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Kenta Nagata
Kenta Nagata
Born 1970

Japan

Company Nintendo EAD Kyoto (1996-2015)
Nintendo EPD (2015-present)
Current Position Music Composer
First game Mario Kart 64
Latest game Mario Kart 8

Kenta Nagata is a game composer working for Nintendo, joining the company in the EAD Kyoto department. He has been mostly active in the Mario Kart and Zelda franchises (being Mario Kart 64 and The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker among his notable works), as well as the recent New Super Mario Bros. subseries.

It is speculated that he got married to fellow Nintendo composer Shinobu Nagata, although that information hasn't been proven true yet.

Production History

Special Thanks

Song Credits

(Note: songs with * haven't been officially confirmed)

Mario Kart 64

  • Opening Title -- Composition (w/Soyo Oka), Arrangement [english name: Title]
  • 3 Raceways & Wario Stadium -- Composition & Arrangement [english name: Circuit / note: this theme was later reused in MKWii & MK7]
  • Moo Moo Farm & Yoshi Valley -- Composition & Arrangement [english name: Farm]
  • Nokonoko Beach -- Composition & Arrangement [english name: Beach / note: this theme was later reused in MK7]
  • Dry Desert -- Composition & Arrangement [english name: Desert / note: this theme was later reuse in MK7]
  • Toad's Turnpike -- Composition & Arrangement [english name: Highway]
  • Snow & Sherbet Land -- Composition & Arrangement [english name: Snow / note: this theme was later reused in MKWii]
  • Choco Mountain -- Composition & Arrangement [english name: Mountain]
  • Koopa Castle -- Composition & Arrangement [english name: Castle / note: this theme was later reused in MKWii]
  • Donkey Jungle Park -- Composition & Arrangement [english name: Jungle / note: this theme was later reused in MKWii]
  • Hyuudoro Lake -- Composition (w/Soyo Oka), Arrangement [english name: Obake]
  • Rainbow Road -- Composition & Arrangement [english name: Rainbow]
  • Battle Stage -- Composition & Arrangement [english name: Battle / note: this theme was later reused in MKWii & MK7]
  • Game Select -- Composition & Arrangement [english name: Select]
  • Result (1st~4th) -- Composition & Arrangement [english name: Result #1 (Win)]
  • Result (5th~8th) -- Composition & Arrangement [english name: Result #2 (Lose)]
  • Result (VS & Battle) -- Composition & Arrangement [english name: Result #3 (VS & Battle)]
  • Star Invincibility -- Arrangement [english name: Star]
  • Podium (1st~3rd) -- Arrangement [english name: Prize #1 (1st~3rd)]
  • Podium (4th~8th) -- Arrangement [english name: Prize #2 (4th~8th)]
  • Staff Roll -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Start Grid Fanfare (GP & VS) -- Composition & Arrangement [english name: Start Grid #1 (GP & VS)]
  • Start Grid Fanfare (TA & Battle) -- Composition & Arrangement [english name: Start Grid #2 (Time Attack & Battle)]
  • Final Lap Fanfare -- Arrangement [english name: Final Lap]
  • Goal in Fanfare (1st) -- Composition & Arrangement [english name: Goal in #1 (1st)]
  • Goal in Fanfare (2nd~4th) -- Composition & Arrangement [english name: Goal in #2 (2nd~4th)]
  • Goal in Fanfare (5th~8th) -- Composition & Arrangement [english name: Goal in #3 (5th~8th)]
  • Game Over -- Composition & Arrangement

1080° Snowboarding

  • Vacant Lives -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Work Your Body -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Dance! -- Composition & Arrangement
  • This is a Test -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Golden Forest -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Grasp Power! -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Blue Flame -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Call Me -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Half Pipe -- Composition & Arrangement
  • db -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Lost -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Give it to Me -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Review -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Winner -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Vacant Lives (1080º Mix) -- Composition & Arrangement
  • White Out -- Composition & Arrangement
  • jz -- Composition & Arrangement

Pocket Monsters Stadium 2 / Pokémon Stadium

Doubutsu no Mori / Animal Crossing

  • Title -- Composition & Arrangement

The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker

  • Title -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Outset Island A -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Outset Island B -- Composition (w/Koji Kondo), Arrangement
  • Beedle's Shop -- Composition (w/Koji Kondo), Arrangement
  • Aryll's Kidnapping -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Depature -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Pirates -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Reunion With Sister -- Composition (w/Toru Minegishi)
  • Windfall Island -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Potion Shop -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Inside the Pirate Ship -- Composition & Arrangement
  • The Great Sea -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Get Treasure Box -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Open Treasure Box -- Arrangement
  • Get Item -- Arrangement
  • Get Small Item -- Arrangement
  • Ruppee Get -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Dragon Roost Island -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Sealed Hyrule Castle -- Composition (w/Koji Kondo), Arrangement
  • Hyrule Castle -- Composition (w/Koji Kondo), Arrangement
  • Sage Laruto -- Arrangement
  • Medli's Awakening -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Earth God's Lyric -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Medli's Prayer -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Sage Fado -- Arrangement
  • Farewell Hyrule King -- Arrangement
  • Staff Roll -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Epilogue -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Aryll's Theme -- Composition & Arrangement

