Notably absent, though, was any music from “Japan’s most well-known video game studio,” Nintendo, The New York Times reports. That means there was nothing from Zelda, Mario, and, alas, no “Lavender Town theme” to usher in the United States either.
When Olympic athletes entered into the stadium during the Parade of Nations, they did so to the theme music from Final Fantasy, Sonic the Hedgehog, Monster Hunter, Kingdom Hearts, Dragon Quest, Soul Caliber, and about a dozen other video games that are “a quintessential part of Japanese culture that is loved around the world,” according to organizers:
Full list of video game music playing for the Parade of Nations, including Dragon Quest, Final Fantasy, Monster Hunter, Kingdom Hearts, Chrono Trigger, Ace Combat, Sonic the Hedgehog, NieR, Soul Caliber, and more🎮🎶https://t.co/62vSPloH5t pic.twitter.com/94JMqaYN7b
Check out the list of video game themes played during the Parade of Nations below.
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