The 19 Best Metroidvania Games

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So what is the true definition of a "Metroidvania" game? Well, it's best known as a sub-genre of action-adventure and platforming experiences that focus on open-ended exploration within 2D spaces and utility-gated progression systems. Just by looking at its name, your brain should instantly figure out what it's a combination of - Nintendo's Metroid and Konami's Castlevania, two iconic gaming IPs that sit at the top of the mountain for fans of that style of gameplay. Besides the most celebrated series entries from both those franchises, there's a nice variety of games inspired by the well-respected mechanics of the Metroidvania formula. If you adore 2D side-scrollers with extensive expeditions, secrets galore, and action-packed battles, then let us put you onto 19 of the best Metroidvania games.

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Best Metroidvania Games

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1. ‘Super Metroid’

Buy Now, $161.60

2. ‘Castlevania: Symphony Of The Night’

Buy Now, $83.09

3. ‘Ori and the Will of the Wisps'

Buy Now, $31.99

4. ‘Dead Cells’

Buy Now, $29.89

5. ‘Hollow Knight’

Buy Now, $48.40

6. ‘Metroid: Zero Mission’

Buy Now, $175.69

7. ‘Axiom Verge’

Buy Now, $75.49

8. ‘Metroid Fusion’

Buy Now, $29.99

9. ‘SteamWorld Dig 2’

Buy Now, $40.90

10. ‘Owlboy’

Buy Now, $22.98

11. ‘Yoku's Island Express’

Buy Now, $17.50

12. ‘Blasphemous’

Buy Now, $40.16

13. ‘Strider’ (2014)

Download Now, $14.99

14. ‘Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition’

Buy Now, $25.98

15. ‘Bloodstained: Ritual Of The Night’

Buy Now, $16.49

16. ‘Metroid Dread’

Buy Now, $52.49

17. ‘Iconoclasts’

Buy Now, $129.99

18. 'Chasm'

Buy Now, Price Varies

19. 'Grim Guardians: Demon Purge'

Buy Now, $39.99
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