The Legend of Zelda: Collector's Edition

  • Menu -- Arrangement

Nintendo Sound Selection vol.1 Peach <Healing Music>

  • Aryll's Theme -- Composition, Guitar
  • Title (Animal Crossing) -- Composition, Bass

Mario Kart: Double Dash‼

  • Koopa Castle -- Composition & Arrangement [Localized name: Bowser's Castle]
  • Rainbow Road -- Composition & Arrangement

Nintendo Sound Selection vol.2 Koopa <Loud Music>

  • Fortress Boss (Super Mario Bros. 3) -- Bass
  • Oni Fortress -- Bass

Super Mario 64 DS

  • Waking Up -- Arrangement
  • Big Mario -- Arrangement
  • Balloon Mario -- Arrangement
  • Fire Yoshi -- Arrangement
  • Owl Fly -- Arrangement
  • Rabbit -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Boss Intro -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Sunshine Isles -- Arrangement
  • Rec Room -- Arrangement
  • Hide and Boo Seek -- Arrangement
  • Loves Me -- Arrangement
  • Luigi's Casino -- Arrangement
  • Puzzle Panel -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Slots Shot -- Arrangement
  • Wanted! -- Arrangement
  • Sort Or' Splode -- Composition & Arrangement

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

  • Epona's Song -- Arrangement
  • K.K. Soul -- Bass

Big Brain Academy

  • Title -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Registration -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Homeroom -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Test -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Results -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Results (Fail) -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Options -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Versus -- Composition & Arrangement

The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass

  • Title -- Composition & Arrangement
  • File Selection -- Arrangement
  • Prologue -- Composition (w/Koji Kondo), Arrangement
  • Tetra's Pirates -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Mercay Island -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Oshu's Theme -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Cave -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Item Get -- Arrangement
  • Sword Training -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Small Item -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Dungeon -- Composition & Arrangement
  • The Ocean -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Beedle's Shop Ship -- Composition (w/Koji Kondo), Arrangement
  • Spirit Freed -- Composition (w/Koji Kondo), Arrangement
  • Spirit Joined -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Heart Container Get -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Phantom Hourglass Get -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Spirit Gem Get -- Composition & Arrangement
  • A Fatal Mistake -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Oshu's Story -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Ciela, The Spirit of Courage -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Spirit of Courage Get -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Rupoor Get -- Arrangement
  • Goron House -- Arrangement
  • Bellum's Theme -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Ocean King's Theme -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Staff Roll -- Composition & Arrangement
  • The End -- Composition & Arrangement

Link's Crossbow Training

  • Channel Theme -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Title Theme -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Stage Select -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Results -- Composition & Arrangement

Nintendo Channel

  • Wii Channel - Composition & Arrangement
  • Digest Video - Composition & Arrangement
  • Find Titles for You - Composition & Arrangement
  • Make a Recommendation - Composition & Arrangement
  • DS Download Service - Composition & Arrangement
  • Nintendo Channel Settings - Composition & Arrangement

Touch Generations Soundtrack

  • Nintendogs Theme - Live Ver. (nintendogs) -- Bass

Wii Music

  • Wii Channel -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Title Screen -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Mii Select -- Composition & Arrangement

New Super Mario Bros. Wii

  • World 1 Map -- Composition & Arrangement
  • World 2 Map -- Composition & Arrangement
  • World 3 Map -- Composition & Arrangement
  • World 4 Map -- Composition & Arrangement
  • World 5 Map -- Composition & Arrangement
  • World 6 Map -- Composition & Arrangement
  • World 7 Map -- Composition & Arrangement
  • World 8 Map -- Composition & Arrangement
  • World 9 Map -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Ground BGM -- Arrangement
  • Underground BGM -- Arrangement
  • Castle Boss Battle -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Game Over -- Arrangement

