Nintendo’s Hidden Song in Animal Crossing: New Leaf

There is a secret song in Animal Crossing: New Leaf that, if you’re a Nintendo fan, you may have heard before. Kazumi Totaka, a sound designer and musician at Nintendo, has made a tradition in Nintendo games to hide one of his compositions: Totaka’s Song.

Totaka’s Song was first composed in 1992, and has featured in every game he’s worked on since: Animal Crossing, Link’s Awakening, Wii Sports, Yoshi’s Story, Mario Paint and Pikmin 2, to name a few.

The song was originally created for X, a Game Boy game released in 1992. In the original Animal Crossing for GameCube, K.K. Slider performed it if you specifically request it to him.

So, where and how can you access the song in Animal Crossing: New Leaf? In the video below, Kapp’n will whistle it to you when you take a boat ride with him.

Skip to 3:28 for Totaka’s Song:


In other news, New Leaf is dominating in Japan, selling sells 600K at retail and 200K in digital eShop sales. The game’s release alone has doubled the 3DS system sales. It scored an almost perfect score of 39/40 in Japanese mag Famitsu.

To catch 70 minutes of the opening gameplay for the game, click here.

Animal Crossing: New Leaf is out now in Japan, and is coming to North America in the first or second fiscal quarter of 2013. Sadly, there is no word on a European release just yet.

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