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'''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.
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'''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 music 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 [[Super Nintendo Entertainment System|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]]''.
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The first game I heard which had Kondo's music in it was ''[[Super Mario Bros.]]'' I had no idea at the time who composed the game's music, but I enjoyed it (except the underwater music!). It was ''[[The Legend of Zelda]]'' soundtrack which really made me take notice that video game music could convey a since of emotion. 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 [[Super Nintendo Entertainment System|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==
 
==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.
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The rank column is based exclusively on my enjoyment of Kondo's soundtrack. A "?" indicates I'm not familiar enough with the soundtrack to rank it, an "N/A" indicates Kondo didn't contribute enough to the soundtrack to consider it in the rankings.
  
 
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{| class="wikitable sortable"
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| 1984-02-??
 
| 1984-02-??
 
| ''[[Punch-Out!!]]''
 
| ''[[Punch-Out!!]]''
| 99
+
| 13
| Several covers. Original music is just jingles.
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| Mostly covers; original music is just jingles.
 
|-
 
|-
 
| 1984-05-01
 
| 1984-05-01
 
| ''[[Golf (Nintendo)|Golf]]''
 
| ''[[Golf (Nintendo)|Golf]]''
| 99
+
| N/A
 
| Game only has sound effects.
 
| Game only has sound effects.
 
|-
 
|-
 
| 1984-06-12
 
| 1984-06-12
 
| ''[[Vs. Stroke & Match: Golf]]''
 
| ''[[Vs. Stroke & Match: Golf]]''
|  
+
| ?
 
|  
 
|  
 
|-
 
|-
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| 1985-05-??
 
| 1985-05-??
 
| ''[[Arm Wrestling]]''
 
| ''[[Arm Wrestling]]''
| 99
+
| N/A
| Reused music from Punch-Out!!
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| Reused music from ''Punch-Out!!''
 
|-
 
|-
 
| 1985-09-13
 
| 1985-09-13
 
| ''[[Super Mario Bros.]]''
 
| ''[[Super Mario Bros.]]''
| 9
+
| 09
 
|  
 
|  
 
|-
 
|-
 
| 1986-02-21
 
| 1986-02-21
 
| ''[[The Legend of Zelda]]''
 
| ''[[The Legend of Zelda]]''
| 5
+
| 05
 
|  
 
|  
 
|-
 
|-
 
| 1986-04-14
 
| 1986-04-14
 
| ''[[The Mystery of Murasame Castle]]''
 
| ''[[The Mystery of Murasame Castle]]''
|  
+
| ?
 
|  
 
|  
 
|-
 
|-
 
| 1986-05-03
 
| 1986-05-03
 
| ''[[Super Mario Bros. 2 (Japan)|Super Mario Bros. 2]]'' (Japan)
 
| ''[[Super Mario Bros. 2 (Japan)|Super Mario Bros. 2]]'' (Japan)
|  
+
| N/A
|  
+
| Same music as the original with an FDS ending.
 
|-
 
|-
 
| 1986-07-21
 
| 1986-07-21
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| 1987-07-10
 
| 1987-07-10
 
| ''[[Yume Koujou: Doki Doki Panic]]''
 
| ''[[Yume Koujou: Doki Doki Panic]]''
| 7
+
| 07
 
|  
 
|  
 
|-
 
|-
 
| 1987-09-04
 
| 1987-09-04
 
| ''[[Famicom Mukashibanashi: Shin Onigashima]]''
 
| ''[[Famicom Mukashibanashi: Shin Onigashima]]''
|  
+
| ?
 
|  
 
|  
 
|-
 
|-
 
| 1988-10-??
 
| 1988-10-??
 
