The 2016 Olympics in Rio have come to a close, but not before a familiar face made a surprising appearance at the Closing Ceremony. Tokyo will be hosting the next Summer Olympics in 2020. As per tradition in Olympic closing ceremonies, the current hosting country hands over the reigns of Olympic hosting over to the successor country. The successor country then “introduces themselves” to the world in a segment of their own. Japan’s segment was as follows. A skit was done where, after realizing he wouldn’t make it to Rio on time, Japanese prime minister Shinzō Abe transformed into Mario and eventually arrived in the center of the closing ceremony via a warp pipe. Abe removed his Mario costume, waved to the crowd, and then the segment ended with ended with some holographic imagery. The classic Mario victory fanfare for completing levels played when the fireworks went off at the end of the ceremony. Just the mere appearance of Mario caused Nintendo to experience a slight jump in its stocks. Even Pac-Man made a couple of cameo appearances. Feel free to check out video of the segment, along with a couple of tweets on Pac-Man and Nintendo’s stocks, down below.
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