Move Aside Mario! Pauline Takes Charge In 'Donkey Kong' Hack

What do you do when your daughter wants to play as Pauline? If you're megadad Mike Mika the asnwer is simple- hack the game. As you can see in the video above, Lara's not the only woman who can save the day.

From his YouTube discription:

My three year old daughter and I play a lot of old games together. Her favorite is Donkey Kong. Two days ago, she asked me if she could play as the girl and save Mario. She's played as Princess Toadstool in Super Mario Bros. 2 and naturally just assumed she could do the same in Donkey Kong. I told her we couldn't in that particular Mario game, she seemed really bummed out by that. So what else am I supposed to do? Now I'm up at midnight hacking the ROM, replacing Mario with Pauline. I'm using the 2010 NES Donkey Kong ROM. I've redrawn Mario's frames and I swapped the palettes in the ROM. I replaced the M at the top with a P for Pauline. Thanks to Kevin Wilson for giving me the lead on the tools and advice.

Suffice it to say, it's pretty neat when a parent goes above and beyond the call and delivers a truley magical and special gift to their child. I'm sure Mike's earned more than another bland shirt and tie combo come Father's Day! And maybe, we've finally made a small step toward equality in the game world.

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