At an anime convention in Boston, Final Fantasy composer Nobuo Uematsu said off-handedly that the Super Mario Bros. theme should have been played at the Olympics, and not Japan's national anthem. Is there something deeper going on, though?
From Kotaku's earlier post: "Like any good video game composer, Nobuo said that video game music, especially the Mario theme, is very important to the Japanese. He said he felt that Japan has had a lighter outlook since the song was composed. "I felt they should've run that during the Olympic medal ceremony instead of the Japanese national anthem", he said.