Mario has had several lovely ladies over the years that he has had to rescue from evil monsters. With such pretty ladies as Princess Toadstool, Princess Peach and Daisy dominating the Mario titles over the years, we tend to forget the first pretty little thing that caused Mario to climb the construction site and face the formidable Donkey Kong back in the 1989 arcade version. Pauline was the first damsel in distress to scream out Mario’s name and yet very few gamers remember her. Lucky for a new generation, Pauline is getting a second chance to shine in a new title for the Nintendo DS.
The upcoming Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis will feature the lovely brunette in the red dress, Pauline as the focus of Mario’s rescue efforts this time around. Nintendo.com released these plot details for the game:
It seems folks love those Mini Mario toys. So much so that the Mario Toy Company has expanded the line to include Mini Donkey Kong, Mini Toad and Mini Peach figures to the series. With all these toys bringing him more money than he knows what to do with, Mario decides to fulfill his lifelong dream and open a theme park called Super Mini Mario World.
The opening-day crowd includes Pauline and Donkey Kong, who immediately falls head over heels for the lovely lass. The proud ape tries to show off his Mini DK toy to Pauline, but she picks the Mini Mario toy over his and the jealous Donkey Kong becomes enraged. He smashes the displays, destroys the toys and takes Pauline to the top floor of the amusement park. Players must find Pauline and save the day.
I hope this new title will start a tread of included the forgotten Pauline in the future Mario titles. After all, she is the reason for Mario’s rising to stardom; if Donkey Kong hadn’t kidnapped her, Mario wouldn’t have been pushed into the hero role. Pauline deserves her return to the spot after all this time of being left behind.