Tokyo Olympics Opens with Final Fantasy, Sonic the Hedgehog, and Other Great Video Game Music

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The opening ceremony for the Olympics traditionally begins with the Parade of Nations, whereby participating athletes march into a packed stadium, country by country. This year’s event held in Tokyo has been particularly entertaining for video game fans, as the organizers decided to complement the parade with various game soundtracks. They included Final Fantasy’s “Main Theme” and “Victory Fanfare,” Chrono Trigger’s “Frog Theme” and “Robo’s Theme,” and Sonic the Hedgehog’s “Star Light Zone.” Music from Bandai Namco’s Ace Combat (“First Flight”) and Soul Calibur (“The Brave New Stage of History”) franchises were also played. This is reportedly part of NBC’s attempt at attracting younger viewers to its Olympic broadcasts.

The Tokyo 2020 Olympics, which was initially postponed due to the pandemic, will continue until August 8. During those weeks, the event will showcase over 30 sports and hundreds of events. But beyond the difficulties of throwing a giant get-together during covid-19, and the usual iffy politics that follow any Olympic event, the whole thing has been troubled from the start.

Source: Nikkan Sports (via Kotaku, VGC)

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