The Games Done Quick events are at the forefront of speedrun culture and also raise incredible amounts of money. Last week brought us Summer Games Done Quick 2021, which was once again run virtually with money raised going to Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders.
A full week of 24 hours streams naturally had a whole lot of iconic games involved, including all sorts of Nintendo classics. There was a Super Metroid race, as always, and the full line-up of runs is archived over on the Games Done Quick YouTube channel.
One session we rather enjoyed was a rather cute and unlikely speedrun of Nintendogs, even if the lovable virtual pup had some brief struggles.
As always the key legacy of these events is their outstanding fundraising, and the closing total was set at $2,904,585.35, from over 40,000 donations. That's the highest amount that the organisation has raised in its online-only events over the past year - an incredible achievement.
Be sure to check out the archive of runs and share your favourite moments in the comments!
I forgot about that! Thanks!
I saw that there were 5 Castlevania runs! I will be watching those today!
Another great event, delighted for them. Even during Covid they've managed to raise a staggering amount. Surprised you didn't mention the Blindfold Mario 64 70 Star run. That was the highlight of the event for me. Absolutely astonishing. The community is working on routing 120 star right now so maybe we'll get to see that next year.
Another couple hundred thousand and you could buy two whole copies of Super Mario 64.
Nintendogs is amazing! Think about all the kids who got to enjoy the experience of owning a puppy when their parents wouldn't allow one.
Good job Nippo on the Kirby Super Star speed run. I enjoyed that immensely.
That’s a lot of money considering how few people donated, wow! Any chance Nintendolife will do a feature article to highlight some runs?
The Super Mario 3 run with mitchflowerpower and TheHaxor was great to watch, particularly a fan of TheHaxor's demeanour as he runs. I need to catch up on a lot of the event, but I did also enjoy the Majora's Mask, Mischief Makers, GTA3, and Paper Mario runs muchly. Yes. And $2.9mil isn't to be sniffed at!
Impressive that they've managed to keep these donation numbers high year on year. I honestly stopped paying attention to this stuff a few years back. There's way too much variation in how fun it is to watch. Some are awesome, others are just dull as hell.
Always good to hear.
I haven't watched everything of course, but some highlights for me were:
The Super Metroid race feat. greats of the scene is a must-watch IMO
As someone who has regularly attended events in the past, it makes me kind of sad to see it online, but good on them for raising so much. If you haven't seen it, watch Fight Crab and Gone Golfing. Fantastic runs by teddyras, who is hilarious, some of the best in the marathon.
Wow I watched most of it and must have missed that. Last I heard was $1.5 mil during the Mario world hack on one of the last nights.
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