How Toby Fox Got His Music Into Pokémon Sword & Shield

How Toby Fox Got His Music Into Pokémon Sword & Shield


Toby Fox is having quite the exciting year! Not only has the developer of Undertale created
new music for Super Smash Brothers and Game Freak’s Little Town Hero, but he’s also
composed a brand new piece for Pokemon Sword and Shield. So how did Toby earn such an honour? What did he do to convince Game Freak to let
him make music for Pokemon? Simple: he asked them politely. In a short post on the Pokemon.com website,
Toby has explained the series of events that led to his inclusion within Sword and Shield. It turns out this collaboration was borne
from eager friendship. Following the creation of Undertale, and its
unexpected explosion in popularity, Toby Fox found himself with a lot of new followers
on Twitter. One follower, Go Ichinose, is a composer who’s
worked on almost all of the main series Pokemon games ever since Gold and Silver. Goichi is one of Toby’s idols, so he having
spotted that he’d been noticed, he eagerly sent the veteran musician a message. The pair started chatting, and became long-distant
friends. Goichi was the first person at Game Freak
to try out Undertale, and he eagerly encouraged all of his colleagues to play the game as
well. By the time the game launched officially in
Japanese, there were more than a few fans at the studio. It was at the launch party for the Japanese
release that Toby and Goichi met in person for the first time. They hit it off immediately, quickly solidifying
their friendship. It was at this party that Toby and a few of
Game Freak’s representatives started talking about getting Toby to make the music for an
upcoming project, Little Town Hero. The plan was to try and make an RPG for mature
audience. No, the other kind of mature – the kind
of grown up who has to pay bills and stuff. Said director Masao Taya:
“We grew up playing these really expansive RPGs where you’re on huge adventures that
take you all over the place. But now you’re an adult, and maybe you don’t
have as much time to play so many games like that. Condensing all the fun of those large-scale
RPGs into a smaller, shorter, compact package was the initial idea for the game.” Toby’s work on the game was praised by everyone
at Game Freak. Leading up to the release of Little Town Hero,
Pokemon series compose Hitomi Sato said that he worried the game’s soundtrack would outsell
the game itself, the music is just that good! Toby toured around Japan, making friends with
other noteworthy games developers. He met Earthbound creator Shigesato Itoi,
and even visited Masahiro Sakurai in his home, where the pair played Super Smash Brothers
against each other (and where Toby beat Masahiro a good proportion of the time). With his work on Little Town Hero, visiting
Game Freak regularly made a lot of sense. It was on one such visit that he saw an opportunity,
and took a chance. According to Toby:
“After eating sukiyaki with members of the company one day, we went to a cafe. There, I ordered a bottled green tea and selfishly,
randomly asked if I could make a song for Pokémon someday…… They said yes! Right there in the cafe, they immediately
told me a concept for a song I could make…” Toby was thrilled! He stumbled home in a daze, wandering through
the streets, and passing salarymen in the dark. He was already hard at work, composing music
in his head, humming a melody to himself over and over. Said Toby, “my heart was burning with inspiration… “It’s a fierce track full of explosive power. I wanted to show the energy and passion I
felt when asked to create a song for Pokémon!” Toby’s creation is motivated entirely by
love. He’s passionate about the Pokemon series,
and he’s worked hard to make the best music that he can. The moral of the story is that when you’re
passionate, and when you try your best, you never know who you might end up befriending
as a result of your hard work. After all, the whole point of Pokemon is that
when you really try, you’ll end up making all sorts of friends along the way. Sure, we all want to be the very best, like
no one ever was. More important, though, is to simply be the
best that you can be.

100 thoughts on “How Toby Fox Got His Music Into Pokémon Sword & Shield

  1. You guys should do a video about John Kirby and how without him we wouldn’t have Donkey Kong. It would be a nice tribute to him after sadly passing away this year.

  2. As an aspiring game designer, this fills my heart with DETERMINATION.

  3. Seriously. Does Toby live in Japan now or something? I read the article, and it said they met up IRL when Toby asked him. I don’t see either one being able to fly halfway around the world to meet up for that.

