Kazumi Totaka

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Kazumi Totaka
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Full Name Kazumi Totaka
Occupation at Nintendo Current voice actor for Yoshi, Professor Elvin Gadd, and Birdo
Music Composer (Yoshi's Story)

Kazumi Totaka is a Japanese music composer for Nintendo, and mainly works with Nintendo EAD. He has done the musical score to many games, including Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins, Mario Paint, Yoshi's Story, and many more. He is also very popular for doing the music to the Animal Crossing series. He also does the voice of Yoshi since Yoshi's Story, Professor Elvin Gadd since Luigi's Mansion and Birdo since Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour. He also did Shy Guy and Fly Guy until Nate Bihldorff took over in Mario Power Tennis.

Totaka's Song[edit]

There is an interesting piece of music that Totaka has sneaked into almost all of the games he's composed. Although it is not widely known, players can listen to a secret track of Totaka's, known as Totaka's Song, after meeting certain conditions. The Mario games it has been spotted in are:

  • Mario Paint - The player can touch the O in the word MARIO, when on the main screen. After that, the O will explode like a bomb, and Totaka's song will play. Compared to other games with the song, this is not very well hidden.
  • Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins - On the "Game Over" screen, after 2 minutes and 30 seconds Totaka's song will play.
  • Virtual Boy Wario Land - On the end screen that appears after the credits, the track plays after a minute and 15 seconds.
  • Yoshi's Story - On the Trial Mode and Select Yoshi screens, Totaka's song will take over after 2 minutes and 10 seconds.
  • Luigi's Mansion - On the screen showing the controls of the Poltergust 3000 (this appears before training mode), the song plays after 3.5 minutes of idleness.
  • Yoshi Touch & Go - In Marathon Mode, once the player reaches a mountainous area where clouds are being blown away, a 3 minute and 45 second pause leads to the song.
  • Yoshi's New Island - On the world map, the player should go to the part of World 6 with the volcano on it, and wait for about 5 minutes to hear the song.

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Trivia[edit]

  • K.K. Slider from the Animal Crossing series is based on Kazumi Totaka. His Japanese name is taken from the fact that, in Japan, last names are written first, so it would be Totaka Kazumi. That can be shortened to "Totaka K.," which sounds like "Totakeke."

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Audio.png Luigi Mansion - Totaka's Song
LM Totaka's Song.ogg
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