Olympics 2020 Tokyo Video Game music
Video game fans were well catered for during the opening ceremony of the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.
Classic video game music featured heavily during the traditional Parade of Nations segment of the ceremony.
It all kicked off with the Dragon’s Quest theme, followed by Victory Fanfare from the Final Fantasy series.
The orchestra would go on to play music from games like Monster Hunter and Kingdom Hearts, as well as Chrono Trigger, Phantasy Star and Namco’s Tales of series.
Sonic the Hedgehog fans were treated to a rendition of the Star Light Zone theme, while Nier’s Song of the Ancients also made an appearance.
Music from Gradius, Ace Combat and Pro Evolution Soccer were among the more surprising picks.
Soulcalibur’s powerful Brave New Stage of History closed proceedings, as the final nations greeted fans watching on TV.
As pointed out by Polygon, the lack of music from famous Nintendo franchises was a little surprising, as was the absence of any Pokemon music.
On a personal note, I would have loved a tune or two from either Dark Souls or Bloodborne, although Living Failures and Ceaseless Discharge don’t exactly capture the Olympic spirit.
The complete list of video game themes from the opening ceremony of the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo…
• 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’
• Pro Evolution Soccer – ‘eFootball Walk-on Theme’
• Final Fantasy – ‘Main Theme’
• Phantasy Star Universe – ‘Guardians’
• Kingdom Hearts – ‘Hero’s Fanfare’
• Gradius – ’01 Act I-1′
• Nier – ‘Song of the Ancients’
• SaGa series – ‘The Minstrel’s Refrain: SaGa Series Medley 2016’
• Soulcalibur – ‘The Brave New Stage of History’
Speaking of the Olympics, Microsoft is giving Xbox Gold subscribers the chance to play the official video game for free.
As part of Microsoft’s Free Play Days promotion, Gold subscribers can download and play Sega’s Tokyo 2020 video game from now until the morning of July 26.
The game features a massive 18 events, including Basketball, Football, Skateboarding, Sprinting and Swimming.
It also contains lots of customisation options, letting players dress their characters with cowboy hats, space helmets and lots more.
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