The 2021 Tokyo Olympics kicked off on Friday with the traditional opening ceremony. During the spectacular presentation, complete with song and dance, fans of the popular Kingdom Hearts video game series may have recognized some of the music.

  • Music from the popular Kingdom Hearts video game series was used during the opening ceremony to the 2021 Tokyo Olympic Games.
  • In fact, all of the music used during the Parade of Nations, during which each participating country’s athletes entered the arena, was taken from video games.
  • Two songs from the Kingdom Hearts series, “Olympus Coliseum” and “Hero’s Fanfare,” were used during the parade.
  • Polygon shared the complete list of video game music used during the ceremony:
    • Dragon Quest “Roto’s Theme”
    • Final Fantasy “Victory Fanfare”
    • Tales of series “Sorey’s Theme – The Shepherd”
    • Monster Hunter series “Proof of a Hero”
    • Kingdom Hearts “Olympus Coliseum”
    • 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”
    • Pro Evolution Soccer “eFootball Walk-on Theme”
    • Final Fantasy “Main Theme”
    • Phantasy Star Universe “Guardians”
    • Kingdom Hearts “Hero’s Fanfare”
    • Gradius “01 Act I-1”
    • Nier “Song of the Ancients”
    • SaGa series “The Minstrel’s Refrain: SaGa Series Medley 2016”
  • Interestingly, as Polygon also points out, no music from anything related to Nintendo or Pokemon was used for the ceremony, despite the games taking place in Japan.