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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
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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 the N... 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 Sorrow is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
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Metroid: Zero Mission is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
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Metroid Fusion is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
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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 Sorrow 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
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Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
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Bloodstained: Ritual of the Ni... is listed (or ranked) 12 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) 13 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
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Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin 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
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Castlevania: Circle of the Moo... 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 Disson... 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
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Cave Story is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
Dec 20 2004
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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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Metroid is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
1986
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Dust: An Elysian Tail is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Metroidvania Video Games Ever Made
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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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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