Koji Kondo

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Koji Kondo
Born August 13, 1961 (age 62)
Super Mario–related role(s) Music composer

Koji Kondo (近藤 浩治, born August 13, 1961) is a Japanese music composer, pianist, and music director who is among the most prominent composers of music for Nintendo and the video game industry as a whole. As a close friend of Shigeru Miyamoto, most of the games he has composed for are Miyamoto's creations. He is most famous for his works on the Super Mario and The Legend of Zelda series. The Ground Theme of Super Mario Bros., composed by Kondo, is one of the most recognizable themes in the video game industry, remained in the Billboard ringtone charts for 125 weeks, and has been performed in concerts by live orchestras.[1] Other notable compositions of Kondo's include the Underground Theme and Underwater Theme of Super Mario Bros. and the Ground Theme of Super Mario World. Kondo was also involved in the music for The Super Mario Bros. Movie, scored by Brian Tyler.[2]

Kondo also voiced the sound effects of the Sound Off? badge in Super Mario Bros. Wonder.[3]

Works composed[edit]

Song credits[edit]

Super Mario Sunshine[edit]

New Super Mario Bros.[edit]

  • Main Theme — Composition/arrangement[8]
  • Competitive BGM 1 — Composition/arrangement[9]

Super Mario Galaxy[edit]

Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

  • Ground Theme (Super Mario Bros.) — Composition/arrangement

Super Mario Galaxy 2[edit]

Super Mario 3D World[edit]

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U[edit]

  • Super Mario Bros. Medley — Composition/arrangement

Super Mario Maker[edit]

  • Underground Theme - Edit Mode (Super Mario Bros.) - Composition/arrangement[13]

Super Mario Odyssey[edit]

*Also includes 8bit version

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]



  1. ^ http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/gamesblog/2010/sep/13/games-gameculture
  2. ^ Nintendo of America (October 6, 2022). The Super Mario Bros. Movie Direct. YouTube. Retrieved October 6, 2022.
  3. ^ Bailey, D. (March 29, 2024). After 39 years, Nintendo's legendary composer put his voice in Super Mario Bros Wonder when his idea for a "live-action" Mario with "human proportions" was rejected. GamesRadar+. Retrieved March 29, 2024. (Archived March 29, 2024, 10:49:47 UTC via Wayback Machine.)
  4. ^ http://www.destructoid.com/super-mario-3d-world-composers-talks-cats-dogs-and-more-264473.phtml
  5. ^ Nintendo. (May 15, 2019). Super Mario Maker 2 Direct 5.15.2019. YouTube. Retrieved May 15, 2019.
  6. ^ Nintendo. (Oct 18, 2023). Ask the Developer Vol. 11, Super Mario Bros. Wonder—Part 1. Nintendo. Retrieved Oct 22, 2023.
  7. ^ a b c d e f SUPER MARIO SOUND COLLECTION. VGMdb. Retrieved January 29, 2019.
  8. ^ SUPER MARIO HISTORY 1985-2010 Sound Track CD. VGMdb. Retrieved January 29, 2019.
  9. ^ SUPER MARIO Series for Guitar - SUPER BEST. VGMdb. Retrieved January 29, 2019.
  10. ^ a b c d SUPER MARIO GALAXY ORIGINAL SOUND TRACK Platinum Version. VGMdb. Retrieved January 29, 2019.
  11. ^ a b c d e SUPER MARIO GALAXY 2 ORIGINAL SOUND TRACK. VGMdb. Retrieved January 29, 2019.
  12. ^ a b SUPER MARIO 3D WORLD ORIGINAL SOUND TRACK. VGMdb. Retrieved January 29, 2019.
  13. ^ A Music Trivia Tour with Nintendo's Koji Kondo IGN. Retrieved August 9, 2020
  14. ^ Nintendo Dream Vol. 285 Super Mario Odyssey Developers Interview Part 1
  15. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Super Mario Odyssey Original Soundtrack booklet's song credits
  16. ^ a b Nintendo Dream Vol. 286 Super Mario Odyssey Developers Interview Part 2
  17. ^ Music | Super Smash Bros. Ultimate – Official Site