice samples of Yoshi, which would be reused in many following games featuring the character (although he sometimes provided new samples over the years). He has also provided the voice of Professor E. Gadd and Birdo, among other characters.

Outside of Nintendo, Totaka is a member of the jazz band A Slice of Life (formerly Spiritual Vibes), which occasionaly provides concerts through Japan.

The character K.K. Slider (Totakeke) in Animal Crossing is based on him. He will even play Totaka's Song on request (as "K.K. Song").

Production History

Special Thanks

Voice

Song Credits

X

  • Title -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Demo Mode -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Intro -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Training -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Defense Station -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Junction Base -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Tunnel Scene -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Briefing -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Mission 1 -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Enemy -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Game Over -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Get Back to the Base -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Mission Accomplished -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Mission 2 -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Mission 4 -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Dr. Yamano -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Mission 6 -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Last Mission Briefing -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Mission 10 -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Mission 10 Clear -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Ending -- Composition & Arrangement

Kaeru no Tame ni Kane wa Naru

  • Title -- Composition & Arrangement
  • What’s Your Name? -- Composition & Arrangement
  • A Princely Duel -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Panic! -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Port Saltwater -- Composition & Arrangement
  • The Prince’s Adventure -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Fight! -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Item Get! -- Composition & Arrangement
  • The Prince Has Fallen! -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Eclair Palace -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Victory! -- Composition & Arrangement
  • A La Mode -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Mandola’s Theme -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Dungeon Theme -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Pretty Girl -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Hop Hop Springs -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Spring Hill -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Foreigner’s Bazaar -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Riding the Waves -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Nantendo Funcenter -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Eskimo Village -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Pudding Town -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Dalarin’s Lair -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Igari Z Summoning -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Healing Dance -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Assault -- Composition & Arrangement
  • The Spring Bell Rings -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Slay the Snake! -- Composition & Arrangement
  • A Hard-Won Victory -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Reunion -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Final Duel -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Richard’s Departure -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Credits -- Composition & Arrangement

Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins

  • Choose Your Pipe -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Overworld Map -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Main Theme -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Tree Zone Map -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Treetop -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Turtle Zone Map -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Seashore -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Mario Zone Map -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Machine -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Macro Zone Map -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Pumpkin Zone Map -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Graveyard -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Haunted House -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Space Zone Map -- Composition & Arrangement
  • The Moon -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Star Course -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Mario Down -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Game Over -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Invincibility -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Bonus Chance -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Boss Battle -- Composition & Arrangement
  • World Clear -- Composition & Arrangement
  • The Castle Gates -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Wario’s Castle -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Battle with Wario -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Ending Theme -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Credits -- Composition & Arrangement

The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening

  • Select Screen -- Composition (w/Koji Kondo), Arrangement
  • You Found Your Sword! -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Piece of Power! -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Game Over -- Arrangement
  • Totaka's Song -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Ocarina ~Default~ -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Instrument Get! -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Select Screen ~ZELDA~ -- Arrangement
  • Richard's Villa -- Composition & Arrangement
  • L-2 Sword Revealed -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Select Screen ~Totaka's Song~ -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Haunting Ghost -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Ghost House -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Mr. Wright -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Nightmare's Destroyed -- Composition & Arrangement
  • The Wind Fish -- Composition & Arrangement

Mario Paint

  • Mario Paint Theme -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Opening Credits -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Rainbow Paintbrush -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Data Robot -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Explosion -- Composition & Arrangement

Virtual Boy Wario Land

  • Title Theme -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Level Theme 1 -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Level Theme 2 -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Level Theme 3 -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Miniboss Music -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Boss Music -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Level Theme 4 -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Level Theme 5 -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Level Theme 6 -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Level Theme 7 -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Final Boss Music -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Credits Music -- Composition & Arrangement

Wave Race 64

  • Main Title -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Config -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Machine Select -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Map Demo -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Dolphin Park -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Tournament Opening -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Sunny Beach -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Sunset Bay -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Drake Lake -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Marine Fortress -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Port Blue -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Twilight City -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Glacier Coast -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Southern Island -- Composition & Arrangement
  • 1st Goal -- Composition & Arrangement
  • 2nd Goal -- Composition & Arrangement
  • 3rd Goal -- Composition & Arrangement
  • 4th Goal -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Bad Goal -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Retire -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Game Over -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Score Display -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Vs. Goal -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Time Attack / Score Attack Goal -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Final Lap -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Ending -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Prize / 4th -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Prize / 3rd -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Prize / 2nd -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Prize / 1st -- Composition & Arrangement

Wave Race 64 Shindō Pak Taiō Version

  • Sunny Beach -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Southern Island -- Composition & Arrangement