Mario Kart 7

  • 3DS Menu - Composition & Arrangement
  • Title -- Composition (w/Shinobu Tanaka, Asuka Hayazaki, Soyo Oka), Arrangement
  • * Main Menu -- Arrangement
  • * Course Intro -- Composition & Arrangement
  • * Race Start (GP) -- Composition & Arrangement
  • * Race Start (Time Attack) -- Composition & Arrangement [Localized name: Race Start (Time Trial)]
  • * Kinopio Circuit / Mario Circuit -- Composition & Arrangement [Localized name: Toad Circuit / Mario Circuit]
  • * Pukupuku Lagoon -- Composition & Arrangement [Localized name: Cheep Cheep Lagoon]
  • * Wuhu Island 1 / Wuhu Island 2 -- Arrangement [Localized name: Wuhu Loop / Maka Wuhu
  • * Rock Rock Mountain -- Composition (w/Hideki Kanazashi), Arrangement
  • * Neo Koopa City -- Composition (w/Asuka Hayazaki), Arrangement [Localized name: Neo Bowser City] 
  • * Rosetta Planet -- Composition (w/Mahito Yokota), Arrangement [Localized name: Rosalina's Ice World] 
  • * Koopa Castle -- Composition & Arrangement [Localized name: Bowser's Castle]
  • * Rainbow Road -- Composition & Arrangement
  • N64 Circuit - Composition & Re-Arrangement
  • N64 Beach - Composition & Re-Arrangement
  • N64 Desert - Composition & Re-Arrangement
  • N64 Battle - Composition & Re-Arrangement
  • SFC Rainbow Road - Arrangement [Localized name: SNES Rainbow Road]
  • * Results (Win) -- Composition & Arrangement
  • * Results (Lose) -- Composition & Arrangement
  • * Spectating Race -- Composition & Arrangement
  • * Staff Roll -- Composition (w/Soyo Oka), Arrangement [Localized name: Staff Credits]

New Super Mario Bros. 2

  • 3DS Menu - Arrangement
  • Title -- Arrangement
  • Opening -- Arrangement
  • Ground Theme -- Arrangement
  • Athletic Theme -- Arrangement
  • Reznor -- Arrangement
  • Rainbow Level -- Arrangement
  • Princess Peach is Saved -- Arrangement
  • World Mushroom Map -- Composition & Arrangement
  • World Flower Map -- Composition & Arrangement
  • World Star Map -- Composition & Arrangement
  • DLC Shop -- Arrangement
  • Staff Roll -- Arrangement [Localized name: Staff Credits]

The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD

  • Title -- Composition, Arrangement & Remastering
  • Outset Island A -- Composition, Arrangement & Remastering
  • Outset Island B -- Composition (w/Koji Kondo), Arrangement & Remastering
  • Beedle's Shop -- Composition (w/Koji Kondo), Arrangement & Remastering
  • Aryll's Kidnapping -- Composition, Arrangement & Remastering
  • Depature -- Composition, Arrangement & Remastering
  • Pirates -- Composition, Arrangement & Remastering
  • Reunion With Sister -- Composition (w/Toru Minegishi), Remastering
  • Windfall Island -- Composition, Arrangement & Remastering
  • Potion Shop -- Composition, Arrangement & Remastering
  • Inside the Pirate Ship -- Composition, Arrangement & Remastering
  • The Great Sea -- Composition, Arrangement & Remastering
  • Get Treasure Box -- Composition, Arrangement & Remastering
  • Open Treasure Box -- Arrangement & Remastering
  • Get Item -- Arrangement & Remastering
  • Get Small Item -- Arrangement & Remastering
  • Ruppee Get -- Composition, Arrangement & Remastering
  • Dragon Roost Island -- Composition, Arrangement & Remastering
  • Sealed Hyrule Castle -- Composition (w/Koji Kondo), Arrangement & Remastering
  • Hyrule Castle -- Composition (w/Koji Kondo), Arrangement & Remastering
  • Sage Laruto -- Arrangement & Remastering
  • Medli's Awakening -- Composition, Arrangement & Remastering
  • Earth God's Lyric -- Composition, Arrangement & Remastering
  • Medli's Prayer -- Composition, Arrangement & Remastering
  • Sage Fado -- Arrangement & Remastering
  • Farewell Hyrule King -- Arrangement & Remastering
  • Staff Roll -- Composition, Arrangement & Remastering
  • Epilogue -- Composition, Arrangement & Remastering
  • Aryll's Theme -- Composition, Arrangement & Remastering

Steel Diver: Sub Wars

  • Title -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Waterfall Spot -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Arctic Spot -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Field - Ruins -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Field - Jungle -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Game Purchase Menu -- Arrangement

