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Challenge Mode DVD

As a labor of love, and with help from a lot of people, I have put together an amateur production of a DVD featuring the five high-scoring Challenge Mode runs:

Pikmin DVD

The runs were selected with this methodology:

  1. Absolute high scores were taken where no ties existed.
  2. Otherwise, ties are represented by the first run to hit the score, unless
  3. The author was already represented.

(In other words, Mike is on twice because his scores are highest for those levels. SnapDragon's 569 was the first perfecto on Forest of Hope, and Ahlyis's 299 on Final Trial is on because Snap was already on and Ahlyis was the next to perfect Final Trial.)

How to get one

All right, here's the deal. I did this thing as a labor of love, and am willing to make copies for people provided we all behave reasonably. You have to understand the following:

  1. I am not a production studio. I'm one guy with one machine able to burn DVDs, and it's slow. I'm also on the road a fair amount, so it might take a couple of weeks. Be patient!
  2. This is not a professional production. I did it with an old VCR and iMovie and iDVD. The runs are no better quality than the original VCR tapes that the authors mailed me. (Still, it knocks the quicktime vids into a cocked hat, no doubt!)
  3. The DVD is free, and you are welcome to do whatever you want with it, including producing your own copies and distributing them under whatever terms you want. I am not making money doing this - however, I would like not to take losses on producing these things.
  4. If you got the DVD from someone else, and paid more than a small amount for media and shipping, you got ripped off. Sorry about that, but there's nothing I can do.
  5. THERE IS NO GUARANTEE THE DVD WILL WORK IN YOUR PLAYER. If it doesn't, I'm sorry, but there's nothing I can do. The DVD is made with iDVD3 - see Apple's list of compatible players at - but even this is not a guarantee. I verify the burns for errors and test them on my laptop to be sure they work, but I can't test beyond that. Recent DVD players should work fine, but there are no guarantees.
  6. The DVD is region-free.

So here's the deal:

If you want me to burn a DVD for you and mail it in a used case within the U.S., $5 will roughly cover it (about $1 for the blank DVD, and $4 or so for postage and an envelope). I might actually eat a buck or so on this, but if you're strapped, $5 will be OK. If you want to throw a little more, that's fine and appreciated - surprise me.

If you want a freebie, send me a blank DVD of your own in a stamped, self-addressed envelope, and I'll burn you a copy on your media and mail it back to you.

If you're overseas, it will probably be closer to $10 (US) for international mailing. See the U.S. Postal Service calculator for rates to your country.

If I haven't convinced you otherwise, mail me at tm (at) for my address, and I'll tell ya where to send the five smackers (or whatever), and your DVD will be on its way soon.

Finally, if you sent me a tape, I'll send you a DVD, but you should still contact me because I've lost track of some of you. This list includes: SnapDragon, Ferret, and Nathan.

April 16, 2003: Stein Aaserud made a neat cover for the DVD, which he has kindly provided in jpeg and Photoshop (zipped) formats. Thanks, Stein!