Yoshi's Story

  • Yoshi's Story -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Yoshi's Song -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Yoshis on the Beach -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Yoshi Curry -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Yo-Yo-Yoshi -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Yoshis and the Wind -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Steal into the Tall Tower -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Alpen Yoshi Music -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Come Again Yoshi -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Jungle Yoshi Fever -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Yoshis in the Seabed -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Yoshi Games -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Little Tough Guys -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Dub Master Spider -- Composition & Arrangement
  • The Story's Beginning -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Page 1: Beginning -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Page 2: Buried -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Page 3: Clouds -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Page 4: Jungle -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Page 5: Ocean -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Page 6: Conclusion -- Composition & Arrangement
  • 30 Fruits!! -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Yoshi's Mood -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Becoming a Little Happier Again -- Composition & Arrangement
  • To the Boss's Room -- Composition & Arrangement
  • The Boss Enters! -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Boss Battle -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Yoshi's Victory! -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Yoshi's Disco -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Baby Bowser's Castle -- Composition & Arrangement
  • The Mystery of Baby Bowser's Castle -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Baby Bowser Enters! -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Baby Bowser Battle -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Baby Bowser Strikes Back -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Yoshi's Victory! - Baby Bowser's Bluff -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Baby Bowser Escapes -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Happiness -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Let's Try! -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Aim for the 7 Melons -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Goal!! -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Obtaining 7 Melons! -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Falled Down -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Everyone's Gone -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Thank You -White Shy Guy- -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Yoshi Room -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Which "Option"? -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Ending -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Yoshi's Staff -- Composition & Arrangement

Mario Artist: Polygon Studio

  • Title Theme -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Demo -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Main Menu -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Gallery -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Saving, Loading and Inventory Boxes -- Arrangement
  • Simple to Make -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Road to Professional - Photo -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Modeler Rocket - Digital Crystal -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Modeler Rocket - Polygon Beats -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Modeler Rocket - Little Break -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Block Dome - Boom Blocks -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Block Dome - Strange Dome -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Black Hole / Stage UFO -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Coffee Break -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Go Go Paku -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Sound Bomber -- Composition & Arrangement

Mario Artist: Paint Studio

  • Saving, Loading, and Inventory Screen -- Composition & Arrangement

Mario Artist: Talent Studio

  • Menu Selection -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Saving, Loading, and Inventory Screen -- Composition & Arrangement

Luigi's Mansion

  • Title Screen -- Composition & Arrangement
  • File Select -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Main Theme -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Professor E. Gadd's Laboratory -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Training Mode -- Composition & Arrangement
  • End of Training Mode -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Dark Rooms -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Outside -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Game Boy Horror -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Teresa Release -- Composition & Arrangement [Localized name: Boo Release]
  • Staff Roll -- Composition & Arrangement [Localized name: Staff Credits]

Animal Crossing / Doubutsu no Mori e+

  • Meteor Shower -- Composition & Arrangement
  • New Year's Wish -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Rainy Day - Composition & Arrangement
  • 5:00 P.M. - Composition & Arrangement
  • K.K. Bossa - Composition & Arrangement
  • K.K. Jazz - Composition & Arrangement
  • K.K. Cruisin' - Composition & Arrangement
  • K.K. Love Song - Composition & Arrangement
  • Save Your Game - Composition & Arrangement
  • Steep Hill - Composition & Arrangement
  • Lucky K.K. - Composition & Arrangement
  • Only Me - Composition & Arrangement
  • KK Swing - Composition & Arrangement
  • Two Days Ago - Composition & Arrangement

Nintendo Sound Selection vol.1 Peach <Healing Music>

  • Main Theme (Kaeru no Tame ni Kane wa Naru) -- Composition, Guitar, Piano, Bass
  • Aryll's Theme -- Vibraphone
  • Title (Animal Crossing) -- Guitar (as Totakeke)

Mario & Zelda Big Band Live CD

  • Yoshis on the Beach -- Composition, Performer
  • Encore -- Performer

Nintendo Sound Selection vol.2 Koopa <Loud Music>

  • Fortress Boss (Super Mario Bros. 3) -- Arrangement, Digital Guitar

Nintendo Sound Selection vol.3 Luigi <B - Side Music>

  • K.K. Soul -- Vibraphone, Piano, Guitar (as Totakeke)

Animal Crossing: Wild World

  • Title -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Heavy Rotation -- Composition & Arrangement
  • The Roost -- Composition & Arrangement
  • 2:00 a.m. -- Composition & Arrangement
  • KK Rockabilly - Composition & Arrangement

Mii Channel

  • Wii Channel - Composition & Arrangement
  • Mii Plaza -- Composition & Arrangement

Wii Shop Channel

  • Wii Channel - Composition & Arrangement
  • Main Theme -- Composition & Arrangement

