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This is a feature unlockable in Metroid Prime 3: Corruption and Metroid Prime Trilogy. A Diorama is a 3D model of a location. In the games, there are several Dioramas to unlock in the Bonus Gallery. The player will need Friend Credits to purchase them. The base for each is shaped like a Metroid.
These Dioramas are not considered canon to the storyline and some are completely irrelevant, as they feature settings and events that never happen in the game. For example, Samus is shown in her Varia Suit in all the dioramas, despite the fact that during the events depicted, she wore her PED Suit.
Credits required (per Diorama)Edit
See King Conan.
This diorama shows the battle between Mogenar and Samus (in Morph Ball form), and seems to be set in Bryyo Fire. There are several pillars with onlooking Reptilicus Hunters, and some are toppling over.
This diorama features a battle between Ghor and Samus. Several Chozo Ghosts can be seen in a circle around the battle. It appears to be set on the Main Docking Bay, where the actual battle took place.
Five of the six dioramas were designed by Matt Manchester. Here are his notes:
"At the end of the project, I made several dioramas that could be purchased using points acquired through playing the game. These were made quickly, and use many assets created by many other artists at retro. I made the bases for the dioramas, and arranged them all into a scene, using characters made by Quinn Smith, Danny Richardson, Ben Sprout, Andrew Jones, Elben Schafers, and Ian Olsen. Sorry if I forgot anyone!"
On ConceptArt.org's forums, he had this to say about the dioramas:
"They were one of the most fun tasks in some respects. It was liking playing legos with the art assets that the whole team had built up to that point. You could whip a bunch of interesting scenes together real fast."