Not just Mario and Sonic at the Olympics!

Tokyo 2021 Olympic Games Opened With Iconic Video Game Soundtrack

The Tokyo 2021 Olympic Games has opened with a host of orchestral video game soundtracks, all of which belong to famous Japanese franchises. Check it out!

Video Games Olympic Tokyo 2021
Credit: Nintendo

Played during The Parade of Nations, the soundtrack featured music from 14 different video games, including Sonic the Hedgehog, Final Fantasy, Monster Hunter and Dragon Quest. As a result, it didn’t take long for video game savvy viewers to recognise the iconic tracks, which prompted various gamers to share clips on Twitter [via VGC].

Nikkan Sports has also kindly curated a list of tracks featured during the event, which can be found below:

  • Dragon Quest – Introduction: Lotto Theme
  • Final Fantasy – Victory Fanfare
  • Tales of Series – Sley’s Theme
  • Monster Hunter – Proof of Hero
  • Kingdom Hearts – Olympus Coliseum
  • Chrono Trigger – Frog Theme
  • Ace Combat – First Flight
  • Tales of Series – Royal Capital
  • Monster Hunter – Wind of Departure
  • Chrono Trigger – Robo’s Theme
  • Sonic the Hedgehog – Star Light Zone
  • Winning Eleven (PES) – eFootball Walk-On Theme
  • Final Fantasy – Main Theme
  • Phantasy Star Universe – Guardians
  • Kingdom Hearts – Hero’s Fanfare
  • Gradius (Nemesis) – 01 Act 1-1
  • NierR – Initiator
  • Saga Series – Makai Ginyu Poetry Saga Series Medley 2016
  • SoulCalibur – The Brave New Stage of History
Video Games Olympic Tokyo 2021
Credit: Nintendo

Sure, video games are a massive part of Japanese pop culture. However, hearing so many game tracks at an Olympic event still feels surreal. If you didn’t actually get to catch the live version of the event, you can rewatch it via BBC iPlayer if you’re in the UK or Discovery+. Just make sure you brace yourself for an emotional rollercoaster ride of nostalgia!

Did you catch the Tokyo 2021 Olympic Games ceremony? Share your favourite featured song with us on our social media channels. Don’t worry; we won’t judge you for not choosing the Final Fantasy Main Theme. Maybe.

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Featured Image Credit: Nintendo