| ''[[Super Mario Bros. 2]]''
 
| ''[[Super Mario Bros. 2]]''
| 6
+
| 06
 
|  
 
|  
 
|-
 
|-
 
| 1988-10-23
 
| 1988-10-23
 
| ''[[Super Mario Bros. 3]]''
 
| ''[[Super Mario Bros. 3]]''
| 4
+
| 04
 
|  
 
|  
 
|-
 
|-
 
| 1990-11-21
 
| 1990-11-21
 
| ''[[Super Mario World]]''
 
| ''[[Super Mario World]]''
| 3
+
| 03
 
|  
 
|  
 
|-
 
|-
 
| 1990-12-21
 
| 1990-12-21
 
| ''[[Pilotwings]]''
 
| ''[[Pilotwings]]''
|  
+
| N/A
 
| Composed Helicopter song
 
| Composed Helicopter song
 
|-
 
|-
 
| 1991-11-21
 
| 1991-11-21
 
| ''[[The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past]]''
 
| ''[[The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past]]''
| 1
+
| 01
 
|  
 
|  
 
|-
 
|-
 
| 1995-08-15
 
| 1995-08-15
 
| ''[[Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island]]''
 
| ''[[Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island]]''
|  
+
| ?
 
|  
 
|  
 
|-
 
|-
 
| 1996-06-23
 
| 1996-06-23
 
| ''[[Super Mario 64]]''
 
| ''[[Super Mario 64]]''
| 2
+
| 02
 
| Programmed by [[Hideaki Shimizu]]
 
| Programmed by [[Hideaki Shimizu]]
 
|-
 
|-
 
| 1997-05-27
 
| 1997-05-27
 
| ''[[Star Fox 64]]''
 
| ''[[Star Fox 64]]''
|  
+
| ?
 
| With [[Hajime Wakai]]
 
| With [[Hajime Wakai]]
 
|-
 
|-
 
| 1998-11-21
 
| 1998-11-21
 
| ''[[The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time]]''
 
| ''[[The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time]]''
| 8
+
| 08
 
|  
 
|  
 
|-
 
|-
 
| 2000-05-27
 
| 2000-05-27
 
| ''[[The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask]]''
 
| ''[[The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask]]''
|  
+
| ?
 
| With [[Toru Minegishi]]
 
| With [[Toru Minegishi]]
 
|-
 
|-
 
| 2002-07-19
 
| 2002-07-19
 
| ''[[Super Mario Sunshine]]''
 
| ''[[Super Mario Sunshine]]''
|  
+
| ?
 
| With [[Shinobu Tanaka]]
 
| With [[Shinobu Tanaka]]
 
|-
 
|-
 
| 2002-12-13
 
| 2002-12-13
 
| ''[[The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker]]''
 
| ''[[The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker]]''
|  
+
| N/A
 
| Composed Grandma's Theme
 
| Composed Grandma's Theme
 
|-
 
|-
 
| 2004-03-18
 
| 2004-03-18
 
| ''[[The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures]]''
 
| ''[[The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures]]''
|  
+
| ?
 
|  
 
|  
 
|-
 
|-
 
| 2006-05-15
 
| 2006-05-15
 
| ''[[New Super Mario Bros.]]''
 
| ''[[New Super Mario Bros.]]''
|  
+
| N/A
 
| Composed Ground BGM; Sound Director
 
| Composed Ground BGM; Sound Director
 
|-
 
|-
 
| 2006-11-19
 
| 2006-11-19
 
| ''[[The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess]]''
 
| ''[[The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess]]''
|  
+
| N/A
 
| Composed Orchestra Piece #1
 
| Composed Orchestra Piece #1
 
|-
 
|-
 
| 2007-11-01
 
| 2007-11-01
 
| ''[[Super Mario Galaxy]]''
 
| ''[[Super Mario Galaxy]]''
|  
+
| ?
 
| Composed Rosalina in the Observatory, Egg Planet
 
| Composed Rosalina in the Observatory, Egg Planet
 
|-
 
|-
 
| 2008-01-31
 
| 2008-01-31
 
| ''[[Super Smash Bros. Brawl]]''
 
| ''[[Super Smash Bros. Brawl]]''
| 99
+
| N/A
 
| Arrangements
 
| Arrangements
 
|-
 
|-
 
| 2009-12-07
 
| 2009-12-07
 
| ''[[The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks]]''
 
| ''[[The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks]]''
|  
+
| N/A
 
| Composed Ending
 
| Composed Ending
 
|-
 
|-
 
| 2010-05-23
 
| 2010-05-23
 
| ''[[Super Mario Galaxy 2]]''
 
| ''[[Super Mario Galaxy 2]]''
|  
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| ?
 
