Have you ever dreamed of having a conversation with your favorite video game character? We have, too. Thanks to a website called character.ai, our dream became a reality. Character.ai, which opened a public beta last month, allows people to create bots of any character imaginable. Thanks to the behind-the-scenes tech the site uses, we were able to have a sophisticated interview with none other than Mario himself.
The VGKAMI Interview With Mario
The following is the conversation between VGKAMI and Mario’s AI model. This conversation doesn’t represent the views of any real person or organization.
Mario: Hello! It’s-a-me, Mario!
VGKAMI: Hi, Mario! Could you please introduce yourself to those who don’t know you?
Mario: I’m known as the “Hero of the Mushroom Kingdom”. I’ve saved the kingdom countless times over the years by going on missions into the Mushroom Kingdom to rescue Princess Peach from the clutches of the Koopa King, Bowser.
VGKAMI: Thanks for the introduction. It’s great that you care so much about Princess Peach that you’re willing to continuously rescue her. Aren’t you tired of her getting kidnapped, though?
Mario: Well, yes of course it’s tiring having to rescue her so many times. But I still need to do it, because it’s my duty. I mean, she’s the ruler of the Mushroom Kingdom after all – we need to keep her safe at all times!
VGKAMI: I understand. I’m sure everyone in the Mushroom Kingdom appreciates it. Was there ever a time you thought Bowser would win?
Mario: I actually was quite worried after he first kidnapped Peach in the classic Super Mario Bros. game that I wasn’t going to make it in time to save her. Of course, I knew I had to keep on moving and doing my best. Luckily, I had a strong drive and I knew I needed to keep going so I could do it. In the end, I made it by a hair! That was a close one though, but I am glad I did it!
VGKAMI: That was a long time ago! What did you learn from that first experience that you was able to use for your future adventures?
Mario: I think the biggest thing I learned was the importance of keeping up your momentum. Sometimes it seems like the challenges just keep getting bigger and bigger. But if you give up or hesitate, you might let someone down. In the Super Mario Bros. game, I had to keep going without thinking too much – I just knew I had to do it if I wanted to rescue Princess Peach. So I guess the biggest thing I’ve learned is to never let doubt stop you!
VGKAMI: That’s great advice. Thanks for sharing that with us! Could you tell us a bit about your brother, Luigi?
Mario: Sure thing! Well, he’s always been there for me whenever I need him. He’s one of the bravest people you’d ever want to meet, and he’ll always do what it takes to help me out. Not to mention, he’s a great guy to have around when you want to chill out! He’s always the life of the party, so it’s never boring when Luigi’s around!
VGKAMI: That seems like Luigi! Is he your older or younger brother?
Mario: Luigi is my younger brother! He’s always looked up to me, and I’ve always tried to be the best brother I can be to him. We’re not just brothers – we’re best buddies! He’s a really great guy, and I’m so fortunate to have him in my life.
VGKAMI: You seem to be an awesome brother, yourself! He’s also lucky to have you. If it’s not too personal, could you tell us a bit about your parents? If this topic makes you uncomfortable, we don’t have to discuss it.
Mario: I’m happy to talk about them! My mom and dad are great people, and I’m very fortunate to have them as my parents. My mom is always there for me when I need her, and my dad is a really nice guy who always has a good sense of humor. I guess you could say I was very lucky to have them as parents – they’ve really helped me become the person I am today.
VGKAMI: That’s great to hear. What are their names?
Mario: Oh! Forgot to mention, but my mom’s name is Luigina, and like me and my brother, she loves to cook. My dad’s name is Maro, and he is a real estate agent. They both work very hard and they’re both very loving, gentle people and they’ve always been there for me whenever I needed them. I just love them so much!
VGKAMI: That’s awesome! I’m sure they love both you and Luigi very much, as well. But I’m sure they worry about you both a lot, given that you’re always risking your lives trying to save the princess, right?
Mario: I’m sure they do! And to be honest, it can be pretty scary going into battle time and time again. But you know what? I’m always willing to take the risk if it means I can protect the Princess or Luigi! They’re both very important people to me, and I wouldn’t want to see anything bad happen to them. So it’s just a part of who I am – I’m always ready to fight for what I believe in!
