Back in 2016, the Olympic Games took place in Rio. At the end of the huge sporting event, the next country is traditionally revealed during the closing ceremony. You may remember that Japan’s then-prime minister Shinzo Abe appeared dressed as Mario during the 2016 event and acted as a mascot for the announcement of the Tokyo Olympics 2020. However, the COVID-19 pandemic delayed the Olympic Games to this year, and the event is now expected to take place from Friday July 23, 2021 until Sunday Aug. 8, 2021. Interestingly, there were talks to include Mario again during the main event, but unfortunately the plans were scrapped.
Shukan Bunshun (via Nintendo Everything) was able to obtain a scrapped proposal for the Tokyo Olympics, which featured an 8-bit Mario. The proposal is roughly 300 pages long, and Mario was intended to close the opening ceremony for Tokyo’s Olympic Games. Nintendo is a huge part of Japan’s video game industry — and thus of the country’s culture — so perhaps there will still be a chance for the plumber to appear elsewhere.
Although this proposal didn’t see the light of day, we still don’t know what to expect from the Olympics. The games are a few months away, and the planning committee is still likely finalizing some aspects for the opening ceremony. In the meantime, Mario is still technically representing the Olympic Games through Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. Would you like to see some Nintendo representation at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, and if so, what would you like to see?