Here's Why Chrono Trigger And JRPGs Are Trending on Twitter

By Iyane Agossah

July 23, 2021

If you’ve been browsing Twitter this July 23, as a JRPG fan, you might have noticed several classic titles have been trending, from Chrono Trigger to NieR. What’s happening?

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Thousands of Japanese Twitter users are currently following the Tokyo Olympics 2020 opening ceremony, which ended up including music from several series. Seeing Twitter is the most used social media in Japan by far, multiple games ended up in trends, such as Chrono Trigger. Square Enix’s Japanese nickname, スクエニ is currently trending with Kingdom Hearts, Final Fantasy, and several games whose OSTs were featured.

The Olympics ceremony compiled all these game tracks in a huge medley. And while Square Enix JRPGs were heavily featured, you also had some Bandai Namco, Konami, Sega, and Capcom mixed in.

Tokyo 2020 Olympics opening ceremony games medley list

Twitter users have also listed some of the games featured (courtesy of Nikkan Sports):

  • Tales of
  • Monster Hunter
  • Ace Combat
  • Sonic The Edgehog
  • Winning Eleven / Pro Evolution Soccer (RIP)
  • Phantasy Star Universe (Why not PSO?)
  • SoulCalibur
  • SaGa series
  • Gradius

Some game developers have shared short rejoicing comments on Twitter too, including Sonic’s Yuji Naka, who’s now at Square Enix, or Akitoshi Kawazu, main creator of the SaGa series. Yuji Naka also pointed out PSU was featured but not Phantasy Star Online.

As pointed out by Tom James, game translator and dating sim specialist, some Twitter users also noted playing NieR music was ironically an acute description of the 2020 Olympics:

I’m sure you followed the Olympics these past few weeks. I don’t need to remind you how it didn’t fail to bring Japan under the spotlight, but for all the wrong reasons. This game music medley was definitely some high-level Genjutsu, but at least it’s always fun seeing people come together on Twitter like that. Though I wish some Nihon Falcom music would have gotten there as well.

Square Enix is currently working on several new entries for its classic JRPGs series. Final Fantasy XVI is coming to PS5 at some point, though there’s no release date estimate yet. Stranger of Paradise Final Fantasy Origin is also happening. Meanwhile, Dragon Quest XII was also announced, but we haven’t seen any screenshots or gameplay yet. The only thing we know is that it’s supposedly “mature”, which doesn’t say much considering how dark certain games in the series already are, and that the trio, Horii, Toriyama, and sadly Sugiyama, are back on the game.

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Iyane Agossah

Living near Paris, Iyane is the head of Japanese content at DualShockers. He speaks Japanese, has been watching anime for over 25 years, and plays Genshin Impact mainly for its story. You can reach him on Twitter at @A_iyane07.

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