When Mike Mika saw how displeased his daughter was when she discovered that Pauline was not a playable character in Donkey Kong, he felt inspired to do something about it.
Luckily for his daughter, Mika is an experienced developer and hacking into the classic game was not too difficult a feat for him. He spent a few late-night hours tinkering with the NES version of the Nintendo favorite and managed to accomplish the role reversal his daughter desired.
Now it was Mario who was the one in need of rescuing from the clutches of the dastardly Donkey Kong and Pauline who goes on a barrel hopping adventure to come to his aid.
After successfully accomplishing the character swap Mika elaborated on how he completed the hack on YouTube, stating; “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.”
He’s not the first dad to hack a classic game at his daughter’s request – last November Mike Hoye turned Link into a female in The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker. Explaining his reasons for doing so, Hoye said; “she’s not an NPC, and Dad’s favorite pastime shouldn’t treat girls like second-class citizens.”
Much kudos to these dads for helping to make the gaming world more attractive to their young daughters by giving them playable heroines who do the rescuing instead of waiting around to be rescued!!