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Toru Minegishi is a composer and sound director at Nintendo, mostly known for his work on The Legend of Zelda and Splatoon series.

Biography

At ten years of age, Toru Minegishi desperately wanted The Legend of Zelda on the Famicom Disk System after seeing the commercial for the game. He explained that the sounds he heard in the advertisement were incredible to him. He told his parents after seeing the ad that in his swimming class he would swim 40 meters if they would purchase the game for him. He was able to do so, and the parents bought him the game. According to Minegishi, he was fully engrossed in the title which lead to a deep respect for the game's composer and sound designer, Koji Kondo, who he would end up working for. His love for video games developed a dream to become a video game composer.

He applied at Nintendo for the job and was presented a test to compose music for various different themes. There was also a written test as well. He managed to pass both tests and thus got a job at the company. One of his earliest creations was the startup sound for the Nintendo GameCube. In Animal Crossing he composed over 50 songs played by K.K. Slider, among the indoor music. While he worked on several video games early on including the Pokémon Stadium series and Animal Crossing, he said that Super Mario Sunshine was the game that taught him the "difficulties of the sound-design process".

Some of Toru Minegishi's inspirations are Andrew Lloyd Webber, Alan Menken (whose music helped inspire The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker's tracks), Sting, Maurice Ravel and Pérez Prado.

He took the leading role in the soundtracks of Twilight Princess, Wii Fit and Spirit Tracks, and later on also worked on the Wii U system sound among other projects. Later on, he became a sound director with Splatoon.

Minegishi is also known to have provided voice acting for some characters in the Mario franchise, like Petey Piranha.

Production History

Voice

Song Credits

Mario Artist: Talent Studio

  • Po Pi Pa Pi -- Composition & Arrangement[1]

The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask

  • Battle -- Composition & Arrangement[2]
  • Middle Boss Battle -- Composition & Arrangement[2]
  • Boss Battle -- Composition & Arrangement[2]

Doubutsu no Mori / Animal Crossing

  • K.K. Chorale -- Composition & Arrangement[3]
  • K.K. Bossa -- Composition & Arrangement[4]
  • K.K. Soul -- Composition & Arrangement[1]
  • Go K.K. Rider! -- Composition & Arrangement[5]

Doubutsu no Mori e+

  • K.K. Metal -- Composition & Arrangement[6]

Nintendo Sound Selection vol.1 Peach <Healing Music>

  • Title (Animal Crossing) -- Melodica

Nintendo Sound Selection vol.2 Koopa <Loud Music>

  • Oni Fortress -- Drums

Nintendo Sound Selection vol.3 Luigi <B - Side Music>

  • K.K. Soul -- Composition & Arrangement, Drums

The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess

  • Title -- Composition (w/Koji Kondo), Arrangement[7]
  • Ordon Village -- Composition & Arrangement[7]
  • Midna's Theme -- Composition & Arrangement[7]
  • Light Spirit's Elegy -- Composition (w/Koji Kondo), Arrangement[7]
  • Boss Battle #1 (Second Half) -- Composition & Arrangement[8]
  • Hyrule Field Main Theme -- Composition & Arrangement[7]
  • Kakariko Village -- Composition (w/Koji Kondo), Arrangement[7]
  • Death Mountain -- Arrangement[7]
  • Boss Battle #2 -- Composition (w/Koji Kondo), Arrangement[9]
  • Lake Hylia -- Composition & Arrangement[7]
  • Malo Mart -- Composition & Arrangement[7]
  • Rutela's Theme -- Arrangement[7]
  • Boss Battle #3 (Second Half) -- Composition & Arrangement[7]
  • Midna's Lament -- Composition & Arrangement[7]
  • Sacred Grove -- Arrangement[7]
  • The Hidden Village -- Composition & Arrangement[7]
  • Ilia's Theme -- Composition & Arrangement[7]
  • Final Battle #4 -- Composition (w/Koji Kondo), Arrangement[7]
  • Staff Credits Theme #1 -- Composition (w/Koji Kondo), Arrangement[7]

The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass

  • Linebeck's Theme -- Composition & Arrangement[10]
  • Ciela's Parting Words -- Arrangement[11]

Wii Fit

  • Plaza -- Composition & Arrangement[4]
  • Super Hoop -- Composition & Arrangement[4]
  • Advanced Step -- Composition & Arrangement[4]
  • Credits -- Composition & Arrangement[4]

Super Smash Bros. Brawl

  • Title (Big Brain Academy) -- Arrangement[12]

