Strider

strider14

Double Helix
PS4 | Xbox One | PS3 | Xbox 360 | PC
Producers: Andrew Szymanski | James Vance

Batman Arkham Origins: Blackgate

blackgate

Armature
3DS & Vita
Director: Mark Pacini

Full Bore

fullbore

Whole Hog Games
Windows | Linux
Designer: Jake Federico

Welcome to Metroidvania.com

Hello and welcome to Metroidvania.com. I’ve been meaning to turn this into a proper website for years, and it still has a long way to go… but at least we’re getting somewhere now. Over the years, I’ve constantly been given credit (blame, rather) for coining the term “Metroidvania,” which is hardly true. I don’t even like the word that much! It’s just convenient, you know? But I fully support the meaning behind the message, which is platforming action games designed with an emphasis on exploration and cumulative character upgrades that facilitate progress. Like Metroid. And some of the Castlevanias. Hence… yeah. Read more

SteamWorld Dig

steamworlddig

Image & Form
3DS
Director: Brjann Sigurgeirsson

Upcoming titles

A.N.N.E. (Gamesbymo | 2014)
Chasm (Discord Games | 2014)
Ghost Song (Matt White | 2014)
Dark Matter (InterWave Studios | 2014)
Axiom Verge (Thomas Happ | 2014)
Cloudbuilt (Rising Star Games | 2014)
Pixeljunk Inc. (Q | 2014)
Rain World (Rain World | 2014)
Shantae & The Pirate’s Curse (WayForward | 2014
Shantae: 1/2 Genie Hero (WayForward | 2015)
Tetropolis (NextGen Pants | 2014)
La-Malana 2 (NIGORO | 2015)

Rogue Legacy

roguelegacy

Cellar Door Games
Windows | Mac | Linux | PlayStation
Director: Kenny Lee | Teddy Lee

Guacamelee

guacamelee

Drinkbox Studios
PlayStation Network (PS3/Vita) | Windows
Director: Multiple

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow: Mirror of Fate

mirroroffate

Mercurysteam
Nintendo 3DS
Director: Jose Luis Márquez

Knytt Underground

knyttunderground

Nifflas
Windows | Mac OS X | PS3 | PlayStation Vita
Director: Nicklas Nygren

Adventure Time: Hey Ice King! Why’d You Steal Our Garbage?

adventuretime

WayForward Technology
Nintendo DS | Nintendo 3DS
Director: James Montagna

Aliens Infestation

aliensinfestation

WayForward
Nintendo DS
Director: Adam Tierney

Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet

insanelytwistedshadowplanet

Shadow Planet Productions
Xbox 360 | Windows
Director: Michel Gagné

Monster Tale

monstertale

DreamRift
Nintendo DS
Director: Peter Ong

Bionic Commando Rearmed 2

bioniccommandorearmed2

Fatshark
Xbox 360 | PlayStation 3 | Windows
Director: Simon Viklund

VVVVVV

vvvvvv

Independent
Windows | Mac | 3DS
Director: Terry Cavanaugh

Shantae: Risky’s Revenge

riskysrevenge

WayForward Technologies
Nintendo DSiWare
Director: Matt Bozon

Shadow Complex

shadowcomplex

Chair
Xbox 360
Director: Donald Mustard

Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia

orderofecclesia

Konami
Nintendo DS
Director: Moriemon

Bionic Commando Rearmed

bioniccommandorearmed

GRIN
PlayStation 3 | Xbox 360 | Windows
Director: Simon Viklund

Aquaria

aquaria

Bit Blot
Windows | Mac OS | Linux
Director: Alex Holowka | Derek Yu

I Wanna Be the Guy

iwannabetheguy

Independent
Windows
Director: Michael O’Reilly

Mega Man ZX Advent

megamanzxa

IntiCreates
Nintendo DS
Director: Ryota Ito | Yuujirou Hayakawa

Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin

portraitofruin

Konami
Nintendo DS
Director: Satoshi Kushibuchi

Scurge: Hive

scurgehive

Orbital Media
Game Boy Advance | Nintendo DS
Graham Scott | Daniel Kratt | Steve Shatford

Mega Man ZX

megamanzx

IntiCreates
Nintendo DS
Director: Ryota Ito | Yoshinori Kawano

Lyle in Cube Sector

lylecubesector

Independent
Windows
Director: Nic Destefano

Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow

dawnofsorrow

Konami
Nintendo DS
Director: Satoshi Kushibuchi

Shaman King: Master of Spirits 2

shamanking2

Konami
Game Boy Advance
Director: Unknown

La Mulana

lamulana

NI GO RO
Windows | Wii
Director: Takumi Naramura

Shaman King: Master of Spirits

shamanking

Konami
Game Boy Advance
Director: Unknown

Kirby & the Amazing Mirror

kirbyamazingmirror

HAL Laboratory | Dimps | Arika | Flagship
Game Boy Advance
Director: Tomoaki Fukui

Metroid: Zero Mission

zeromission

Nintendo R&D1
Game Boy Advance
Director: Yoshio Sakamoto

Cave Story

cavestory

Studio Pixel
Windows | Wii | DS
Director: Daisuke Amaya

Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow

ariaofsorrow

Konami
Game Boy Advance
Director: Junichi Murakami

Eternal Daughter

eternaldaughter

Blackeye Software
Windows
Director: Derek Yu

Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance

harmonyofdissonance

Konami
Game Boy Advance
Director: Takashi Takeda

Shantae

shantae

WayForward Technology
Game Boy Color
Director: Matt Bozon

Metroid Fusion

metroidfusion

Nintendo R&D1
Game Boy Advance
Director: Yoshio Sakamoto

Castlevania: Circle of the Moon

circleofthemoon

Konami (KCE Kobe)
Game Boy Advance
Director: Ko-G

Akuji the Demon

ajuki

Independent
Windows
Director: E. Hashimoto

Ikachan

ikachan

Studio Pixel
Windows | 3DS
Director: Daisuke Amaya

Bionic Commando: Elite Forces

bioniccommandoeliteforces

Nintendo Software Technology
Game Boy Color
Director: Unknown

Zeux’s World

zeuxsworld

Independent
Windows
Director: Zaratustra

Tomba!

