The opening of the Tokyo Olympics kicked off early this morning, and the Country Parade, where athletes walk through Japan’s Olympic Stadium, had a Japanese twist. A medley of music from video games, orchestrated, shaped the soundtrack of the parade.
It all started with the main theme of Dragon Quest – which sounds downright Olympian – adopted by the hits of Remaining Fantasy, Monster Hunter, Nier, Sonic, Chrono Departure and, uh, eFootball. (This is the brand new title for Professional Evolution Soccer, In case you missed it.)
There are a few notable omissions – no Nintendo song (Pokemon? Mario? Zelda?) Is the most important – however some Avenue Fighter II the songs might need to fit properly into the aggressive theme. Maybe the latter was too violent?
The walk is not over yet and we will try to embed a video here as soon as we can. The United States would be the penultimate nation to parade, as it quickly hosts the Olympics on the internet in Los Angeles.
With the help of Nikkan Sports, here is the full tracklist.
– Dragon Quest “Opening: the theme of Roto”
– Remaining fantasy “Victory Fanfare”
– Tales from the collection “Theme of Sorey – The Shepherd”
– Monster Hunter “Proof of a Hero”
– Kingdom Hearts “Olympus Coliseum”
– Start Stopwatch, “Frog Theme”
– Ace Fight “First flight”
– Tales from the collection “Pompe et Majesté”
– Monster Hunter “Departure Wind”
– Chrono Departure “Theme of Robo”
– Sonic the Hedgehog “Star Mild Zone”
– Profitable Eleven (Professional Evolution Soccer) “eFootball walking theme”
– Remaining fantasy “MAIN THEME” –
– Phantasy Star Universe “Guardians”
– Kingdom Hearts “Hero’s Marching Band”
– Gradius (Nemesis) “01 ACT I-1”
– NieR “Tune of the Ancients”
– SaGa collection “The orchestral SaGa – Legend of music”
– Soul Calibur “The brave new step of the historical past”
Hope some kind of soul will make a Spotify playlist for us. Please?
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