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Parting Shot: Father Hacks ‘Donkey Kong’ So Young Daughter Can Play as Pauline and Rescue Mario

Kudos to game developer and geek dad Mike Mika, who achieved what few parents can by making the seemingly impossible happen for his three-year-old daughter, a Donkey Kong player who asked the simple question, “How can I play as the girl? I want to save Mario!” Mika and a friend were able to hack the game and replace all the various graphic elements needed to change Pauline from one of Nintendo’s best known damsels in distress into a playable heroine. Writing about the project at Wired, Mika said that his daughter did seem to enjoy the game more. “…having a daughter is something special. I get the opportunity to see the world through her eyes. And if this experience has taught me anything, it’s that the world could be just a bit more accommodating.”

For those of you familiar with this classic game, I warn you that the video below is a f***ing trip — and I mean that in the best possible sense.

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