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The Contra Proposal

Hacking into a Contra cartridge Redditor EquinnoxX was able to modify the game to propose to his girlfriend in an unforgettable way. Posting images of his work on Imgur EquinnoxX quickly explains the process to his proposal “I bought Contra, dumped the ROM, hex edited the file, flashed it to a new ROM chip and soldered it all back together.”

He then changed the player names and the ending text to say “you’ve beat the game saved the universe and won my heart. Will you marry me…” Explaining the lack of a question mark in his ending credit proposal. “There is also no question mark character anywhere in the game so I went with the ellipsis. I could have made one and replaced another character with it but it was more involved and I didn’t have the time. Maybe in the re-release when we renew our vows in 20 years.”

She said yes! “To the purists who cringe when they see a hacked up cart,” says EquinnoxX, “relax, it was for a good cause.”

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