The original damsel-in-distress that Nintendo
was trying to rescue in the arcade
game Donkey Kong
. She made a reappearance in the Super Game Boy
update of Donkey Kong
, but did not appear in the Game Boy Advance
title Mario vs. Donkey Kong
and hasn't been seen outside of these appearances. Mario
could pick up her umbrella, purse, and hat scattered around the level to receive bonus points and a chance at the bonus round.
Pauline was the "everywoman" that had Mario's heart before the princesses Peach and Daisy came along. She wore a red dress and had long straight brown hair (according to the character artwork). She's briefly mentioned (and pictured) in the Mario Mania player's guide from Nintendo, published in 1993.