Tokyo Olympics opening ceremony plays game music from Final Fantasy, Chrono Trigger, Kingdom Hearts, & more

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The shadow of COVID may loom heavily over the entirety of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics (in 2021), but that didn’t stop the opening ceremony from being filled with absolute banger orchestrations of video game music, from franchises like Final Fantasy, Chrono Trigger, Kingdom Hearts, Sonic the Hedgehog, Monster Hunter, and even SaGa. The wildest part is that the list of franchises featured is actually quite a bit longer than that. Nikkan Sports has the full list of video game music played at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 opening ceremony, and below is the list translated into English by Twitter’s Audrey.

Tokyo Olympics 2020 opening ceremony video game music list

  • Dragon Quest – “Erdrick’s Theme”
  • Final Fantasy – “Victory Fanfare”
  • Tales of – “Sorey’s Theme – The Shepherd”
  • Monster Hunter – “Proof of a Hero”
  • Kingdom Hearts – “Olympus Coliseum”
  • Chrono Trigger – “Frog’s Theme”
  • Ace Combat – “First Flight”
  • Tales of – “Royal Capital Majestic Grandeur”
  • Monster Hunter – “Setting Off Breeze”
  • Chrono Trigger – “Robo’s Theme”
  • Sonic the Hedgehog – “Star Light Zone”
  • Winning Eleven – eFootball walk-on theme
  • Final Fantasy – “Main Theme”
  • Phantasy Star Universe – “Guardians”
  • Kingdom Hearts – “Hero’s Fanfare”
  • Gradius / Nemesis – “01 ACT 1-1”
  • Nier – “Song of the Ancients”
  • SaGa – “Saga Series Medley 2016”
  • Soulcaliber – “The Brave New Stage of History”

While we will likely get to hear and watch all of this in high definition online eventually, in the meantime, you can hear some of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 opening ceremony video game music in the clips below. Although Mario does not appear in this music medley, keep in mind that the previous Olympics ended with a massive Mario reenactment, which is also pretty good.

Square Enix game developers like Takashi Tokita and Kazuko Shibuya have expressed overwhelming emotion at the sight of music from their franchises at the Olympics.

John Friscia
Head Copy Editor for Enthusiast Gaming, Managing Editor at The Escapist. I'm a writer who loves Super Nintendo and Japanese role-playing games to an impractical degree. I really miss living in South Korea. And I'm developing the game Boss Saga!