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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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240 78
Castlevania: Symphony of the N... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made

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245 81
Super Metroid is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made

3
255 87
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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131 61
Ori and the Blind Forest is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made

5
94 39
Metroid: Zero Mission is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made

6
95 40
Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made

7
111 52
Metroid Fusion is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made

8
96 50
Axiom Verge is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made

9
86 43
Guacamelee! is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made

10
57 32
Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made

11
30 10
Salt & Sanctuary is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
KasparMairowitz added Salt & Sanctuary 2016

12
51 30
Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made

13
39 22
Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made

14
66 49
Cave Story is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
2004

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42 28
Metroid: Samus Returns is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
utsavshrestha added

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40 27
Castlevania: Circle of the Moo... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made

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52 39
Metroid is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
1986

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40 30
Dust: An Elysian Tail is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made

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28 19
Steam World Dig 2 is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
Steven Wesley Hallmark added Steam World Dig 2

20
33 25
Castlevania: Harmony of Disson... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made

21
31 23
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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38 34
Shadow Complex is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made

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34 31
Metroid II: Return of Samus is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made

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18 16
SteamWorld Dig is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
KasparMairowitz added SteamWorld Dig

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6 4
AM2R - Another Metroid 2 Remak... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
adamcholder added AM2R - Another Metroid 2 Remake

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14 14
Iconoclasts is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
Iconoclasts

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15 16
Blaster Master is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made

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13 18
Odin Sphere is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made

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16 22
Shantae: Risky's Revenge is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made

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9 13
Environmental Station Alpha is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
Environmental Station Alpha

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15 21
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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11 16
Xeodrifter is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
Xeodrifter

33
17 24
La-Mulana is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
2005

34
11 17
Strider is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
1989

35
14 21
VVVVVV is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
2010

36
16 24
Teslagrad is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
Teslagrad 2013

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6 11
Blaster Master Zero is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
KenyonKirksey added Blaster Master Zero

38
9 15
Valdis Story: Abyssal City is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
Valdis Story: Abyssal City

39
11 18
Shantae is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
2002

40
13 21
Aliens Infestation is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
Aliens Infestation

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7 13
Shaman King: Master of Spirits is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made

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7 13
Wonder Boy in Monster World is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made

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9 16
Chasm is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
Chasm

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10 18
Tomba! is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
1997

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10 18
UnEpic is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
UnEpic 2011

46
18 29
Wonder Boy III: The Dragon's T... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made

47
5 12
Shaman King: Master of Spirits... is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made

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7 15
Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet 2011

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9 18
Dragon's Crown is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
Dragon's Crown 2013

50
9 19
Aquaria is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
2007