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Also known as Front View, this is a video game perspective in which all objects are viewed strictly from the side, with little or no amount of their tops or bottoms visible. This is the classic perspective for 2D Platform Games, Metroidvania games, Fighting Games and Horizontal Scrolling Shooters. This perspective has fallen out of favor with modern 3D games.

Depth Perplexion almost always comes with this view; for example note that in the picture to the right Mega Man and the turret enemies can shoot bullets "through" the walls. Cheated Angles are also very likely to be encountered.

See also Isometric Projection, Top-Down View and 3/4 View.

Due to its ubiquity in 2D Platform Games, Metroidvania, Fighting Games and Horizontal Scrolling Shooters, please list only subversions or unusual instances.



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     Platform / Metroidvania  

  • Super Mario Galaxy and its sequel had certain sections in 2D.
  • Some parts of the daytime levels in Sonic Unleashed, as well as the levels in Sonic Colors and Classic Sonic's levels in Sonic Generations.
  • Kirby: Triple Deluxe and Kirby: Planet Robobot are side scrolling, but the player is able to leap between the foreground and background using a Warp Star.
  • Similarly, Crush was based around transitioning between 3D, 2D side-view, and 2D top-down-view.
  • Fez involves a 3D environment that gets flattened into a 2D plane for side-view platforming; the player can alter the level by switching the positions of the X- and Z-axis at will.
  • The Mega Man series— with the notable exception of 8, where the tops of platforms were visible.
  • LittleBigPlanet, though you could "jump" forward and backwards in depth in certain spots.
  • Punky Skunk is this and it was released on the original Playstation, although it was originally meant to be an SNES game.

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  • The Contra series infamously uses alternative viewpoints (such as top-down and pseudo-3D) in some of its levels.

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     Other Media  

  • The Fantastic Mr. Fox has a few action scenes like this.
  • This is generally how the Wacky Races are shown, although other views are also used.
  • Yogi's Space Race (essentially Wacky Races in space) is also usually shown this way.


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