The Tokyo Olympics gave a nod to their reputation of creating some of the world’s most famous video games by featuring iconic gaming songs in their opening ceremony. Enthusiastic gamers would have likely picked up on notes from the main theme of the Final Fantasy series and a popular track from the original Sonic the Hedgehog playing at the ceremony.
The very first notes that played in the stadium were ‘Born Anew’ the first tune that plays during the final boss fight in Final Fantasy XIII.
And, the music from Sonic the Hedgehog and Final Fantasy XIII weren’t the only video game soundtracks that were featured at the prestigious event. As athletes entered the arena a variety of tracks from Japanese role-playing games ‘Monster Hunter’, ‘Kingdom Hearts’, and ‘Nier Replicant’ roared over the speakers.
While famous video game tracks were predominantly played throughout the ceremony, other brilliant artists were also featured.
Japan’s national anthem was performed by Japanese star singer MISIA. He also sang the short hymn ‘Kimigayo’.
John Lennon, John Legend, Keith Urban were also played at the ceremony.
Here’s the full list of all the video game songs that were played last night at the Tokyo Olympics opening ceremony.
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- 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”
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