Olympic Games 2020 Tokyo Video Game Music
Video game fans got their money’s worth at the opening ceremony of the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.
Classic video game music played an important role during the traditional Parade of Nations segment of the ceremony.
It all started with the Dragon’s Quest theme, followed by Victory Fanfare from the Final Fantasy series.
The orchestra would play music from games such as 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 was also featured.
Music by Gradius, Ace Combat and Pro Evolution Soccer were among the more surprising choices.
Soulcalibur’s powerful Brave New Stage of History closed the proceedings as the latter nations greeted fans watching on TV.
As indicated by polygon, the lack of music from famous Nintendo franchises was a bit surprising, as was the absence of Pokemon music.
Personally, I would have liked a tune or two from Dark Souls or Bloodborne, although Living Failures and Ceaseless Discharge don’t quite capture the Olympic spirit.
The full list of video game themes from the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony…
• Dragon Quest – ‘Overture: Roto’s Theme’
• Final Fantasy – ‘Victory Fanfare’
• Tales of series – ‘Sorey’s Theme – The Shepherd’
• Monster Hunter – ‘Evidence of a Hero’
• Kingdom Hearts – ‘Olympus Coliseum’
• Chrono Trigger – ‘Frog Theme’
• Ace Combat – ‘First Flight’
• Tales of series – ‘Pump 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’
• Fantasy Star Universe – ‘Guardians’
• Kingdom Hearts – ‘Hero’s Fanfare’
• Gradius – ’01 Act I-1′
• Kidney – ‘Song of the Ancients’
• SaGa Series – ‘The Minstrel’s Chorus: SaGa Series Medley 2016’
• Soulcalibur – ‘The Brave New Phase 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 July 26.
The game features a whopping 18 events including basketball, soccer, skateboarding, sprinting, and swimming.
It also includes many customization options, allowing players to dress up their characters with cowboy hats, space helmets, and much more.
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