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Mahito Yokota (born April 13, 1974) is a game composer and sound crew member at Nintendo, best known for specializing in orchestra scores for the Super Mario series.

After working on some titles with Koei, he joined Nintendo EAD Tokyo, where he has worked primarily on 3D Mario titles such as Super Mario Galaxy, its sequel, and Super Mario 3D World, as well as other titles like Donkey Kong: Jungle Beat and The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. He also worked on adapting Koji Kondo's score for the 3DS remakes of Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask. Aside from orchestra, Yokota also specialized in pop-style, synthesizing, N64-inspired soundtracks for his work in video games.

As of 2015, Yokota quietly shifted from music to work in the sound department.

History

Before working with Nintendo EAD Tokyo, Yokota had worked at Koei on a variety of their projects. His first title with Nintendo was Donkey Kong: Jungle Beat for the GameCube system. He later worked on the music for The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess's E3 2005 trailer, which utilized an orchestrated soundtrack (which can be viewed here).

Upon release, Yokota was hired to compose music with Koji Kondo for Super Mario Galaxy for the Wii, in which his orchestrated music pieces were well received. It was also the first time that a Mario game used any orchestrated music. After Wii Music, Yokota returned to compose music for the sequel Super Mario Galaxy 2, featuring more orchestrated pieces than the original. He later worked on two more entries to the Mario series, including Super Mario 3D Land for the 3DS and New Super Mario Bros. U for the Wii U.

Yokota also worked as the lead composer for Super Mario 3D World, the sequel to 3D Land for the Wii U. Similar to the Galaxy games, he returned to live-performed and orchestrated music tracks in the Mario series, alongside other composers. He was also the game's sound director, which was his first time working in a position outside of music. Yokota later worked on its spin-off, Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker alongside with then-new composer Naoto Kubo.

His only work outside a video game are the Pikmin Short Movies animated shorts, all released in 2014.

Outside of the Mario series, Yokota also contributed to the music for the The Legend of Zelda series, providing music for The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword for the Wii, which also implemented orchestrated music. Additionally, he arranged the soundtracks for the 3DS remakes of the Nintendo 64 titles, Ocarina of Time (2011) and Majora's Mask (2015); the former had an orchestrated credits piece, while the latter was his final game as a composer.

Since 2014, Yokota has worked as the sound manager and support for many games, as well as the music supervisor and recording management.

In addition to music and sound, Yokota has also provided the voice of Cap'n Cuttlefish in the Splatoon.[1]

For software, Yokota mostly used Roland's Fantom X8 piano and sounds from Loopmasters.[2]

Game Works

Special Thanks

Song Credits

Donkey Kong Jungle Beat

  • Title Screen -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Helpful Hints -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Main Menu -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Dawn Savanna -- Arrangement
  • Stats Page -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Jungle Deeps -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Sky Garden -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Monkey Fest -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Boss Hog -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Massive Canyon -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Ice Warren -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Spirit Tree -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Rumble Falls -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Pristine Sea -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Cactus Mine -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Sweet Paradise -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Primeval Ruins -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Grim Volcano -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Arctic Plunge -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Ancient Foundry -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Banshee Swamp -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Battle for Storm Hill -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Aerie Fortress -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Deep Sea Sprint -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Clock Tower -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Lava Cavern -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Cloudy Heights -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Magma Coliseum -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Ninjape Rally -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Cactus/Ghastly King Level -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Cactus/Ghastly King -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Closing Ceremony -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Platinum Menu -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Credits -- Composition & Arrangement

The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess

  • The Legend of Zelda: Orchestra Piece (Teaser Music) #1 -- Composition (w/Koji Kondo), Arrangement[3]