  4. Toby is unstoppable

  5. Can we all agree toby can do no wrong and that this man is a legendary music composer of the modern age? He is literally Ludwig van Beethoven of video games.

  6. Nothing can stop the annoying dog even if the game doesn't sell well it's never because of the music. Y2K (the rpg game) is proof of that.

  7. cursed thumbnail

  8. I hate your thumb nail

  9. Deltarune is never coming out

  10. Toby Fox is pretty cool

  11. MEGLOVANIA in sword and shield? What (also I don’t have sword and shield I’m not that much of a Pokemon fan)

  12. how a person got famous by making
    a game in game maker studio

  13. These videos are so cute and informative. You guys are great storytellers ☺️

  14. That thumbnail is glorious

  15. 🎶 To catch them is my real test ~ to train them is my cause 🎶 😁

  16. From Homestuck
    To Undertale
    To Pokemon

  17. I hate life

  18. I hope to become a game developer like Toby someday! XD I've already got ideas for the game I wanna make

  19. Hot take: Another reason to not get Pokémon sword and shield
    I am sorry but I am starting to get REALLY sick of Toby fox
    Yes undertale was a good game until the toxic fanbase ruined it
    Deltarune was alright but a bit short but I am sorry I am getting sick of seeing him make news constantly

  20. Go ichi?
    More like
    G o o i g i

  21. the baby is 2

  22. 3:44 and then he made it based on "The Baby is 2"

  23. Some music is pretty meh……battle wild pokemon one is just blehgg.

  24. Small Brain: Pay a composer to write your music.

    Big Brain: Get a highly qualified fanboy to do it.

  25. He should of asked the Mother director for Mother 4 nicely. This man could use his power for the good of humanity.

  26. Honestly I think it's toby giving gamefreak the honor of having his music…

  27. My only complaint is that The Baby is You wasn’t mentioned.

  28. Im calling it, The Annoying Dog from Undertale is a secret Pokemon in Sword and Shield that can be only caught with a masterball lol.

  29. gamefreak did that probably to pander to fans of undertale so they'd overlook the massive problems in sword and shield…. it's a very….though aside from that, i wouldn't be surprised if nintendo just hires toby on full time as a developer and composer

  30. Sans is gonna be in pack 5 in ssbu mark my words-

  31. from a homestuck music maker, rom hack maker

    to making music for a super popular game

  32. That end bit singing was great! Props!

  33. Toby: “Hey Gamefreak, can I make a song for Pokémon one of these days?”

    Gamefreak: “Yeah lmao anything for a friend”

    Toby: surprised Pikachu face

  34. The theme is so not pokemon…what a waste of talent.

  35. He also got sans in smash

  36. That's simple.
    Undertale changed people.
    I don't know any games who did that before. Games can be super popular but can't have a direct impact on the life of someone. That's one of the reason your favorite game has an impact on you. But it's hard to make a game resonating with people like that.
    Sonic was my favorite game serie before. The music hooked me and the SPEED of the game too. But today?
    Nothing changed me like Undertale did for some reason

  37. Toby Fox is now officially a Nintendo and Gamefreak employee

  38. Toby's had such a good year, I'm so happy about the recognition he's been getting. Even if I don't like sword and shield, I still love his track

  39. Too bad the game is overall disappointing

  40. loved the narrator's singing voice

  41. I'm sure by the end of 2020 Toby Fox will have some part in every nintendo series

  42. Friendship is powerful

  43. Cursed thumbnail

  44. So Poketale was kind of real?

  45. Through cronyism?

  46. It will better when the music is megalovania

  47. I don't know but, to me it's likes using Toby for clickbait the game intead like Little town hero and yeah… new pokèmon game.

  48. Seeing all those dreams achieved fill me with determination

  49. Whenever you said Go Ichi it just sounds like Gooigi to me and I don't know how to feel

  50. He just Undertaled us.

  51. Sword an shield is Still bad

  52. Can't imagine how great tobys year has been he got to meet the person who made earthbound and they had played his game than the whole thing with smash then little town hero and now Pokemon

    deltarune chapter 2 next maybe?

  53. Too bad everything he composed for (except smash) sucks.

  54. Get ready for the encounter with pikasans and ripyrus

  55. 2:20 Guess what? He was right.

