Watch Japan's Prime Minister Dressed as Mario in Olympics Closing Ceremony

Shinzo Abe leaps out of a Warp Pipe in Rio.


During the closing ceremony for the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe represented his country by leaping out of a green Warp Pipe dressed as Mario. Abe was wearing the plumber's iconic red hat, but had the word "Tokyo" on the front instead of the "M."

During the sequence, which you can watch below, Doraemon--another iconic Japanese character--is shown placing a Warp Pipe on the ground. It tunnels a path from Tokyo to Rio, and then Mario jumps through. On the other side Abe comes out. It's delightful; check it out below.

In other Nintendo news, the company is expected to reveal its latest gaming platform, NX, soon. Nintendo has confirmed the NX's global release date is in March 2017, but has not provide any more information since it was initially revealed. It indicated it is holding back on a premature reveal in order to protect a unique element of NX.

"In terms of NX, there's an idea that we're working on," said Shigeru Miyamoto. "That's why we can't share anything at this point, and I don't want to comment on the other companies. If it was just a matter of following advancements in technology, things would be coming out a lot quicker."

Reports have suggested Nintendo will release a new Mario and Pokemon game for the NX within the six months after its launch. This is in addition to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the WIld. Furthermore, it has been reported that the NX will be a portable console that has detachable controllers.

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