Also known as K.K. Slider from Animal Crossing. I loved that first game. The way Nintendo made me care about dumb things like virtual furniture, picking fruit, digging holes, and showing up to the train station on Saturday nights to watch a dog play guitar - diabolical. But I did. The rest of the series is good too, but the magic sort of wore off after all of the hours I spent on the Gamecube.
I heard somewhere that Totakeke was based on Shigeru Miyamoto (you know, that dude that created Mario, Zelda, and a bunch of other sweet games). Sweet.