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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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310 99
Hollow Knight is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
MaTTMaTTeMaTTic added Hollow Knight

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282 88
Castlevania: Symphony of the N... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made

3
293 93
Super Metroid is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made

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116 45
Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made

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109 43
Metroid: Zero Mission is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
Feb 09 2004

6
144 67
Ori and the Blind Forest is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made

7
122 56
Metroid Fusion is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made

8
107 53
Axiom Verge is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
March 31, 2015

9
97 47
Guacamelee! is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made

10
63 36
Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made

11
55 34
Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made

12
39 20
Steam World Dig 2 is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
Steven Wesley Hallmark added Steam World Dig 2

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73 53
Cave Story is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
2004

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48 30
Metroid: Samus Returns is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
utsavshrestha added

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41 24
Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made

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31 15
Salt & Sanctuary is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
KasparMairowitz added Salt & Sanctuary 2016

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57 41
Metroid is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
1986

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43 30
Castlevania: Circle of the Moo... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made

19
38 27
Castlevania: Harmony of Disson... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made

20
42 32
Dust: An Elysian Tail is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made

21
35 27
Shantae and the Pirate's Curse is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
Shantae and the Pirate's Curse

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37 31
Metroid II: Return of Samus is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made

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41 36
Shadow Complex is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made

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20 15
Iconoclasts is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
Iconoclasts

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21 18
SteamWorld Dig is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
KasparMairowitz added SteamWorld Dig 2013