Modojo loves Igarashi's Metroidvania titles. They really do. But there's been six of them, now... it's time to move on.
The handheld Castlevania games spawned from the formula made popular by Symphony of the Night have gained the moniker "Metroidvania" due to their heavy emphasis on exploration and item usage. This term can be taken as either a compliment or a put-down; Modojo has a few ideas why.