Mario’s quest to rescue Pauline in Donkey Kong is one of the most famous in video gaming — and also a prominent reminder that women in games are often reduced to level objectives. Mike Mika’s 3-year-old daughter wasn’t happy with this lopsided state of affairs, which led Mike to redress the balance through a customized NES edition of the game. His version swaps the roles completely, giving Pauline full freedom of movement while Mario waits for her to come to his rescue. The tweak is a simple one, but it mends what many would say is a decades-old imbalance while giving Mike more than a few brownie points as a dad. Can we see an official port, please?
Donkey Kong hack gives Pauline the central role, 32 years later (video) – Engadget