Just on the heels of the first installment of Tropes vs Women in Video Games centering on the pervasive concept of the Damsel in Distress, one three-year-old girl asked her dad if she could play as Princess Pauline and rescue Mario in the classic Donkey Kong. Just for his daughter, he hacked the ROM, switched Mario and Pauline, and made the gender-swapped patch for the game available for download (.zip).
My three year old daughter and I play a lot of old games together. Her favorite is Donkey Kong. Two days ago, she asked me if she could play as the girl and save Mario. She’s played as Princess Toadstool in Super Mario Bros. 2 and naturally just assumed she could do the same in Donkey Kong. 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? Now I’m up at midnight hacking the ROM, replacing Mario with Pauline.