Nintendo ‘backed out’ of Olympic opening
The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games opening ceremony was supposed to feature Nintendo's participation, but the company backed out at the last minute.
Nintendo was still attached as late as June 16th, and the main theme from The Legend of Zelda, a Super Mario suite, a Kirby Super Star medley as well as the opening theme from Pokémon were supposed to be performed at the event.
Nintendo's and don'ts: When asked why it suddenly withdrew from the opening ceremony when many other major Japanese game companies had a presence, Nintendo simply stated that it's “not in a position to answer”.
Warp pipe: One of the ideas for the opening ceremony from last October was to have Naomi Watanabe and Lady Gaga appear from a warp pipe as a twist on Shinzo Abe's appearance at the Rio 2016 closing ceremony.