2020 Tokyo Olympics Features Video Game Music in Opening Ceremony

It’s officially time for the delayed 2020 Summer Olympics, which are finally taking place this year in Tokyo, Japan from July 23rd through August 8th. The opening ceremony kicked off this morning, with a fun surprise for video game lovers.

The ceremony featured several songs from classic video games, as athletes from participating counties were welcomed in the arena. Fans could hear well-known songs from franchises like Dragon Quest, Final Fantasy, and Kingdom Heart, as well as more obscure cuts from games like Chrono TriggerMonster HunterAce CombatNier, and others.

Polyglon was kind enough to compile a full list of the songs played at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics opening ceremony:

  • Dragon Quest “Roto’s Theme”
  • Final Fantasy “Victory Fanfare”
  • Tales of series “Sorey’s Theme – The Shepherd”
  • Monster Hunter series “Proof of a Hero”
  • Kingdom Hearts “Olympus Coliseum”
  • Chrono Trigger “Frog’s Theme”
  • Ace Combat “First Flight”
  • Tales of series “Royal Capital Majestic Grandeur”
  • 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”

To re-watch the ceremony from home, you can peruse your options here. However, check out some clips shared on Twitter to see a few highlights in the meantime.