tomba

Whoopie Camp
Sony PlayStation
Director: Tokuro Fujiwara

Castlevania: Symphony of the Night

symphonyofthenight

Konami
Sony PlayStation
Director: Toru Hagihara

Kirby Super Star (The Great Cave Offensive)

kirbysuperstar

HAL Laboratories
Super NES
Director: Masahiro Sakurai

The Divide: Enemies Within

divide

Radical Entertainment
Sony PlayStation
Director: Unknown

Super Adventure Island II

superadventureisland2

Hudson
Super NES
Director: Sadamasu Ono

Demon’s Crest

demonscrest

Capcom
Super NES
Director: Ryo Miyazaki

Popful Mail

popfulmail

Nihon Falcom | SIMS
PC-8801 | Sega CD | Super NES | Turbo Duo
Director: Unknown

Takahashi Meijin No Boukenjima

adventureisland4

Hudson
Nintendo Entertainment System
Director: N. Shinohara

Monster World IV

monsterworld4

Developer: Westone
Sega Genesis
Director: Unknown

Super Metroid

supermetroid

Nintendo R&D1
Super NES
Director: Yoshio Sakamoto

TMNT III: Radical Rescue

tmnt3

Konami
Game Boy
Director: Yasufumi Fukui | Masatsugu Nagata

Bionic Commando

bioniccommandogb

Capcom
Game Boy
Director: Unknown

Gargoyle’s Quest II

gargoylesquest2

Capcom
Nintendo Entertainment System
Director: Ryo Miyazaki

Metroid II: Return of Samus

metroid2

Nintendo R&D1
Game Boy
Director: Hiroji Kiyotake | Hiroyuki Kimura

Wonder Boy in Monster World

wonderboy5

Westone
Sega Genesis
Director: Unknown

U•four•ia

ufouria

Sunsoft
Nintendo Entertainment System
Director: Unknown

Gargoyle’s Quest

gargoylesquest

Capcom
Game Boy
Director: Tokuro Fujiwara

A Boy and His Blob

boyandblob

Imagineering
Nintendo Entertainment System
Director: David Crane

Wonder Boy III: The Dragon’s Trap

wonderboy3

Westone
Sega Master System
Director: Unknown

Ys III: Wanderers from Ys

ys3

Nihon Falcom
TurboGrafx-16 | SNES | Genesis | MSX2 | PC8801
Director: Unknown

Strider

strider

Capcom
Nintendo Entertainment System
Director: Masayoshi Kurokawa

Clash at Demonhead

clashatdemonhead

Vic Tokai
Nintendo Entertainment System
Director:

Exile

exile

Superior Software
Acorn | BBC Micro
Jeremy Smith | Peter Irvin

Bionic Commando

bioniccommando

Capcom
Nintendo Entertainment System
Director: Hatchan

Blaster Master

blastermaster

Sunsoft
Nintendo Entertainment System
Director: Yoshiaki Iwata

The Battle of Olympus

battleolympus

Infinity
Nintendo Entertainment System
Director: Unknown

Rambo

rambo

Pack-in Soft
Nintendo Entertainment System
Director: Fukuchan Tokita

Faxanadu

faxanadu

Hudson
Nintendo Entertainment System
Director: Unknown

Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest

castlevania2

Konami
Nintendo Entertainment System
Director: K. Akamatsu

Knightmare II: Maze of Galious

mazeofgalious

Konami
MSX2 | NES
Director: Ryouhei Shogaki

Legacy of the Wizard

legacyofthewizard

Quintet
Nintendo Entertainment System
Director: Yoshio Kiya

Zillion

zillion

Tatsunoko Productions
Sega Master System
Director: Unknown

The Goonies II

goonies2

Konami
Nintendo Entertainment System
Director: Unknown

Zelda II: The Adventure of Link

zelda2

Nintendo EAD
Nintendo Entertainment System
Director: Tadashi Sugiyama | Yoichi Yamada

Madoola No Tsubasa (Wing of Madoola)

wingofmadoola

SunSoft
Nintendo Entertainment System
Director: Unknown

Milon’s Secret Castle

milon

Hudson
Nintendo Entertainment System
Director: Unknown

Metroid

metroid

Nintendo R&D1
Nintendo Entertainment System
Director: Satoru Okada/Yoshi Sakamoto

Xanadu: Dragon Slayer II

xanadu

Nihon Falcom
PC-8801 | MSX
Director: Yoshio Kiya

Knight Lore

knightlore

Ultimate Play the Game
ZX Spectrum
Director: Tim Stamper | Chris Stamper

Pitfall II: The Lost Caverns

pitfall2

Activision
Atari 2600
Director: David Crane

Montezuma’s Revenge

montezumasrevenge

Utopia Software
Apple II | Atari 2600 | ColecoVision | C64
Director: Robert Jaeger

Impossible Mission

impossiblemission

Epyx
Commodore 64 | Apple II | Master System
Director: Dennis Caswell

Pharaoh’s Curse

pharaohscurse

Synapse Software
Commodore 64, Atari 800
Director: Bob Connell & Steve Coleman

Pitfall!

pitfall

Activision
Atari 2600
Director: David Crane

Zork

zork

Infocom
Personal Computers
Tim Anderson | Marc Blank | Bruce Daniels | Dave Lebling