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Donkey Kong Game For Daughter

Download the Pauline Patch

My dad was a pretty rad guy, but he never hacked my video games so I could play them as a female character. What girl wouldn't love to save the dudes? Well, that's exactly what game developer Mike Mika did for his daughter Pauline, and he's released the patch so you can share it with your kids too.

Mika says he and his daughter love to play vintage games together, but she recently told him she was sad because she never got to play Donkey Kong as the princess. Here's a sneak preview of Pauline Edition:

Here's how he did it:

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.

This is fatherly love at its finest.

You can download the Pauline patch here.

(Photo Credit: Bryan Ochalla via Flickr's Creative Commons)

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