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Metroidvania

Description

Metroidvania is a portmanteau of Metroid and Castlevania and refers to games that feature the most distinctive gameplay concept of the Metroid games and later Castlevania games. Games of this genre feature a freely explorable world that is gated in content by specific abilities that need to be acquired by the player. Generally these game have a central hub from which the player can move to various interconnected levels which gradually unlock as the player acquires new skills. A large number of Metroidvania games use a side scrolling perspective like the games the name derives from but this is not a requirement. Top-down or bird's-eye view (e.g. The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past) or 3D games (e.g. Batman: Arkham Asylum) can also share these concepts. Metroidvania games usually feature mild RPG elements such as upgradable health.
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Mega Man Network Transmission GameCube Front Cover

GameCube (2003)

Based between the events of the Game Boy Advance titles, Mega Man Battle Network 1 and 2, Lan and the...

Mega Man Zero Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2002) and Wii U (2014)

It is the year 22XX...The legendary heroes of the Reploids, X and Zero, defeated the evil Sigma long ago, and...

Mega Man ZX Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2006)

Many years after the events in the Mega Man Zero series, humans and Reploids (humanoid robots) have at last found...

Mega Man ZX Advent Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2007)

Grey was a Reploid found in a hidden factory in suspended animation, accidentally awakened during battle. Ashe was a human...

Metroid Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2004), NES (1986), Wii (2007), Nintendo 3DS (2011), Wii U (2013) and Arcade (1987)

In the future, the Galactic Federation and the pirates of planet Zebes are at war. Pirates have stolen an unknown...

Metroid Fusion Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2002), Nintendo 3DS (2011) and Wii U (2014)

Metroid Fusion is the direct sequel to 1994's Super Metroid. The game begins as Samus Aran is sent back to...

Metroid II: Return of Samus Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1991) and Nintendo 3DS (2011)

This is the sequel to the very popular Metroid for the NES. In Metroid 2, you control Samus Aran in...

Metroid: Other M Wii Front Cover

Wii (2010) and Wii U (2016)

Metoid: Other M follows recent console releases of Metroid games by being developed, like the Metroid Prime trilogy, by a...

Metroid Prime GameCube Front Cover

GameCube (2002) and Wii (2009)

Long ago, a bird-like race of creatures (called the Chozo) became extremely advanced technologically, but due to increasing violence in...

Metroid Prime 2: Echoes GameCube Front Cover

GameCube (2004) and Wii (2009)

A long time ago a race of beings called the Luminoth settled the planet Aether. They built energy controllers to...

Metroid: Zero Mission Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2004) and Wii U (2014)

Pirates have stolen an unknown life-form, recently discovered on the planet SR388. The life-form, called Metroid, is in a state...

Milon's Secret Castle Game Boy Front Cover Re-release

Game Boy (1993), NES (1986), Wii (2007) and Nintendo 3DS (2012)

Milon, a child of the Kingdom of Hudson, must go on a quest to rescue Queen Eliza from an evil...

Monster Tale Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2011)

Young girl, Ellie, finds a strange, glowing bracelet in the woods, and upon touching it is transported to a magical...

Monster World IV Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1994), PlayStation 3 (2012) and Wii (2008)

Monster World IV is a sequel to Wonder Boy 5: Monster World 3. The player controls Asha, the green-haired girlfriend...

Montezuma's Revenge Apple II Front Cover

PC Booter (1984), SEGA Master System (1989), Commodore 64 (1984), ColecoVision (1984), Apple II (1984), Atari 5200 (1983) and Atari 8-bit (1984)

You play as a treasure hunter named Panama Joe, whose goal is to find an ancient treasure hidden by Aztec...

Atari 2600 (1984)

This game is a port of Montezuma's Revenge. It does not change the gameplay, but there are only 23 rooms...

Ōkami PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2006), PlayStation 3 (2012) and Wii (2008)

From Capcom's Clover studios, the team behind Viewtiful Joe 2, comes a 3-D cell shaded action adventure in the world...

Ori and the Blind Forest Windows Front Cover

Windows (2015) and Xbox One (2015)

Ori and the Blind Forest is a 2D platform exploration game set in a large world. The protagonist is a...

Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition Windows Front Cover

Windows (2016), Windows Apps (2016) and Xbox One (2016)

Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition is the definitive edition of Ori and the Blind Forest.Improvement and new content...

Outland Linux Front Cover

Linux (2015), Windows (2014), Xbox 360 (2011), Macintosh (2014) and PlayStation 3 (2011)

Outland is a 2D platformer that combines mechanics from different games and genres, with fast and agile movement, a large...

Owlboy Windows Front Cover

Windows (2016)

Owlboy is described a 'hi-bit' game, a title with 16-bit-style visuals where you can fly and explore a world in...

ZX Spectrum (1984)

As the rap-style manual explains, this traditional platform game sees Panama Joe attempting to collect treasure from Montezuma's Palace, by...

Paper Mario: Sticker Star Nintendo 3DS Front Cover

Nintendo 3DS (2012)

After the unconventional side-scrolling and 2D platforming that was Super Paper Mario, the Paper Mario series returns to its roots...

Phantom 2040 SNES Front Cover

SNES (1995), Genesis (1995) and Game Gear (1995)

The cartoon mini-series: Phantom 2040, right here. It is the aforementioned year, 2040, and the city of Metropia is in...

Phoenix Spirit iPhone Front Cover

iPhone (2010)

The Monter Tree is ill, and only one flying squirrel can save it. Throughout the game you explore a large...

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