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Why does the term Metroidvania exist?

#1knightoffire55Posted 5/3/2013 12:17:39 AM
We don't call Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance a Devilofwargaidenetta.
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#2DragoonAngerPosted 5/3/2013 12:19:08 AM
Ha ha but seriously folks, what's the deal with airline food?
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#3GGearXPosted 5/3/2013 12:20:00 AM
They call it that because they want my mancrush to be with the hottest chick in gaming.
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#4Arucard05Posted 5/3/2013 12:22:21 AM
Because Symphony of the Night was, at the time, a clear departure from the series' established gameplay. It was heavily inspired (read, ripped off almost wholesale) by the Metroid games, specifically Super Metroid. So Metroidvania came to be used to describe the Castelvania games that followed SOTN's design philosophy, rather than the linear action of Castelvania classic.


As for why it has come to describe the entire genre, which I suspect is the actual question at hand, I would guess that as the two most notable examples, it's an easy point of reference.
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#5Banana_ManaPosted 5/3/2013 12:35:44 AM
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#6Arucard05Posted 5/3/2013 12:36:08 AM
To address your second point, the term Devilofwargaidenetta is both too long and totally unnecessary. The genre of Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance belongs to already has a name.
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#7Banana_ManaPosted 5/3/2013 12:41:54 AM
Arucard05 posted...
To address your second point, the term Devilofwargaidenetta is both too long and totally unnecessary. The genre of Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance belongs to already has a name.


Punch'n'kick?
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#8Allaster111Posted 5/3/2013 12:58:13 AM
Yeah, but why does Metroid get its full name in there while Castlevania only gets the vania part? Shouldn't it be more like MetroVania? Or CastleRoid?
#9Banana_ManaPosted 5/3/2013 12:59:04 AM
Allaster111 posted...
Yeah, but why does Metroid get its full name in there while Castlevania only gets the vania part? Shouldn't it be more like MetroVania? Or CastleRoid?


MetroidCastlevania?
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#10Link43130Posted 5/3/2013 1:03:00 AM
Allaster111 posted...
Yeah, but why does Metroid get its full name in there while Castlevania only gets the vania part? Shouldn't it be more like MetroVania? Or CastleRoid?


Not all Castlevanias are a Metroid, but all Metroids are a Metroid.
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