Okay, we’ve officially found the best moment of the Rio closing ceremony! When Brazil continued the tradition of turning over the Olympic flag to Tokyo (who will host 2020), Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made his entrance via a warp pipe… dressed as Super Mario! Watch, here.
Okay, the Tokyo Olympics are going to be a blast! Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe gave us a sneak peek of what’s to come in 2020 on Aug. 21, when he appeared at the Rio closing ceremony dressed up as Super Mario. Yes, seriously!
When Rio ceremoniously took down the Olympic flag to hand over to Japan, they were full of pride and decorum. Japan then showed a video introducing the crowd to their athletes and culture to get us all excited for the 2020 games, and what followed was amazing.
The prime minister of Japan just umm Mario?? pic.twitter.com/cej1x8E0pS
— not bad (@AwfulJack) August 22, 2016
In the video, Shinzo is being driven around Tokyo, when he suddenly turns into Mario from Super Mario Bros. Then he hops on top of a warp pipe (which famously helps Mario transport from one place to another), and ends up on the other side of the world in Rio! When Shinzo comes out of the pipe, he busts out of a Mario costume holding a red ball and the Mario cap in his hand. We loved it!
Of course, the Super Mario Bros. game (and tons of other cartoons and games) was made by Japanese company Nintendo. Clearly the country takes pride in their art and technology, and we’re glad to see them using it already! We can only imagine how amazing their actual Olympics are going to be when just their intro was pure gold.
HollywoodLifers, did Shinzo Abe’s shocking closing ceremony arrival dressed as Mario get you pumped for the 2020 Tokyo games? Share your thoughts with us!