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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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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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Super Metroid is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
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Castlevania: Symphony of... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
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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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Castlevania: Aria of Sor... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow
2003
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Metroid: Zero Mission is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
Metroid: Zero Mission
2004
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Metroid Fusion is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
Metroid Fusion
2002
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Guacamelee! is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
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Castlevania: Dawn of Sor... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
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Axiom Verge is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
March 31, 2015
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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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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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Castlevania: Order of Ec... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
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Castlevania: Portrait of... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
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Metroid: Samus Returns ... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
utsavshrestha added
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Castlevania: Circle of t... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
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Salt & Sanctuary is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
KasparMairowitz added Salt & Sanctuary
2016
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Castlevania: Harmony of ... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
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Shadow Complex is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
Shadow Complex
Aug 19 2009
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Cave Story is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
2004
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Shantae and the Pirate's... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
Shantae and the Pirate's Curse
2014
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Metroid is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
1986
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Gato Roboto is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
Adam Adkins added Gato Roboto
05/30/2019
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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
2013
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Dust: An Elysian Tail is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
Aug 15 2012