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|Born||August 13, 1960 (age 51)|
|Known for||Composing Mario and Zelda games|
|Occupation||Composer for video games|
Koji Kondo is a musical composer for many famous games, such as the Mario series and the The Legend of Zelda series. He composed the well-known Super Mario Bros. theme for Super Mario Bros., known around the world even by people that have never played the game, being considered the most well-known video game score ever.
Kondo was born in Nagoya, Japan. He began taking lessons in the electronic organ early in his life, only at the age of five. He improved his skills in the instrument in a cover band that played jazz and rock music. Kondo studied at the Art Planning Department of Osaka University of Arts, but was never classically-trained or particularly dedicated to music. However, he gained some experience in composing and arranging pieces, using both the piano and a computer to assist him. During his senior year, Nintendo sent a recruitment message to his university stating that they were interested in hiring people dedicated to composition and sound programming. An LCD and arcade gamer, Kondo successfully applied for the job in 1984 without requiring any demo tapes.
|Family BASIC||Sound programming|
|Devil World||Composition||Akito Nakatsuka|
|Super Mario Bros.||Composition|
|1986||The Legend of Zelda||Composition|
|Nazo no Murasamejo||Composition|
|Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels||Composition|
|1987||Yume Kōjō: Doki Doki Panic||Composition|
|1988||Super Mario Bros. 2||Composition|
|Super Mario Bros. 3||Composition|
|Super Mario World||Composition/arrangement|
|1991||The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past|The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past||Composition/arrangement|
|1993||Star Fox||Sound effects|
|1995||Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island||Composition/arrangement|
|1996||Super Mario 64||Composition/arrangement|
|1997||Star Fox 64||Composition/arrangement||Hajime Wakai|
|1998||The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time||Composition/arrangement|
|2000||The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask||Composition/arrangement||Toru Minegishi|
|2002||Super Mario Sunshine||Composition/arrangement||Shinobu Tanaka|
|The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker||Composition/arrangement||Kenta Nagata, Hajime Wakai, and Toru Minegishi|
|2004||The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventure||Composition/arrangement||Asuka Ohta|
|2005||Mario Superstar Baseball||Sound Support||Taro Bando|
|2006||The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess||Composition||Toru Minegishi and Asuka Ota|
|New Super Mario Bros.||Composition||Asuka Ota and Hajime Wakai|
|2007||Super Mario Galaxy||Composition||Mahito Yokota|
|2008||Super Smash Bros. Brawl||Arrangement|
|2009||The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks||Composition||Toru Minegishi, Manaka Tominaga, and Asuka Ota|
|New Super Mario Bros. Wii||Sound Advisor|
|2010||Super Mario Galaxy 2||Composition||Mahito Yokota and Ryo Nagamatsu|
|2011||The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D||Music Supervisor|
|The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword||Composition||Hajime Wakai|
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Chris. Koji Kondo. Square Enix Music Online. Retrieved on 2009-09-17.
- ↑ Mario and Zelda composer Koji Kondo shares all at GDC '07. Music4Games (2007-01-19). Retrieved on 2009-09-18.
- ↑ Greening, Chris; Harris, Dave (March 2011). Interview with Soyo Oka. Square Enix Music Online. Retrieved on 2011-04-01.