As is tradition at the Olympics, when one country finishes hosting, the closing ceremonies offer a passing of the torch so to speak to the next country to host. And in this case, Mario was on hand to accept for Tokyo Japan in 2020 from current Brazilian host Rio de Janiero.
In as classic presentation highlighting the various athletes and sports the country will offer, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was seen running late to catch his flight to Rio, lamenting that he would not make it in time. So what better way to highlight Japanese prowess in games than to have the PM transform into Mario for a little pipe run from Tokyo to Rio.
The presentation was really good and probably gave gamers around the world a bit of a chill. Well done, Japan. See you in four years.