  56. Bravo VGST. 👏

  57. Me: Reads title What? Dude! That's so cool! 🤩🤩🤩

  58. Oh nice so this is why lots of my undertale friends like pokemon
    NICE

  59. Toby has really reached incredible heights. And it makes me so happy. He's just such a nice guy who really started out as a typical nobody. Very inspiring. He deserves it 🙂

  60. Just telling that the song is for the battle tower

  61. Where in the game did his music appear?

  62. Are we going to talk about the outro

  63. To bad its in a crappy game

  64. i hate the style of ur vids but i watch them cuz they are informative

  65. Senpai noticed him, how nice.

  66. I guess nobody knows the story behind the composition though hahaha

  67. toby "lemme in your game" fox

  68. Toby fox make music in pokemon sword and shield.
    Me: there is a new theory to solve!

  69. The stick figure looks like jon tron.

  70. I got to the area of the game when this plays, and I instantly began to gasp.

    Won't spoil where it plays, don't worry 🙂

  71. the video rating:
    1/10: toby wasn't the annoying dog

  72. And that’s the story about how a man snuck a motif from a rock opera about a 13 year old boy getting pregnant with his best friend into a Pokémon game

  73. so Toby fox is secretly jontron?

  74. I kinda wish Nintendo would buy Toby's games so sans can be a Nintendo characters

  75. Fans:So is being famous a way to get in a game
    Toby:Well yes but acctauly yes

  76. That explains the epic boss music when against gym leaders 😎

  77. Not gonna lie… That is one cursed thumbnail

  78. Toby is really out there living his best life

  79. Toby is llike the Toriyama of game designers

  80. "Toby's motivation is created entirely by love"
    Undertale fans: WAIT.

  81. Tony fox's music is is sword and shield?

    sweats

  82. I was looking at the Pokémon credits and spilled my drink all over the floor when I saw the name Toby fox

  83. Be passionate. Be hardworking. Be humble. Be polite. Be a dog.

  84. The reason Toby Fox should be work for Nintendo:
    1: He made EarthBound Halloween Hack
    2: He ported Undertale and Deltarune into Switch
    3: He composed music for Little Town Hero
    4: He added Sans to Smash
    5: He also composed music for Pokémon Sword and Shield

  85. It’s simple all we need to do is
    Ask nicely for the national dex

  86. If Toby made the songs for those Nintendo games,then how about Nintendo help him for Deltarune chapter 2 and all other chapters that are going to come out

  87. Toby fox is having a baby and the baby is music.

  88. And then it turns out that the track is actually an evolved Homestuck shitpost.

  89. When i looked to TOBY'S twitter
    It
    was
    full
    with
    cursed
    word

  90. so technically… board games are for old people

  91. sAnS uNdErTaLe

  92. I just want to say that the song sounds a little too much like a baby is 2 from toby's homestuck fan album that's about.. well just go and listen to it yourself

  93. toby beats sakarai insert concerned rowlet face here

  94. What's next? Toby becomes Pewdiepie's bestie?

  95. Toby is now part of Nintendo.

  96. Me:Im not gonna play sword and shield cause they erased 50% of the pokemons

    Nintendo: Toby fox is in sword and shield

    Me: I regretted everything I said

  97. People who think the battle theme was from undertale: "NO! Toby did make this undertale style. IT EVEN SOUNDS LIKE IT!"
    People who think it's a regular Pokemon theme: "you actual idiot. NOT EVERY MUSIC TOBY FOX MAKES HAS TO BE YOUR STUPID MEGALOVANIA."
    Me: "Amatuers."
    Both: "What DID YOU SAY."
    Me, who has good evidence that the song sounded exactly like the baby is you from Homestuck: "AMATUERS."

  98. Toby fox is so good at making friends.

  99. Toby Fox almost feels comparable to the music of Sonic 06 right now. Little Town Hero came out to complete crickets and tumbleweeds, Sword and Shield…ah, you get the idea for that one, but one consistent aspect has always been Toby's absolutely killer music.
    No matter how much Game Freak may drop, you can at least count on them for a good soundtrack, much like the mid-2000's Sonic games people hate.

  100. Sans' Pokemon would be dry bones

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