So basically a year ago my ma bought a mini nintendo with a bunch of games build into it like chip n dale 1 and 2, tetris and a couple other games.
Would this technically be considered a emulator of sorts? or a regular console?
All of the mini consoles emulate, even the official NES Classic Mini. However the official NES Classic does not come with Chip n Dale 1 or 2, so I'm pretty sure you have a Raspberry Pi, which can be outfitted with many emulators to accomplish the job. Some emulators are allowed for speedrunning, some are not. I would research what emulator your console is using to determine if it's valid. It's definitely not "original hardware" however.