Touch Generations Soundtrack

  • Nintendogs Theme - Live Ver. (nintendogs) -- Drums

The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks

  • Title Theme -- Composition & Arrangement[10]
  • Aboda Village -- Composition & Arrangement[10]
  • Anjean's Theme -- Composition & Arrangement[10]
  • The Tower of Spirits -- Composition & Arrangement[10]
  • Riding the Rails 2 (Main Theme) -- Composition & Arrangement[10]
  • Linebeck's Theme -- Composition & Arrangement[10]
  • Byrne's Theme -- Composition & Arrangement[10]
  • Fraaz, Master of Icy Fire -- Composition & Arrangement[9]
  • Seabed -- Composition & Arrangement[10]
  • Hero of the Tracks -- Arrangement[10]
  • Song of Awakening -- Composition & Arrangement[10]
  • Song of Healing -- Composition & Arrangement[10]
  • Song of Discovery -- Composition & Arrangement[10]
  • Song of Birds -- Composition & Arrangement[10]
  • Song of Light -- Composition & Arrangement[10]
  • Game Over -- Composition & Arrangement[10]

The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds

  • Ballad of the Goddess (Milk Bar Musicians) -- Guitar[13]

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U

  • Smiles and Tears (EarthBound) -- Arrangement[14]

Splatoon

  • Opening -- Composition & Arrangement[15]
  • Splattack! (Jam Session) -- Composition & Arrangement[15]
  • Splattack! -- Composition & Arrangement[15]
  • Ink or Sink -- Composition & Arrangement[15]
  • Seaskape -- Composition & Arrangement[15]
  • Kraken Up -- Composition & Arrangement[15]
  • Metalopod -- Composition & Arrangement[15]
  • Now or Never! -- Composition & Arrangement[15]
  • Victory! - Jingle -- Composition & Arrangement[15]
  • Victory! - Results -- Composition & Arrangement[15]
  • Defeat - Jingle -- Composition & Arrangement[15]
  • Defeat - Results -- Composition & Arrangement[15]
  • Player Editor -- Composition & Arrangement[15]
  • Visiting Inkopolis -- Composition & Arrangement[15]
  • Inkopolis Tutorial -- Composition & Arrangement[15]
  • Plaza -- Composition & Arrangement[15]
  • Lobby -- Composition & Arrangement[15]
  • Dubble Bath -- Composition & Arrangement[15]
  • Splatfest - Theme Announcement -- Composition & Arrangement[15]
  • Splatfest - Final Results -- Composition & Arrangement[15]
  • Reward Jingle -- Composition & Arrangement[15]
  • Cap'n Cuttlefish's Theme -- Composition & Arrangement[15]
  • Octo Valley -- Composition & Arrangement[15]
  • Eight-Legged Advance -- Composition & Arrangement[15]
  • Tentacular Circus -- Composition & Arrangement[15]
  • Cephaloparade -- Composition & Arrangement[15]
  • Inkstrike Shuffle -- Composition & Arrangement[15]
  • Octoweaponry -- Composition & Arrangement[15]
  • Hero Mode - Onward! -- Composition & Arrangement[15]
  • Hero Mode - Splat! -- Composition & Arrangement[15]
  • Sunken Scrolls -- Composition & Arrangement[15]
  • I Am Octavio -- Composition & Arrangement[15]
  • Splattack! (2014 E3PV) -- Composition & Arrangement[15]

Version 2.0.0.

  • Hooked -- Composition & Arrangement[15]
  • Sucker Punch -- Composition & Arrangement[15]

Splatoon 2

  • Opening -- Composition & Arrangement[16]
  • Inkoming! -- Composition & Arrangement[16]
  • Rip Entry -- Composition & Arrangement[16]
  • Undertow -- Composition & Arrangement[16]
  • Don't Slip -- Composition & Arrangement[16]
  • Endolphin Surge -- Composition & Arrangement[16]
  • Now or Never! -- Composition & Arrangement[16]
  • Victory! - Jingle -- Composition & Arrangement[16]
  • Turf Master -- Composition & Arrangement[16]
  • Defeat - Jingle -- Composition & Arrangement[16]
  • Ink Another Day -- Composition & Arrangement[16]
  • Inkoming! (Cloud Demo) -- Composition & Arrangement[16]
  • Visiting Inkopolis Square -- Composition & Arrangement[16]
  • Inkopolis Square Tutorial -- Composition & Arrangement[16]
  • Inkopolis Square -- Composition & Arrangement[16]
  • Without a Dop Doubt -- Composition & Arrangement[16]
  • The Shoal -- Composition & Arrangement[16]
  • Dubble Bath (DIY Remix) -- Composition & Arrangement[16]
  • Inkopolis News -- Arrangement[16]
  • Splatfest - Theme Announcement -- Composition & Arrangement[16]
  • Color Pulse -- Composition & Arrangement[16]
  • Splatfest - Match Opening -- Composition & Arrangement[16]
  • Ebb & Flow -- Composition & Arrangement[16]
  • Acid Hues -- Composition & Arrangement[16]
  • Muck Warfare -- Composition & Arrangement[16]
  • Now or Never! (Splatfest) -- Composition & Arrangement[16]
  • Splatfest Victory! - Jingle -- Composition & Arrangement[16]
  • Fest Zest -- Composition & Arrangement[16]
  • Splatfest Defeat - Jingle -- Composition & Arrangement[16]
  • Party's Over -- Composition & Arrangement[16]
  • Splatfest - Final Results -- Composition & Arrangement[16]
  • Reward Jingle -- Composition & Arrangement[16]
  • Low Tide -- Arrangement[16]
  • Octo Eight-Step -- Composition & Arrangement[16]
  • The Girl from Inkopolis -- Composition & Arrangement[16]
  • Buoyant Boogie -- Composition & Arrangement[16]
  • Shooting Starfish -- Composition & Arrangement[16]
  • Hero Mode - Onward! -- Composition & Arrangement[16]
  • Hero Mode - R.I.P. -- Composition & Arrangement[16]
  • 2017.1 PV SoundTrack -- Composition & Arrangement[16]
  • SPLATOCALYPSE (Final Splatfest Announcement – Background Music) -- Composition & Arrangement[17]

