Venture

venture

Exidy
Arcade
Designer: Michael Cooper-Hart (uncertain)

ROOTS: Metroidvania games are one part platformer, one part action-RPG. So while Venture may not have the run-and-jump mechanics we associate with the genre, its formative role in the evolution of action-RPGs absolutely gives it a place on this list—it’s a true classic.

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Donkey Kong

donkey kong

Nintendo
Arcade
Designer: Shigeru Miyamoto

ROOTS: The Metroidvania term combines two concepts: Action games and RPGs. But it also merges two franchises whose — Metroid and Castlevania — that revolved around platforming action. And where would platformers be without the influence of Donkey Kong?

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