Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe surprised the world, and officially marked the passing of the Summer Olympics torch to Tokyo, with his brilliant appearance at the Rio closing ceremony.
Following tradition, the next host country of the games was allotted some time to give a sneak peek into what the 2020 Olympic Games would look like.
A video played at the Maracana stadium showed the Japanese gaming icon Super Mario running through the streets of Tokyo, with Rio de Janeiro highlighted on a map he was holding. The character then jumped into a green pipe and slid all the way down, until suddenly Prime Minister Abe dressed as Mario, with a ball in his hand popped out of a similar pipe on stage.
The prime minister's creative appearance won rave reviews on Twitter.
Japanese Prime Minister came out of a warp dressed as Mario. What a time to be alive #Toyko2020— michelle nguyen (@helloomichelle) August 22, 2016
Japanese Prime Minister @AbeShinzo as Mario was probably one of the most epic entrances in the Olympics!— Masi Oka (@MasiOka) August 22, 2016
Just saw the Japanese Prime Minister at the closing ceremony in a super mario hat. Nintendo themed Olympics gonna be dope. #Tokyo2020— Joshua Joson (@jayjoson1) August 22, 2016
Omg the Japanese prime minister made his appearance in the Rio olympics in a freaking Mario costume :')— van(essa) (@wondybat) August 22, 2016
One man even called it the “best moment” of the Olympics.
WOWOWOWOWO. Japanese prime minister popping out of a Mario warp tube might be the best Olympic moment ever— KFC (@KFCBarstool) August 22, 2016
The Olympic anthem then played through the stadium, as the flag was lowered. The Rio de Janeiro mayor then handed over the flag to the International Olympic Committee, who passed it on to the Tokyo governor, Yuriko Koike.