What happens when a developer's daughter wants to play Donkey Kong as Pauline?
We have to love developer dads.
When she asked her dad if she could play as Pauline instead of Mario — a not-unreasonable request, since she had played as Princess Peach in Super Mario Bros 2 — she was downcast when Mika told her that she couldn't. Rather than let his daughter remain sad, though, he set about hacking the game so that Pauline could rescue a helpless Mario — turning theon its head.
Taking the game's 2010 NES ROM, Mika redrew all of Mario's frames, replacing the plumber's sprite with the pink-clad heroine. He also changed the "M" for Mario in the top-right corner to a "P" for "Pauline".
It's heartening to see dads take such an interest in making their daughters' gaming experiences inclusive. Last year, we sawso that his three-year-old could have a more immersive experience, saying, "I'm not having my daughter growing up thinking girls don't get to be the hero and rescue their little brothers".
Gamer dads: making gaming better for everyone, one three-year-old daughter at a time.