Tokyo Olympics, video game music at the opening ceremony

The Tokyo Olympics have officially begun, and with a very special opening ceremony: to celebrate the start of the event, orchestral versions of various pieces taken from famous video games were performed . A very special beginning that we will all remember for a long time.

Tokyo Olympics: the music of video games

Despite the difficulties related to the coronavirus and the security risks reported by the FBI , the Tokyo Olympics have begun. Followed by millions of spectators all over the world, the games, which began yesterday, will last until 8 August and will see athletes compete in 50 different disciplines . As with any self-respecting Olympics, the long-awaited opening ceremony took place. The organization wanted to give an all-Japanese touch to the event, and orchestral versions of songs taken from the soundtracks of the most popular video games were performed .

The opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics was held to the music of the most famous video games.
The opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics was held to the music of the most famous video games.

After such a difficult year and a half, the organizers of the event wanted to make the start of the Olympics unforgettable. The parade of athletes took place on the themes of the most famous video games, such as Chrono Trigger, Final Fantasy and Kingdom Hearts. The entry of the Italians took place precisely on the notes of the latter video game, in particular on one of the themes of the Olympus colosseum ( Hero's Fanfare ). A good omen for our champions.

Japan, in addition to a millenary culture, has been the cradle of videogame characters known all over the world. On the occasion of the Olympics, SEGA has released a new Sonic game set right in the sporting event. Together with the blue hedgehog there is also Mario : in the videogame the two will compete at the head of their respective teams to win the Olympic Games and become champions. In the game we find 32 characters, 16 for Mario's team and 16 for Sonic, who compete in different sports.

The Olympics soundtrack, available for listening on YouTube and Spotify , consists of the following songs:

  • Dragon Quest (Overture Main Theme)
  • Final Fantasy (Victory Fanfare)
  • Tales of series (Slay's Theme, Zestiria)
  • Monster Hunter (Proof of a Hero)
  • Kingdom Hearts (Colosseum of Olympus Main Theme)
  • 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)
  • Winning Eleven / Pro Evolution Soccer (Entry Theme)
  • Final Fantasy (Main Theme)
  • Phantasy Star Universe (Guardians)
  • Kingdom Hearts (Hero's Fanfare)
  • Gradius (01 ACT 1-1)
  • NieR (Song of the Ancients)
  • Saga Series (Medley 2016)
  • Soul Calibur (The Brave New Stage of History)

Tokyo 2020: some curiosities

This year we will see the 32nd Olympics, known as Tokyo 2020. The games were supposed to take place from 24 July to 9 August 2020, but the Covid-19 pandemic forced the event to be postponed . However, it was decided to keep the old name, both for marketing reasons and to maintain the branding continuity of the 4 years between one Olympics and the next. It is not the first time that Tokyo sees its Olympics in danger: in 1940 the event, which should have been held in the Japanese capital, was canceled due to the war that was raging.

The Olympic torch, however, still made its way within the set times: on 12 March 2020 it was lit in Olympia and delivered to Anna Korakaki, a Greek shooter. The intermediate stages were canceled, and the ceremony took place without an audience. On March 20, the torch arrived in Japan, where it waited for the real relay for a year.

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The Tokyo 2020 Olympics have officially begun.

The mascot of the Olympics is Miraitowa , a name that comes from the union of the Japanese words mirai (future) and towa (eternity). The Japanese Olympic organization wanted to represent the desire that the Tokyo Games be the beginning of a future of hope for all, and of rebirth. The sentiment comes from the Japanese proverb “learn from the past to develop new ideas” . A beautiful teaching that we hope will always be put into practice and that can bring some hope. In the meantime, let's cheer on our athletes!

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