Father Of The Year: Dad Hacks Donkey Kong Game So 3-Year Old Daughter Can Play As Pauline, Rescue Mario

March 11, 2013


After playing as Princess Toadstool in Super Mario Bros. 2, father Mike Mika's (cool name) daughter was disappointed to find out she couldn't play as a female character in Donkey Kong. So what did Mike do? What most fathers would, told her too bad but that's life hacked the ROM so she could play as Pauline and rescue Mario (aka Jumpman).

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.

Beautiful. Mike seems like the kind of father you'd catch waltzing around the living room with his daughter's feet on his own. Cherish these moments, Mike -- they grow up so quick. I don't actually know that for a fact, I've just heard enough other people say it to assume it's true. Truthfully, all my nieces and nephews seem to be growing pretty slow.

Hit the jump for a video run-through of the game.

Thanks to my cousin Graham, who used to eat stale cookie ornaments off the Christmas tree when he was younger.

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