The 2020 Tokyo Olympics opening ceremony featured some familiar video game tunes

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Final FantasyNier, and more were on deck

The 2020 Tokyo Olympics hosted their opening ceremony today, officially kicking off the festivities in Japan. As part of the ceremony, the athletes all entered the stadium bearing their nation’s flags. And if you’ve been playing video games for a while, the music for the Parade of Nations might have sounded a little familiar.

The tunes that swept through the arena included a bunch of cuts from video games from the host country. So yes, you did hear the Victory Fanfare from Final Fantasy and the Song of the Ancients from Nier.

Here’s a short track list of the medley that played today, courtesy of Nikkei Asia:

  • Dragon Quest “Overture: Roto’s Theme”
  • Final Fantasy “Victory Fanfare”
  • Tales of series “Sorey’s Theme – The Shepherd”
  • Monster Hunter “Proof of a Hero”
  • Kingdom Hearts “Olympus Coliseum”
  • Chrono Trigger “Frog’s Theme”
  • Ace Combat “First Flight”
  • Tales of series “Pomp and Majesty”
  • Monster Hunter “Wind of Departure”
  • Chrono Trigger “Robo’s 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 I-1”
  • NieR “Song of the Ancients”
  • SaGa series “The Orchestral SaGa – Legend of Music”
  • Soulcalibur “The Brave New Stage of History”

I appreciate the inclusion of Sonic tunes a little bit more than usual, after playing some of this year’s 2020 Tokyo Olympics video game. Though sadly, I don’t think the mascot costume will make an appearance on the track at the actual games. Conspicuously, there was no Nintendo music played. You would think some of the songs from Mario, The Legend of Zelda, or even something like Fire Emblem would’ve made for good Parade of Nations tunes.

If you missed the event live and want to catch some of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics later, the opening ceremonies will air again on NBC tonight during primetime, at 7:30 p.m. ET. For those using streaming options, NBC also has an Olympics streaming hub.

Eric Van Allen