Kazumi Totaka

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Kazumi Totaka
Native name
Born (1967-08-23) August 23, 1967 (age 52)
Tokyo, Japan
GenresVideo game music, jazz
Occupation(s)Composer, sound director, voice actor
InstrumentsPiano, guitar, bass, vibraphone
Years active1990–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.[citation needed]

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.[2]

Totaka's Song[edit]

"Totaka's Song" is a short, 19-note tune hidden in almost every game Totaka 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,[3] which predated Mario Paint by two months.


Totaka's song has made the following appearances:[3]

Characters that he portrays[edit]


a. ^ K.K. Song
b. ^ In most versions of The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening the song can only be found in Richard's house.[citation needed]
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. ^ 1Button (2010-03-12), p-nintendo.com — Totaka, Mario & Zelda Big Band Live, 2003, retrieved 2018-03-25
  3. ^ a b "'Kazumi Totaka's Song'". NinDB. Archived from the original on February 26, 2015.
  4. ^ "Is Totaka's Song Still in Zelda: Link's Awakening? + Other Musical Easter Eggs (Game Boy vs Switch)". GameXplain. Retrieved September 13, 2019.
  5. ^ 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.
  6. ^ "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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