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Total Nerd The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made  

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Pinning down the best Metroidvania games can be tough. See, Castlevania and Metroid became wildly popular at just about the same time in gaming history. Both games were incredibly difficult, both were 2D side scrolling games, and both launched franchises. A term was born for any video game that plays like these two: Metroidvania. So here's our ranked list of Metroidvania video games, as voted on by gamers who love the genre. Trust us, ranking these games from best to worse is a whole lot easier than beating them.

Castlevania: Symphony of the Night is a popular example of a Metroidvania game from recent history. Though the Metroid series sometimes strays away from its original mechanics and plays in different styles, Castlevania fans don't seem to want anything different. 

Vote up your favorite side-scrollers on this Metroidvania games list and if you're hardcore enough that you insist on calling them Castleroid games, go ahead and rerank the whole list. Notice any glaring omissions? Add them so your fellow gamers can vote them up too!
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Castlevania: Symphony of the N... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made

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Super Metroid is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made

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79 21
Hollow Knight is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
MaTTMaTTeMaTTic added Hollow Knight

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Ori and the Blind Forest is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made

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49 16
Metroid Fusion is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made

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47 15
Axiom Verge is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made

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44 13
Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made

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41 13
Metroid: Zero Mission is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made

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33 17
Cave Story is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
Cave Story 2004

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Guacamelee! is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made

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24 12
Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made

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24 12
Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made

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23 12
Dust: An Elysian Tail is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made

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16 7
Castlevania: Harmony of Disson... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made

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Shadow Complex is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made

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Metroid: Samus Returns is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
utsavshrestha added Metroid: Samus Returns

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Shantae and the Pirate's Curse is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
Shantae and the Pirate's Curse

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15 8
Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made

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18 11
Castlevania: Circle of the Moo... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made

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Metroid is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
Metroid 1986

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15 10
Wonder Boy III: The Dragon's T... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made

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Shantae: Risky's Revenge is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made

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11 8
Teslagrad is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
Teslagrad 2013

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Metroid II: Return of Samus is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made

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10 9
La-Mulana is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
La-Mulana 2005

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VVVVVV is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
VVVVVV 2010

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Shantae is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
Shantae 2002

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UnEpic is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
UnEpic 2011

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Odin Sphere is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made

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Tomba! is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
Tomba! 1997

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Bloodstained: Ritual of the Ni... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night

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6 6
Dragon's Crown is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
Dragon's Crown 2013

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6 6
Strider is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
Strider 1989

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Chasm is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
Chasm

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4 4
The Iconoclasts is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
The Iconoclasts

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4 4
Environmental Station Alpha is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
Environmental Station Alpha

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3 3
Shaman King: Master of Spirits is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made

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7 8
Blaster Master is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made

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7 8
Aquaria is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
Aquaria Dec 07 2007

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7 8
Aliens Infestation is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
Aliens Infestation

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6 7
Samurai Jack: The Amulet of Ti... is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
Samurai Jack: The Amulet of Time Mar 25 2003

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4 5
Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet Aug 03 2011

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Wonder Boy in Monster World is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made

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2 3
Valdis Story: Abyssal City is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
Valdis Story: Abyssal City

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2 3
Shaman King: Master of Spirits... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made

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2 3
Bunny Must Die is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
Bunny Must Die Jul 25 2006

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1 3
République is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
République

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1 3
Monster Tale is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
Monster Tale

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Mystik Belle is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
Mystik Belle

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Hero Core is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
Hero Core