Hey folks. Welcome to the first of hopefully many Popularity Contests hosted in the Arcade. It is our little personal hall of fame if you will. Where we pick out the best and perhaps even the worst of what our glorious hobby has to offer. First off, we're doing a popularity contest of a sub-genre that is very dear to me. More technically and broadly defined to be known as 2D Sidescrolling Action Adventure games, Metroidvanias add a little spark to the usual linear design of 2D Action Adventures. Such as a wild emphasis on exploring and back tracking, and also an unhealthy obsession with secret passages/rooms and Easter eggs. So how will this work? In order to spark discussion and controversy, I have decided it would be best if the contest would work as a knock out brackets style contest. Where games, depending on the randomized draw, will have to face each other and our Arcade residents will get to decide which is the better game in each round. It's true that this might lead to early eliminations of huge titles, but it might also give some lesser known games some exposure. I'll be sure to explain further once I've penned down all nominations. As of now, you can nominate a maximum of three titles. This is to give a chance to your fellow nerds to nominate their favorites as well. There's no current limit to how many nominations can enter the contest. But it's probably better to keep it at an even number for better balancing. Also, note that nominations will officially end at the 21st of November, 2019. So be sure to nominate before that. If you're not sure as to what constitutes as a Metroidvania game, mind the integral key features of every Metroidvania game to date: -Action-Adventure style gameplay/combat -Huge Emphasis on Exploration -Huge Emphasis on Backtracking -Huge Emphasis on gaining new abilities to progress through previously inaccessible areas Please note the visuals can really be any type. We've had pixels, 2D, and even 2.5D style graphics for these games. So graphics are not really any part of criteria. With that, our first Popularity Contest can begin. I heavily encourage discussion, and most of all having fun with this whole thing. And also please, any feedback is very much welcomed. BUT ENOUGH TALK... HAVE AT YOU! Important Notice Only nominate games that weren't nominated before. Nominated Games: Super Metroid Casltevania Symphony of the Night Metroid : Zero Mission Hollow Knight Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia Metroid Fusion Castlevania: Circle of the Moon La Mulana La Mulana 2 AM2R: Another Metroid 2 Remake Shantae & The Pirate's Curse Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night Blasphemous Control Momodora: Reverie Under the Moonlight Ori and the Blind Forest Batman: Arkham City Salt and Sanctuary Casltevania: Aria of Sorrow Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow Dead Cells Touhou Luna Nights Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order Axiom Verge Darksiders Shadow Complex Guacamelee Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance Metroid: Samus Returns Metroid II: Return of Samus Casltevania: Portrait of Ruin Dust: An Elysian Tail And with that nominations are officially closed! Keep a look out for a couple of first round threads later today.