| Composed Yoshi Star Galaxy, Starship Mario, Bowser Jr.'s Fiery Flotilla
 
| Composed Yoshi Star Galaxy, Starship Mario, Bowser Jr.'s Fiery Flotilla
 
|-
 
|-
 
| 2011-11-18
 
| 2011-11-18
 
| ''[[The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword]]''
 
| ''[[The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword]]''
|  
+
| N/A
 
| Composed Legend of Skyloft
 
| Composed Legend of Skyloft
 
|-
 
|-
 
| 2013-11-21
 
| 2013-11-21
 
| ''[[Super Mario 3D World]]''
 
| ''[[Super Mario 3D World]]''
|  
+
| ?
 
| Composed Chain-Link Charge, Sunshine Seaside
 
| Composed Chain-Link Charge, Sunshine Seaside
 
|-
 
|-
 
| 2014-11-21
 
| 2014-11-21
 
| ''[[Super Smash Bros. For Wii U]]''
 
| ''[[Super Smash Bros. For Wii U]]''
| 99
+
| N/A
| Arrangement
+
| Arrangements
 
|-
 
|-
 
| 2015-09-10
 
| 2015-09-10
 
| ''[[Super Mario Maker]]''
 
| ''[[Super Mario Maker]]''
| 99
+
| N/A
 
| Arrangements
 
| Arrangements
 
|-
 
|-
 
| 2017-04-28
 
| 2017-04-28
 
| ''[[Mario Kart 8 Deluxe]]''
 
| ''[[Mario Kart 8 Deluxe]]''
|  
+
| N/A
 
| Composed Battle Theme
 
| Composed Battle Theme
 
|-
 
|-
 
| 2017-10-27
 
| 2017-10-27
 
| ''[[Super Mario Odyssey]]''
 
| ''[[Super Mario Odyssey]]''
|  
+
| ?
 
| Composed Wooded Kingdom, Bowser Castle
 
| Composed Wooded Kingdom, Bowser Castle
 
|-
 
|-
 
| 2018-12-07
 
| 2018-12-07
 
| ''[[Super Smash Bros. Ultimate]]''
 
| ''[[Super Smash Bros. Ultimate]]''
|  
+
| ?
 
|  
 
|  
 
|}
 
|}

Revision as of 13:12, 25 October 2019

Koji Kondo in the 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 music 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 who composed the game's music, but I enjoyed it (except the underwater music!). It was The Legend of Zelda soundtrack which really made me take notice that video game music could convey a since of emotion. 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 Kondo's soundtrack. A "?" indicates I'm not familiar enough with the soundtrack to rank it, an "N/A" indicates Kondo didn't contribute enough to the soundtrack to consider it in the rankings.

Released Title Rank Notes
1984-02-?? Punch-Out!! 13 Mostly covers; original music is just jingles.
1984-05-01 Golf N/A 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 N/A Reused music from Punch-Out!!
1985-09-13 Super Mario Bros. 09
1986-02-21 The Legend of Zelda 05
1986-04-14 The Mystery of Murasame Castle  ?
1986-05-03 Super Mario Bros. 2 (Japan) N/A Same music as the original with an FDS ending.
1986-07-21 Volleyball 12
1987-07-10 Yume Koujou: Doki Doki Panic 07
1987-09-04 Famicom Mukashibanashi: Shin Onigashima  ?
1988-10-?? Super Mario Bros. 2 06
1988-10-23 Super Mario Bros. 3 04
1990-11-21 Super Mario World 03
1990-12-21 Pilotwings N/A Composed Helicopter song
1991-11-21 The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past 01
1995-08-15 Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island  ?
1996-06-23 Super Mario 64 02 Programmed by Hideaki Shimizu
1997-05-27 Star Fox 64  ? With Hajime Wakai
1998-11-21 The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 08
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 N/A Composed Grandma's Theme
2004-03-18 The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures  ?
2006-05-15 New Super Mario Bros. N/A Composed Ground BGM; Sound Director
2006-11-19 The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess N/A Composed Orchestra Piece #1
2007-11-01 Super Mario Galaxy  ? Composed Rosalina in the Observatory, Egg Planet
2008-01-31 Super Smash Bros. Brawl N/A Arrangements
2009-12-07 The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks N/A 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 N/A 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 N/A Arrangements
2015-09-10 Super Mario Maker N/A Arrangements
2017-04-28 Mario Kart 8 Deluxe N/A 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

Media

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