Tokyo Olympics used Final Fantasy, Kingdom Hearts and NieR Music at opening ceremony

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Tokyo Olympics used Final Fantasy, Kingdom Hearts and NieR Music at opening ceremony

Music from Square Enix series such as Kingdom Hearts, Final Fantasy, dragon quest, Monster Hunter, and Sonic the hedgehog were used during the 2021 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan. During the opening ceremony, popular tracks from each of the games were used to represent different Olympic teams. [Thanks, ryokutya2089!]

In addition, the music of other series was featured during the ceremony. Some of the selections include songs from the Chrono trigger and Stories from series. Outside music used by Final Fantasy and Kingdom Hearts at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics, songs by Ace Combat and Gradius were also presented.

Several Twitter users posted videos showing the music used during different parts of the performance. The Japanese news channel Nikkan Sports gave a full track list of the music that has been released. The list includes “Olympus Colosseum” by Kingdom Hearts, “Proof of Hero” by Monster Hunter, and “Victory Fanfare” by Final Fantasy.

There were reports on Twitter that the audio feed for the broadcast was interrupted due to protests surrounding the 2021 Tokyo Olympics. The event has been heavily protested by Japanese citizens, calling for the event to be canceled amid the COVID-19 pandemic. NPR reported that COVID-19 cases stay at an all time high, with several regions in Japan currently under a state of emergency.

The Tokyo 2021 Summer Olympics will run until August 8, 2021.

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