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Revision as of 16:00, 24 October 2019

Koji Kondo c.2000s.

Koji Kondo (born 1960-08-13) is a Japanese video game music composer who has been working for Nintendo since 1984. He is certainly Nintendo's most famous composer, and one of the most famous video game composers in history.

The first game I heard which had Kondo's music in it was Super Mario Bros.. I had no idea at the time that he composed it, but I did enjoy the music. It was The Legend of Zelda soundtrack which really made me take notice of video game music in general. I would often leave the game's opening demo running on my TV just to keep listening to the title music. I also loved Kondo's soundtracks for Super Mario Bros. 2 and Super Mario Bros. 3. When the SNES came out, I very much enjoyed the soundtracks for Super Mario World and The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. I don't remember exactly when I became of Koji Kondo as a real person, but I don't think it was until even after I heard the soundtrack of Super Mario 64.

Gameography

The rank column is based exclusively on my enjoyment of the soundtrack. A blank indicates I don't know enough about the soundtrack to rank it, a 99 indicates Kondo didn't provide enough to the soundtrack to consider it rankable.

Released Title Rank Notes
1984-02-?? Punch-Out!! 99 Several covers. Original music is just jingles.
1984-05-01 Golf 99 Game only has sound effects.
1984-06-12 Vs. Stroke & Match: Golf
1984-10-05 Devil World 10 With Akito Nakatsuka.
1985-04-09 Soccer 11
1985-05-?? Arm Wrestling 99 Reused music from Punch-Out!!
1985-09-13 Super Mario Bros. 9
1986-02-21 The Legend of Zelda 5
1986-04-14 The Mystery of Murasame Castle
1986-05-03 Super Mario Bros. 2 (Japan)
1986-07-21 Volleyball 12
1987-07-10 Yume Koujou: Doki Doki Panic 7
1987-09-04 Famicom Mukashibanashi: Shin Onigashima
1988-10-?? Super Mario Bros. 2 6
1988-10-23 Super Mario Bros. 3 4
1990-11-21 Super Mario World 3
1990-12-21 Pilotwings Composed Helicopter song
1991-11-21 The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past 1
1995-08-15 Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island
1996-06-23 Super Mario 64 2 Programmed by Hideaki Shimizu
1997-05-27 Star Fox 64 With Hajime Wakai
1998-11-21 The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 8
2000-05-27 The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask With Toru Minegishi
2002-07-19 Super Mario Sunshine With Shinobu Tanaka
2002-12-13 The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker Composed Grandma's Theme
2004-03-18 The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures
2006-05-15 New Super Mario Bros. Composed Ground BGM; Sound Director
2006-11-19 The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess Composed Orchestra Piece #1
2007-11-01 Super Mario Galaxy Composed Rosalina in the Observatory, Egg Planet
2008-01-31 Super Smash Bros. Brawl 99 Arrangements
2009-12-07 The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks Composed Ending
2010-05-23 Super Mario Galaxy 2 Composed Yoshi Star Galaxy, Starship Mario, Bowser Jr.'s Fiery Flotilla
2011-11-18 The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword Composed Legend of Skyloft
2013-11-21 Super Mario 3D World Composed Chain-Link Charge, Sunshine Seaside
2014-11-21 Super Smash Bros. For Wii U 99 Arrangement
2015-09-10 Super Mario Maker 99 Arrangements
2017-04-28 Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Composed Battle Theme
2017-10-27 Super Mario Odyssey Composed Wooded Kingdom, Bowser Castle
2018-12-07 Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Songs

This is a list of some of my favorite Koji Kondo songs. For all his songs, see Koji Kondo Songs.

Title Game
Above Ground BGM Super Mario Bros. 2
Above Ground BGM Super Mario Bros. 3
Athletic BGM Super Mario Bros. 3
Athletic BGM Super Mario World
Dark Forest The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
Dire, Dire Docks (under water version) Super Mario 64
Ending Super Mario World
Hyrule Castle The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
Kakariko Village The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
Kakariko Village The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
Overworld BGM Super Mario World
Slider Super Mario 64
Snow Mountain Super Mario 64
Staff Roll The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
Super Mario 64 Main Theme Super Mario 64
Title BGM The Legend of Zelda

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