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"Totaka's Song" in Mario Paint
|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.
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.
| Totaka's Song - The arrangement heard in Mario Paint||File info|
Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins
| Totaka's Song - The arrangement heard in Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins||File info|
Virtual Boy Wario Land
In Virtual Boy Wario Land, "Totaka's Song" plays on the end screen that appears following the credits after 1 minute and 15 seconds.
| Totaka's Song - The arrangement heard in Virtual Boy Wario Land||File info|
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.
| Totaka's Song - The arrangement heard in Yoshi's Story||File info|
Mario Artist: Talent Studio
In Mario Artist: Talent Studio, "Totaka's Song" is one of the music tracks that can be used in animations.
| Totaka's Song - The arrangement heard in Mario Artist: Talent Studio||File info|
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.
| Totaka's Song - The arrangement heard in Luigi's Mansion||File info|
| Totaka's Song - The unused arrangement intended for Luigi's Mansion||File info|
Yoshi's Island series
Yoshi Touch & Go
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.
| Totaka's Song - The arrangement heard in Yoshi Touch & Go||File info|
Yoshi's New Island
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.
| Totaka's Song - The arrangement heard in Yoshi's New Island||File info|
Mario Kart 8
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.
| Totaka's Song - The vocalization heard in Mario Kart 8||File info|
List of Super Mario appearances
|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])|
|LINE||Past vocalization (Mario Kart 8)||Kazumi Totaka|
- GameXplain. (October 11, 2018). Totaka's Song in Luigi's Mansion 3DS (Secret). YouTube. Retrieved October 11, 2018.