Octo Expansion

  • Cap'n Cuttlefish Theme (Octo) ~ Player Editor -- Composition & Arrangement[18]
  • #0 shell -- Composition & Arrangement[18]
  • #1 progress -- Composition & Arrangement[18]
  • #2 ripped -- Composition & Arrangement[18]
  • #11 above -- Composition & Arrangement[18]
  • TEST PASSED! -- Composition & Arrangement[18]
  • #19 bless -- Composition & Arrangement[18]
  • Thang Jingle -- Composition & Arrangement[18]
  • Last Battle Opening -- Composition & Arrangement[18]
  • Fly Octo Fly -- Composition & Arrangement[18]
  • Ebb & Flow (Octo) -- Composition & Arrangement[18]
  • Conclusion -- Composition & Arrangement[18]
  • Grand Finale -- Composition & Arrangement[18]
  • Into the Light -- Composition & Arrangement[18]
  • Ebb & Flow (Demo) -- Composition & Arrangement[18]

Version 4.0.0.

  • Seasick -- Composition & Arrangement[17]
  • Kinetosis -- Composition & Arrangement[17]

Interviews

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 https://vgmdb.net/album/4341
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 https://vgmdb.net/album/1678
  3. https://vgmdb.net/album/2043
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 https://vgmdb.net/album/10379
  5. https://www.smashbros.com/wii/en_us/music/music07.html
  6. https://vgmdb.net/album/2426
  7. 7.00 7.01 7.02 7.03 7.04 7.05 7.06 7.07 7.08 7.09 7.10 7.11 7.12 7.13 7.14 7.15 7.16 https://vgmdb.net/album/55626
  8. https://vgmdb.net/album/82434
  9. 9.0 9.1 https://vgmdb.net/album/63738
  10. 10.00 10.01 10.02 10.03 10.04 10.05 10.06 10.07 10.08 10.09 10.10 10.11 10.12 10.13 10.14 10.15 https://www.ymm.co.jp/p/detail.php?code=GTP01085337&dm=d#song
  11. https://vgmdb.net/album/19867
  12. Super Smash Bros. Brawl sound test
  13. https://web.archive.org/web/20141008002040/http://www.officialnintendomagazine.co.uk/57380/features/the-making-of-the-legend-of-zelda-a-link-between-worlds/?page=3
  14. Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U sound test
  15. 15.00 15.01 15.02 15.03 15.04 15.05 15.06 15.07 15.08 15.09 15.10 15.11 15.12 15.13 15.14 15.15 15.16 15.17 15.18 15.19 15.20 15.21 15.22 15.23 15.24 15.25 15.26 15.27 15.28 15.29 15.30 15.31 15.32 15.33 15.34 https://vgmdb.net/album/54591
  16. 16.00 16.01 16.02 16.03 16.04 16.05 16.06 16.07 16.08 16.09 16.10 16.11 16.12 16.13 16.14 16.15 16.16 16.17 16.18 16.19 16.20 16.21 16.22 16.23 16.24 16.25 16.26 16.27 16.28 16.29 16.30 16.31 16.32 16.33 16.34 16.35 16.36 16.37 16.38 16.39 https://vgmdb.net/album/71622
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 https://vgmdb.net/album/86954
  18. 18.00 18.01 18.02 18.03 18.04 18.05 18.06 18.07 18.08 18.09 18.10 18.11 18.12 18.13 18.14 https://vgmdb.net/album/77143
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