Mike Mika of Oakland, California has a 3 year old daughter that loves playing video games. When she asked if she could play as the girl in Donkey Kong, Mike initially said no, but then went ahead and modded the game to suit her wish. This is the result.

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.

Also, I learned that the female character that Mario is supposed to save in Donkey Kong is named Pauline, hence the name of the video here. I didn’t know she had a name.