The Tokyo Olympics opens with video game music

The Tokyo Olympics opens with video game music

A total of 14 games were represented during the parade, including the likes of Final Fantasy, Monster Hunter, Dragon Quest, Sonic the Hedgehog and Chrono Trigger.

The Parade of Nations, a lengthy process in which all 11,260 athletes taking part in the Games enter an arena, has been accompanied by orchestral renditions of music from video games developed in Japan.

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According to Nikkan Sports, the full list of tracks featured during the ceremony is:

Dragon Quest – Introduction: Roto ThemeFinal Fantasy – Victory FanfareTales of Series – Sley’s ThemeMonster Hunter – Proof of HeroKingdom Hearts – Olympus ColiseumChrono Trigger – Frog ThemeAce Combat – First FlightTales of Series – Royal CapitalMonster Hunter – Wind of DepartureChrono Trigger – Robo’s ThemeSonic the Hedgehog – Star Light ZoneWinning Eleven (PES) – eFootball Walk-On ThemeFinal Fantasy – Main ThemePhantasy Star Universe – GuardiansKingdom Hearts – Hero’s FanfareGradius (Nemesis) – 01 Act 1-1NierR – InitiatorSaga Series – Makai Ginyu Poetry Saga Series Medley 2016SoulCalibur – The Brave New Stage of History

The Olympic Games were delayed 12 months due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but will now take place without foreign spectators this month. Tokyo 2020 referenced Japan’s video game heritage with its very first ceremony appearance at the Rio 2016 closing show, when then prime minister Shinzo Abe emerged from a Super Mario pipe dressed as the Nintendo mascot.

NBC is currently broadcasting Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games coverage via Twitch. NBC is tailoring the content for the gaming-focused live stream platform in an attempt to court a younger audience that doesn’t watch television often.