Wii Sports

  • Channel Intro -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Title -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Select -- Composition & Arrangement
  • How to Play -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Tennis Select Position -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Tennis Replay -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Tennis Result -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Baseball Match Start -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Baseball Result -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Bowling -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Bowling Result -- Composition (w/John Mayer), Arrangement
  • Golf Course Select -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Golf Course Intro -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Golf Result -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Boxing Round Start -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Boxing Replay -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Boxing Results -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Training Mode -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Tennis Training -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Baseball Training -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Bowling Training -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Golf Training -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Boxing Training -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Boxing Training Result -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Training Results (Get Medal) -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Training Results (Platinum Medal) -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Wii Fitness Menu -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Wii Fitness Test -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Wii Fitness Results -- Composition & Arrangement

Check Mii Out Channel

  • Submission Plaza -- Composition & Arrangement

Kenkou Ouen Recipe 1000: DS Kondate Zenshuu

  • Kitchen Bossa -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Cook -- Composition & Arrangement

Super Smash Bros. Brawl

  • Title (Animal Crossing) -- Composition & Arrangement
  • The Roost -- Composition & Arrangement

Touch! Generations Soundtrack

  • Nintendogs Theme - Live Ver. (nintendogs) -- Virbaphone, Guitar
  • Title - Live Ver. (Wii Sports) -- Composition, Guitar

Animal Crossing: City Folk

  • Plaza -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Harvest Festival - Composition & Arrangement

X-Scape

  • Tunnel Theme -- Composition & Arrangement

Animal Crossing: New Leaf

  • 5 PM - Composition & Arrangement
  • 1 AM - Composition & Arrangement
  • K.K. Disco - Composition & Arrangement
  • Main Street - Composition & Arrangement

Wii Sports Club

  • Loading Screen - Composition & Arrangement
  • Title - Composition & Arrangement
  • Profile - Composition & Arrangement
  • Club Information - Composition & Arrangement
  • Sport Setup - Composition & Arrangement
  • Tutorial - Composition & Arrangement
  • Tennis Prep - Composition & Arrangement
  • Win Tennis Match - Composition & Arrangement
  • Lose Tennis Match - Composition & Arrangement
  • Bowling Prep - Composition & Arrangement
  • Bowling: 10-pin Game - Arrangement
  • Bowling: 100-pin Game - Arrangement
  • Bowling: Spin Control - Arrangement
  • Bowling Results - Arrangement
  • Golf Prep - Arrangement
  • Golf: Par - Arrangement
  • Golf: Bodgey - Arrangement
  • Golf Results - Composition & Arrangement
  • Baseball Prep - Composition & Arrangement
  • Baseball Tutorial - Composition & Arrangement
  • Baseball: Single - Composition & Arrangement
  • Baseball: Triple - Composition & Arrangement
  • Baseball: Double - Composition & Arrangement
  • You Win! - Composition & Arrangement
  • You Lose - Composition & Arrangement
  • Baseball Results - Composition & Arrangement
  • Boxing Prep - Composition & Arrangement
  • Boxing Tutorial - Composition & Arrangement
  • Boxing Replay - Composition & Arrangement
  • Boxing Results - Composition & Arrangement
  • You Got a Stamp! - Composition & Arrangement

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U

  • Wii Sports Series Medley - Composition (w/Ryo Nagamatsu)
  • Wii Sports Resort -- Arrangement
  • Wii Sports Resort Ver. 2 -- Arrangement

Yoshi's Woolly World / Poochy & Yoshi's Woolly World

  • Yarn Yoshi Enters the Stage! -- Composition & Arrangement [Localized name: Yarn Yoshi Takes Shape!]

Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer

  • 3DS Menu - Composition & Arrangement
  • Title Screen -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Introduction -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Nook's Homes -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Undertaking the Job -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Tutorial -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Interior Designing -- Composition & Arrangement
  • First Preview -- Composition & Arrangement
  • House Preview -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Nook's Homes (Day's End) -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Lyle and Lottie's Theme -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Exterior Designing -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Tom Nook's Theme -- Arrangement
  • amiibo Phone -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Request Client -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Isabelle's Theme -- Arrangement
  • Isabelle's Theme (Day's End) -- Arrangement
  • Building the Town -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Ceremony -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Downtown -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Credits -- Composition & Arrangement

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

  • GCN Luigi's Mansion -- Arrangement
  • Yoshi Chant -- Composition & Performance
  • Animal Crossing Result Screen -- Original Music

Totaka's Song

See main article: Totaka's Song

In many Nintendo games where Kazumi Totaka has been a sound/music composer, he has inserted a very simple song in random places that has come to be known as Totaka's Song. It has appeared in most of the games that Kazumi Totaka has worked on, including Mario Paint, The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening, Luigi's Mansion, and Animal Crossing.

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