In the classic arcade game Donkey Kong, a story as old as video games themselves unfolds: monster kidnaps girl, girl is in distress, girl is saved by a jumping hero. Long before Donkey Kong was a good guy with his own video game series, Mario was out to save his girlfriend Pauline (a precursor to Princess Peach) from the maniac barrel throwing gorilla.

But when Mike Mika’s daughter wanted to play as Pauline instead of Mario, this hacker dad got on the case, made a few tweaks to a ROM version of the game and let his little girl use Pauline to save the iconic plumber for a change.


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