You've likely heard how the Japanese composer Kazumi Totaka is known for slipping a short melody into almost every Nintendo game he has worked on. "Totaka's Song" was originally discovered by western players in Mario Paint on the Super Nintendo, but had in fact made its debut in the Japan-only Game Boy title X, released weeks earlier. Later down the line it could be heard in games like Animal Crossing and Pikmin on GameCube.
One other title it featured in was The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening on Game Boy. It returned in the DX version on Game Boy Color and has now been rediscovered in the remake for Switch, due out next week. There are two ways to hear this tune, in the Switch release. As detailed by GameXplain, if you stand in Richard's villa for approximately two minutes and 30 seconds, the standard music will be replaced with a modern version of Totaka's Song.
Back in the day, there was also one extra way to hear Totaka's Song in Link's Awakening on Game Boy, but it was limited to the Japanese release. Until now, that is. If you type "tokakeke" as the file name in the Switch version, a different version of Totaka's Song will play. For anyone who wants to hear what the song sounds like on Switch, view the video above. You can also listen to what it sounds like if you change the file name to "Zelda".
Have you heard Totaka's Song in the original Link's Awakening before? What other games have you heard this iconic track in? Leave a comment below.
Oh look, it's Koholint Island. Good to see you again old friend...
islands can't be friends.
I went to replay my copy of Links Awakening DX the other day only to find my GBC screen no longer works!! Yes, heart broken. Needless to say can’t wait for this awesome looking remake and love these little classic Ninty touches.
Does anyone think there is a chance Nintendo will include the DX game with the remastered version? I remember you could play the original Metroid after beating Zero Mission, so it would be cool if they did the same with this release. Probably not though...
I cannot wait for this game!
@NotTelevision By any means, if they should include something, it's the original Gameboy version!
That's wonderful news.
Changing the song depending on file name is a fun touch. The GB totakeke version reminds me of old point & click adventures like Zak McKracken on PC with its beat, I love it. I also adore how off-key the modern versions sound in places.
That being said, thanks to having grown up with finding this little melody here and there (starting with Mario Paint, of course), it's strangely exciting and almost comforting to see it in modern games. It's like your ears were going "Hello, old friend, how's it going?" whenever you encounter it. It always makes me smile.
I love this little tune. It's kind of telling when it's the main alert tone on your phone. XD I'm glad to know it's still in the Switch version of Link's Awakening!
Love it! Next Friday will be great!
@beazlen1 Oh noo! I'm sorry to hear that happened!
The graphics in this game remind me of Earth Bound.
@gauthieryannick what a thing of beauty! I will definitely look into this. Thanks!
@NotTelevision Not a chance, I'm afraid.
@NotTelevision I’m wondering the same thing. It would definitely be a nice touch to include it, and certainly not cost them anything at all.
@Mr_Muscle I’ve been wondering about this since the remake was revealed. Nintendo maybe wouldn’t want to take focus away from the new game by saying the DX/original was included and /or take away from the element of surprise. It would be a great addition, even if it was added later as free DLC for those that finished the game since this is meant to a celebration of Link’s Awakening.
@NotTelevision Exactly. And I remember the surprise I experienced when they did that with Metroid Zero Mission. What a great nod to the players. I’m really hoping they do that with Links Awakening!
What I still don‘t understand is why Totaka chose to change the last note in this rendition, meaning that the last two notes are the same. I listened through the whole collection and I‘m pretty sure it‘s only in Zelda 2 (and the remake now obviously).
Why???! It really brings my piss to a boil.
Now imagine they re-added this
@Manah I am happy to ignore all the weird German translations back in the day (by Claude Moyse). In Link's Awakening, I was told to always use a condom. In Secret of Mana, I had to slay "Pogopuschels". In Terranigma, I had to meet "Bayern Munich"-soccer fans...
Yeah, I know. The worst part is that playing old games never feels right anymore - I'm either too aware of how bad the German "translations" are, or I play a different language version that completely lacks any feeling of nostalgia. Truly ruined childhood.
I still remember watching some video that girl has a huge darkside..
Pretty cool stuff.
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