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    What are some good games of this genre that are not Metroid or Castlevania?

    I know of the Mummy Demastered on Switch

    What else?
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    Have you tried checking out the "Metroidvania" tag on Steam? Hollow Knight, Dead Cells, Ori, Dust: An Elysian Tale - there are several good ones, something for your preference in style most likely.

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    Bloodstained is out today. I got my kickstarter copy in the mail yesterday, and played it for about 6 hours. I am really enjoying it, and there is lots to explore. A couple other recent ones I have played worth mentioning are Rabi-Ribi and Sundered. Rabi throws a little bit of "bullet-hell" into the mix, and Sundered has some awesome boss fights as well as a pretty cool art style.

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    Dust: An Elysian Tale as mentioned above. One a lot of people that don't think about is TMNT III Radical Rescue for the Game Boy. It's not very elaborate but it's a nice little romp, and a taste of what was to come from Konami.
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    So is there any restriction on platform or era? Cuz like I'm seeing a lot of modern recommendations (odd for the Classic forum).

    I guess there's always Rygar on NES.

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    The problem is that, until indies, there weren't a lot of Metroid-style games that weren't either Metroid or Castlevania.

    I mean, I guess you could count stuff like Goonies 2 and Legacy of the Wizard.

    As for modern stuff, I had fun with Xeodrifter. Iconoclasts seems cool from what I've played.

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    Open world, non linear, power-ups, backtracking, 2D

    Ive played Goonies 2 I dont know if that really fits the criteria
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    Quote Originally Posted by gbpxl View Post
    Open world, non linear, power-ups, backtracking, 2D

    Ive played Goonies 2 I dont know if that really fits the criteria
    I've not played Goonies 2 myself, but I can say Legacy of the Wizard sure as hell does. It out-Metroids Metroid.

    Again, Rygar (but only the NES version).

    I actually could swear the NES had a LOT of arguably-Metroidvania titles. I also recall somewhere mentioning a Super Metroid clone for MS-DOS (I think it was Hardcore Gaming 101).

    I'm trying to limit myself to mostly side-scrolling games even tho you didn't list that as a criteria, cuz when you include top-view a lot of those are more like Zelda-clones. The original System Shock on MS-DOS was also a lot like a first-person Metroid.

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    Is the Xbox 360/PS3 dipping their toes into "classic" territory yet? Shadow Conspiracy comes to mind as does the reboot of Strider.

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    I dont see Xbox 360 as being classic even though the oldest games on the system are 13 years old now.
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    "Classic" has little to do with age and everything to do with quality.

    "Classic: Judged over a period of time to be of the highest quality and outstanding of its kind."

    So yeah, a game only 3 years old could be classic. Plenty of games 30+ years old are anything but.
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    Well I guess its all about perspective. I dont see any console made after the year 1999 as being "classic"
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    Classic has also long been used as a fancy term for "old." Nobody is using the term "Classic Automobiles" to refer to a 2019 Toyota of any stripe.

    I honestly would prefer that one section be limited to certain timeframes and another section be for newer stuff, but for this topic it might be okay to just say "screw it, go for broke."

    Hey, I just realized Blaster Master should count as a Metroidvania according to the earlier standards, and there are like a million games in that series.

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    Well, if it's gonna be controversial, I could always shuffle this over to Modern Gaming. But topics that cover both retro and modern games usually are in Classic Gaming, such as the Daily Playing and Beaten in #### topics. Modern Gaming topics also tend to be about current gen games, though, technically, it covers everything from the 6th gen to the present, as explained in the sub-forum descriptions:

    Classic Gaming
    Here's the place to go to talk about all things "classic" - meaning "before PlayStation 2." Finally a place to discuss RCA Studio II and Fairchild Channel F! Or any of those other home and arcade systems by Atari, Nintendo, Sega, etc. as well as events, gatherings, and imports!

    Modern Gaming
    From PlayStation 2 to present! Discuss the latest classics, the hottest new gaming technology, the latest direction of your favorite developer, or your thoughts on the latest adventure titles! As we always say: it doesn't have to be OLD to be CLASSIC.

    So as far as this forum is concerned, people who think "classic = old" and people who think "classic = good" are both right.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Edmond Dantes View Post
    Classic has also long been used as a fancy term for "old." Nobody is using the term "Classic Automobiles" to refer to a 2019 Toyota of any stripe.
    I was also going to point out that this site itself says " it doesn't have to be OLD to be CLASSIC." If someone said about a modern game "a classic example of a metroidvania game" I don't think anyone would think twice about it.

    As far as classic cars...The Classic Car Club of America defines it as 'a "fine" or "distinctive" automobile, either American or foreign built, produced between 1915 and 1948.' So age and quality, not just old.

    At any rate, the OP asked nothing at all about the age of the game so I don't really how that's relevant , especially since the first game they mentioned was for Switch.

    Either way, most of the ones I could think of had already been named.
    Maybe the SteamWorld Dig games?
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    As far as definitions, game packaging and graphics have not largely changed since the PS2 so I think thats why its considered modern era

    Yeah I dont really care what system. I figured most examples would be download only titles anyways
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    Guacamelee 1 and 2 i'm surprised no one mention those games.

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