Ever thought that an innocent pet simulation game for kids would have a competitive speedrunning scene? Yea, neither did we, until GappyV set the Nintendogs world record speedrun.
The real-time pet simulation game developed and published by Nintendo for its handheld console Nintendo DS was initially released in April 2005. And seventeen years later, GappyV reignited the game’s speedrunning community.
The Indian-American variety streamer who has never dedicated himself to being the best at any single game thought it would be fun and unique to try and speedrun Nintendogs. And this decision led him through a slightly frustrating but inspiring journey to the top of the leaderboards.
GappyV Sets Nintendogs World Record Speedrun
In order to speedrun the game, Gappy and his virtual pup would have to get gold medals in three in-game contests in the shortest time possible.
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And if that weren’t challenging enough, he would have to navigate through other obstacles in the game, including the wonky and unreliable voice commands. If anything went wrong during his speedrun, he would have to abandon the attempt and start over again.
After some initial prep work and testing the waters, Gappy and his virtual pup, L, merrily set out on their adventure to set a world record. However, an unexpected rival entered the scene on their second day.
Gappy had to confront one of his Twitch moderators, CYNKO, who had taken over the #2 place in the global Nintendogs speedrunning leaderboards.
Only a rookie Twitch streamer would make the mistake of letting anyone in their chat have bragging rights over them, especially when it’s one of their moderators. That’s like a free pass to bully the streamer for the rest of their existence.
Thus, Gappy and L ramped up their efforts and gave it all they had. And finally, during one of his off-stream sessions, Gappy set the world record. A full six seconds faster than the previous record, Gappy comfortably sits on the top of the global leaderboard.
While he may be done with Nitendogs for now, he isn’t done entertaining his viewers and lifting people up through his content. You can find GappyV on Twitch, where he streams comedic gameplay and real-world discussions daily.