Video Game Music at Tokyo 2020 Olympic Opening Ceremony

The opening ceremony of the #Tokyo2020 Olympic games featured a wide mix of music from classic Japanese video games such as Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest.

Published: July 23, 2021 9:30 AM /


The logo for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games

After being delayed a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games have finally begun. During the opening ceremony, viewers were treated to a wide variety of songs from classic Japanese video games, such as Dragon Quest and Monster Hunter.

The opening ceremony for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games started off as many would expect, with Japan's national anthem, 'Kimigayo,' sung by star singer MISIA, along with live music and dance. We also got to see a touching tribute to Japan's medical workers during the pandemic and a traditional 'Work Song' honoring the country's tradition of carpentry and woodwork. As each country's representatives and athletes entered the stadium, video game fans got a special treat as the symphony orchestra played renditions of famous Japanese video games. We got to hear songs from games old and new played on an international stage for one of the world's most well-known competitions, and Twitter lit up with people amazed to hear classic songs being played.

What were the songs played at the Tokyo 2020 opening ceremony?

The full list of the songs comes from Nikkan Sports, as translated by @Nymo on Twitter:

  • Dragon Quest 'Introduction: Lotto Theme'
  • Final Fantasy 'Victory Fanfare'
  • Tales of Series 'Sley's Theme-Guru-'
  • Monster Hunter 'Proof of Hero'
  • Kingdom Hearts 'Olympus Coliseum'
  • Chrono Trigger 'Frog's Theme'
  • Ace Combat 'First Flight'
  • Tales of Series 'Royal Capital-Dignified'
  • Monster Hunter 'Wind of Departure'
  • Chrono Trigger 'Robo's Theme'
  • Sonic the Hedgehog 'Star Light Zone'
  • Winning Eleven (Pro Evolution Soccer) 'eFootball walk-on theme'
  • Final Fantasy 'MAIN THEME'
  • Phantasy Star Universe 'Guardians'
  • Kingdom Hearts 'Hero's Fanfare'
  • Gradius (Nemesis) '01 ACT 1-1'
  • NieR 'Initiator'
  • Saga Series 'Makai Ginyu Poetry-Saga Series Medley 2016'
  • Soul Calibur 'The Brave New Stage of History'

The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games will run from today, July 23, to August 8.

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