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Toru Minegishi
Toru Minegishi-1
Born 1975
Shibukawa, Japan
Company Nintendo (since 1998)
University Sophia University
Current Position Sound Director
First game Pocket Monsters Stadium
Latest game Splatoon 2

Toru Minegishi is a composer and sound director at Nintendo, mostly known for his work on The Legend of Zelda and Splatoon series.

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 played by K.K. Slider, among the indoor music. 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.

He took the leading role in the soundtracks of Twilight Princess, Wii Fit and Spirit Tracks, and later on also worked on the Wii U system sound among other projects. Later on, he became a sound director with Splatoon.

Minegishi is also known to have provided voice acting for some characters in the Mario franchise, like Petey Piranha.

Production History

Voice

Song Credits

Pocket Monsters Stadium

  • Game Demo -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Pokémon Selection -- Composition (w/Junichi Masuda), Arrangement

Pokémon Stadium

  • Opening Demo -- Composition (w/Junichi Masuda), Arrangement
  • Game Demo -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Pokémon Selection -- Composition (w/Junichi Masuda), Arrangement
  • Rock Harden -- Arrangement

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

  • A Giant Mysterious Bird Attacks -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Battle -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Forsaken Fortress Invasion 1 -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Forsaken Fortress Invasion 2 -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Forsaken Fortress -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Reunion With Sister -- Composition (w/Kenta Nagata), Arrangement
  • Rendezvous With the Ship 1 -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Rendezvous With the Ship 2 -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Second Maritime Battle -- Composition & Arrangement
  • The Deku Tree's Crisis -- Composition & Arrangement
  • The Deku Tree and Koroks -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Ganondorf 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

Yoshi Touch & Go

  • Score Attack -- Composition & Arrangement

The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess

  • Title -- Composition (w/Koji Kondo), Arrangement
  • Menu Select -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Ordon Village -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Ordon Ranch -- Composition & Arrangement
  • The Hawk & the Cat -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Shop -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Talo's Rescue -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Battle First Half -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Battle Second Half -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Depature -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Ilia's Theme -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Link's Transformation -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Midna's Theme -- Composition & Arrangement
  • A Helping Hand -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Hyrule Field Main Theme -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Hyrule Field Night Theme -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Light Spirit's Elegy -- Arrangement
  • Kakariko Saved -- Composition & Arrangement
  • The Mountain-Dwelling Goron Tribe -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Kakariko Village -- Composition (w/Koji Kondo), Arrangement
  • Sanctuary -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Graveyard -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Epona Appears -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Rodeo Game -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Death Mountain -- Arrangement
  • Courage -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Rutela's Theme -- Arrangement
  • Legend of Hyrule -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Lake Hylia -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Hyrule Castle Town -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Musicians -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Overpriced Shop -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Reunion with Ilia -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Escorting Prince Ralis -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Lakebed Temple -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Boss Battle #3 -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Midna's Lament -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Howling Stone 3 - Prelude of Light - Arrangement
  • Howling Stone 4 - Zelda's Lullaby - Arrangement
  • Sacred Grove -- Arrangement
  • Midna's Request -- Composition & Arrangement
  • The Twilight Realm -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Gerudo Desert -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Arbiter's Grounds -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Zora's Domain -- Arrangement
  • Snowpeak -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Wolf Song 6 ~ Wind's Requiem -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Snowpeak Ruins -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Love -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Boss Defeated -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Temple of Time -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Malo Mart -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Ilia's Theme -- Composition & Arrangement
  • The Hidden Village -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Wolf Song 7 - Ballad of Twilight -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Jovani's House -- Composition & Arrangement
  • City in the Sky -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Great Fairy's Fountain -- Arrangement
  • Mirror of Twilight Completed -- Composition & Arrangement
  • The Twilight Princess -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Entering the Twilight Realm -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Palace of Twilight -- 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

  • The Ghost Ship Appears -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Tetra Boards the Ship -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Link... Save Me -- Arrangement
  • House -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Linebeck's Theme -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Astrid's House -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Boss Theme -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Sand of Hours -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Sand of Hours Get -- Composition & Arrangement
  • The She-Pirate, Jolene -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Goron Island -- Arrangement
  • Goron House -- Arrangement
  • Bellum Battle -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Linebeck's Struggle -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Linebeck Possessed -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Phantom Linebeck Battle -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Ciela's Parting Words -- Arrangement

Wii Fit

  • Wii Channel - Composition & Arrangement
  • 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
  • Byrne's Theme -- Composition & Arrangement
  • The Tower of Spirits -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Riding the Rails 2 (Main Theme) -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Whittleton -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Sanctuary -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Riding the Rails 3 (Cursed Overworld) -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Anouki Village -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Goron Village -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Papuchia Village -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Seabed -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Linebeck's Theme -- 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
  • Staff Credits -- Composition & Arrangement

Steel Diver

  • Ammomite Battle -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Challenge -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Boss Challenge -- Composition & Arrangement

WaraWara Plaza

  • Startup -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Loading... -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Home Screen -- Composition & Arrangement

Wii U eShop

  • Shopping (Original) -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Add Funds -- Composition & Arrangement

The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds

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

Super Mario 3D World

  • The Showdown Looms -- Composition & Arrangement
  • World 4 -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Sprawling Savanna -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Beep Block Skyway -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Fuzzy Flood Mine -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Hands-On Hall -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Piranha Creeper Creek -- Composition & Arrangement
  • The Great Tower -- 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

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

  • Urchin Underpass -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Urchin Underpass (One Minute Left) -- Composition & Arrangement

Splatoon 2

  • Opening -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Inkoming! -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Rip Entry -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Undertow -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Don't Slip -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Endolphin Surge -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Now or Never! -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Victory! - Jingle -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Turf Master -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Defeat - Jingle -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Ink Another Day -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Inkoming! (Cloud Demo) -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Visiting Inkopolis Square -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Inkopolis Square Tutorial -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Inkopolis Square -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Without a Dop Doubt -- Composition & Arrangement
  • The Shoal -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Dubble Bath (DIY Remix) -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Inkopolis News -- Arrangement
  • Splatfest - Theme Announcement -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Color Pulse -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Splatfest - Match Opening -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Ebb & Flow -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Acid Hues -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Muck Warfare -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Now or Never! (Splatfest) -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Splatfest Victory! - Jingle -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Fest Zest -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Splatfest Defeat - Jingle -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Party's Over -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Splatfest - Final Results -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Reward Jingle -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Low Tide -- Arrangement
  • Octo Eight-Step -- Composition & Arrangement
  • The Girl from Inkopolis -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Buoyant Boogie -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Shooting Starfish -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Hero Mode - Onward! -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Hero Mode - R.I.P. -- Composition & Arrangement
  • 2017.1 PV SoundTrack -- Composition & Arrangement

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