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The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made 

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Updated March 13, 2020 7.5k votes 1.5k voters 17.1k views

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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Hollow Knight 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
Released: 1994 (Intelligent Systems)
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Castlevania: Symphony of... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
Released: 1997 (Konami)
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Ori and the Blind Forest... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
Released: 2014 (Moon Studios)
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Castlevania: Aria of Sor... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow Released: 2003 (Konami)
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Metroid Fusion is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
Metroid Fusion Released: 2002 (Nintendo Research & Development 1)
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Metroid: Zero Mission is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
Metroid: Zero Mission Released: 2004 (Nintendo Research & Development 1)
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Axiom Verge is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
Released: March 31 (Thomas Happ Games)
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Guacamelee! is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
Released: 2013 (Drinkbox Studios)
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Castlevania: Dawn of Sor... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
Released: 2005 (Konami)
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Bloodstained: Ritual of ... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night
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Castlevania: Order of Ec... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
Released: 2008 (Konami)
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Steam World Dig 2 is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
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Cave Story is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
Released: 2004 (Studio Pixel)
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Castlevania: Portrait of... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
Released: 2006 (Konami)
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Metroid: Samus Returns ... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
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Castlevania: Circle of t... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
Released: 2001 (Konami)
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Castlevania: Harmony of ... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
Released: 2002 (Konami)
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Shadow Complex is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
Shadow Complex Released: 2009 (Chair Entertainment)
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Salt & Sanctuary is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
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Metroid is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
Released: 1986 (Intelligent Systems)
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Shantae and the Pirate's... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
Shantae and the Pirate's Curse
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Dust: An Elysian Tail is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
Released: 2012 (Humble Hearts)
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SteamWorld Dig is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
KasparMairowitz added SteamWorld Dig Released: 2013 (Image & Form)
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Metroid II: Return of Sa... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
Released: 1991 (Intelligent Systems)