The 2020 Tokyo Olympics kicked off with a set of video game music.
The Parade of Nations, a lengthy process in which all 11,260 athletes taking part in the Games enter the arena, was accompanied by orchestral music from video games developed in Japan.
The parade featured 14 games, including Final Fantasy, Monster Hunter, Dragon Quest, Sonic the Hedgehog, and Chrono Trigger.
According to Nikkan Sport, a complete list of tracks presented during the ceremony:
- Dragon Quest – Intro: Roto Theme
- Final Fantasy – Victory Fanfare
- Tales of Series – Slay Theme
- Monster Hunter – Proof of a Hero
- Kingdom Hearts – Colosseum Olympus
- Chrono Trigger – Frog Theme
- Ace Combat – First Flight
- Fairy Tales Series – Royal Capital
- Monster Hunter – Wind of Departure
- Chrono Trigger – Robo Theme
- Sonic the Hedgehog – Starlight Zone
- Winning Eleven (PES) – e-soccer passing theme
- Final Fantasy – Main Theme
- Phantasy Star Universe – Guardians
- Kingdom Hearts – Hero Fanfare
- Gradius (Nemesis) – 01 Act 1-1
- NierR – Initiator
- Saga Series – Makai Ginyu Poetry Saga Medley Series 2016
- SoulCalibur – A Brave New Stage in History
The Olympics have been postponed 12 months due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but will now be held without foreign spectators this month.
Tokyo 2020 references Japan’s legacy of video games, making his first appearance at the closing ceremony of a show in Rio de Janeiro in 2016 when then Prime Minister Shinzo Abe emerged from the Super Mario trumpet dressed as the Nintendo mascot.
NBC is currently streaming coverage of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics via Twitch.
NBC is adapting content for the live gaming platform in an effort to attract the attention of a younger audience who doesn’t watch TV often.