Totaka's Song

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"Totaka's Song"

"Totaka's Song" in Mario Paint
Composed by:
Kazumi Totaka
First appearance X (1992)
Mario Paint (1992, Super Mario-related media)
Latest appearance Animal Crossing: New Horizons (2020)
Luigi's Mansion (Nintendo 3DS) (2018, Super Mario-related media)

"Totaka's Song" is a short, nineteen-note theme composed by Kazumi Totaka that he has inserted into most games where he has been a composer or sound director. This theme is usually hidden and serves as an Easter egg, only able to be heard after meeting certain conditions. It was first included in X for the Game Boy in 1992, and its first appearance in a Super Mario-related title was in Mario Paint, also in 1992. It has since been featured in several other games within and outside the Super Mario franchise, including the Animal Crossing series as K.K. Song.


Mario Paint[edit]

In Mario Paint, if the player touches the O in the word MARIO when on the title screen, it explodes like a bomb, and "Totaka's Song" plays.

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Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins[edit]

In Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins, "Totaka's Song" plays on the Game Over screen after 2 minutes and 34 seconds.

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Virtual Boy Wario Land[edit]

In Virtual Boy Wario Land, "Totaka's Song" plays on the end screen that appears following the credits after 1 minute and 15 seconds.

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Yoshi's Story[edit]

In Yoshi's Story, "Totaka's Song" takes over as the music on the Trial Mode and Select Yoshi screens after 2 minutes and 10 seconds.

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Mario Artist: Talent Studio[edit]

In Mario Artist: Talent Studio, "Totaka's Song" is one of the music tracks that can be used in animations.

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Luigi's Mansion[edit]

In Luigi's Mansion, "Totaka's Song" plays on the screen showing the controls of the Poltergust 3000 (which appears before training mode), after 3.5 minutes of inactivity. Additionally, Melody Pianissima was originally intended to play the song on her piano, but this was removed from the final game.

The arrangement of "Totaka's Song" from the controls screen returns in the game's Nintendo 3DS remake. In this version, "Totaka's Song" plays on the movement style selection screen before visiting the Training Room for the first time, and cannot be played again afterwards.[1]

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Yoshi's Island series[edit]

Yoshi Touch & Go[edit]

In Yoshi Touch & Go's Marathon Mode, once the player reaches a mountainous area where clouds are being blown away and then pauses for 3 minutes and 45 seconds, "Totaka's Song" plays.

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Yoshi's New Island[edit]

In Yoshi's New Island, an accordion arrangement of "Totaka's Song" plays on the World 6 map after approximately 5 minutes. If the player is in any other world, there is instead only a brief pause in the music.

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Mario Kart 8[edit]

In Mario Kart 8 and its Nintendo Switch port 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". However, it is extremely difficult to hear during a race and cannot be heard in Highlight Reels, but a clear version can be found in the game's files. As the voice of Yoshi, Kazumi Totaka provides this vocalization of his own composition.

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Other arrangements[edit]


The Mario Kart Stickers LINE sticker set features a brief excerpt of Yoshi humming "Totaka's Song" along with some additional whistling that plays over a sticker of Yoshi singingMedia:MK8-Line-Yoshi-Singing.gif.

List of Super Mario appearances[edit]


Work System Year Type
Mario Paint Super Nintendo Entertainment System 1992 Arrangement
Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins Game Boy 1992 Arrangement
Virtual Boy Wario Land Virtual Boy 1995 Arrangement
Yoshi's Story Nintendo 64 1997 Arrangement
Mario Artist: Talent Studio Nintendo 64DD 2000 Arrangement
Luigi's Mansion Nintendo GameCube 2001 Arrangement
Yoshi Touch & Go Nintendo DS 2005 Arrangement
Yoshi's New Island Nintendo 3DS 2014 Arrangement
Mario Kart 8 Wii U 2014 Vocalization
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Nintendo Switch 2017 Past vocalization (Mario Kart 8)
Luigi's Mansion Nintendo 3DS 2018 Past arrangement (Luigi's Mansion [Nintendo GameCube])

Other media[edit]

Work Year Type Title Credits
LINE Past vocalization (Mario Kart 8) Kazumi Totaka


  1. ^ GameXplain. (October 11, 2018). Totaka's Song in Luigi's Mansion 3DS (Secret). YouTube. Retrieved October 11, 2018.