Final Fantasy! Monster hunter! Sound.
A year late and amid a cloud of controversy, the Tokyo 2020 Olympics have officially started to a soundtrack of well-known video game music.
In the traditional Parade of Nations of the Olympic Games, athletes from all participating countries entered the Tokyo Olympic Stadium to the sounds of Final Fantasy, Kingdom Hearts and Sonic the Hedgehog.
Music from Monster Hunter, Soulcalibur, Chrono Trigger, and Dragon Quest was also played. Even the recently renamed PES got a glimpse.
Here are a few clips that people discovered:
– Jordan Oloman (@JordanOloman) July 23, 2021
HAVE YOU REALLY PLAYED KINGDOM HEARTS AND FINAL FANTASY MUSIC AT THE OLYMPIC GAMES?!?
YES LOOK pic.twitter.com/x8tlnRhDKD
– Maku (@TropicalMaku) July 23, 2021
– Channel of the tails ?? (@TailsChannel) July 23, 2021
There was no music from Nintendo, though – although Mario himself appeared in the closing ceremony of the previous Olympics, teasing Tokyo by picking up the baton.
Accordingly Nikkei, the full list of tracks used during the ceremony includes 19 themes from Japanese games if you want to try to watch and select them again:
- Dragon Quest “Introduction: Lotto Theme”
- Final Fantasy – “Victory Fanfare”
- Tales of Series – “Sly’s Theme – Guru”
- Monster Hunter – “Proof of the Hero”
- Kingdom Hearts – “Olympus Coliseum”
- Chrono Trigger – “Frog Theme”
- Ace Combat – “First Flight”
- Tales of Series – “Royal Capital – Dignified”
- Monster Hunter – “Wind of Awakening”
- Chrono Trigger – “Robos Theme”
- Sonic the Hedgehog “Star Light Zone”
- Winning Eleven (Pro Evolution Soccer) “eFootball walk-on theme”
- Final Fantasy – “Main Theme”
- Phantasy Star Universe – “Guardians”
- Kingdom Hearts – “Hero’s Fanfare”
- Gradius (Nemesis) – “01 ACT 1-1”
- NieR – “initiator”
- Saga Series – “Makai Ginyu Poetry Saga Series Medley 2016”
- Soulcaliber – “The beautiful new stage in history”
If you’re looking for something to fill up a few minutes of your time (or probably a couple of hours), Google put a brilliant Japanese-themed Olympic RPG on their homepage today.