Mar 11th 2013 By: Andy Khouri
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.