Kazumi Totaka

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Kazumi Totaka
Born August 23, 1967
Mario-related role(s) Current voice actor for Yoshi, Professor Elvin Gadd, Birdo, and Captain Olimar
Music Composer (Yoshi's Story)

Kazumi Totaka (Japanese: 戸高 一生) is a Japanese music composer for Nintendo, and mainly works with Nintendo EAD. He has composed the musical score to many games, including Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins, Mario Paint, Yoshi's Story, Animal Crossing, and many others. He created the modern voice of Yoshi, used since Yoshi's Story, and has also voiced Professor Elvin Gadd since Luigi's Mansion and Birdo since Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour. He also voiced Shy Guy and Fly Guy until Nate Bihldorff took over in Mario Power Tennis, although his voice clips for them are sometimes reused in later Yoshi games. In addition, he provides the voice of Captain Olimar starting in Pikmin 2; his voice clips are reused for Olimar's Mystery Mushroom costume in Super Mario Maker.

Totaka's Song[edit]

In most games that Totaka has composed for, he has inserted a short, nineteen-note song commonly referred to as Totaka's Song into games. This song is usually hidden, only able to be heard 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.
  • Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins - On the "Game Over" screen, after 2 minutes and 34 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. Additionally, Melody Pianissima was originally going to play the song on her piano. In the Nintendo 3DS remake, the song plays on the movement style selection screen before visiting the Training Room for the first time, and cannot be played again afterwards.[1]
  • 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, if the player is in World 6, the song plays after approximately five minutes. If they are in any other world, they hear a brief pause in the song.
  • Mario Kart 8 / Mario Kart 8 Deluxe - There is a chance that one of the Yoshis that appear in the audience of certain courses will be humming Totaka's Song; although it is near impossible to hear during a race and cannot be heard in MKTV replays, a clear version has been found in the game's files.[2]

Mario-related works[edit]

As composer[edit]

As sound supervisor or sound director[edit]

As voice actor[edit]


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Audio.svg Luigi's Mansion - Totaka's Song
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Audio.svg Luigi's Mansion - Totaka's Song (piano)
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Audio.svg Yoshi's New Island - Totaka's Song
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Audio.svg Mario Kart 8 - Totaka's Song
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External links[edit]


  1. ^ GameXplain. (October 11, 2018). Totaka's Song in Luigi's Mansion 3DS (Secret). YouTube. Retrieved October 11, 2018.
  2. ^ http://tcrf.net/Mario_Kart_8#Totaka.27s_Song