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Totaka's Song: Nintendo's 21-year Easter Egg

Every known location of Nintendo's musical mystery revealed

Of all the secrets tucked away in Nintendo games, Totaka's Song is the one that interests us most. A recurring Easter egg since 1992, it's the stuff of Nintendo legend.

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The infamous, 21-year-old Easter Egg is the work of Nintendo composer Kazumi Totaka, who's been responsible for the soundtracks of numerous Nintendo games over the years. While his various scores are the sort of catchy gems that make Nintendo music so memorable, it's Totaka's Song that he's best known for.

For those not in the know, Totaka's Song is a simple 19-note ditty that Totaka has been hiding away in his games since the early 1990s. It's already been spotted in seventeen Nintendo games - and those are just the ones we know about.

Here's a complete guide to every known occurrence of Totaka's Song to date - where to find them and what they sound like. This is only the most complete list we have at the moment, mind you - there are still some games Totaka composed that the song has yet to be discovered in (if it even exists in them at all).


X (Game Boy, 1992)

This Game Boy shooter was developed by Argonaut, who would later go on to develop Starwing on the SNES. It was only ever released in Japan, but it's still worth mentioning because it also marks the earliest appearance of Totaka's Song. To get it you have to play to the fourth mission, where you have to rescue a doctor. Some of the doctors are decoys, and when you rescue them a screen appears where they explain they're not the doctor you want. When you see one of these screens, wait for 40 seconds and Totaka's Song will play.


Mario Paint (SNES, 1992)

A month and a half after X was released in Japan, Mario Paint came out. It too had Totaka's Song hidden in it, but this one was far easier to find. In fact, it's probably the easiest of the lot and if you had Mario Paint there's a decent chance you would have found it yourself and not known what it was. On the title screen, clicking each of the letters in "MARIO PAINT" makes something different happen. Click the O and it'll turn into a bomb then explode. Totaka's Song then plays.


Kaeru no Tame ni Kane wa Naru (Game Boy, 1992)

Also known as For Whom The Frog Tolls, this was a comedic Zelda-like adventure game starring a frog. As you may be able to guess by the title, it didn't see the light of day outside Japan either. To find Totaka's Song you had to clear the third castle then return to the village. There a new building will have appeared next to a ship - enter that and hang around for a few minutes, and eventually the song will play. As you'll see, waiting for a few minutes is the main method of choice that Totaka uses for finding his songs.

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