Super Mario Galaxy

  • Overture -- Composition & Arrangement[4]
  • File Select -- Composition & Arrangement[4]
  • Luma -- Composition & Arrangement[4]
  • The Star Festival -- Composition & Arrangement[4]
  • Attack of the Airships -- Arrangement[4]
  • Catastrophe -- Composition & Arrangement[4]
  • Peach's Castle Stolen -- Composition & Arrangement[4]
  • Gateway Galaxy -- Composition & Arrangement[4]
  • Enter the Galaxy -- Composition & Arrangement[4]
  • Stolen Grand Star -- Composition & Arrangement[4]
  • To the Observatory Grounds 1 -- Composition & Arrangement[4]
  • Observation Dome -- Composition & Arrangement[4]
  • Course Select -- Composition & Arrangement[4]
  • Dino Piranha -- Composition & Arrangement[4]
  • A Chanse to Grab a Star! -- Composition & Arrangement[4]
  • The Honeyhive -- Composition & Arrangement[4]
  • A Tense Moment -- Composition & Arrangement[4]
  • Big Bad Bugaboom -- Composition & Arrangement[4]
  • King Kaliente -- Composition & Arrangement[4]
  • The Toad Brigade -- Composition & Arrangement[4]
  • Airship Armada -- Arrangement[4]
  • Aquatic Race -- Composition & Arrangement[4]
  • Space Fantasy -- Composition & Arrangement[4]
  • Megaleg -- Composition & Arrangement[4]
  • To the Observatory Grounds 2 -- Composition & Arrangement[4]
  • Space Junk Road -- Composition & Arrangement[4]
  • Battlerock Galaxy -- Composition & Arrangement[4]
  • Space Athletic -- Arrangement[4]
  • Speedy Comet -- Composition & Arrangement[4]
  • Beach Bowl Galaxy -- Composition & Arrangement[4]
  • Beach Bowl Galaxy - Undersea -- Composition & Arrangement[4]
  • Interlude -- Arrangement[4]
  • Bowser's Stronghold Appears -- Composition & Arrangement[4]
  • The Fiery Stronghold -- Arrangement[4]
  • The Big Starcase -- Composition & Arrangement[4]
  • Bowser Appears -- Composition & Arrangement[4]
  • Enter Bowser Jr.! -- Composition & Arrangement[4]
  • Waltz of the Boos -- Composition & Arrangement[4]
  • Star Ball -- Composition & Arrangement[4]
  • The Library -- Composition & Arrangement[4]
  • Buoy Base Galaxy -- Composition & Arrangement[4]
  • Buoy Base Galaxy - Undersea -- Composition & Arrangement[4]
  • Gusty Garden Galaxy -- Composition & Arrangement[4]
  • Rainbow Mario -- Arrangement[4]
  • Chase the Bunnies! -- Composition & Arrangement[4]
  • Help! -- Composition & Arrangement[4]
  • Major Burrows -- Composition & Arrangement[4]
  • Pipe Interior -- Composition & Arrangement[4]
  • Cosmic Comet -- Arrangement[4]
  • Drip Drop Galaxy -- Composition & Arrangement[4]
  • Kingfin -- Composition & Arrangement[4]
  • Boo Race -- Composition & Arrangement[4]
  • Ice Mountain -- Composition & Arrangement[4]
  • Ice Mario -- Composition & Arrangement[4]
  • Lava Path -- Composition & Arrangement[4]
  • Fire Mario -- Composition & Arrangement[4]
  • Dusty Dune Galaxy -- Composition & Arrangement[4]
  • Heavy Metal Mecha-Bowser -- Composition & Arrangement[4]
  • A-wa-wa-wa! -- Composition & Arrangement[4]
  • Deep Dark Galaxy -- Composition & Arrangement[4]
  • Kamella -- Composition & Arrangement[4]
  • Star Ball 2 -- Composition & Arrangement[4]
  • King Bowser -- Composition & Arrangement[4]
  • Sad Girl -- Composition & Arrangement[4]
  • Melty Molten Galaxy -- Composition & Arrangement[4]
  • Flying Mario -- Composition & Arrangement[4]
  • The Galaxy Reactor -- Composition & Arrangement[4]
  • Final Battle with Bowser -- Composition & Arrangement[4]
  • Star Child -- Composition & Arrangement[4]
  • Daybreak - A New Dawn -- Composition & Arrangement[4]
  • Birth -- Composition & Arrangement[4]
  • A Wish -- Composition & Arrangement[4]
  • Super Mario Galaxy -- Composition & Arrangement[4]
  • Family -- Arrangement[4]
  • Purple Comet -- Composition & Arrangement[4]
  • Blue Sky Athletic -- Arrangement[4]
  • Super Mario 2007 -- Arrangement[4]

