Japanese PM appears as Super Mario for Olympics closing

Rio hands over to Tokyo for 2020 Olympic Games.

Ben Gourlay
Published Sun, Aug 21 2016 9:24 PM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Jun 16 2020 4:29 PM CDT

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.

Japanese PM appears as Super Mario for Olympics closing |

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

Ben is based in Australia and has been writing entertainment based news and reviews since 2002 and for TweakTown since 2007. A student of film, Ben brings a wide understanding of the medium to the latest happenings in entertainment circles and the latest blockbuster theatrical reviews.

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