August 23, 1967 |
|Genres||Video game music, jazz|
|Occupation(s)||Composer, sound director, voice actor|
|Instruments||Piano, guitar, bass, vibraphone|
Kazumi Totaka (戸高 一生 Totaka Kazumi?, born August 23, 1967) is a Japanese video game composer and sound director who is best known for his various compositions in many Nintendo games. He occasionally does voice acting as well, including Yoshi from the Mario series. He also directed the development of Wii Music.
- X (1992)
- Mario Paint (1992) - with Hirokazu Tanaka and Ryoji Yoshitomi
- Kaeru no Tame ni Kane wa Naru (1992)
- Super Mario Land 2: Six Golden Coins (1992)
- Tetris & Dr. Mario (1994) - with Hirokazu Tananka and Yumiko Kameya
- Virtual Boy Wario Land (1995)
- Wave Race 64 (1996)
- Yoshi's Story (1997)
- Mario Artist: Polygon Studio (1999)
- Mario Artist: Paint Studio (1999) - with Chris Jojo, Martin Goodall, and Suddi Raval
- Mario Artist: Talent Studio (2000) - with Kenta Nagata and Toru Minegishi
- Machop at Work (2001) - with Takuto Kitsuta and Yasushi Ida
- Luigi's Mansion (2001) - with Shinobu Tanaka
- Kingler's Day (2001) - with Takuto Kitsuta and Yasushi Ida
- Animal Crossing (2001) - with Kenta Nagata, Toru Minegishi, and Shinobu Tanaka
- Yoshi Touch & Go (2005) - with Asuka Ohta and Toru Minegishi
- Animal Crossing: Wild World (2005) - with Asuka Ohta
- Default Wii Channels (2006)
- Wii Sports (2006)
- Kenkou Ouen Recipe 1000: DS Kondate Zenshuu (2006)
- X-Scape (2010)
- Wii Sports Club (2014)
- Yoshi's Woolly World (2015) - Main Theme only
- The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening (1993)
- Pikmin 2 (2004)
- Animal Crossing: Wild World (2005)
- Yoshi's Island DS (2006)
- Wii Sports (2006)
- Wii Music (2008)
- Animal Crossing: City Folk (2008)
- Animal Crossing: New Leaf (2012)
- Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon (2013) - with Koji Kondo and Yoji Inagaki
- Yoshi's New Island (2014)
- Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U (2014)
- Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer (2015)
The character K.K. Slider in Animal Crossing is named Totakeke (とたけけ) in the Japanese version. This name could be derived from how Totaka's name is said in Japanese (the last name coming first), Totaka K. Totakeke is said to be an animal version caricature of Totaka.
At the Mario & Zelda Big Band Live concert, some fans shouted "Totakeke" while the host grabbed a guitar and gave it to Totaka. Totaka then sat down on a chair like K.K. Slider while Shigeru Miyamoto held a picture of K.K. Slider next to Totaka.
Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U feature K.K. Slider singing at the Smashville stage and the Town & City stage on Saturdays after 8:00 PM, just as he does in the Animal Crossing games.
"Totaka's Song" is a short, 19-note tune hidden in almost every game he has written music for. It was first discovered on the title screen of Mario Paint. It was later discovered as having originated in the Game Boy game X, which predated Mario Paint by two months.
Totaka's song has made the following appearances:
- Animal Forest (Japan) and Animal Crossing (World)[a]
- Animal Crossing: City Folk[a]
- Animal Crossing e-Reader cards (#P15, "Boy", "Who's Dunnit?")
- Animal Crossing: Wild World[a]
- Animal Crossing: New Leaf
- Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer
- Kaeru no Tame ni Kane wa Naru
- The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening and the DX version[b]
- Luigi's Mansion
- Mario Artist: Talent Studio
- Mario Kart 8
- Mario Paint
- Pikmin 2[c]
- Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins
- Virtual Boy Wario Land
- Yoshi Touch & Go
- Yoshi's New Island
- Yoshi's Story
Characters that he portrays
- "「ゼルダの伝説 夢をみる島」開発スタッフ名鑑". Nintendo Official Guide Book – The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening (in Japanese). Shogakukan Inc. July 1993. p. 120. ISBN 4-09-102448-3.
- "'Kazumi Totaka's Song'". NinDB. Archived from the original on February 26, 2015.
- Sofka, Samantha (2015-01-12). "Gaming Daily: Kim Jong Un Game Pulled From Kickstarter, Secret Nintendo Song Discovered in MARIO KART 8". Retrieved 2015-01-12.
- "1-2 開発スタッフインタビュー" (in Japanese). Nintendo. Retrieved July 31, 2013.