Mario Stars In Olympics Closing Ceremony

With the Rio Olympics drawing to a close, Tokyo is up next in 2020. And to mark the occasion, Mario made a surprise appearance at the closing ceremony tonight, warp-piping from Japan to Brazil and transforming into...a cosplaying Japanese Prime Miniter Shinzo Abe.

Really.

Here’s footage of the Rio-to-Tokyo handover show, which begins with a very slick video showing off some of the famous architecture, icons (and nerd heroes) of Japan’s capital before transitioning into Mario’s great animated journey across the Pacific.

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Luke Plunkett

Luke Plunkett is a Senior Editor based in Canberra, Australia. He has written a book on cosplay, designed a game about airplanes, and also runs cosplay.kotaku.com.