Tokyo 2020

Japan Celebrates The Music Of Final Fantasy, Dragon Quest, Ace Combat, NieR & More at the Tokyo Olympics’ Opening Ceremony

The soundtrack of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games' opening ceremony is basically a gorgeous compilation of beloved video game music.

Opening ceremonies at the Olympic Games often celebrate the culture and history of the host country and the one for the Tokyo Olympics that’s going out right now isn’t an exception… with a small twist.

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The soundtrack of the ceremony is basically a compilation of some of the most iconic music from the history of Japanese video games and… it really works.

We got to hear music from Final Fantasy, NieR, Kingdom Hearts, Ace Combat 5, Chrono Trigger, SoulCalibur, Tales of Zestiria, Monster Hunter, Phantasy Star Universe, and many more beloved titles.

You can find a full list below and listen to a few samples courtesy of Twitter user ☆オードリーAudrey☆.

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This isn’t really surprising considering that video games are an integral part of Japanese culture, and the gaming industry is just as respected locally as any other media, if not more.

During the closing ceremony of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games in Brazil, former prime minister Shinzo Abe appeared on a massive green pipe while wearing a Super Mario hat, so I guess today’s performance is simply a continuation of that.

It’s also extremely cool and quite appropriate, considering that Tokyo can easily be described as the geek capital of the world.


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Giuseppe Nelva
Proud weeb hailing from sunny (not as much as people think) Italy and long-standing gamer since the age of Mattel Intellivision and Sinclair ZX Spectrum. Definitely a multi-platform gamer, he still holds the old dear PC nearest to his heart, while not disregarding any console on the market. RPGs (of any nationality), MMORPGs, and visual novels are his daily bread, but he enjoys almost every other genre, prominently racing simulators, action and sandbox games. He is also one of the few surviving fans on Earth of the flight simulator genre.