Classic game themes are the surprise of the Olympics opening

The Tokyo Olympics officially start today, July 23, and run until August 8, 2021. The opening ceremony continued the expectations generated by the official announcement of this edition. And despite not counting the expected icons of Japanese pop culture as Pikachu, Captain Tsubasa e Goku, present in the advertising campaign for the 2020 edition, featured the nostalgic and triumphant sound of soundtracks that marked the lives of many people who followed the opening ceremony.

How about reading this article while listening to a playlist made especially for the theme?

The year was 2016. At the closing ceremony of the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, the then Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe, dressed as Super Mario, emerges from a recognized green pipe in the gaming franchise. Abe announces the countdown to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and makes clear the connection of the country of the rising sun with the universe of video games, ushering in the new Olympic cycle.


The expectations were high, as Japan is one of the biggest game and pop culture producers in the world.
After the 2020 edition was postponed as a result of the Covid 19 pandemic, the Olympics arrive in 2021 with a slightly more modest opening ceremony, but it is nonetheless memorable. Whether because of the importance of the historic moment we are living in, or because of the great highlight of the soundtrack used in the opening, playing classic video game music produced by Japanese developers such as Sega, Square Enix, Nintendo e Capcom.

Shenzo Abi at the 2016 Olympics

Shinzo Abe at the 2016 Olympics in Rio – photo: Youtube reproduction

Classic Franchise Songs like Final Fantasy, Chrono Trigger, Sonic the Hedgehog, Dragon Quest, Deny, Phantasy Star, Monster Hunter, Soul Calibur, Ace Combat, Winning Eleven, among others, were executed while nations paraded with limited numbers of people by restrictions imposed by covid-19.

Video games are a living social factor in Japanese pop culture and are present in everything that involves society and the Tokyo Olympics. From the first moment of announcement and countdown, the totems spread around the Olympic village that entertain the athletes between competitions, the soundtracks of classic franchises at the opening, the advertising campaigns…

The world has never been so immersed in the gaming world. Let the games begin.