Following a lead that Animal Crossing character K.K. Slider was based on the game's music composer Kazumi Totaka, it was revealed that he was the music composer for all three games the song had been found in.
What followed was an internet-wide search for appearances of the song in all of the other games he had composed for. The easter egg caught the attention of the internet at large and through many hard-working contributors, the song has been unearthed in nearly every game he has worked on.
But not quite every game. The hunt continues for more appearances of the song in older games and new ones. If you believe you have tracked down an appearance of the song, then contact NinDB!
18 Feb 2012: Did GameTrailers Find Totaka's Song in Wii Sports?
A video posted yesterday at GameTrailers explains how to find Totaka's Song in Wii Sports. The answer is that the slight variation in Wii Tennis racket sound effects match up with the notes of Totaka's Song. They take these notes, space them out and play them alongside Totaka's Song. It's all very convincing.
But I won't be adding this little nugget to the site any time soon. Why?
First, slight variants in the pitch of the sound effects do not make them the same pitch as the notes in Totaka's Song. And as some NinDB Forum goers have pointed out, some don't quite fit.
Secondly, even if the notes were pitch perfect, they don't contain the rhythm of Totaka's Song. Even if you increase or decrease the tempo of a song, you still have longer and shorter gaps between notes.
If the pitch and rhythm are wrong, both key ingredients for a song, then this can't in any way be called Totaka's Song. They even mix in the rhythm during the video, but it still sounds off. Sorry guys! Better luck next time!
The first game Kazumi Totaka worked on as the music composer is a 3D action game on Game Boy by Star Fox developers Argonaut. The song was finally discovered 15 years after its original release, usurping Mario Paint as the first appearance.
In Mission 4, Dr. Yamano has been kidnapped and you have to destroy the alien bases to find him. In some bases you find fake scientists who pop up on-screen to thank you. Wait on this screen for a few moments and Totaka's Song will play.
The most well-known occurrence of the song, and the easiest to find, is on the title screen of this SNES art title.
Clicking the mouse cursor on each of the letters in the game title has a different effect. Click on the "O" and it will turn into a bomb and explode, stopping the music. A few seconds later, Totaka's Song will play.
A little-known action/adventure title on the Game Boy has you playing the Prince of Sable travelling the Mille-Feuille Kingdom, which is home to a rendition of Kazumi Totaka's Song.
When you return to the third village after clearing the castle, a building will have appeared next to the ship. Enter the building and wait around for a couple of minutes. The music will eventually stop and Totaka's Song will play, then continue with the regular music.
Link's Awakening contains no less than three versions of Totaka's Song, although only two have been located in the game so far.
The first version of the song can be found in Richard's Villa. Richard, the frogs in his house and his theme music are a For the Frog the Bell Tolls cameo. Wait for his music to loop a few times and it will stop and Totaka's Song will play.
In the Link's Awakening DX version, Richard's theme also plays when you are having your photo taken outside Kanalet Castle. You can also hear Kazumi Totaka's Song at this point in the game.
File Select Screen
The second version of the song has been found in the Japanese version of the game only. If you enter your name as "Totakeke" then the music will change to a remix of Totaka's Song.
In the German version of Link's Awakening DX, you can also hear this secret track by entering your file name as "MOYSE", after the German language localiser for the game. It is unknown if the same is possible in other languages or regions.
Unknown – Instrument of the Sirens?
The third version has so far only been found in the ripped soundtrack, and has not been located in the game. It sounds like it is played using several Instruments of the Sirens that you collect through the game.
Every instalment of the Animal Crossing series has featured Totaka's Song. In fact, the series provided the first clues to the song's origin.
K.K. Slider is a guitar-playing dog that appears outside the train station between 8pm and midnight every Saturday. His design is based on Kazumi Totaka, and his Japanese name "Totakeke" is a play on "Totaka Ka". Kazumi Totaka has been known to go under the pseudonym "Totakeke" (for an example, see the entry for Link's Awakening above).
You can either request a song or ask him to play a random song, but there are some secret songs he will only play when requested. Request the secret "K.K. Song" and it's a version of Kazumi Totaka's Song:
When he's finished playing, he gives you an aircheck that you can play on the tape deck in your house. This sounds more like the original digital beeps:
The song also appears when you scan some Animal Crossing-e e-Reader cards. Cards P15 and P13 have been confirmed to contain the song. It's also worth noting that Kazumi Totaka is credited as the sound designer on the e-Reader itself.
City Folk: Kapp'n
In Animal Crossing: City Folk, when Kapp'n is driving the bus between your town and the city, he will sometimes whistle Kazumi Totaka's Song.
After meeting E.Gadd for the first time, you will have to do some training with the Poltergust. Before the training begins you are shown a screen displaying the game controls. Wait on this screen for 3 minutes and 25 seconds and Totaka's Song will play.
Go into any cave you have not yet completed and finish it by collecting all the treasure. When you exit the cave using the geyser you are taken to the "Treasures Salvaged" screen, where a "Cave Completed" message and twinkling confetti appears. Wait on th Cave Completed screen for a few minutes and Totaka's Song starts playing.
If you have already completed the cave, or if you failed to collect all the treasures, the confetti will not appear and the song will not play.
On the Marathon mode you will sometimes cross through a mountainous area where strong winds blow away your clouds. Pause the game and listen for a few minutes. Eventually Totaka's Song will play, mixed in with the background music.
18 years after his first game, Kazumi Totaka returned to compose the music for this sequel to X on DSiWare. It is found in a similar place to in that game as well.
Save the fake doctor from planet Mapate and bring him to the base on Mordarl. Talk to your robot until it asks "What's that?!" The music will change to a weird distorted tune. Wait on this screen for 3 minutes and Kazumi Totaka's Song will play.
Kazumi Totaka has worked on a number of games where his signature song has yet to be found. While it is possible some of the games don't feature the song at all, it's just as likely they're very well hidden. After all, the song wasn't found in Luigi's Mansion and Pikmin 2 until years after they were released, and it was 15 years before the original appearance in X was tracked down.
If you would like to help find the last few songs, simply contact NinDB if you have any clues, ideas or leads about the following games.
It is highly likely that Kazumi Totaka's Song is hidden in one of the following games:
The first game where Kazumi Totaka is credited as director. The likelihood that Totaka's Song is hidden in this music game is extremely high.
Possible Missing Games
The Canadian Copyright Office requests that companies submit lists of staff with each submission, which includes videogames. Nintendo has submitted their staff lists since 1992, but they haven't highlighted the capacity each member works in. Kazumi Totaka (misspelled as "Kazumi Todaka") has been credited for the following games:
It's possible his role in these games was not prominent, but it's also possible that the song is hidden away in them. If the song is in F-1 Race, then it would pre-date the current earliest appearance of the song.
Note on Kazumi Totaka Credits
Kazumi Totaka has managed to slip his music into games where he is credited as composer, music director and even sound designer for the game. However, he is also credited in many other games as the voice of Yoshi, in a supervisory role or under Special Thanks. In these cases, it is extremely unlikely that the song will appear.
NinDB created 28th June 2001 by Mark "Fryguy64" Kelly
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