Totaka’s Song Discovered in Mario Kart 8

The legendary easter egg tune is slyly hidden on several racetracks.

By Kyle England. Posted 01/13/2015 20:00 Comment on this     ShareThis

A diligent Nintendo fan has uncovered a new appearance of the infamous “Totaka’s Song” in Mario Kart 8! Many retro game fans and Easter egg hunters are no doubt familiar with the tune and its enigmatic occurrences, but for those unfamiliar, here’s a brief rundown. Nintendo music composer Kazumi has a trademark theme he includes somewhere in nearly every game he has worked on, including Mario Paint, Super Mario Land 2, Yoshi’s Story, Link’s Awakening, Luigi’s Mansion, and several more. The theme is notorious for sometimes requiring convoluted and obscure methods to make it play, such as waiting around on certain screens for a few minutes. Kazumi Totaka himself is even the inspiration for Animal Crossing’s K.K. Slider (his real name is Totakeke).

In Mario Kart 8, the song can be heard on a few tracks that have Yoshis cheering on the sidelines. One Yoshi is humming the theme! Here’s the proof:

With the music taken out, the tune is unmistakable. While Totaka’s Song usually appears in games composed by Totaka, he served no such role in Mario Kart 8. In fact, he is the voice of Yoshi! It’s very cool that this Easter egg is still carrying on its legacy.

Some other games have long been speculated to contain as of yet undiscovered instances of the song. People are still looking for it in Wave Race 64 and Wii Sports… To learn more about the theme, check out this retrospective of the melody.

Source: Somewhat Awesome Games

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