Metroid vs Castlevania: Who Wears It Better? The Metroidvania Battle

The two brands that have defined the Metroidvania genre: Metroid and Castlevania. These two behemoths have transformed the action platformer genre in such a way that journalists and fans dubbed this specific type of action platformer, with progressive powerups and a non-linear approach, as the Metroidvania genre. But which one wears it better? Jason Capp is here with the breakdown.

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ApocalypseShadow469d ago (Edited 469d ago )

Love them both. I love the sci-fi action and the mystery of Metroid with alien life forms and ancient civilizations. But also love Castlevania that has the classic themes of characters, horror and religious themes and symbols.

I'd give Castlevania the amount of weapon options though. But give Samus the nod on physical abilities.

I wouldn't be able to choose. Both have amazing games and both have had missteps. But I can't complain.

Edit: also, for those looking for a good Metroidvania, don't sleep on The Mummy Demastered videogame. Was surprised how good and fun it was. And not even connected to The Mummy movie franchise.

giovonni469d ago (Edited 469d ago )

It’s Metroid, hands down. Way back when castlevania was just a linear sides scroller where you go from point a to point b. Metroid on the other hand was about exploration, trail and error, and having the right power ups to progress through the game. Metroid formula was adopted by Castlevania with Simons Quest, and a few others. They are both great franchises, but Metroid, for me, has this one.


It should be but I feel like Nintendo doesn't do enough with the franchise to really be the best.

gold_drake469d ago

neither does konami with castlevania. so yea.

jznrpg469d ago (Edited 469d ago )

Personally overall I like Castlevania better . The 2D games since NES to 3DS are the best .I love the first few Metroids Super Metroid but I’m not into the 3D games of either Metroid or Castlevania , they aren’t bad but not nearly as good imo. Dread was pretty good but those robots got boring after awhile and more annoying than anything . I definitely give the edge to Castlevania with 1/2/3/4 Aria of Sorrow , Mirror of Fate , Order of Ecclesia etc etc .

RavenWolfx468d ago

Personally, I love Castlevania more than Metroid. One of the Castlevania games on NES (maybe 2 or 3? Can't quite remember) was my first, but Symphony of the Night is by far my favorite. The GBA and DS Titles are also really good, but SotN just has a special place in my heart.

Metroid, I have played a few but never really cared for them. Dread is the most recent one I played and I thought it was alright but I only played it for a few hours before sending it back to GameFly.

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Metroid Dread Has Sold Over 3 Million Copies, Reveals Developer

Enric Álvarez, the CEO of Metroid Dread developer MercurySteam, has revealed that the title has now sold over three million copies worldwide.

jaymacx123d ago

It’s good to see Metroid do well. Hopefully we hear something soon about Metroid Prime 4

Hereandthere122d ago (Edited 122d ago )

Wait up, 3 million worldwide out of a possible 120 million is considered good for a legendary franchise like metroid?

JEECE122d ago

Metroid has never sold super well. Lots of people under under the mistaken impression that, because franchises like Mario Kart, Smash Bros., 3D Mario games, more recent Zelda games, and Animal Crossing sell huge numbers, that all Nintendo franchises sell at that level, and that they always have.

This is pretty good for a Metroid. Dread will probably end up being the best-selling game in the franchise, if it isn't already.

Sciurus_vulgaris122d ago (Edited 122d ago )

Metroid Prime was said to have sold 2.8 million copies, so Dread is likely the best selling game in the series.

Rebel_Scum122d ago

Not everyone is a metroid freak ho ho ho

MetroidFREAK21121d ago

@Rebel_scum *squidward laugh*

ZeekQuattro122d ago

It took some doing but I'm glad it finally made it past that milestone.

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Metroid Dread E.M.M.I. figma release date, new photos, pre-orders open

Metroid Dread cans can now pre-order the E.M.M.I. figma. It also now has a release date and some new photos.

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F those emmi's lol just beat the purple one.


Bloody Tearful: An ode to DS-era Castlevania Games

Castlevania’s twilight years were some of its best, but they were not enough to avert the dramatic end of the series as we knew and loved it.

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RiseNShine175d ago

Someone should fire to the lowest pit the guy on Konami that thought mobile gaming was the future and destroyed MGS, Castlevania and other franchises in the way.

edureboucas171d ago

I think that might have been a group decision, but lol!