World Map

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A World Map refers to any image or construct that represents an entire playable area in a video game. Typically in addition to viewing a visual representation of a world - with its major areas and their locations relative to one-another - a world hub screen will allow the player to either view information about an area by scrolling over it, or warp the playable character to an unlocked location. Often, world hubs will start out incomplete (whether landmarks are simply not shown or entire sections of the map are obscured) and be filled by having the playable character explore that region. World hubs are distinguished from Level Hubs in that world hubs will allow access to whole levels, whereas level hubs allow access only to their stages, and to the levels adjacent, in most cases.

Game Appearances[edit]

In the context of the Kirby series, world maps are often used only for the purpose of selecting levels. The first game in the series to do this was Kirby's Dream Course, which showed a depiction of all of the various courses on one continuous screen. (Despite coming out before this, Kirby's Adventure does not have a proper world map, instead merely having a series of level hubs strung together.) Other Kirby games that feature a world map include the following:

The World Map in Kirby Squeak Squad
The first of six sections of the world map for Kirby: Triple Deluxe.
The world map for Kirby: Planet Robobot.
  • Kirby's Blowout Blast: Kirby starts on a platform which contains Warp Stars representing each level. Accessing a level is a simple matter of hopping onto the correct star.
  • Kirby Star Allies: While there is no visual representation of a world map from which each level can be visited, there is a menu allowing the player to quickly skip to each level hub.
  • Kirby and the Forgotten Land: All of the levels and stages in the main game can be visited via one continuous world map, structured in a similar manner to the Warp Star maps in Kirby Star Allies.

As an item[edit]

Main article: Map (item)

In Kirby & The Amazing Mirror there is a special item which Kirby obtains just before entering the Central Circle called the World Map. This item enables the player to see the world map at any time during gameplay.