This dad's 'Pauline patch' lets you swap gender roles in classic Donkey Kong

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Kids these days are lucky. I remember feeling fortunate that my father even understood what the term "video games" meant. These days? The little tykes have fathers who can hack old video games to make them more gender appropriate.


YouTube user Mike Mika has a three-year-old daughter that he spends considerable amounts of time playing vintage video game titles with. At one point, she requested a round of Donkey Kong, but she was disappointed that she couldn't play a female character.

Naturally, her dad came to the rescue. Mike went on to redraw Mario's frames, swap the palettes, and even stick a P to represent Pauline's name in the place of Mario's "M" at the top of things.

While the fact that he went the extra mile to ensure his daughter's happiness is reason enough to like this guy, Mike also took the time to make his Donkey Kong "Pauline" patch available for download. You'll need to have the original 200 NES Donkey Kong ROM and XDELTA to enjoy the fruits of his labor, but it's still completely cool.

[YouTube, Reddit via Ars Technica]

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