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Japanese PM appears as Super Mario for Olympics closing

Rio hands over to Tokyo for 2020 Olympic Games
By: Ben Gourlay | Celebrities & Entertainment News | Posted: Aug 22, 2016 2:24 am

The Rio Olympics have closed in a spectacular ceremony, topped off with an apperance by the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe as gaming's most famous celebrity - Super Mario!

 

 

Nintendo's character was introduced during the closing ceremony in a short CG animated cameo showing the character warping into a pipe, before Abe himself emerged as Mario on stage replete with his iconic blue and red overalls. An incredibly well executed gag, which is a nice touch for the gaming friendly country.

 

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With the Rio games over, Tokyo will be the next house the Olympics Games in 2020.

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