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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
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2
378 120
Super Metroid is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
3
378 120
Castlevania: Symphony of the N... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
4
187 77
Ori and the Blind Forest is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
5
150 56
Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
6
138 50
Metroid: Zero Mission is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
7
151 62
Metroid Fusion is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
8
128 58
Guacamelee! is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
9
87 37
Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
10
125 68
Axiom Verge is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
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11
75 37
Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
12
57 27
Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
13
54 25
Steam World Dig 2 is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
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14
61 37
Castlevania: Circle of the Moo... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
15
57 34
Metroid: Samus Returns is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
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16
53 31
Castlevania: Harmony of Disson... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
17
84 60
Cave Story is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
2004
18
39 20
Salt & Sanctuary is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
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19
58 39
Shadow Complex is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
20
39 24
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Ni... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night
21
54 39
Dust: An Elysian Tail is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
22
63 49
Metroid is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
1986
23
42 30
Shantae and the Pirate's Curse is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
Shantae and the Pirate's Curse
24
31 23
SteamWorld Dig is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
KasparMairowitz added SteamWorld Dig 2013
25
41 34
Metroid II: Return of Samus is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made