Proposing with a Contra ROM hack


We’ve seen marriage proposals via modified Nintendo games before, but most of these put the proposal just after the first level. It’s one thing to have the old man in Zelda present your SO with a ring, but it’s another thing entirely to beat the game before getting on one knee. That’s what [Quinn] forced [Amy] to do when he proposed by modifying the ROM for Contra to display a proposal right before the end credits.

By tearing open a few cartridges, [Quinn] found himself with a bunch of EPROMs and NES cartridge PCBs. After grabbing the Contra ROM off the Internet, [Quinn] edited the game’s end screen to his proposal. This was then burned onto a 1 Megabit EPROM, soldered onto a cartridge, and put into the NES for his now-fiance to play. Once [Amy] and [Quinn] finished the game (without cheating, by the way), [Amy] saw her proposal and [Quinn] pulled out the ring.


  1. nevermind13 says:

    Did she say “yes”?

  2. jl says:

    They did cheat. You can see they have 30 lives and it shows the 4 lives remaining ‘medals’

  3. Protolamer says:

    Oh, not Quinn Dunki :|

  4. hodginsa says:

    Good thing he didn’t use prince of persia.

  5. Eatith Mee says:

    Nothing says “Im a self absorbed jerk” like using your hobby (and probably HIS favorite past time, gaming, and game to boot) to propose to the bride to be… Having survived one marriage, I can tell you, DO NOT do something like this unless she is into the exact same things you are… And even then that is shakey… Now if 8bit gaming is HER favorite thing in the world – go for it…

  6. Nibbles says:

    Ridiculous, and completely awesome!

  7. Tom the Brat says:

    She would have thrown the ring at me, then beaned me with the game!

  8. Hirudinea says:

    So if she didn’t finish the game was he going to stay single?

  9. Andy says:

    Sorry, your future wife is in another castle!

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