Codex Gamicus

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Game Series Mario series
First Appearance Donkey Kong (1981)
Creator(s): Shigeru Miyamoto

DK running off with Pauline

Pauline (ポリーン) is the damsel-in-distress and heroine of the original Donkey Kong. She was, at the time, Mario's girlfriend. The name Pauline was chosen for the character during the game's distribution in North America after Polly James, the wife of Nintendo of America's warehouse manager, Don James.

At the beginning of the game, she is captured by Donkey Kong and it's Mario's objective to climb up the construction site and rescue her. Along way the player can collect various feminine articles that Pauline has dropped for bonus points.