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Metroidvania

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

Blend of Metroid and Castlevania, two influential games of this type.

Proper nounEdit

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Metroidvania

  1. (video games, informal) A style of platform game with role-playing game elements and inventory items, involving more exploration than a traditional linear platform game.
    • 2008, Guinness World Records Gamer's Edition
      The Castlevania games share similarities with the Metroid series, in particular the free-roaming design in which new abilities allow access to different areas. Because of this, fans often refer to such games as "Metroidvania" in style.
    • 2009 September 1, Whitworth, Chris, “Batman Arkham Asylum 24.99”, uk.games.video.misc, Usenet:
      It's got Metroidvania elements - it's structured like one, I guess, in that it's lots of exploration with a fair bit of backtracking and getting new abilities that unlock previously unopened areas and that sort of thing.
    • 2009 September 14, Falcon, Jonah, “Shadow Complex Great Game”, alt.games.video.xbox, Usenet:
      Pure Metroidvania... with 3D in-engine cutscenes.