Game developer and father Mike Mika hacked a 2010 Nintendo ROM of Donkey Kong to give his daughter the chance to save Mario instead of playing as him.
“My three year old daughter and I play a lot of old games together,” Mika wrote in the video’s description. “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 Peach 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.”
Mika swapped palettes, redrew frames and replaced Mario with Pauline.
Check the video! Grrrrl!
And read all about it at Wired.