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Kazumi Totaka
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Kazumi Totaka
Nationality Japanese
Position Composer, Voice Actor
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.

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

The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening

  • Level 2 Sword -- 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

Luigi's Mansion

  • Main Theme -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Professor E. Gadd's Laboratory -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Boo Release -- Composition & Arrangement

Animal Crossing

  • Meteor Shower -- Composition & Arrangement
  • New Year's Wish -- 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

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

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

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U

  • Wii Sports Resort -- Arrangement
  • Wii Sports Resort Ver. 2 -- Arrangement

Yoshi's Woolly World

  • Yarn Yoshi Takes Shape! -- Composition & Arrangement

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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