Mario Kart 8

  • Mario Kart Stadium - Sound Director
  • Water Park - Sound Director
  • Sweet Canyon - Sound Director [Localized name: Sweet Sweet Canyon]
  • Dossun Ruins - Sound Director [Localized name: Thwomp Ruins]
  • Mario Circuit - Sound Director
  • Kinopio Harbor - Sound Director [Localized name: Toad Harbor (NTSC) / Toad Harbour (PAL)]
  • Twisted Mansion - Sound Director
  • Heiho Mine - Sound Director [Localized name: Shy Guy Falls]
  • Sunshine Airport - Sound Director
  • Dolphin Cape - In the Sea ~ Deep Sea - Sound Director [Localized name: Dolphin Shoals - In the Sea ~ Deep Sea]
  • Dolphin Cape - Above Ground - Sound Director [Localized name: Dolphin Shoals - Above Ground]
  • Electro Dream - Sound Director [Localized name: Electrodrome]
  • Wario Snow Mountain - Sound Director [Localized name: Mount Wario]
  • Sky Garden - Sound Director [Localized name: Cloudtop Cruise]
  • Bone Bone Desert - Sound Director [Localized name: Bone-Dry Dunes]
  • Koopa Castle - Sound Director [Localized name: Bowser's Castle]
  • Rainbow Road - Sound Director
  • Wii Moh Moh Country - Sound Director [Localized name: Wii Moo Moo Meadows]
  • GBA Mario Circuit - Sound Director
  • DS Pukupuku Beach - Sound Director [Localized name: DS Cheep Cheep Beach]
  • N64 Kinopio Highway - Composition & Sound Director [Localized name: N64 Toad's Turnpike]
  • GC Crispy Desert - Sound Director [Localized name: GCN Dry Dry Desert]
  • SFC Dount Plain 3 - Sound Director [Localized name: SNES Dount Plains 3]
  • N64 Peach Circuit - Composition & Sound Director [Localized name: N64 Royal Raceway]
  • DS Wario Stadium - Sound Director
  • GC Sherbet Land - Sound Director [Localized name: GCN Sherbet Land]
  • 3DS Music Park - Sound Director
  • N64 Yoshi Valley - Composition & Sound Director
  • DS Tick-Tock Clock - Sound Director
  • 3DS Pakkun Slider - Sound Director [Localized name: 3DS Piranha Plant Slide (NTSC) / 3DS Piranha Plant Pipeway (PAL)]
  • N64 Rainbow Road - Composition & Sound Director
  • GC Yoshi Circuit - Sound Director [Localized name: GCN Yoshi Circuit]
  • Excitebike - Sound Director [Localized name: Excitebike Arena]
  • Dragon Road - Sound Director [Localized name: Dragon Driftway]
  • Mute City - Sound Director
  • Wii Wario Mine -- Arrangement & Sound Director [Localized name: Wii Wario's Gold Mine] 
  • SFC Rainbow Road - Sound Director [Localized name: SNES Rainbow Road]
  • Slippery Twister - Sound Director [Localized name: Ice Ice Outpost]
  • Hyrule Circuit - Sound Director
  • GC Baby Park -- Arrangement & Sound Director [Localized name: GCN Baby Park
  • GBA Cheese Land - Sound Director
  • Nature Road - Sound Director [Localized name: Wild Woods]
  • Animal Forest: Spring - Composition (w/Manaka Kataoka), Sound Director [Localized name: Animal Crossing: Spring]
  • Animal Forest: Summer - Sound Director [Localized name: Animal Crossing: Summer]
  • Animal Forest: Fall - Sound Director [Localized name: Animal Crossing: Fall (NTSC) / Animal Crossing: Autumn (PAL)]
  • Animal Forest: Winter - Sound Director [Localized name: Animal Crossing: Winter]
  • 3DS Neo Koopa City -- Composition (w/Asuka Hayazaki), Arrangement [Localized name: 3DS Neo Bowser City (NTSC) / 3DS Koopa City (PAL)] 
  • GBA Ribbon Road -- Arrangement & Sound Director
  • Ring Ring Metro - Sound Director [Localized name: Super Bell Subway]
  • Ring Ring Metro (Underground) - Sound Director [Localized name: Super Bell Subway (Underground)]
  • Big Blue -- Arrangement & Sound Director
  • Mario Kart 8 - Sound Director
  • Select - Sound Director [Localized name: Selection Screen (PAL)]
  • Select (Internet) - Sound Director [Localized name: Select (Online) (NTSC) / Selection Screen (Online) (PAL)]
  • Watching - Sound Director [Localized name: Spectating]
  • Mario Kart TV - Sound Director
  • Course Intro Fanfare - Sound Director
  • Super Star - Sound Director
  • Results A - Sound Director [Localized name: Result Screen A (PAL)]
  • Results B - Sound Director [Localized name: Result Screen B (PAL)]
  • F-Zero Results - Sound Director [Localized name: F-Zero Result Screen (PAL)]
  • Animal Forest Results - Sound Director [Localized name: Animal Crossing Results (NTSC) / Animal Crossing Result Screen (PAL)]
  • Digest - Sound Director [Localized name: Summaries (NTSC) / Current Standings (PAL)]
  • Congratulations! - Sound Director
  • Good Try! - Sound Director [Localized name: Nice Try! (PAL)]
  • Staff Credit - Sound Director [Localized name: Staff Credits]

Interviews

Iwata Asks

Mario Kart 7

Trivia

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