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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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Super Metroid is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made

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

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

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Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made

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Axiom Verge is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made

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

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

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

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Cave Story is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
Cave Story 2004

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Metroid: Samus Returns is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
utsavshrestha added Metroid: Samus Returns

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Metroid is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
Metroid 1986

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

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Dust: An Elysian Tail is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made

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Steam World Dig 2 is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
Steven Wesley Hallmark added Steam World Dig 2

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Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin 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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Salt & Sanctuary is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
KasparMairowitz added Salt & Sanctuary 2016

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Castlevania: Harmony of Disson... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made

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

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Castlevania: Circle of the Moo... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made

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Metroid II: Return of Samus is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made

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

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

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Bloodstained: Ritual of the Ni... is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night

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

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Wuppo is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
BasselKoshak added Wuppo 29/9/2016

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VVVVVV is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
VVVVVV 2010

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Wonder Boy III: The Dragon's T... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made

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

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Teslagrad is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
Teslagrad 2013

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

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Strider is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
Strider 1989

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Tomba! is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
Tomba! 1997

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UnEpic is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
UnEpic 2011

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Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet 2011

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Wonder Boy in Monster World is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made

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Shantae is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
Shantae 2002

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Aquaria is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
Aquaria 2007

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Mystik belle is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
KasparMairowitz added Mystik belle

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La-Mulana is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
La-Mulana 2005

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

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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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Valdis Story: Abyssal City is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
Valdis Story: Abyssal City

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

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Shaman King: Master of Spirits is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made

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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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Dragon's Crown is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
Dragon's Crown 2013