A place which is not the main hub or boss area in a series, but a minor place which appears over and over again within the same series.
Like Recurring Riff
, but a place. Different from Nostalgia Level
in that it is merely a recycled locale rather than a place meant to invoke memories.
- The Mario Kart games always have Mario Circuit, a beach level, Bowser's Castle, and Rainbow Road. Wario Stadium and a Donkey Kong track usually appear too.
- The Legend of Zelda games often have incarnations of the Lost Woods, even in the games that don't take place in Hyrule. Death Mountain, Lake Hylia, Kakariko Village, and the Gerudo Desert often appear too.
- The main Pokémon games always have a variation of Victory Road.
- The Brookhaven and Alchemilla hospitals in the Silent Hill games.
- In the Sonic the Hedgehog games, Green Hill Zone has appeared many times, in both older games and newer games.
- Actually, the series has a whole mess of levels that show up over and over again. Almost every game has a tropical zone, a casino/carnival zone, a lava zone, etc.
- In the Star Wars Expanded Universe games, Tatooine appears all the time, especially in the MMORPGs.
- Hell, in the Star Wars Expanded Universe, Tatooine appears all the time, even in places you wouldn't expect it. To wit, Tatooine has appeared in:
- The Tatooine echo appears repeatedly; it's in five of the six Star Wars movies.
- The Clock Tower in the Castlevania games.
- The games in the Gradius series have almost always a level set in a field full of active volcanoes, an organic level, a Moai level and the mechanical Bacterion base.
- The Tales Series has players go to the tree of Mana, Yggdrasil, in several of its games.
- A non-video game example: The Biers pub is mentioned a lot in Discworld.
- Playground Commons, Sandy Flats, and Dirt Yards appear a lot in the Backyard Sports games.
- Every single Monkey Island game so far has had its own version of the Voodoo Lady's shack, generally as a one-stop shop for all things voodoo (titled The International House of Mojo in two appearances, and Voodoo & Things (formerly just Voodoo in one). Monkey Island itself, however, appears in some form or another in every game except Tales (the climax of the second game takes place on Dinky Island, an atoll off the coast of Monkey Island, and the final confrontation occurs in the underground tunnels connecting Dinky and Monkey together).
- Exaggerated with Olympus Coliseum in the Kingdom Hearts series, almost to the point of it being a Scrappy Level. As of Kingdom Hearts 3D [Dream Drop Distance], it appears in six out of seven games, and is hinted to reappear in Kingdom Hearts III. While it is absent in KH3D, Country of the Musketeers reuses the Road to a Hero soundtrack to serve as the Musketeer theme, making it, Space Paranoidsnote and Atlanticanote the only three Disney worlds to have some sort of connection with the game.
- Metropolis, Kerwan, of the Ratchet & Clank series, being playable in three games, unlockable in Full Frontal Assault/Q-Force, and even represents the series in Play Station Move Heroes and PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale!
- Possibly due to the third in the series essentially being a return to the galaxy of the first in the series, Veldin, Rilgar, and Aridia appear in both games, with the Kyzil Plateau being the first level of both games, Blackwater City as an early-game level in the first and mid-game in the third, and different outposts of Aridia being visited: X11 as a very early location in the first game, X12 as a late-game location in the third.
- W(i/y)ndia of the Breath of Fire series.
- The Hulle Granz Cathedral (aka Δ Hidden Forbidden Holy Ground, the area key words used to access it) in the .hack series. It is the only location to consistently show up in every single installment of the franchise, and something plot-important is practically guaranteed to happen there.
- The World of Mana series has the Mana Tree, and the remote inaccessible land (Illucia / Pure Land / Mana Holy Land) that surrounds it and keeps it safe from human spoil.
- Floor 60 of The Tower of Druaga.
- Nintendo has started using Wuhu Island as a location that's not game-specific; it appears in Wii Fit, Wii Sports Resort, Pilotwings Resort, Mario Kart 7, and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U (though to be fair, that last one is done as part of a Pilotwings stage rather than being a stage itself).