Super Mario Galaxy 2

  • Overture -- Composition & Arrangement[5]
  • Another Story -- Composition & Arrangement[5]
  • The Lost Luma -- Composition & Arrangement[5]
  • Power of the Stars -- Composition & Arrangement[5]
  • Sky Station -- Composition & Arrangement[5]
  • Peewee Piranha -- Composition & Arrangement[5]
  • Unidentified Planet -- Composition & Arrangement[5]
  • The Starship Appears -- Composition & Arrangement[5]
  • Starship Mario, Launch! -- Composition & Arrangement[5]
  • World 1 & 2 -- Composition & Arrangement[5]
  • The Starship Sails -- Composition & Arrangement[5]
  • Spin-Dig Galaxy -- Composition & Arrangement[5]
  • Flip-Swap Galaxy -- Composition & Arrangement[5]
  • Tip Network -- Composition & Arrangement[5]
  • A-wa-wa-wa-wa-wa! -- Composition & Arrangement[5]
  • Wild Glide Galaxy -- Composition & Arrangement[5]
  • Get Power Star -- Composition & Arrangement[5]
  • Cosmic Cove Galaxy -- Composition & Arrangement[5]
  • Dash Yoshi -- Arrangement[5]
  • World 3 -- Composition & Arrangement[5]
  • Forest Dwellers -- Composition & Arrangement[5]
  • Slide -- Arrangement[5]
  • Freezy Flake Galaxy -- Composition & Arrangement[5]
  • Pipe Room -- Composition & Arrangement[5]
  • Star Ball -- Composition & Arrangement[5]
  • Cloudy Court Galaxy -- Composition & Arrangement[5]
  • Megahammer -- Composition & Arrangement[5]
  • World 4 -- Composition & Arrangement[5]
  • Honeyhop Galaxy -- Composition & Arrangement[5]
  • Chompworks Galaxy -- Composition & Arrangement[5]
  • Glamdozer -- Composition & Arrangement[5]
  • Beat Block Galaxy -- Composition & Arrangement[5]
  • Starshine Beach Galaxy -- Composition & Arrangement[5]
  • Teleporter -- Composition & Arrangement[5]
  • Starshine Beach Galaxy ~Underwater~ -- Composition & Arrangement[5]
  • Bowser's Lava Lair -- Arrangement[5]
  • Grand Star Get -- Composition & Arrangement[5]
  • Space Storm Galaxy -- Composition & Arrangement[5]
  • Upside Dizzy Galaxy -- Composition & Arrangement[5]
  • Haunty Halls Galaxy -- Arrangement[5]
  • Slipsand Galaxy -- Composition & Arrangement[5]
  • Squizzard -- Composition & Arrangement[5]
  • World 6 -- Composition & Arrangement[5]
  • Sweet Mystery Galaxy -- Composition & Arrangement[5]
  • Gobblegut -- Composition & Arrangement[5]
  • Boss Blitz Galaxy -- Composition & Arrangement[5]
  • Time Attack -- Composition & Arrangement[5]
  • World S -- Composition & Arrangement[5]
  • A Tense Moment -- Composition & Arrangement[5]
  • Bowser's Galaxy Generator -- Composition & Arrangement[5]
  • Bowser, Allmighty Koopa King -- Composition & Arrangement[5]
  • Super Mario Galaxy 2 -- Composition & Arrangement[5]
  • The Luma and the Hat -- Composition & Arrangement[5]
  • Green Star -- Arrangement[5]
  • Theme of SMG2 -- Composition & Arrangement[5]

Super Mario Bros. 25th Anniversary Special Sound Track PRESS START Edition

  • Super Mario Galaxy 2008 ~from PRESS START 2008~ -- Composition (w/Koji Kondo), Arrangement

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D

  • End Credits 2 -- Arrangement[6]

Super Mario 3D Land

  • Beach Theme -- Composition & Arrangement[7]
  • Boom Boom Fight -- Composition & Arrangement[7]
  • Waltz of the Boos -- Composition & Arrangement[7]
  • Victory Parade -- Composition & Arrangement[7]
  • Bowser Castle -- Composition & Arrangement[7]
  • Course Clear Fanfare -- Composition & Arrangement[7]
  • World Clear Fanfare -- Composition & Arrangement[7]

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

  • File Selection -- Arrangement[8]
  • Islands Floating in the Sky -- Composition & Arrangement[8]
  • Premonition 1 -- Composition (w/Takeshi Hama), Arrangement (w/Takeshi Hama)[8]
  • Under the Statue of the Goddess -- Composition (w/Takeshi Hama), Arrangement (w/Takeshi Hama)[8]
  • The Ceremony of the Goddess -- Composition & Arrangement[8]
  • Gliding Through the Sky -- Composition & Arrangement[8]
  • The Goddess Sword -- Composition & Arrangement[8]
  • Temple Entrance -- Composition & Arrangement[8]
  • Ghirahim Attacks -- Composition & Arrangement[8]
  • Koloktos Appears -- Composition & Arrangement[8]
  • Battle with Moldarach/Koloktos -- Composition & Arrangement[8]
  • Battle with Koloktos: Second Half -- Composition & Arrangement[8]
  • The Goddess Sword is Enhanced -- Composition & Arrangement[8]
  • Outside the Sandship -- Composition & Arrangement[8]
  • Inside the Sandship -- Composition & Arrangement[8]
  • Reunion with Zelda -- Arrangement[8]
  • The Master Sword is Enhanced -- Arrangement[8]
  • Battle with Bilocyte, the Ocular Parasite -- Composition & Arrangement[8]
  • Learning the "Song of the Hero"! -- Composition & Arrangement[8]
  • Now Then, Into Sky Keep -- Composition & Arrangement[8]
  • A Prayer to the Triforce -- Composition & Arrangement[8]
  • The Resurrection Ritual -- Composition & Arrangement[8]
  • Demise is Resurrected -- Composition & Arrangement[8]
  • Confrontation -- Composition & Arrangement[8]
  • Origin Story -- Composition & Arrangement[8]
  • Staff Credits -- Composition (w/Koji Kondo, Hajime Wakai, & Shiho Fujii), Arrangement[8]

Super Mario 3D World

  • Super Bell Hill (Super Mario 3D World Theme) -- Composition & Arrangement[9]
  • Double Cherry Pass -- Composition & Arrangement[10]

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U

  • Star Wolf's Theme/Sector Z (Star Fox 64) -- Arrangement

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Interviews

References

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