10 Best Indie Metroidvania Games On The Nintendo Switch, According To Ranker

Gorgeous 3D games may be everywhere these days, but 2D Metroidvanias are still a hit for today’s gamers. Since last year Ender Lilies: Quietus of the Knights long awaited Hollow Knight: Silksonggame developers have released titles that capture the best qualities of retro adventure games Super Metroid and Castlevania: Symphony of the Night.

Indie game studios haven’t been shy about releasing Metroidvania titles, as these types of games still attract massive audiences and allow them to create immersive worlds. On the Ranker website, users rate the best Metroidvania games available on the Nintendo Switch.


ten UnEpic (2011)

A screenshot of the Metroidvania UnEpic platform

Created by Spanish game developer Francisco Téllez de Meneses, UnEpic is a Metroidvania game that follows the story of Daniel, an avid RPG gamer who is transported into the game he is playing. To escape, he must complete the game and defeat the dark spirit that inhabits his body.

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First released on PC in 2011, UnEpic gained more fans when it was ported to the Nintendo Switch in 2017. While many gamers say they found the game limited in storytelling and replayability, they also found it witty , funny and overall decent on the Metroidvania genre.

9 Xedrifter (2014)

A screenshot of the main character in Metroidvania Xeodrifter

From the now defunct indie game studio Renegade Kid, Xedrifter is the story of an intergalactic traveler who seeks to explore what the universe has to offer. The game features lush and vivid pixel art that successfully depicts lonely interstellar life.

Xedrifter received favorable reviews due to its fun platforming segments, engaging combat, and fluidity. Moreover, the game also includes gun modification options that help players customize and improve their playstyle. But despite the Metroidvania formula, some players are not big fans of by Xeodrift disjointed stages and disappointing bosses.

8 Iconoclasts (2018)

A screenshot shows the title of Iconoclasts

It took eight years to Iconoclasts see the light of day because it was developed by only one person. The hard work of indie developer Joakim “Konjak” Sandberg has resulted in a Metroidvania game that is well received by gamers and critics alike for its original story, dynamic graphics, and excellent game mechanics.

Iconoclasts follow the story of Robin, a mechanic who seeks to overthrow a tyrannical religious organization. Using Robin’s tools, players can fight enemies, solve puzzles, and explore hidden areas of the game. Players who are big fans of challenging boss battles will surely enjoy Iconoclasts because it offers more than 20 different bosses to defeat.

seven Gato Roboto (2019)

In Gato Roboto, players assume the role of a cat wearing an armored robot who is on a mission to defeat monsters in an alien-infested world. In addition to providing an exploration-packed and humorous Metroidvania experience, the main character Gato Roboto also has an extremely cute character design, so much so that it was adapted as a costume in the popular multiplayer game fall guys.

Despite being released in 2019, gamers say that Gato Roboto looks like a game that would have been released for the first Gameboy or Atari 2600. Nonetheless, it’s surprisingly enjoyable thanks to its adorable graphics, good platforming sequences, and immense replayability.

6 Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse (2014)

Official artwork for the game Shantae and the Pirate's Curse

Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse is the third game from WayForward Technologies Shantae series. Originally released for the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U, the indie game Metroidvania saw further success after being ported to the Nintendo Switch in 2018.

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Like its predecessors, the game still follows the story of a half-genie and his journey to save his home from nefarious buccaneer enemies. However, Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse departs from other games in the franchise as it features non-linear worlds spread across different islands. Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse is a must-have game for all Metroidvania fans due to its intricate visuals, delightful writing, and solid gameplay.

5 Salt and Sanctuary (2016)

A screenshot from the game Salt and Sanctuary

In addition to drawing inspiration from Castlevania and metroid Games, Salt & Sanctuary also borrows some aspects from FromSoftware’s famous “souls-like” games. The Metroidvania game combines the characteristic 2D platforming mechanics with the difficulty of “souls type” games.

Salt & Sanctuary features diverse gameplay elements, with over 600 items for players to use, as well as a class system reminiscent of adventure RPGs. In order to beat Salt & Sanctuaryplayers will have to participate in missions of rescuing a lost princess and defeating a divine being.

4 Guacamele! (2013)

Promotional image for Guacamele 2 on Nintendo Switch.

In the DrinkBox studios Guacamele!, players assume iconic Metroidvania character Juan Aguacate, an agave farmer who transforms into a powerful hero after donning a luchador mask. The indie game was first released in 2013 for other platforms, but was later made available on the Nintendo Switch eShop in 2018.

Guacamele! succeeds as a Metroidvania title by having solid heavy platforming levels, a good combat system, and a huge map ready to explore. The game also sneaks in plenty of pop culture references to the game that even the most casual gamer will recognize.

3 Axiom Rod (2015)

A monster fires a laser in Axiom Verge

Axiom Edge is a Metroidvania game that was single-handedly created by game developer Thomas Happ. The Sidescroller Metroidvania is about a scientist who finds himself in a high-tech alien universe. Players of the game might find Axiom Verge’s confusing narrative at first as it includes various sci-fi concepts such as cloning, time travel, and alternate worlds.

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Despite its stunning story, the game is well-loved by Metroidvania fans thanks to its captivating soundtrack, breathtaking visuals, and innovative weapons.

2 Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night (2019)

Bloodstained's bad ending leaves the game and story incomplete.

The team that developed Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night was directed by the former series producer of the Castlevania franchise. So in many ways the game is a spiritual successor to the Castlevania securities. However, Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night also manages to distinguish itself by sprinkling certain aspects of Metroid into its gameplay.

The game stars Miriam, one of the best female protagonists in RPGs. In order to break a curse placed on her, Miriam must walk through a castle and defeat the demons lurking in its shadow. Some reviewers found the platforming mechanics a bit difficult. But due to its remarkably crafted gameplay and combat, the indie Metroidvania has found a lot of love on the Nintendo Switch.

1 Hollow Knight (2017)

A knight stands on a bridge in Hollow Knight

The Cherry’s Team hollow knight is one of the best Metroidvania games available to play on the Nintendo Switch. In fact, some even say it can hold a candle against the two main games the genre is based on. In it, players take on the role of an unnamed knight who seeks to find the solution to a mysterious infection sweeping the kingdom of Hallownest.

Which makes hollow knight a supreme Metroidvania game is its spellbinding narrative that encourages exploration, as well as the sheer amount of content it offers players. Even after completing the game’s main story, Hollow Knight has plenty of post-launch DLC that brings new bosses, stories, and game modes.

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