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on 15 Sep 2009 01:42

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The term "Metroidvania" refers to a whole sub-genre of 2D action-adventure platform video games involving non-linear exploration and gaining new abilities to access otherwise closed off areas. The name is a combination of the series names "Metroid" and "Castlevania", both of which popularized the genre. Metroid games have always been non-linear with progression made by accumulating new powers, while the Castlevania series started off as a straight platform adventure series. Drawing on the Metroid games and Castlevania II: Simon's Quest, Konami created Castlevania: Symphony of the Night for the PlayStation. Ever since, the Castlevania series has also been known for its non-linear gameplay as well as its trademark action RPG elements. There have been many other Metroidvania games, however; some are lesser known and some feature popular characters like Kirby and Spider-Man.

The following is a list of games that fit the Metroidvania criteria. If anyone out there knows of any more, feel free to leave a comment). =]
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Posted: 5 years, 2 months ago at Nov 6 18:28
a few more:
Shadow complex
Muramasa: The Demon Blade
cave story
wonder boy III
Posted: 5 years, 2 months ago at Nov 6 18:56
Thanks! I'm somewhat familiar with the others, but Muramasa: The Demon Blade is new to me.
Posted: 4 years ago at Jan 2 7:42
Where are Castlevania III & IV (personal faves of mine, along with the original, 2, & Lament of Innocence...haven't played any of the others)? You might also check those listed above against these: and

Loved the Metroid games I've played as well. Kid Icarus is also a personal favorite. Cool list!
Posted: 4 years ago at Jan 5 16:04
What about Aztaka (PC)
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Posted: 3 years, 9 months ago at May 3 23:16
Posted: 3 years, 9 months ago at May 5 2:39
Yeah, I've been following that one but didn't know it was already on Listal. Thanks! I've added it.
Posted: 3 years, 8 months ago at May 25 12:18
i love these 2 games but i didn't know that kind of games have a name LOL "toady all thengs have names"

i wish there more games like that i love CV:SOTN alot i neve play metroid befor it thanks for the info man .
Posted: 3 years, 8 months ago at May 25 12:19
is zelda onr of these games ???
Posted: 3 years, 8 months ago at May 28 21:35
Hey, no problem. I created this list almost two years ago because I was really digging this kind of game and wanted to have a list for reference. I also guessed it would prove useful for others, which I wouldn't mind at all.

Zelda II for the NES is one sort of Metroidvania, wherein the sidescrolling elements are broken up by an overworld map. Other Zelda games have pretty much the basics of a good MV, with 3D in place of sidescrolling. So while Zelda games aren't technically of this sub-genre, they might be suitable to satisfy one's fix for it.
Posted: 3 years, 7 months ago at Jun 9 12:27
i find 10 indie metroidvanias games

and :
Agatha Ragata
Orb The Derelict Planet
The Legend of Iya WIP indie game
Knytt Stories
An Untitled Story
The Island

and serch for these on youtube:
Atmosphir Make Your Own Sidescroller _ Metroidvania Level
Posted: 3 years, 6 months ago at Aug 2 0:07
Posted: 3 years, 6 months ago at Aug 2 20:15
Thanks a bunch! Added. =]
Posted: 3 years, 3 months ago at Oct 22 1:57
Thank you! I've added both of them.
Posted: 3 years, 1 month ago at Dec 5 19:19
Aliens: Infestation
oh sameone find about it first
Posted: 3 years, 1 month ago at Dec 6 8:51
Megaman legend for PSX is MV but 3D
one of few do it right
Posted: 3 years, 1 month ago at Dec 6 8:52
Posted: 2 years, 8 months ago at May 7 2:48
^ So close but no dice! Thanks for the suggestions, guys.
Posted: 2 years, 5 months ago at Aug 26 18:25
Posted: 2 years, 5 months ago at Aug 31 4:49

I need to check out and then consider adding Alex Adventure, vanilla Knytt, Momodora II, Painajainen, Plasma Warrior, Redder, Seiklus, Space Barnacle, Treasure Hunter Man, and VVVVV (for some reason I thought I already had that one).

I've got all the 2D ones here.

Heck, I might as well start on a list of 3D Metroidvanias. Give me a week or so to break the ice.

From my list, I'm missing Ikachan by the Cave Story developer and the browser-play Rocket birds.
Posted: 1 year, 7 months ago at Jun 14 16:10
wonderfully helpful + conveniently arranged list!!
Posted: 1 year, 6 months ago at Jul 25 4:07
im buying 3ds soon , is there any thing good for it
Posted: 1 year, 5 months ago at Aug 6 3:07
You could probably put Cave Story 3D for the 3DS in the handheld section. The layout of the game is exactly the same as the PC version.
Posted: 1 year, 3 months ago at Oct 5 14:06
Awesome list! Need to try out more of these types of games.
Posted: 1 year, 3 months ago at Oct 8 23:27
Hey! Listen! (C)
Have you played Nihilumbra????
I was right in the middle of the game when I realized it's actually metroidvania too!)) And this is when I remembered your list - THIS LIST!))
So here I am, with the game minimized, shouting out in the open for you to hear me and grab that game, 'coz I know you'd appreciate it!)

A word of caution though, I personally find it's voice acting a little TOO CHEESY! other than that, it's pretty captivating...

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