Dragon Quest, Final Fantasy game soundtracks play at Tokyo Olympics – NBC Chicago


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Gamers around the world began flooding social media with joy on Friday as they watched the opening ceremony for the Tokyo Olympics – and recognized songs from their favorite video games.

As athletes from over 200 countries entered the Olympic Stadium for the Parade of Nations, an orchestra performed hits from video games like Sonic the Hedgehog, Final Fantasy, Chrono Trigger, Kingdom Hearts, Nier, and Monster Hunter.

The opening theme of Dragon Quest kicked off the parade, but before long viewers and athletes alike heard the theme of victory from the video game series Final Fantasy.

The music is easily recognized by fans of the Japanese series, which has 15 main games since 1987. A version of it is played when the main characters win a battle.

The performance received a bit of love from Masahiro Sakurai, the creator of the popular Super Smash Bros. series, where all-star game characters fight for glory.

According to a translation of Sakurai’s tweets, he was on a stationary bike watching the ceremony and the music kept him motivated to keep pedaling!

NikkanSports.com identified several other video games that were part of the orchestral score at the ceremony, including Gradius, Ace Combat, Soul Calibur, Phantasy Star Universe, Saga, and Pro Evolution Soccer.

Anyway … let us know when this album will be released on vinyl.

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