Kazumi Totaka

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Kazumi Totaka
Born (1967-08-23) August 23, 1967 (age 48)
Tokyo, Japan
Genres Video game music, jazz
Occupation(s) Composer, sound director, voice actor
Instruments Piano, guitar, bass, vibraphone
Years active 1990–present

Kazumi Totaka (戸高 一生 Totaka Kazumi?, born August 23, 1967)[1] 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.



Sound director/producer/supervisor[edit]

K.K. Slider[edit]

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[edit]

"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,[2] which predated Mario Paint by two months.


Totaka's song has made the following appearances:[2]

Characters that he portrays[edit]


a. ^ K.K. Song
b. ^ In most versions of The Legend of Zelda Links Awakening, the song can only be found in Richard's house, but in the Japanese version of the game, the song can be found at the title screen by typing the name とたけけ (Totakeke) in when starting a new game. For the German version, enter MOYSE instead. (This works only in the DX version of the game; in the original version a different song plays.) A third version has also been found in the game's code, but it is currently unknown if it can actually be accessed.
c. ^ The song is only present in the GameCube release of Pikmin 2. It was removed in the Wii version.


  1. ^ "「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. 
  2. ^ a b "'Kazumi Totaka's Song'". NinDB. Archived from the original on February 26, 2015. 
  3. ^ 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. 
  4. ^ "1-2 開発スタッフインタビュー" (in Japanese). Nintendo. Retrieved July 31, 2013. 

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