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Toru Minegishi
Toru Minegishi
Born 1975
Company Nintendo EAD
Current Position Music Composer
First game Pocket Monsters Stadium
Latest game Splatoon


Toru Minegishi is a composer who works at Nintendo EAD. He has been behind the soundtrack of several titles in the Legend of Zelda franchise, being The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess and The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks among his most prominent works. He has also the main composer behind the soundtrack of games like Wii Fit and Splatoon.

Minegishi is also known to have provided voice acting for some characters like Petey Piranha.

Biography

At ten years of age, Toru Minegishi desperately wanted The Legend of Zelda on the Famicom Disk System after seeing the commercial for the game. He explained that the sounds he heard in the advertisement were incredible to him. He told his parents after seeing the ad that in his swimming class he would swim 40 meters if they would purchase the game for him. He was able to do so, and the parents bought him the game. According to Minegishi, he was fully engrossed in the title which lead to a deep respect for the game's composer and sound designer, Koji Kondo, who he would end up working for. His love for video games developed a dream to become a video game composer.

He applied at Nintendo for the job and was presented a test to compose music for various different themes. There was also a written test as well. He managed to pass both tests and thus got a job at the company. One of his earliest creations was the startup sound for the Nintendo GameCube. In Animal Crossing he composed over 50 songs for K.K. Slider to play. While he worked on several video games early on including the Pokémon Stadium series and Animal Crossing, he said that Super Mario Sunshine was the game that taught him the "difficulties of the sound-design process".

Some of Toru Minegishi's inspirations are Andrew Lloyd Webber, Alan Menken (whose music helped inspire The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker's tracks), Sting, Maurice Ravel and Pérez Prado.

Production History

Voice

Song Credits

Mario Artist: Talent Studio

  • Po Pi Pa Pi -- Composition & Arrangement

The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask

  • Battle -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Middle Boss Battle -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Boss Battle -- Composition & Arrangement

Doubutsu no Mori / Animal Crossing

  • K.K. Chorale -- Composition & Arrangement
  • K.K. Bossa -- Composition & Arrangement
  • K.K. Soul -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Go K.K. Rider! -- Composition & Arrangement

Doubutsu no Mori e+

  • K.K. Metal -- Composition & Arrangement

The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker

  • Battle - Composition & Arrangement
  • Forsaken Fortress - Composition & Arrangement
  • Second Maritime Battle - Composition & Arrangement

Nintendo Sound Selection vol.1 Peach <Healing Music>

  • Title (Animal Crossing) -- Melodica

Nintendo Sound Selection vol.2 Koopa <Loud Music>

  • Oni Fortress -- Drums

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

  • K.K. Soul -- Composition & Arrangement, Drums

The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess

  • Title -- Arrangement
  • Ordon Village -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Midna's Theme -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Hyrule Field Main Theme -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Light Spirit's Elegy -- Arrangement
  • Kakariko Village -- Composition (w/Koji Kondo), Arrangement
  • Death Mountain -- Arrangement
  • Rutela's Theme -- Arrangement
  • Lake Hylia -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Boss Battle #3 -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Midna's Lament -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Sacred Grove -- Arrangement
  • Malo Mart -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Ilia's Theme -- Composition & Arrangement
  • The Hidden Village -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Final Battle #4 -- Composition (w/Koji Kondo), Arrangement
  • Staff Credits Theme #1 -- Composition (w/Koji Kondo), Arrangement

The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass

  • Linebeck's Theme -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Ciela's Parting Words -- Arrangement

Wii Fit

  • Plaza -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Super Hoop -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Advanced Step -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Health - Composition & Arrangement
  • Credits -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Yoga - Composition & Arrangement
  • Penguin - Composition & Arrangement

Super Smash Bros. Brawl

  • Title (Big Brain Academy) -- Arrangement

Touch Generations Soundtrack

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

The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks

  • Title Theme -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Aboda Village -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Anjean's Theme -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Chancellor Cole's theme -- Composition & Arrangement
  • The Tower of Spirits -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Riding the Rails 2 (Main Theme) -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Linebeck's Theme -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Byrne's Theme -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Seabed -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Hero of the Tracks -- Arrangement
  • Song of Awakening -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Song of Healing -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Song of Discovery -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Song of Birds -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Song of Light -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Game Over -- Composition & Arrangement

The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds

  • Ballad of the Goddess (Milk Bar Musicians) -- Guitar

Super Mario 3D World

  • Fuzzy Flood Mine - Composition & Arrangement
  • Hands-On Hall - Composition & Arrangement

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U

  • Smiles and Tears -- Arrangement

Splatoon

  • Opening -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Splattack! (Jam Session) -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Splattack! -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Ink or Sink -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Seaskape -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Kraken Up -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Metalopod -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Now or Never! -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Victory! - Jingle -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Victory! - Results -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Defeat - Jingle -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Defeat - Results -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Hooked -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Sucker Punch -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Player Editor -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Visiting Inkopolis -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Inkopolis Tutorial -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Plaza -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Lobby -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Dubble Bath -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Splatfest - Theme Announcement -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Splatfest - Final Results -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Reward Jingle -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Cap'n Cuttlefish's Theme -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Octo Valley -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Eight-Legged Advance -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Tentacular Circus -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Cephaloparade -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Inkstrike Shuffle -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Octoweaponry -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Hero Mode - Onward! -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Hero Mode - Splat! -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Sunken Scrolls -- Composition & Arrangement
  • I Am Octavio -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Splattack! (2014 E3PV) -- Composition & Arrangement

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