– Jul 28, 2021 – 01:42:52 PM
During the closing of the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games in 2016, the Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe, made an appearance as Mario, the popular mascot of Nintendo. Before its appearance, it showed a kind of preview of what we could expect from the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
In this trailer, it was shown Mario, Doraemon and other popular characters. Those who helped the prime minister to arrive on time for the closing ceremony and celebrate the ‘passing of the torch’ for the following JJOO. From that moment on, many looked forward to the opening ceremony of the events in Tokyo, since they would surely see the appearance of characters from Nintendo and anime. However, when the day came, there was none of this. What happened?
Nintendo was going to be at the opening
Although the ‘trailer’ from 5 years ago seemed to indicate that the most popular characters from Japan, including those of Nintendo, they would make their appearance. The opening ceremony we saw a few days ago was more controlled and only used a few songs from popular games and anime. Many expected something totally different, and according to a report that just came out, it could have been a very similar inauguration to what we imagined.
According to an article on the Japanese site Shukan bunshun. The opening ceremony would originally kick off with the iconic red motorcycle from Akira, approaching the stadium. Then a spectacular concert with references to ‘Neo Tokyo‘. Later the disciplines would be presented with one of the most important figures of Nintendo, Shigeru Miyamoto, and a video with references to video games from the 8-bit era.
All of this was going to happen according to the scripts of the ceremony that he recovered Bunshun, which were made between April and July 2020. So, as many otakus and video game fans, around the world, expected, Nintendo yes it was going to have a remarkable participation.
However, the committee decided to fire the choreographer, Mikiko mizuno, who helped with the realization of the preview presented in River and was in charge of the opening ceremony. With her went the references to Akira and those to Nintendo. Although later it was thought to include Lady Gaga dressed in Mario, this idea was scrapped.
The reason the video game giant didn’t show up
Surely, when the scripts were made that included Nintendo. The organizing committee thought that the COVID-19 It would be more controlled, however it was not. The ravages of the pandemic, along with some public relations disasters, gradually brought down this ambitious opening ceremony.
Although the article by Shukan bushun does not say why Nintendo chose not to have an appearance in the Olympic Games. The streamer and contributor to IGN known as, Stealth, shared his theory about this, which is surely true.
In accordance with Stealth, Nintendo is a totally dominant company in Japan as for video games. However, let us remember that these JJOO they are quite unpopular with local people, as they think they are a terrible public health risk, being held in the middle of a pandemic. Perhaps this is why the owners of Mario They decided not to participate, as it would give them a bad image with the public that loves them so much.
It seems that we could have had a great opening ceremony that unfortunately had to be changed. Now we only have the scripts left to imagine what we could see. But we have no choice but to enjoy these games and wait to see what other famous anime song will make a cameo in the competitions.
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