NWC: Nintendo Should Team Up with the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Use Mario Characters as the Mascots


Mario recently made a surprise appearance at the closing ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, and it was later revealed that Nintendo paid nothing to be a part of the show.

This was one of the talking points on
a recent episode of Nintendo Week, our Nintendo-themed podcast here at Gamnesia, and we hope this means big things for Nintendo’s presence in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Check out the discussion video above for our full thoughts, or keep reading below for a brief, brief summary.

I suggest that Nintendo and the Tokyo Olympic committee should make an arrangement where rather than creating yet another round of bland, quickly-forgotten Olympic mascots, they should use the cast of the
Mario games. If Nintendo wants to position themselves as an entertainment icon, there’s possibly no better move.

Ben adds that another powerful move they could make is airing Super Bowl commercials, like The Pokémon Company did recently, though that would indeed cost a pretty penny.

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Colin McIsaac
I first played Donkey Kong Country before even turning three years old, and have since grown into an avid gamer and passionate Nintendo fan. I started working at Zelda Informer in August 2012, and helped found Gamnesia, which launched on February 1, 2013. Outside of the journalism game, I'm an invested musician who loves arranging music from video games and other media. If you care to follow my endeavors, you can check out my channel here: I was rummaging through some things a while back and found my first grade report card. My teacher said, "Oddly enough, Colin doesn't like to write unless it's about computers or computer-type games. In his journal he likes to write about what level he is on in 'Mario Land,' but he doesn't often write about much else." I was pretty amused, given where I am today. Also I have a dog, and he's a pretty cool guy. I don't care for elephants much. I suppose they're okay. You've read plenty now; carry on.

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