As you may have heard by now, Super Mario made a cameo appearance in Rio de Janeiro for the closing ceremony of the 2016 Olympic games. In the handover video for the games, (as the games will be hosted by Japan in Tokyo in 2020) the Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe, made his entrance to the stadium via a Super Mario Bros. warp pipe.
The video that played prior to his entrance featured many iconic characters from Japanese culture, and Nintendo’s very own, Mario had a starring role, as the Prime Minister seemed to transform into him in order to arrive in Rio in time.
The video can be seen here:
This quick video goes a long way to introduce the games to the country of Japan, and to re-introduce the world to the uniqueness of the culture.
What did you like best about this video? Did you expect that Mario would play a role in the Olympics beyond racing Sonic? How else do you think Nintendo will play a role in the games?
As always, gaming is meant to be fun, so keep gaming!!