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Viral Video: Dad Hacks Donkey Kong So Daughter Can Have Female Hero

There are bad hacks, and there are good hacks.

What Mike Mika did was come up with an awesome hack.

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His 3-year-old daughter was perplexed at why she couldn’t play Donkey Kong as a female character and rescue Mario. So Mika hacked the game so she could do just that.

“She’s played as Princess Toadstool in Super Mario Bros. 2 and naturally just assumed she could do the same in Donkey Kong,” Mika wrote on YouTube, where he posted a video of his exploits. “I told her we couldn’t in that particular Mario game, she seemed really bummed out by that. So what else am I supposed to do?”

So, grab a copy of the game, redraw some frames and, presto, now the princess in Donkey Kong is the rescuer.

Here’s the video he posted of his effort:


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