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Japan and Nintendo make a splash at Olympics closing ceremonies

If you did’t see the closing ceremony for the Rio Olympics yesterday, then have we got a video for you.

Nintendo, Doraemon and more at the Rio Olympics

After a brief video showing some of what Japan is known best for, we got a real treat at the closing ceremonies for the Summer Games. Namely, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe turning into Super Mario and taking a warp pipe from Japan to Rio. Popping out of the pipe, Abe shed his Mario togs to reveal a stately suit. He then waved to the crowd with a Mario-like cap that had ‘Tokyo’ emblazoned across the front instead of the more traditional ‘M’.

In the opening video, we got glimpses of anime characters, Doraemon, Hello Kitty, Pac Man, and of course- the city of Tokyo. The city itself looked like a gleaming jewel, and it definitely felt like the Japanese are going to put on a real show in four years. Just going off of what we saw last night, the Tokyo games might be the most pop-culture-centric of all time. As someone who honestly didn’t watch the Rio games at all, I can’t wait.

Check out the full entrance video for PM Abe over at the Hollywood Reporter. It’s definitely worth your time (especially if you’re Nintendo fan).

About Jason Micciche

Jason's been knee deep in videogames since he was but a lad. Cutting his teeth on the pixely glory that was the Atari 2600, he's been hack'n'slashing and shoot'em'uping ever since. Mainly an FPS and action guy, Jason enjoys the occasional well crafted title from every genre.

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