Donkey Kong

Father mods Donkey Kong so his daughter can play as Pauline rescuing Mario

After Super Mario Bros. 2 a three year old girl couldn't understand why she couldn't play as the princess in Donkey Kong.

Last year a man won the "father of the year" award in the hearts of many a gamer when he changed all the pronouns in Wind Waker to transform the androgynous-looking Link into a girl so his daughter would have a positive female role model. This year another father has followed suit by reskinning Donkey Kong protagonist Jumpman (aka Mario before he was Mario) into Princess Pauline, while the moustachioed carpenter is now the dude-in-distress.

Download Games Roundup

Download Games Roundup

Death! Megadeath! Village! Kong! TIC!

"I don't have time to play download games". It's a remark I hear frequently these days, but it's one that I find amusingly contradictory.

The very fact that you don't have much time to play games probably means that you should pay more attention to what's going on in the download scene.

Whether on your handheld console, mobile, tablet or laptop, there's no shortage of quick fix games out there that - in their own way - can be just as satisfying as the bloated big budget epics that pile up on your shelves, unresolved and, in some instances, unplayed.

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Plastic surgeon snatches back DK record

King of Kong dethroned.

New York plastic surgeon Dr Hank Chien has taken back the Donkey Kong high score world record from Steve Wiebe the gritty everyman hero of awesome 2007 documentary King of Kong.

Donkey Kong

Donkey Kong

The king has climbed the building.

Videogames were still finding their way when this Japanese answer to American trends appeared, proving a success on many more levels than high volume coin guzzling.

Donkey Kong was a brilliant concept that provided genuine motivation alongside a feeling of well-earned achievement. Going up against swarms of nameless, faceless, alien invaders is all well and good, but the overwhelming odds leave players feeling as though the greatest achievement is simply a matter of staving off an inevitable death for as long as possible. Stubborn Gorilla (as the Japanese-only speaking Mr. Miyamoto originally intended his game to be titled) consummately pitted man against beast, brawn against brain, fury against composure, and strength against agility.

An ordinary man thrown into the role of relentless hero, armed only with his boundless courage, quick-footed cunning and an endless love for the distressed damsel, Mario’s debut appearance introduced the world to the wonder of Nintendo. Quite why the massive monkey chose Jumpman's gal to carry off to those vertiginous heights we've never been told, but luckily for her, the man who'd later be rechristened after a warehouse landlord (who Nintendo of America had been unable to pay) knew no fear, and was unrepentant in his commitment to reclaim Pauline from her simian assailant.

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