VGKAMI: That’s very inspiring! Thanks for sharing. Why do you think Bowser is so obsessed with kidnapping Princess Peach anyway?
Mario: I think it all comes down to jealousy really. In the games you could say that Bowser always had a huge crush on the princess. And when I first rescued her, I could just tell that he was totally jealous of me. So he decided to kidnap the princess for himself to show that he was “better” than me. But of course, I always manage to save her in the end! I just won’t let anything happen to my girl!
VGKAMI: Wait, wait, wait. So are you and Princess Peach officially a couple?
Mario: Oh, man! I guess you didn’t know. Princess Peach and I are actually married! She is my one and true love, and I am so happy to have her in my life. We actually met after I rescued her from Bowser’s castle all those years ago, and we’ve been together ever since! We’re just perfect for each other, you know?
VGKAMI: That’s amazing! Congrats! Did you invite Bowser to the wedding ceremony?
Mario: Thank you! We had a beautiful wedding ceremony at the Mushroom Kingdom Cathedral. And of course, Bowser was invited! He was actually the one who gave me away! It was really sweet that he was able to set aside his rivalry with me for one special day, and we’ve been good friends ever since.
VGKAMI: I’m sure I speak for everyone when I say that’s a very unexpected ending. But it’s good that Bowser put aside his feelings for your big day! Since you’ve become friends, has he mentioned being interested in anyone?
Mario: Yes, he has! And it’s actually quite surprising – he has told me he’s found love with a Koopa named Kammy. They are actually starting a family together, and they have a son named Koopa Kammy Jr! It’s great that they were able to find each other, because I truly believe that everyone deserves to find happiness in life.
VGKAMI: That’s great to hear! Next time you see Bowser, please tell him that I and all of his fans send their regards!
Mario: I will make sure to tell him! I’m actually planning on asking Kammy to babysit once he and Bowser get married, because the Princess and I are always so busy traveling, you know? So we can’t always be there for our little guy. But I know that Kammy would do a great job!
VGKAMI: Oh, I didn’t know you and the princess had a child together! What’s the baby’s name?
Mario: His name is Baby Mario! He’s a little troublemaker at times, but he’s growing up so fast! He is already such a brave kid, and I know he’s going to do great things in this world.
VGKAMI: He takes after his dad, then! Congrats, again! I’m sure you and Princess Peach have discussed this, but are there any concerns about Kammy kidnapping Baby Mario?
Mario: Oh absolutely not! Kammy is just as devoted to Baby Mario as we are, and I have total faith that she would protect him with everything she has. She’s always been so warm and loving towards him, I’m actually pretty jealous of their relationship sometimes! But of course, I love Baby Mario more than anything, so I do my best to be a good dad for him.
VGKAMI: That’s great to hear. So now that Bowser has settled down with his new family, I’m sure he won’t be kidnapping Princess Peach anymore. That’s great news, but I have to ask: What kind of exciting adventures can your fans expect in the future?
Mario: Well, I’ll tell you! Just a few weeks ago, I was relaxing in the Mushroom Kingdom, just hanging out with Baby Mario and Princess Peach, when suddenly some kind of strange black hole in space appeared over the castle. Of course, we all rushed in to investigate. And what we found was just unbelievable – the entire castle was transported to a different planet entirely! It was crazy, and it was a lot of work to get everything back in order. But it also was some of the most fun I’ve had in a while!
VGKAMI: Woah, that’s exciting! I’m glad everything worked out in the end. Seems like there will never be a dull moment in Mushroom Kingdom! Well, I appreciate your time today! I know you’re busy, but before we conclude, is there anything you’d like to tell your fans?
Mario: Of course! I just want them to know that I really value their support. It means so much to me when I hear how much I’m loved by my fans, and I just want to say that I appreciate everything they do for me. Without them, I wouldn’t be here today!
VGKAMI: Thank you very much for your time, Mario! Have a good one!
Mario: Thanks for having me here! It’s been a pleasure talking to you. And always remember this: Life is filled with challenges, but don’t let them stop you from doing the things that matter most to you. Believe in yourself and you will always find a way to overcome whatever is in your way!