Nintendo Spokesman Yasuhiro Minagawa said in a telephone interview that the appearance of Mario in the Rio 2016 closing ceremony didn’t cost Nintendo anything at all. He said that “I want to make that clear. We did not pay”. If you feel that Mario’s inclusion will mean anything significant for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Minagawa was clear to end speculation on that. He said that “[Nintendo] are not going to become Olympic sponsors either”.