Created By: DRCEQ on October 15, 2012 Last Edited By: DRCEQ on October 28, 2012
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Athletic Arena Level

Sports-themed video game stage

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The hero steps up to bat. The boss throws the pitch. The hero kicks, TOUCHDOWN! Wait, what's this? The referee is calling on the hero for goal-tending. The hat trick was no good.

Athletic Arena Land is a sports-themed video game stage.

This isn't simply the arena that you play sports games in. Some games, especially action, adventure, and platforming games, design entire levels around the theme of sports. Expect to see linebackers barreling towards you, pitchers hurling baseballs at you, mooks lobbing tennis balls at you with a mean back-hand, hockey players picking a fight. Everything it takes to keep you from reaching the GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAALLL!!

Sometimes a gym or locker room, or even a coliseum might be the setting instead.

In short, expect to see Gretzky Has the Ball as the visual setting.

Examples Include:

  • Strike Man's stage (pictured above) in Mega Man 10 starts off innocent enough. You're running your way through a giant baseball stadium in the background, and the first enemies you come across are robot ball storage containers, lobbing bouncing baseballs and footballs at you. Soon enough there are enemies throwing curve balls at you from atop basketball nets, giant robot goalies trying to crush you, and spike-covered rocket-propelled soccerballs that you need to activate and run underneath just to advance your way to Strike Man at the end. Strike Man himself is a personified walking baseball who not only uses himself as a weapon, but throws bouncing dodgeballs at you as well.
  • Ninja Baseball Bat Man is an arcade Beat 'em Up where nearly every level is baseball-themed. Some enemies are actually baseball bats wielding baseball bats.
  • The Disney's TaleSpin game for Nes have a level set in a baseball stadium.
  • Tiny Toon Adventures: Buster Busts Loose! on Snes, Stage 4 is the final part of a football game.
  • The final boss fight of Duke Nukem 3D/first level of Duke Nukem Forever takes place in a football stadium. If you succeed in killing the monster there, Duke even gets to rip it's eyeball out and kick a field goal with it.
  • No More Heroes has Destroy Stadium, a setting visited twice in the game. What happens there includes killing bad guys by deflecting a pitch, battles in the vast outfield, and Playing Tennis with the Boss via a man-launching batting cage.
  • In the Aaahh!!!Real Monsters platformer for the Sega Genesis, the second level is a school Gymnasium. Obstacles include basketball hoops, arena stands, and basketballs bouncing everywhere.
  • The Super Smash Bros. series has a few stages based on race tracks (Mute City and Big Blue in Melee, Port Town Aero Dive and Mario Circuit in Brawl) that all have cars racing around the track while you fight. There's also the Pokémon Stadium stages which are based on the arenas used in Pokemon battling (a fictional sport).
  • Mischief Makers had a sports or rather Olympic themed stage where you had to win a certain amount of competitions to advance. 100, 200, and 400 meter dashes, hurdles, long jump, some weird ball catching game, and math problems were among the tasks.
  • Sports Gym and Space Ball Stadium in The Jetsons: Cogswell's Caper.
  • Sports Bear's route in the Glider PRO CD house "Teddy World."
Community Feedback Replies: 21
  • October 16, 2012
    DRCEQ
    Bummer. I was expecting people to jump at this one. I know it's trope-worthy and there's plenty of examples out there. I just wish I could think of what specific games they were from. I'm pretty sure there was a Tiny Toon Adventures game that featured this level.
  • October 16, 2012
    hevendor717
    Oh, I know this trope. I swear there are games with this. Be patient..

    Ninja Baseball Bat Man is an arcade Beat Em Up where nearly every level is baseball-themed. Some enemies are actually baseball bats wielding baseball bats.
  • October 16, 2012
    hevendor717
    No More Heroes has Destroy Stadium, a setting visited twice in the game. What happens there includes killing bad guys by deflecting a pitch, battles in the vast outfield, and Playing Tennis With The Boss via a man-launching batting cage.
  • October 16, 2012
    hevendor717
    In the Aaahh!!!Real Monsters platformer for the Sega Genesis, the second level is a school Gymnasium. Obstacles include basketball hoops, arena stands, and basketballs bouncing everywhere.
  • October 17, 2012
    m8e
    • The Disney's Tale Spin game for Nes have a level set in a baseball stadium.

    Yes on the tiny toon game.
  • October 17, 2012
    MrRuano
    The final boss fight of Duke Nukem 3 D/first level of Duke Nukem Forever takes place in a football stadium. If you succeed in killing the monster there, Duke even gets to rip it's eyeball out and kick a field goal with it.
  • October 17, 2012
    Kayube
    The Super Smash Bros series has a few stages based on race tracks (Mute City and Big Blue in Melee, Port Town Aero Dive and Mario Circuit in Brawl) that all have cars racing around the track while you fight. There's also the Pokemon Stadium stages which are based on the arenas used in Pokemon battling (a fictional sport).
  • October 17, 2012
    DRCEQ
    ^ I had thought about the Pokemon arena in that series, but was wondering if I should include it. I figure why not, it'll help the trope thrive a little better.
  • October 18, 2012
    acrobox
    Mischief Makers had a sports or rather Olympic themed stage where you had to win a certain amount of competitions to advance. 100, 200, and 400 meter dashes, hurdles, long jump, some weird ball catching game, and math problems were among the tasks.
  • October 18, 2012
    DRCEQ
    ^ Math problems? Heh, I wasn't expecting Matheletes to get in on this trope. :p
  • October 23, 2012
    DRCEQ
    Hmm, I wish I could think up a few more examples, but the trope does have enough to be launched. Any objections?
  • October 23, 2012
    KZN02
    Hmm, maybe there should be something about coliseums as well?
  • October 23, 2012
    Prfnoff
    • Sports Gym and Space Ball Stadium in The Jetsons: Cogswell's Caper.
    • Sports Bear's route in the Glider PRO CD house "Teddy World."
  • October 23, 2012
    DRCEQ
    Good point. Adding in coliseums to the description.

    ... Anyone else notice that the majority of examples listed are from 2D games or otherwise from earlier generations of video game systems? hmm..
  • October 27, 2012
    DRCEQ
    I think the trope will be able to take off once it gets launched. There are a sufficient amount of examples for now, and I'm ready to launch it. Any objections?
  • October 27, 2012
    m8e
    ^^this might be a Dead Horse Trope as stuff like baseball bats wielding baseball bats are just too silly when it's in 3D.
  • October 27, 2012
    DRCEQ
    Yeah I had thought about that possibility. Still, I think the trope can thrive once it's launched, and then I'll gauge whether it should be mentioned as such.
  • October 27, 2012
    DracMonster
    Maybe title it Athletic Arena Level to be a little clearer, this kinda sounds like an entire nation of sports arenas.
  • October 27, 2012
    DRCEQ
    Good idea. I was thinking "Land" because all the other various video game stage settings usually have something quirky to that effect. I was contemplating Athletic Arena Area for the Added Alliterative Appeal, but that sounds really vague. Level does make it more obvious, but less likely to be confused for some other meaning.
  • October 28, 2012
    BlueGuy
    Would this count?

    • Jimmy T's stages in the first Wario Ware game are mostly about sports.
  • October 28, 2012
    DRCEQ
    ^ can you be a little more specific? That's a little vague.

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