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Koji Kondo
Koji kondo
Koji Kondo
Born August 13, 1960 (age 51)
Nagoya, Japan
Nationality Japanese
Known for Composing Mario and Zelda games
Occupation Composer for video games
Term 1983-present
Partner Shigeru Miyamoto

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.

Early years

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.[1] Kondo studied at the Art Planning Department of Osaka University of Arts,[2] 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.[1]


Video games
Year Title Role Co-worker
1984 Golf Composition
Family BASIC Sound programming
Devil World Composition Akito Nakatsuka
1985 Soccer Composition
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
Shin Onigashima Composition
1988 Super Mario Bros. 2 Composition
Super Mario Bros. 3 Composition
1990 Pilotwings Sound programming[3]
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. 1.0 1.1 Chris. Koji Kondo. Square Enix Music Online. Retrieved on 2009-09-17.
  2. Mario and Zelda composer Koji Kondo shares all at GDC '07. Music4Games (2007-01-19). Retrieved on 2009-09-18.
  3. Greening, Chris; Harris, Dave (March 2011). Interview with Soyo Oka. Square Enix Music Online. Retrieved on 2011-04-01.