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Metroidvania

Description

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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Windows (2015)

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SNES (1994), Wii (2007), Wii U (2013), New Nintendo 3DS (2016) and Nintendo Switch (2019)

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Windows (2013)

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Super Pitfall NES Front Cover

NES (1986), TRS-80 CoCo (1988) and PC-88 (1986)

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

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Linux (2014), Windows (2013), Macintosh (2014), PlayStation 3 (2014), PS Vita (2014), Wii U (2014), PlayStation 4 (2014) and Xbox One (2015)

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Game Boy (1993)

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SNES (1991), Wii (2006), Wii U (2014), New Nintendo 3DS (2016) and Nintendo Switch (2019)

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Game Boy Advance (2005)

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Linux (2018), Windows (2018), Macintosh (2018), PS Vita (2018), PlayStation 4 (2018), Xbox One (2019) and Nintendo Switch (2019)

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PlayStation (1997), PSP (2012) and PlayStation 3 (2012)

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