Following on the heels of Isabelle
After the reveal of Isabelle last week in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Nintendo took the predictable route and has released a new arrangement for Animal Crossing. The song in question is the title theme of Happy Home Designer, the spinoff title on the 3DS. However, the arrangement featured is not the song that was used for Isabelle’s trailers.
The arrangement was supervised by Kazumi Totaka, who has been with the franchise since the beginning You can check out the new arrangement below.
Kazumi Totaka is unique from the other composers and artists featured in previous arrangements. While he has been a major part of the Animal Crossing franchise, and even classic Nintendo games like Mario Paint, Luigi’s Mansion, and Link’s Awakening, he has another role within the company. Totaka occasionally performs voice acting for a small selection of Nintendo characters, including Yoshi and K.K. Slider. Not many composers in any industry can claim to have voiced a character as iconic as Yoshi, that’s for sure.
You may also know him from the “Totaka’s Song” Easter egg. Almost every game that Kazumi has written music for, contains a short tune is hidden somewhere within. This started with the Game Boy title X, and has continued to this day. For instance, here is the song as it is found within Mario Kart 8, sung by a spectator Yoshi.