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Contra marriage proposal is geeky, difficult and awesome

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(Credit: Reddit user EquinnoxX

Marriage can be pretty hard.

So is the classic NES game Contra.

Put the two together, and you get one seriously challenging marriage proposal.

Reddit user EquinnoxX -- also known as Quinn -- is responsible for the geeky goodness, posting a step-by-step description of how he hacked Contra to deliver what must be the most downright difficult proposal of all time.

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(Credit: Reddit user Equinn0xX)

To personalize the experience, Equinoxx tore apart a Contra NES game cartridge, going so far as to modify the game’s code to display “Quinn” and “Amy” as “Player 1” and “Player 2.” Otherwise, he left the bulk of the game alone – except for the ending, which is where he finally popped the question.

"Congrats Amy!!! You've beat the game, saved the universe and won my heart. Will you marry me?" the game asks?

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(Credit: Reddit user Equinn0xX)

Amy’s answer, luckily, was a yes.

"I had very little knowledge of how the innards of a Nintendo worked before this,” Quinn posted on Reddit. “I had done basic electronic fixing/modifying/hacking before but that's about it. It was trial and error all the way and I learned a lot.”

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It’s gutsy stuff. Asking your potential fiancée to actually play through and complete a game as frustratingly hard as the original Contra is borderline cruel. After all, this is the game that popularized the ‘Konami Code’ (Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, B, A), a cheat that gave players 30 much-needed lives.

Quinn hasn’t said whether or not Amy had to use the Konami Code to beat the game, but if she didn’t, she’s certainly earned enough gamer cred to last a happily married lifetime. Quinn and Amy, our aching thumbs salute you!

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The happy couple (Credit: Reddit user Equinn0xX)

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