It might seem obvious to most that, being the country best known for video games, Japan would reference a game or two during its hosting of the Olympic Games. But it’s nonetheless surprising to hear a new orchestral arrangement of Sonic the Hedgehog’s ‘Star Light Zone’ during the Games’ Opening Ceremony, which is taking place right now.
The Ceremony is currently being broadcast on the BBC and other licensed networks around the world, and in the clip above you can hear the moment Masato Nakamura’s original melody hits the speakers. It’s fantastic to hear video game music – especially Sonic music – being celebrated within a globally-recognised event such as the Olympics.
According to one keen-eyed Twitter user, Sonic is not the only video game to feature in the Opening Ceremony, with tracks from Kingdom Hearts, Dragon Quest, Final Fantasy and even SEGA’s Phantasy Star Universe making the cut.
What do you think of the new arrangement? How does hearing Sonic at the Olympics make you feel? Let us know in the comments section below!