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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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Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made

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

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Ori and the Blind Forest is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made

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Metroid: Zero Mission is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made

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Cave Story is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
Cave Story 2004

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Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made

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Axiom Verge is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made

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Castlevania: Circle of the Moo... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made

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

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Guacamelee! is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made

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Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made

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

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Metroid is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
Metroid 1986

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Shadow Complex is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made

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Dust: An Elysian Tail is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made

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Shantae and the Pirate's Curse is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
Shantae and the Pirate's Curse

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Wonder Boy III: The Dragon's T... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made

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Teslagrad is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
Teslagrad 2013

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Aliens Infestation is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
Aliens Infestation

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Metroid II: Return of Samus is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made

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La-Mulana is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
La-Mulana 2005

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Shantae: Risky's Revenge is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made

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Bloodstained: Ritual of the Ni... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night

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UnEpic is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
UnEpic 2011

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Tomba! is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
Tomba! 1997

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Strider is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
Strider 1989

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Aquaria is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
Aquaria Dec 07 2007

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Odin Sphere is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made

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Samurai Jack: The Amulet of Ti... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
Samurai Jack: The Amulet of Time Mar 25 2003

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Blaster Master is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made

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

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Wonder Boy in Monster World is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made

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VVVVVV is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
VVVVVV 2010

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Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet Aug 03 2011

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Valdis Story: Abyssal City is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
Valdis Story: Abyssal City

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Dragon's Crown is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
Dragon's Crown 2013

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Shantae is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
Shantae Jun 05 2002

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Bunny Must Die is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
Bunny Must Die Jul 25 2006

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Shaman King: Master of Spirits... is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made

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Shaman King: Master of Spirits is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made

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The Iconoclasts is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
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République is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
République

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Environmental Station Alpha is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
Environmental Station Alpha

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Hero Core is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
Hero Core

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

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Astroman is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
Astroman Dec 23 2010

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Rygar is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
Rygar 1986

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You Have to Win the Game is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
You Have to Win the Game May 06 2012