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Metroidvania is a subgenre of Action games. The term is a portmanteau of Metroid and Castlevania and refers to games that feature the most distinctive gameplay concepts of the Metroid games and later Castlevania games, starting with Castlevania: Symphony of the Night (although Castlevania II: Simon's Quest is sometimes considered to be in the same category). Games of this genre feature gameplay in an explorable world that is gated in content mainly by specific abilities that need to be acquired by the player, and which gradually opens up more as the player overcomes its obstacles. Generally these games have a central hub from which the player can move to various interconnected areas or levels, some degree of persistency to their game worlds and some degree of non-linear progression while subtly guiding the player towards the next intended path.

The vast majority of Metroidvania games use a side scrolling perspective like the games the term derives from and the term was for a long time used to describe only such games, but this is no longer a requirement. Top-down or bird's-eye view (e.g. The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening) or 3D games (e.g. Batman: Arkham Asylum) can also share these concepts.

Metroidvania games often feature mild RPG elements such as stat-based character development (upgradable health, strength and luck for example), respawning enemies, NPCs that talk to the player and trading for gear and items.
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Link: The Faces of Evil CD-i Front Cover

CD-i (1993)

This is one of three Zelda-based games released for the CD-i. Ganon and his cronies have seized the island of...

Lord of the Sword SEGA Master System Front Cover

SEGA Master System (1988)

The player is in the role of Landau, a man who must pass three tests in order to gain the...

Lost Moon Windows Front Cover

Windows (2015)

Lyle in Cube Sector Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

What do you do when a shadowy figure steals your cat? You go rescue your cat, of course!Lyle in Cube...

The Masked Mage Linux Front Cover

Linux (2018), Windows (2018) and Macintosh (2018)

Maytroid Windows Front Cover

Windows (2018)

Mega Man Legends Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001), PlayStation (1997), Nintendo 64 (2000), PSP (2005), PlayStation 3 (2015) and PS Vita (2015)

In a world covered almost entirely in water, there exist small islands that hide huge treasures. And where there's treasure,...

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), Arcade (1987) and Nintendo Switch (2018)

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: Samus Returns Nintendo 3DS Front Cover

Nintendo 3DS (2017)

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...

Mighty Gunvolt: Burst Nintendo 3DS Front Cover
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...

Mini Ghost Windows Front Cover

Windows (2017)

Minoria Windows Front Cover

Windows (2019)

Momento Temporis: Light from the Deep Macintosh Front Cover
Momodora: Reverie under the Moonlight Linux Front Cover
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