"Duck Hunt, how do you feel about your performance in The Finale?"
"Horrible. To think that I controlled my own destiny going in...all I had to do was place first. And I'll tell you what, I could have done it. But some poor form killed me. That's what it boils down to."
"Duck Hunt, this is your first competition. Do you think you performed poorly in The Finale because you were tired, this being a five-event competition?"
"No, I find that unlikely. Like I said, I controlled my own destiny going in. No matter how tired I am, I ought to be able to find something in me that allows me to go hard for 30 seconds. 30 seconds. I should have performed better."
Super Mario Bros.
"SMB, you entered the last event in 1st place. This loss has to be tough."
"Oh, most definitely. I entered The Finale needing first to win, and the way it turned out, second would have been fine too. I just needed to finish 2nd out of 4 carts. That shouldn't be all that hard, should it? But I got edged out at the line.
"Do you think that SMB/DH/WCTM's extra few grams of weight helped it to beat you out down the final straightaway?"
"Definitely. But at the same time, the extra weight was a hindrance to it in some of the other events. It all evens out. It just didn't even out with me on top."
Super Mario Bros./Duck Hunt/World Class Track Meet
"SMB says that your extra weight helped you get second in The Finale. Do you agree?"
"No. After sliding side to side a bit, I had impeccable form. SMB's just being a sore loser. I could have taken second in that event if I weighed 20 grams less."
"Will you be back here competing next year?"
"I sure hope so. I don't see why not. I feel like I'm in tip-top shape."
Super Mario Bros./Duck Hunt
"I have to ask. How does that come-from-behind victory feel?"
"Super-thrilling. And even after I won The Finale, I still didn't know if I had won it all. I had to wait a couple minutes for them to confirm that SMB/DH/WCTM had taken second. Those were the longest two minutes of my entire life."
"What were your thoughts going into the final event?"
"Go all out. That's the only thing I could do. I had to do my best and hope for a little bit of help as well."
"Some turnaround, huh? Last year you got last place."
"But I could have gotten last again this year. It all came down to about 30 seconds in The Finale. And I rose to the occasion."
"What do you plan to do now?"
"I'm going to Disney World!"