Kenta Nagata

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Photo of Kenta Nagata in an Iwata Asks segment
Kenta Nagata in the Iwata Asks interview for Mario Kart 7

Kenta Nagata (Japanese: 永田 権太, nicknamed "gon" in 1080° Snowboarding) is a Japanese composer employed by Nintendo. He is proficient with piano and bass and also plays guitar.

Nagata joined Nintendo in 1996.[1] In the Super Mario franchise, he is most notable for his works in the Mario Kart series, as well as serving as sound director for New Super Mario Bros. Wii, New Super Mario Bros. 2, and Mario Kart 8. It is speculated he married fellow Nintendo composer Shinobu Tanaka over the course of his employment.[citation needed]

Other works include some tracks for Pokémon Stadium, Animal Crossing, and The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, and the entirety of Big Brain Academy.

Super Mario-related works[edit]

Song credits[edit]

Nintendo Sound Selection Vol.1: Healing Music[edit]

  • Aryll's Theme (from The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker) — Composition, guitar
  • Title (from Dōbutsu no Mori) — Composition, bass

Nintendo Sound Selection Vol.2: Loud Music[edit]

  • Fortress Boss — Bass
  • Among the Demons — Bass

Super Mario 64 DS[edit]

Nintendo Sound Selection Vol.3: B-Side Music[edit]

  • Epona's Song — Arrangement
  • K.K. Soul — Bass

New Super Mario Bros. Wii[edit]

  • World 1 Map — Composition/arrangement[3]
  • Ground Theme — Arrangement[3]
  • Underground Theme — Arrangement[3]
  • Castle Boss Theme — Composition/arrangement[3]
  • Game Over — Arrangement[3]

Mario Kart 7[edit]

  • Title — Composition/arrangement[4]

New Super Mario Bros. 2[edit]

  • Ground Theme — Arrangement[5]

Mario Kart 8[edit]

Super Mario Run[edit]

  • Remix 10 — Arrangement[6]



  1. ^ Kenta Nagata's profile on Square-Enix music
  2. ^ a b Credited on the Canadian Copyright Database entry for the game
  3. ^ a b c d e やさしくひける New スーパーマリオブラザーズ Wii. yamaha music media. Retrieved January 29, 2019.
  4. ^ SUPER MARIO Series for Ukulele - SUPER BEST. VGMdb. Retrieved January 29, 2019.
  5. ^ THE 30TH ANNIVERSARY SUPER MARIO BROS. MUSIC. VGMdb. Retrieved January 29, 2019.
  6. ^ Tagged on the mp3 file available on the Super Mario Run official website

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