Nintendo has already had a really amazing 2016 thanks to all of the success that Pokémon Go has enjoyed this summer. Things got even better for the legendary gaming company on Sunday night when Japanese prime minister Abe Shinzo incorporated Super Mario Bros. into his entrance at the Rio Olympics’ closing ceremony to celebrate the fact that the 2020 Summer Olympics will be held in Tokyo.
At the tail end of the closing ceremony, Tokyo governor Yuriko Koike accepted the Olympic flag from the Rio organizers and symbolically took over the reins of the Olympics for the next four years. Japan also unleashed a trailer that was designed to show the world what Tokyo has in store for the Olympic Games in 2020. The video showed some of the sights and sounds that Tokyo has to offer before showing Abe Shinzo sitting in the back of a car and announcing that he wouldn’t be able to make it to Rio in time to help celebrate. An animation then played that showed Super Mario jumping into a green pipe and traveling down towards Rio. Seconds later, the Japanese PM was shown emerging from the pipe and arriving in Rio right on time:
It got quite a reaction on Twitter:
You can check out the entire trailer in the clip above. What. An. Entrance.