Kazumi Totaka

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Kazumi Totaka
Kazumi Totaka.jpg
Local 戸高 一生 (とたか かずみ)
Gender Male
Born 1967-08-23
Birth Place Hino, Tokyo, Japan
Nationality Japanese   Japan.svg
Aliases とたけけ (Totakeke)

Kazumi Totaka is a Japanese composer who has worked at Nintendo. Totaka attended the Kunitachi College of Music and graduated in 1990, joining Nintendo at this time. He is best known for his work on the Yoshi, Luigi's Mansion, and Animal Crossing series of games. In addition to music, Totaka has provided the voice of Yoshi, and still continues to voice the character to this day. Totaka is famous for tending to hide an easter egg in the games he worked on, namely a short, 19-note melody that's usually very hard to find, known as Totaka's Song. Totaka's recent credits no longer involve music composition, but audio direction.

For conventional music, Totaka likes to play mallet percussion. As a result, many of his compositions feature mallet percussion.

Audio Development

Game Boy

Most of Totaka's Game Boy soundtracks used a sound driver by Hirokazu Tanaka. Because some games only credit Totaka, it is likely he wrote the music into the driver himself in Z80 assembly, rather than Tanaka arranging his compositions.

Nintendo 64

Totaka most likely used a type of MIDI editor or the like, and his music was converted to sound drivers by Yasushi Ida, Hideaki Shimizu and others.


Totaka used the S.120 variant of Nintendo's in-house Kankichi-kun software.


Released Title Sample Notes
1992-05-05 Mario Paint (SNES) (マリオペイント) With Hirokazu Tanaka and Ryoji Yoshitomi.
1992-05-29 X (GB) (エックス) With Hirokazu Tanaka.
1992-09-14 Kaeru no Tame ni Kane wa Naru (GB) (カエルの為に鐘は鳴る)
1992-10-21 Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins (GB) (スーパーマリオランド2・6つの金貨)
1993-06-06 The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening (GB) (ゼルダの伝説 夢をみる島) With Minako Hamano and Kozue Ishikawa.
1994-12-?? Tetris & Dr. Mario (SNES) With Hirokazu Tanaka and Yumiko Kametani.
1995-11-?? Virtual Boy Wario Land (VB) (バーチャルボーイワリオランドアワゾンの秘宝)
1996-09-27 Wave Race 64: Kawasaki Jet Ski (N64) (ウェーブレース64 振動パック対応版)
1997-12-21 Yoshi's Story (N64) (ヨッシーストーリー)
1998-10-21 Tetris DX (GBC) (テトリスデラックス) Composer?
1998-12-12 The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening DX (GBC) (ゼルダの伝説 夢をみる島DX) 1993 Staff: With Minako Hamano and Kozue Ishikawa.
1999-12-11 Mario Artist: Paint Studio (N64) (マリオアーティスト ペイントスタジオ) With Chris Jojo, Martin Goodall, and Suddi Raval.
2000-07-21 Mario Tennis (N64) (マリオテニス64) With Kozue Ishikawa and Yukio Kaneoka; Arranged by Motoi Sakuraba.
2000-08-29 Mario Artist: Polygon Studio (N64) (マリオアーティスト ポリゴンスタジオ)
2001-04-14 Doubutsu no Mori (N64) (どうぶつの森) Sound Director
2001-09-14 Luigi's Mansion (GC) (ルイージマンション) With Shinobu Tanaka.
2001-12-14 Animal Crossing (GC) (どうぶつの森+) Sound Director
2002-09-01 Machop at Work (GBA) (ワンリキーのしゅぎょう) With Takuto Kitsuta and Yasushi Ida.
2002-09-16 Kingler's Day (GBA) (おおもうけキングラー) With Takuto Kitsuta and Yasushi Ida.
2004-04-29 Pikmin 2 (GC) (ピクミン2) Sound Director
2005-01-27 Yoshi Touch & Go (NDS) (キャッチ!タッチ!ヨッシー!) Sound Director
2005-11-23 Animal Crossing: Wild World (NDS) (おいでよ どうぶつの森) Sound Director
2006-11-13 Yoshi's Island DS (NDS) (ヨッシーアイランドDS) Sound Supervisor with Koji Kondo.
2006-11-19 Wii (WII)
2006-11-19 Wii Sports (WII) (Wiiスポーツ)
2006-12-02 Wii Play (WII) Sound Adviser
2006-12-07 Kenkou Ouen Recipe 1000: DS Kondate Zenshuu (NDS) (健康応援レシピ1000 DS献立全集)
2008-01-31 Super Smash Bros. Brawl (WII) (大乱闘スマッシュブラザーズX) Music Arrangement with various others.
2008-11-16 Animal Crossing: City Folk (WII) (街へいこうよ どうぶつの森) Sound Director
2009-03-12 New Play Control! Pikmin 2 (WII) (Wiiであそぶピクミン2) Sound Director
2010-05-31 X-Scape (3DS) (X-Returns)
2012-11-08 Animal Crossing: New Leaf (3DS) (とびだせ どうぶつの森) Sound Director
2013-03-20 Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon (3DS) (ルイージマンション2) Sound Supervisor with Koji Kondo and Yoji Inagaki.
2014-03-14 Yoshi's New Island (3DS) (ヨッシー New アイランド) Nintendo: Sound Director
2014-11-21 Super Smash Bros. for Wii U (WIIU) (大乱闘スマッシュブラザーズ for Wii U) Music Arrangement with various others.
2015-06-25 Yoshi's Woolly World (WIIU) (ヨッシーウールワールド) Main Theme Music and Arrangement
2015-07-30 Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer (3DS) (どうぶつの森: ハッピーホームデザイナー) Sound Director
2017-01-19 Poochy & Yoshi's Woolly World (3DS) (ポチと! ヨッシー ウールワールド) Main Theme Music and Arrangement
2017-04-28 Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (SW) (マリオカート8 デラックス) With various others.
2018-10-12 Luigi's Mansion (3DS) (ルイージマンション) Sound Supervisor with Tohru Asakawa.
2018-12-07 Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (SW) (大乱闘スマッシュブラザーズ SPECIAL) Music Arrangement with various others.
2019-03-28 Yoshi's Crafted World (SW) (ヨッシークラフトワールド) Sound Supervisor with Takahiro Watanabe.
2019-10-31 Luigi's Mansion 3 (SW) (ルイージマンション3) Sound Supervisor with Tohru Asakawa and Megumi Inoue.
2020-03-20 Animal Crossing: New Horizons (SW) (あつまれ どうぶつの森) Sound Director

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