Speedrunning MLB on Super Nintendo is one of the healthiest things you’ll see today


Dog Successfully Completes MLB Game on Super Nintendo Entertainment System: Ken Griffey Jr. Presents Major League Baseball at Charity Speedrunning Event.

Games Done Quick hosted Peanut Butter, a Shiba Inu, at the 2024 Summer Games Done Quick event in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where Peanut Butter raised money for Doctors Without Borders by playing a video game.

Peanut Butter, who is already a renowned speedrunner, rose to the challenge of playing MLB, which is basically a one-button game. Encouraged by his owner “JSR” offering treats, Peanut Butter pressed a enormous button with his paw to swing his bat.

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He closed the game with a dramatic extra inning on a two-run home run with 29 minutes and 45 seconds remaining. It sent the crowd and the proud owner of a very good boy into a frenzy.

IGN interviewed Peanut Butter and JSR in early 2024, and aside from dealing with “the attention span of a three-year-old,” teaching a Shiba to play didn’t prove to be too complicated.

“I had to teach him to press buttons on command first, and that was easy,” JSR said. “He’s smart. He picked it up quickly. But dogs have the attention span of a 3-year-old, so it took about a year of constant, daily training, every day, and I used his food as a safeguard. And now he’s pretty good. He can hold a button down for 20 or 30 seconds before he gets anxious.”

In the meantime, Games Done Quick reached a modern milestone during Games Done Quick 2024: for the first time in Games Done Quick’s 14-year history, the speedrunning organization raised a staggering $50 million. This amount was reached during Mitchriz’s Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice.

Image source: GDQ.

Ryan Dinsdale is a freelance reporter for IGN. He’ll be talking Witcher all day long.

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