Kazumi Totaka

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Kazumi Totaka
Born (1967-08-23) August 23, 1967 (age 53)
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.


Title Year Role(s) Notes
X 1992 Composer
Kaeru no Tame ni Kane wa Naru
Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins[2]
Mario Paint With Hirokazu Tanaka and Ryoji Yoshitomi
The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening 1993 With Minako Hamano and Kozue Ishikawa
Tetris & Dr. Mario 1994 With Hirokazu Tanaka 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 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 With Shinobu Tanaka
Kingler's Day With Takuto Kitsuta and Yasushi Ida
Animal Crossing Composer, sound director With Kenta Nagata, Toru Minegishi, and Shinobu Tanaka
Pikmin 2 2004 Sound director
Yoshi Touch & Go 2005 Composer With Asuka Ohta and Toru Minegishi
Animal Crossing: Wild World Composer, sound director With Asuka Ohta
Yoshi's Island DS 2006 Sound supervisor
Default Wii Channels Composer
Wii Sports Composer, sound director
Kenkou Ouen Recipe 1000: DS Kondate Zenshuu Composer
Wii Music 2008 Director Totaka's first and currently only directory roll
Animal Crossing: City Folk Sound director
X-Scape 2010 Composer
Animal Crossing: New Leaf 2012 Sound director
Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon 2013 Sound supervisor With Koji Kondo and Yoji Inagaki
Yoshi's New Island 2014 Sound director
Wii Sports Club Composer
Yoshi's Woolly World 2015 With Misaki Asada and Tomoya Tomita
Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer Composer, sound director
Mini Mario & Friends: Amiibo Challenge 2016 Music supervisor
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 2018 Arranger With various others
Mario Tennis Aces Sound supervisor
Yoshi's Crafted World 2019
Luigi's Mansion 3
Animal Crossing: New Horizons 2020 Composer, sound director

Characters portrayed[edit]

Totaka has portrayed several characters for Nintendo games, including Yoshi (first appearing in Yoshi's Story), Shy Guy (1998-2002), Professor E. Gadd, Captain Olimar,[3] Birdo, and K.K. Slider.

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, as last names usually come before personal names in the language. Totaka K. Totakeke is said to be an animal version caricature of Totaka.[4]

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.[5]

Totaka's Song[edit]

"Totaka's Song" is a short, 19-note tune hidden in almost every game Totaka has written music for as an easter egg.[6] It was first discovered on the title screen of Mario Paint and was later discovered as having originated in the Game Boy game X,[7] which predated Mario Paint by two months.


Totaka's song has been confirmed in the following games:

Animal Crossing[7][a]
Animal Crossing e-Reader cards (#P13 and #P15)
Animal Crossing: City Folk[6]
Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer
Animal Crossing: New Horizons[8][9]
Animal Crossing: New Leaf[4]
Animal Crossing: Wild World[4]
Kaeru no Tame ni Kane wa Naru
The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening and the DX version[10]
The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening (2019 remake)[10][11]
Luigi's Mansion[12]
Luigi's Mansion (3DS remake)
Mario Artist: Talent Studio
Mario Kart 8[6][13] and the Deluxe version
Mario Paint[6][7]
Pikmin 2 (twice)[b][14]
Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins[6]
Virtual Boy Wario Land[12]
Yoshi Touch & Go
Yoshi's New Island[15]
Yoshi's Story


a. ^ The song is usually featured as "K.K. Song" in the Animal Crossing franchise.[16]
b. ^ The first instance 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. ^ Nintendo R&D1 (1992). Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins. Nintendo. Scene: Credits.
  3. ^ "1-2 開発スタッフインタビュー" (in Japanese). Nintendo. Retrieved July 31, 2013.
  4. ^ a b c Jackson, Kai (May 8, 2013). "Profile: Kazumi Totaka - The Man Behind Animal Crossing's K.K. Slider". Nintendo Life. Archived from the original on February 3, 2019. Retrieved February 4, 2019.
  5. ^ 1Button (2010-03-12), p-nintendo.com — Totaka, Mario & Zelda Big Band Live, 2003, retrieved 2018-03-25
  6. ^ a b c d e Kubba, Sinan (January 13, 2015). "Nintendo's famous easter egg song discovered in Mario Kart 8". Engadget. Verizon Media. Retrieved September 1, 2020.
  7. ^ a b c d "'Kazumi Totaka's Song'". NinDB. Archived from the original on February 26, 2015.
  8. ^ Wyche, Jerrad (2020-09-27). "Animal Crossing: New Horizons - 10 Easter Eggs You Might Have Missed The First Time Through". TheGamer. Archived from the original on 2020-10-12. Retrieved 2020-10-24.
  9. ^ Reuben, Emily (2020-05-01). "Easter eggs you missed in Animal Crossing: New Horizons". Looper.com. Archived from the original on 2020-05-16. Retrieved 2020-10-24.
  10. ^ a b Is Totaka's Song Still in Zelda: Link's Awakening? + Other Musical Easter Eggs (Game Boy vs Switch) (YouTube video). GameXplain. September 13, 2019. Retrieved September 13, 2019.
  11. ^ Doolan, Liam (2019-09-14). "Video: Totaka's Song Returns In Link's Awakening On The Nintendo Switch". Nintendo Life. Archived from the original on 2019-09-20. Retrieved 2020-10-24.
  12. ^ a b c d Plunkett, Luke (2011-08-11). "The Secret of the Secret Nintendo Song". Kotaku. Archived from the original on 2019-02-16. Retrieved 2020-10-24.
  13. ^ Sofka, Samantha (2015-01-12). "Gaming Daily: Kim Jong Un Game Pulled From Kickstarter, Secret Nintendo Song Discovered in MARIO KART 8". Archived from the original on 2015-01-13. Retrieved 2015-01-12.
  14. ^ Phillips, Tom (2019-01-07). "15 years on, infamous Nintendo Easter egg discovered in Pikmin 2". Eurogamer. Archived from the original on 2019-01-07. Retrieved 2020-10-24.
  15. ^ "Video: Totaka's song in Yoshi's New Island". Nintendo Everything. 25 March 2014. Archived from the original on 2014-03-26. Retrieved 5 April 2020.
  16. ^ Lane, Gavin (22 March 2020). "Feature: The Minds Behind Animal Crossing: New Horizons". Nintendo Life. Nlife Media. Retrieved 5 April 2020. The appearance of infamous Easter Egg Totaka's Song in Animal Crossing is perhaps the most obvious of the lot. It's called K.K. Song and Slider will usually play it on request.

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