Kazumi Totaka

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Kazumi Totaka
戸高一生
Born (1967-08-23) August 23, 1967 (age 55)
Tokyo, Japan
GenresVideo game music, jazz
Occupation(s)
  • Composer
  • sound director
  • voice actor
Instrument(s)
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.

Works[edit]

Year Title Role(s) Notes
1992 X Composer
Kaeru no Tame ni Kane wa Naru
Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins[2]
Mario Paint With Hirokazu Tanaka and Ryoji Yoshitomi
1993 The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening With Minako Hamano and Kozue Ishikawa
1994 Tetris & Dr. Mario With Hirokazu Tanaka and Yumiko Kameya
1995 Virtual Boy Wario Land
1996 Wave Race 64
1997 Yoshi's Story
1999 Mario Artist: Paint Studio With Chris Jojo, Martin Goodall, and Suddi Raval
2000 Mario Artist: Talent Studio With Kenta Nagata and Toru Minegishi
Mario Artist: Polygon Studio
2001 Machop at Work 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
2004 Pikmin 2 Sound director
2005 Yoshi Touch & Go Composer With Asuka Ohta and Toru Minegishi
Animal Crossing: Wild World Composer, sound director With Asuka Ohta
2006 Yoshi's Island DS Sound supervisor
Default Wii Channels Composer
Wii Sports Composer, sound director
Kenkou Ouen Recipe 1000: DS Kondate Zenshuu Composer
2008 Wii Music Director Totaka's first role as a game director
Animal Crossing: City Folk Sound director
2010 X-Scape Composer
2012 Animal Crossing: New Leaf Sound director
2013 Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon Sound supervisor With Koji Kondo and Yoji Inagaki
2014 Yoshi's New Island Sound director
Wii Sports Club Composer
2015 Yoshi's Woolly World With Misaki Asada and Tomoya Tomita
Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer Composer, sound director
2016 Mini Mario & Friends: Amiibo Challenge Music supervisor
2018 Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Arranger With various others
Mario Tennis Aces Sound supervisor
2019 Yoshi's Crafted World
Luigi's Mansion 3
2020 Animal Crossing: New Horizons Composer, sound director

Characters portrayed[edit]

Totaka has portrayed several characters for Nintendo games, including Yoshi (first appearing in Yoshi's Story), Shy Guy (1997-2002), 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 (Totaka K.) as last names usually come before personal names in the language. 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.

References[edit]

  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. ^ 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, archived from the original on 2021-12-19, retrieved 2018-03-25
  6. ^ Kubba, Sinan (January 13, 2015). "Nintendo's famous easter egg song discovered in Mario Kart 8". Engadget. Verizon Media. Retrieved September 1, 2020.
  7. ^ "'Kazumi Totaka's Song'". NinDB. Archived from the original on February 26, 2015.

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