Here's the Moment Super Mario Lit Up the Rio Olympics Closing Ceremony

By Aatif Sulleyman on at

Competitive sports and gaming geekery aren’t exactly regular bedfellows, but early evidence suggests the Tokyo Olympics might manage to mix things up a bit.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe formally accepted the Olympic flag at the Rio 2016 closing ceremony last night, and also gave us a little look into the plans for the next Games in four years. Have a watch of this.

That’s right, the leader of Japan turned into Super Mario, drilled through the planet (ruining a Tokyo zebra crossing in the process) and popped out of a green pipe in the middle of the Maracana stadium to raucous applause. Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant.

Funnily enough, for a large portion of the Rio Games, we all thought the organisers were desperately in need of some plumbing expertise.

Now just imagine what such a skit involving Theresa May could have been like.