Quoted from Mahoyvan:
Are there any games where you HAVE to finish all the modes to get to the wizard mode? I'm not talking timing them out, but actually beating them.
I know that RBION is close in a sense that you have to complete a mode to get a letter. However, you don't exactly have to finish all of the individual ones to get to Atlantis... You could very well burn through all of them and keep beating the one you're good at (7 times?).
Does LOTR require you to finish all the modes to get somewhere?
Yes, Star Trek meets this criteria. There are six missions, each is three levels deep. All the Level One missions can be timed out and you can go to mini wizard mode one this way, but after that...you must complete the Level Two missions by making the shots before you can access mini wizard two (Amok).
And all Level Three missions must be done to reach Wizard mode (5 Year Mission).