Created By: TeethMarch 18, 2011 Last Edited By: GlennMagusHarveyNovember 21, 2011

Level 1 Credits

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Videogames, particularly those adapted from arcade games, seem to have a habit of throwing the credits at you long before you feel like you've finished. If there are multiple game modes you may have to sit through the credits every time you complete one of them. Sure, waiting for One Hundred Percent Completion would be excessive, but they should at least wait until you've beaten the Final Boss.

This is kind of the inverse of A Winner Is You.

Seen It A Million Times, Up For Grabs, Needs A Better Title, etc.

THIS YKTTW IS UP FOR GRABS; SOMEONE PLEASE WORK WITH IT (incorporate examples, etc.)
Community Feedback Replies: 30
  • March 19, 2011
    Koveras
    Examples?
  • October 14, 2011
    NESBoy
  • October 14, 2011
    NESBoy
    Oh, and I found a parody of the trope in Tom Mason's Dinosaurs For Hire for Sega Genesis. Upon completing the prelude level, the credits come up as if it's the end of game, though it only shows the studio that developed the game and the programmers before the credits were quickly retracted to the bottom of the screen and the following text shows up: "Whoa! Slight problem with your Genesis' Blast Processing Unit! Psych!!!"
  • October 14, 2011
    TechUnadept
  • October 15, 2011
    GreenMachine
    I'm not sure if this counts, but in some of the Lego Crossover Games, you get the credits after completion of each episode. I believe they trigger every time you beat the last level of that episode (probably just when in story mode, though). Can get annoying, but I believe they were always able to be skipped, or at least later on they were.
  • October 15, 2011
    Bisected8
    • The Disgaea series often has alternative endings which you can unlock (resulting in an ending cutscene and credits, followed by a New Game Plus) by losing to a boss, sometimes as early as the first chapter.
  • October 16, 2011
    Hukky
  • October 16, 2011
    TheChainMan
    ^Though these are justified as they're the credits for that specific chapter, not the whole game's credits.
  • October 16, 2011
    KTera
  • October 16, 2011
    deuxhero
    Opening Credits but for video games.
  • October 16, 2011
    Bisected8
    No, opening credits are when the credits are given as something begins. This is closing credits being shown before the actual end of the game.
  • October 16, 2011
    gneissisnice
    Not sure if it counts, but in the Pokemon games, beating the Elite Four will cause the credits to roll, but in DPP and BW, there's still a lot more to be done after that.
  • October 16, 2011
    Discar
    I think this counts.

    • In Princess Waltz, a little less than halfway through the game, one of the main characters dies, "BAD END" is displayed, and the credits roll. This is especially odd because you literally have no choices up to that point; it's completely unavoidable. But once you reached the title screen, "Chapter Two" appears, and you can continue the game.
  • October 20, 2011
    Discar
    Bump.
  • October 20, 2011
    ShaiHalud
    This happens about half-way through Da Capo 2. Once yu reach the Winter Holidays, they play a montage accompanied by credits. First time it fooled me into thinking I'd hit a dead end.
  • October 21, 2011
    UglyShirts
    Deus Ex Human Revolution has an opening credits sequence after the completion of the first level.
  • October 21, 2011
    AdamRhodes
    Super Smash Bros. rolls credits every time you beat a game mode
  • October 21, 2011
    GlennMagusHarvey
    I'm not sure this is tropable, but the following may be a related phenomenon:

    In some videogames, especially tie-ins with movies and such, it's possible to view the credits as an option from the title screen menu, right from the beginning. You're not forced to view them but you just have that easy option.
  • October 21, 2011
    bwburke94
    Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Sky is unique IIRC, because it has credits after the Disc One Final Boss and at the end of every special episode (special episodes are Another Side Another Story missions) but NOT after the True Final Boss.
  • October 21, 2011
    lulzipents
    Rayman 2 if you chose the treasure instead of the elixer.
  • October 21, 2011
    GlennMagusHarvey
    And where in Castlevania Symphony Of The Night do the credits appear early? They only really appear after you get at least the worst ending.
  • October 22, 2011
    Zai
    Plants Versus Zombies roll the credits after you complete the first adventure campaign. After that you got the second campaign, all the minigames, the zen garden, gathering money to buy all the extra plants, and so on...
  • October 22, 2011
    Diask
    • In Final Fantasy I, the credits appear the first time the bridge of Coneria is crossed.
  • November 5, 2011
    GlennMagusHarvey
    All I know is that this phenomenon has tended to occur in earlier videogames, as well as in western versus eastern videogames.

    Is this a trope? I guess it's a metacontextual one. We should probably also include a note about how it has been used and has trended.
  • November 14, 2011
    GlennMagusHarvey
    Bump. Someone please take over this.
  • November 17, 2011
    DeusExBiotica
    Anything that really incorporates the New Game Plus into the "full experience," rather than as a bonus, gets this. Nier might be the best example, since on the third and final playthrough, you probably won't see credits at all.
  • November 17, 2011
    amyrose
    I feel like I've had to sit through the same credits multiple times in the same game in a lot of Sonic the Hedgehog games. Sonic Adventure 2, Sonic Rush, Sonic the Hedgehog 3, pretty much any game where there's more than one playable character. And then after you've beaten each storyline (and seen the credits each time) you beat the Final Final Boss, and see the credits again! Not quite "level 1 credits" since they're still at the end, but this just made me think of that. Then again, I think most things make me think of Sonic.
  • November 17, 2011
    BlackMageJ
    While the Left 4 Dead games have no actual credits, every time you complete a campaign it displays game statistics in the style of a credit reel.
  • November 18, 2011
    GlennMagusHarvey
    I'm adding Up For Grabs to this YKTTW, since Teeth hasn't done anything with this since proposing it.
  • November 21, 2011
    Kayube
    In Kirby Super Star, every game mode has its own credit rolls (though only Spring Breeze, Milky Way Wishes, and I think Revenge of the King and Meta Knightmare Ultra in the remake are actual credits of the developers, while the other modes have different credit-like sequences.)

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