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The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made 

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Updated March 13, 2020 7.2k votes 1.5k voters 16.6k 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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AM2R - Another Metroid 2... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
adamcholder added AM2R - Another Metroid 2 Remake
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Iconoclasts is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
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Gato Roboto is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
Adam Adkins added Gato Roboto
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Environmental Station Al... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
Environmental Station Alpha
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Wonder Boy III: The Drag... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
Released: 1989 (Sega)
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Ori and the Will of the ... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
Released: 2020 (Moon Studios)
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Blaster Master is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
Released: 1988 (Sunsoft)
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Blaster Master Zero is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
KenyonKirksey added Blaster Master Zero
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Shantae: Risky's Revenge... is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
Released: 2010 (WayForward Technologies)
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La-Mulana is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
Released: 2005 (Nigoro)
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Strider is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
Released: 1989 (Capcom)
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VVVVVV is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
Released: 2010 (Distractionware)
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Castlevania II: Simon's ... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
ATA added Released: 1987 (Konami)
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Xeodrifter is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
Xeodrifter
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Shantae is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
Released: 2002 (WayForward Technologies)
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Tomba! is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
Released: 1997 (Whoopee Camp)
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Wonder Boy in Monster Wo... is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
Released: 1991 (Westone)
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Aliens Infestation is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
Aliens Infestation
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UnEpic is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
UnEpic
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Mega Man ZX Advent is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
ATA added Released: 2007 (Capcom)
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Chasm is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
Chasm
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Mega Man ZX is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
ATA added Released: 2006 (Capcom)
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Teslagrad is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
Teslagrad
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Valdis Story: Abyssal Ci... is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
Valdis Story: Abyssal City
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Odin Sphere is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
Released: 2007 (Vanillaware)