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As Donkey Kong's resident damsel-in-distress, Pauline usually awaits rescue from hero, Mario. But one father turned the tables by hacking the classic arcade game, and creating "Donkey Kong: Pauline Edition."

At his 3-year-old daughter's request, Mike Mika designed a progressive version of the game, which features heroine Pauline trying to liberate Mario from the grips of gorilla villain, DK.

After his daughter asked if she could play as Pauline, and save Mario, Mika explained that it wasn't possible: "I told her we couldn't in that particular Mario game [and] she seemed really bummed out by that.

This disappointment spurred dad to make the role reversal a reality, then upload the results to YouTube. Mika details how he revamped Donkey Kong on the video's page, below: "Now I'm up at midnight hacking the ROM, replacing Mario with Pauline. I'm using the 2010 NES Donkey Kong ROM. I've redrawn Mario's frames and I swapped the palettes in the ROM. I replaced the M at the top with a P for Pauline."

What's more, Mika made a "DK Pauline" patch available for those interested in playing his version, here.

What do you think of "Donkey Kong: Pauline Edition"? Tell us in the comments, below.

Screenshot image courtesy of YouTube, Mike Mika

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