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Koji Kondo

A Music Composer for Nintendo (Nintendo EAD)

Koji Kondo

Having been with Nintendo since the NES era, Koji Kondo has produced music for some of the greatest games in history and is one of gaming's most venerable and prolific composers. His music can be heard throughout the Zelda and Mario series (including his only Square work in Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars, a collaboration with Yoko Shimomura and Nobuo Uematsu).

Fans and critics alike cite his greatest talent being his ability to craft melodies that while catchy and pleasant upon first listen, remain enjoyable even when looped over long periods of time and played through inferior sound equipment. His songs are certainly memorable; the title theme song to Super Mario Bros. retains its iconic status more than 25 years after its initial release.

Kondo is part of the Sound Group of the Nintendo EAD team.1

Notes
  1. Iwata Asks: The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D: Sound

Credits  + Add Credits

1985
Super Mario Bros.
Nintendo Entertainment System
Nintendo EAD
1986
The Legend of Zelda
Nintendo Entertainment System
Nintendo
1988
Super Mario Bros. 2
Nintendo Entertainment System
Nintendo EAD
1991
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
Super NES
Nintendo EAD
1993
Star Fox
Super NES
Nintendo
Super Mario All-Stars
Super NES
Nintendo EAD
1995
Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island
Super NES
Nintendo EAD
Tetris Attack
Super NES
Nintendo R&D1
Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island - Original Sound Version
PSCN-5040
NTT Publishing
1996
Super Mario RPG
Super NES
Square
Super Mario 64
Nintendo 64
Nintendo EAD
Super Mario 64 - Original Sound Track
PCCG-00357
Pony Canyon
Donkey Kong Country 3
Super NES
Rare
1997
Star Fox 64
Nintendo 64
Nintendo
1998
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
Nintendo 64
Nintendo
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time - Original Soundtrack
PCCG-00475
Pony Canyon
1999
Super Smash Bros.
Nintendo 64
HAL Laboratory
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time - Hyrule Symphony
ZMCX-102
Players Planet
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time - Re-arranged Album
TKCA-71824
Tokuma Japan Communications
2000
The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask
Nintendo 64
Nintendo
The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask - Original Soundtrack
PICA-2006
Pioneer
The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask - Orchestrations
FMCN-1003
Enterbrain
2001
The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons and Oracle of Ages
Game Boy Color
Flagship
Super Smash Bros. Melee
GameCube
HAL Laboratory
2002
Super Mario Sunshine
Gamecube
Nintendo EAD
The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker
GameCube
Nintendo EAD
2003
The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker - Original Sound Tracks
SCDC-00250~1
Scitron Digital Contents
2004
The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures
GameCube
Nintendo EAD
Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door
GameCube
Intelligent Systems
The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap
Game Boy Advance
Flagship
2005
Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time
Nintendo DS
Nintendo
2006
New Super Mario Bros.
Nintendo DS
Nintendo EAD
Mario Basket 3on3 - Original Soundtrack
SQEX-10079
Square Enix
2007
GAME - Game & Anime Music Emotions
PS-01
Piano Squall
Super Mario Galaxy
Wii
Nintendo EAD
2008
Super Mario Galaxy - Original Sound Track
N/A
Club Nintendo
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Wii
Nintendo
The OneUps - Volume 2
OUS-005
OneUp Studios
2011
Play For Japan: The Album
PFG
Sumthing Else Music Works
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
Wii
Nintendo
 
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess

News & Blogs

Majora Opera

Majora Opera (Demo #4)

The fourth available demo for an upcoming opera based on the tragic plot of Majora's Mask. This is the work of the freelance composer Miguel Bulteau and several supportive collaborators. Hyped for more? Check out the official website.

Description of the project, lifted from the blog:

Imagine there are only three days left to live, as the moon is on a course of collision with the world.

Imagine there is a young man who, among all the people who either ignore the incoming doom, refuse to believe it or are sadly resigned to it, has promised to marry the love of his life.

Imagine his unique symbol of their union, like our wedding rings, is gone, stolen.

Imagine he is determined to get it back and get married, regardless of the world’s fate.

These are elements from the game The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask, by Nintendo, released in 2000.

I find the dark ambient of this game and the moving plot of these two characters as beacons of hope and trust amidst all the fray to be very engaging, and very fitting of an opera.

Developing on the beautiful themes composed by Koji Kondo and Toru Minegishi, I have started writing it last year...

Song of Time played on a Carrot (of Time?)

BlogCame across this nugget of Youtube gold a couple of years ago, and its mindblowing novelty still hasn't worn out. This quaint take on the iconic Song of Time ocarina theme from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time is guaranteed to please. Leave it to the Japanese to turn a homegrown veggie into a legit musical instrument, eh? Check out heita3's profile for more musical madness and other insane garden-variety instruments.

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