One of the saddest moments at this year's Summer Games Done Quick (SGDQ) speedrunning marathon happened last night during a run of New Super Mario Bros. 2 for the 3DS.
Speedrunner EeveeSpirit was getting close to the end of their run — 24 minutes into what would be a 31 minute attempt — when their 3DS suddenly shut off, much to the disgruntled groans and surprised yells from the SGDQ crowd gathered. The moment it happens can be seen in the video below. At first, EeveeSpirit looks pretty confused, but once they've realized that their 3DS has died, they start frantically looking around. At one point, one of the organizers asks them to plug in the 3DS and keep going, to which EeveeSpirit replies, "I don't have a charger!"
Video of 3DS running out of battery power during a speedrun. lol. #SGDQ2016 pic.twitter.com/V6ERcX3sYs— Wario64 (@Wario64) July 4, 2016
Luckily, someone had a charger for EeveeSpirit to use and they still ended up completing the game in 31 minutes. EeveeSpirit took to Twitter following the run to address the battery issue and joked that the entire incident was a ploy to gain more followers on Twitch.
Summer Games Done Quick, a charity speedrunning event that's held by the Games Done Quick team, raises money for Doctors Without Borders. All funds raised through donations are sent directly to the non-profit organization. Donations can be made right here. The last speedrunning event, Awesome Games Done Quick, raised $1.2 million for the Prevent Cancer Foundation. The full roster of games being played during SGDQ and the schedule for when they'll be played can be found here.