A seventeen-note theme that has been hidden in Nintendo games for over a decade is finding new life as internet sleuths track down new instances in old games. Totaka's song
is most easily accessible from the title screen of the SNES' Mario Paint
, but the quirky ditty has appeared in over a dozen games featuring the work of Nintendo sound designer Kazumi Totaka.
Interesting trivia, but not too relevant to today's gamers until a few months ago, when Powet.tv compiled a video
of the song's known occurrences and put out the call to gamers everywhere to track it down in other games. Within a month, video confirmation
for instances in Pikmin 2
and Wario Land
for the Virtual Boy had been obtained, and earlier this week Powet posted a video
of the song in Luigi's Mansion
24 games Totaka has worked on, including the recently released Wii Sports
, and it's a decent bet that his song is buried somewhere in most if not all of them. And so the call goes out to Nintendo fans across the land. Let's harness the awesome collaborative power of the internet to solve a mystery that has been plaguing humanity for, er... well... not exactly plaguing but... oh, let's just figure it out, OK?