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The Tokyo 2020 Olympics opening ceremony definitely featured music from Soul Calibur, Chrono Trigger, and Sonic the Hedgehog

I'm not crazy and neither are you

Posted by Steven 'Dreamking23' Chavez • July 23, 2021 at 8:30 a.m. PDT • Comments: 10

The world is collectively watching the big show that is the Tokyo 2020 Olympics right now. With its official kick off this morning (last night in Japan), eyes around the world stayed glued to screens of all sizes as the opening ceremony commenced and introduced each country's teams.

If you were one of those catching the action who happens to be a video game fan, you may have thought you were going crazy in hearing some tracks that sounded awfully familiar. Rest assured, you're not crazy as the Olympics 2020 opening ceremony did indeed feature a slew of popular video game songs during the walkouts.

"The music being played at the Olympic Opening Ceremony as the representatives of various countries was chosen in order to celebrate Japanese culture," reads an article from Nikkan Sports. "As such, highly beloved video game music which originated in Japan was chosen."

Each track was played by an orchestra as the athletes made their entrance. "Different countries also had placards with manga-styled motifs attached to them," reports Nikkan.

Several major video game franchises saw representation among the track list. Final Fantasy, the "Tales of" series, Chrono Trigger, Sonic the Hedgehog, and even Soul Calibur had music played during the ceremony.

You can view the full list of video game songs below (courtesy of Nikkan Sports):

• Dragon Quest - Theme of Erdrick
• Final Fantasy - Victory Fanfare
• Tales of series - Sorey's Theme Purity
• Monster Hunter - Proof of a Hero
• Kingdom Hearts - Olympic Coliseum
• Chrono Trigger - Frog's Theme
• Ace Combat - First Flight
• Tales of series - Royal Capital ~ Majestic Grandeur
• Monster Hunter - Winds 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 (Nemesis) - 01 ACT1-1
• Nier - Song of the Ancients
• SaGa series - SaGa Series Medley 2016
• Soul Calibur - The Brave New Stage of History

The Tokyo 2020 Olympics will be running from July 23 through August 8, 2021. It will feature 339 events spanning across 33 sports, and here's hoping we get some more awesome video game music throughout.

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