Level Diorama Preview
You get to see a glimpse of the level you are about to enter thanks to a small diorama.
Examples of this trope:
- The page image comes from Kingdom Hearts (specifically, a sprite-rip from Chain Of Memories). Ever since the first installment, worlds have always been physically represented with this very trope.
- Sometimes employed in the Super Mario Bros franchise.
- Super Mario Galaxy, as noted in the trope's description, was the first game to make an extensive use of this trope. The sequel, while replacing The Hub with a World Map, also did the same.
- Super Mario 3 D Land is a far more notable example, as, given the "blending polygonal enviroments with classic 2D gameplay" aspect, this trope is a lot more needed when the levels are "classically" numbered instead of named. This doesn't only makes it easier to tell them apart - it actually makes it possible, and makes this trope a whole lot more useful addition. The dioramas are also pretty neat to look at, too.
- Sonic Generations uses this trope, both in The Hub (Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 version) and in the level selection screen (Nintendo 3 DS version). The console version also has the possibility for Sonic to jump on (and stand on) the levels' names.
- Jump Ultimate Stars, like Kingdom Hearts, uses planet-like, thematic dioramas to tell the levels apart.
- All of the first three Crash Bandicoot games use this, to some extent. The first has small dioramas for the single levels (a boulder for the Indy Escape levels, or a wooden wall for the "Great Gate/Native Fortress" levels for example), which blend with the World Map in a natural way; the second had the levels' entrance gates shaped like the same levels' themes; the third is debatable, as the warp-portal showed a small glimpse of the level's setting but wasn't an actual diorama (and, despite each world's hub was a diorama shaped one of the game's settings, that alone doesn't meet the trope's "single levels" criteria.
- The Final Fantasy games usually use this to show towns or castles or locations in general in the World Map.
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