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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VVVVVV Linux Front Cover

Linux (2011), Windows (2010), Macintosh (2010), Browser (2010), iPhone (2014), Android (2014), iPad (2014), Nintendo 3DS (2011), PS Vita (2015), PlayStation 4 (2015), Ouya (2014) and Nintendo Switch (2017)

VVVVVV is a platformer brought back to the aesthetics of those in the eighties, with a basic colour palette and...

Wario Land 3 Game Boy Color Front Cover

Game Boy Color (2000) and Nintendo 3DS (2012)

During a joyride in his biplane, the engine blows and Wario crashes into the woods. It's here where he finds...

The Waste Land Windows Front Cover

Windows (2014)

The Waste Land - loosely based on T.S. Eliot's poem by the same name - is a metroidvania-style game -...

Windows (2006)

Dr. Cliché has built two bombs to turn the entire world to ice. The first one failed, but now the...

NES (1992)

The evil wizard Malkil was not actually vanquished at the end of the previous game. In fact, after the mighty...

Wonder Boy III: The Dragon's Trap SEGA Master System Front Cover

Game Gear (1992), SEGA Master System (1989), TurboGrafx-16 (1990) and Wii (2007)

Wonder Boy III: The Dragon's Trap is a direct sequel to Wonder Boy in Monster Land. When Tom-Tom defeats the...

Wonder Boy in Monster World Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012), Genesis (1991), SEGA Master System (1993), TurboGrafx CD (1994), PlayStation 3 (2012) and Wii (2007)

Monster World was once a peaceful region. Then, the peace was shattered by an invading army of monsters. A young...

Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap Windows Front Cover

Windows (2017), PlayStation 4 (2017), Xbox One (2017) and Nintendo Switch (2017)

Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap is an enhanced remake of the original for the SEGA Master System. It features all...

Wuppo Windows Front Cover

Windows (2016), PlayStation 4 (2017) and Xbox One (2017)

Xanadu: Dragon Slayer II MSX Front Cover

MSX (1987), PC-88 (1985), PC-98 (1986), Sharp X1 (1985), FM-7 (1986) and PC-8000 (1985)

Xanadu was the name of the summer capital of the Mongolian-ruled Yuan Dynasty in 13th century China. The game, however,...

Xeodrifter Windows Front Cover

Windows (2014), Nintendo 3DS (2014), PS Vita (2015), Wii U (2015) and PlayStation 4 (2015)

Players control the character simply named nomad. Following damage to the warp drive, the nomad begins to explore a cluster...

You Have to Win the Game Linux Front Cover

Linux (2014), Windows (2012) and Macintosh (2014)

A platform game with a simple goal, as its title points out. It's easier said than done, though - You...

Ys III: Wanderers from Ys SNES Front Cover

SNES (1991), Genesis (1991), NES (1991), TurboGrafx CD (1991), MSX (1990), PC-88 (1989), PC-98 (1989) and Sharp X68000 (1990)

Adol Christin's long-time friend, Dogi, wishes to return to his home town of Redmont after hearing about strange disturbances that...

Zelda II: The Adventure of Link Game Boy Advance Front Cover

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

Link has just turned sixteen, and discovers a strange birthmark on his hand. With the help of Impa, Zelda's nursemaid,...

Zelda: The Wand of Gamelon CD-i Front Cover

CD-i (1993)

Zelda: The Wand of Gamelon is one of the three Zelda-based games developed by Philips exclusively for the CD-i platform....

Zeliard DOS Front Cover

DOS (1990), PC-88 (1987) and Sharp X1 (1988)

The ancient demon Jashiin has slept for two thousand years. When he awakens, he directs his wrath towards the kingdom...

Zillion SEGA Master System Front Cover

SEGA Master System (1987)

The White Knights, a peacekeeping force of the Planetary System, have a mission: prevent the evil Norsa Empire from dominating...

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