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Submission #2476: jlun2's DS Grand Theft Auto Chinatown Wars in 03:47.83

Console: Nintendo DS
Game name: Grand Theft Auto Chinatown Wars
Game version: USA/Europe
ROM filename: 3517 - Grand Theft Auto Chinatown Wars (U)(Xenophobia).nds
Emulator: (unknown)
Movie length: 03:47.83
FrameCount: 13670
Re-record count: 5889
Author's real name: Jesse Lun
Author's nickname: jlun2
Submitter: jlun2
Submitted at: 2009-11-30 15:21:37
Text last edited at: 2009-12-06 14:35:24
Text last edited by: flygon
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Status: published
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Author's comments and explanations:

Game objectives

  • Emulator used: DeSmuME 0.9.5
  • Uses Save data corruption
  • Aims for the fastest time.
  • Rides on a comet


This is a run of the NDS game: GTA Chinatown Wars. It beats Greenalink's movie by 23 seconds. Most of the frames gained are due to the reduced lag of the latest version of DeSmuME. However, around 5 seconds were due to the use of a vehicle known as "Dukes" that's faster than the police patrol used in Greenalink's run and the Comet, which is faster than the cabbie.

Stage by stage comments

Salt in the Wound

Being the only stage/mission you have to beat in order to see the credits, I used a glitch discovered by Greenalink to start the game with the last mission unlocked. The boat chase might seem to be flawed, but it's not. Since the minigun appears to cause 1 frame of lag per shot (discovered by Greenalink), I tried to make it so that the enemies dies as fast as possible. The hardest part of the chase was to shoot 2 barrels to get rid of Kenny's men.

This time, during the chase, I failed to cause the Police vehicles to crash. The use of cheats to raise my wanted level for some reason caused the game to freeze for 50+ frames. Maybe it's because of the huge amount of vehicles in the screen, but yeah, I didn't increase my wanted level.

The fight with Kenny is the hardest part of the run. Not only do I not have a weapon, but he also has a sword, which can kill me in one hit. I had to move around for several frames in order to prevent him from slashing me. I also mainipulated Kenny so that he will back up to the fountain. If he doesn't, my roundhouse kick would just knock him down instead.

I know I could've used a machine gun, but the time spent getting one from a gangster isn't worth it.

I hold the start button at the end to skip the final cutscene in order to start the credits.


  • Greenalink, for finding the Save bug.
  • Everyone in the GTA topic for their hints/suggestions
  • The developers of DeSmuME w/ rerecord(Without them, this would not be possible)

Watch it on Youtube.

adelikat: Good viewer response, accepting for publication.

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