Then, back in the real-life ceremony at Maracana Stadium, video game sound effects played as Abe emerged from a pipe prop dressed like Mario, holding a red glowing ball.

Of course there was much more to the ceremony—elaborate dances, athletes waving flags, the extinguishing of the flame—but with its creative segment Japan managed to surprise and delight the audience. Here’s hoping it does the same with the 2020 Summer Olympics.

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