Father hacks Donkey Kong ROM for daughter to save Mario as Pauline

Game developer and father Mike Mika hacked a 2010 Nintendo ROM of Donkey Kong to give his daughter the chance to save Mario instead of playing as him.

Mika posted a video of the new "Pauline Edition," where Mario patiently awaits rescue from the game's original damsel in distress, Pauline.

"My three year old daughter and I play a lot of old games together," Mika wrote in the video's description. "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 Peach 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."

To solve this, Mika swapped palettes, redrew frames and replaced Mario with Pauline. Check out the video above to see Pauline hop into action.

Donkey Kong isn't the first game to get a role reversal from a loving father. Last year, Mike Hoye transformed The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker's Link into a girl for this daughter by hand-editing the game's dialogue.

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