The 2020 Summer Olympics - which take place in Tokyo, Japan - are really gonna be something, if the preview we saw during the closing ceremonies of the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics is any indication. Everything was going as expected - lots of big performances and huge crowds - and then came the portion of the show where the current host country was due to pass off the Olympic flag to the next one up. And...then this video started playing, showing Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe running super late for the games.
So what does he do? Oh, just TRANSFORM INTO SUPER MARIO AND BORE THROUGH THE EARTH:
Yep - THAT'S how Japan accepted responsibility for the 2020 Olympics...by having their Prime Minister cosplay as Mario and pop up through a warp pipe. More importantly, apparently the secret identity of Mario this whole time was Shinzo Abe, who holds the ability to transform into him at a moment's notice?
Anyways, the internet predictably went sorta nuts over all this:
THE JAPANESE PRIME MINISTER SHINZO ABE JUST SHOWED UP AT THE OLYMPICS DRESSED AS MARIO, POPPING UP THROUGH A PIPE. THIS IS NOT A DRILL.-- Mark:Di-Stefano (@MarkDiStef) August 22, 2016
WHEN DOES THIS MARIO GAME COME OUT? pic.twitter.com/K9TVNKvgpf-- SB Nation (@SBNation) August 22, 2016
So basically #Tokyo2020 about to be one massive comicon? Because I'm definitely showing out.-- Northern Belle (@aripiphany) August 22, 2016
PM dresses up as Mario & pops out of a warp tube, people cheer. I do it in the storm drain near my house and suddenly it's a police matter.-- Scott Wampler (@LimitedPaper) August 22, 2016
Mario holding a picture of Jesus pic.twitter.com/wwFVunO5L0-- CartridgeGames.net (@CartridgeGames) August 22, 2016
If the Olympics were held next year, Abe would have popped out of a Pokeball-- Nate Cohn (@Nate_Cohn) August 22, 2016
IT FINISHED WITH THE SUPER MARIO BROS. LEVEL COMPLETION MUSIC. Daaaaaaang.-- Daan Koopman (@NintenDaan) August 22, 2016
The Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics are gonna be pretty interesting.