Japan’s Prime Minister Appears as Mario in Rio 2016 Closing Ceremony

The 2020 Olympic Games will be held in Tokyo, and it looks like they already have a fitting mascot…

The Rio 2016 Olympic Games are over, and at the very end of the closing ceremony, the host country for the 2020 games was introduced: Japan. In a nod to one of the nation’s most beloved cultural ambassadors, Mario himself helped out. In a CGI video, Mario jumps into a warp pipe in Tokyo. Then, at a corresponding pipe in Rio, he jumps back out. Only it’s actually Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe dressed up as Mario.

Mario was joined by Pac-Man and famous anime figures as well in the short ceremony that followed. You can check the video out to the right. Here’s a mirror if NBC is blocked in your country.

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