On the first of each month or the last day of the previous month, we report on what we are doing to achieve our goal to review every Metroidvania game. This announcement will include our schedule of reviews and articles for the upcoming month, as well as any planned site adjustments or other important announcements.
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Monthly Game Spotlight: Robot Wants it All
The monthly game spotlight for March is Robot Wants it All. There are some major releases coming in the next few months, so you may find yourself too busy to play much else. If you have a hankering for a little Metroidvania, then a Mini Metroidvania is the perfect way to satiate that craving without taking too much time away from the new and shiny. Robot Wants it All is a collection of some popular web browser Mini Metroidvania games with a bucket full of features to justify actually paying for them. Between just playing them for the first time, playing the remixes, or adding entirely new goals to existing levels, Robot Wants it All will keep you busy for a long time in 30 to 60 minute increments.
March Review and Article Schedule
Disclaimer – While we work very hard to keep our schedule exactly as we’ve announced it, technical difficulties or surprise high priority review requests can require us to adjust the schedule accordingly. We will try to post an announcement any time this happens.
Below are the games we will be looking at this month.
Metroid II: Return of Samus – March 2
The start of our 3 month Metroid II marathon begins with the original. Metroid II: Return of Samus is one of my personal favorites simply because it effectively introduced me to the Metroidvania genre in the first place. That isn’t to say the game is without its issues, but you can hear all of my thoughts about it on Monday. In the next two months we will be covering AM2R and Metroid Samus Returns as a unique look on how fans and official channels might differ in reimagining a classic game.
Lootbox Lyfe – March 9
Many Metroidvania games are combat centric, while Lootbox Lyfe is focused entirely on the platforming aspect. This is a refreshing change of pace, and so far Lootbox Lyfe has demonstrated both tight controls and thoughtful challenges. Considering its low price point, it’s shaping up to be an excellent value.
Ori and the Will of the Wisps – March 16
If you’re familiar with our review of Ori and the Blind Forest, you’ll know that I was a big fan. Hearing about a sequel already filled me with anticipation, but hearing that the developer behind AM2R is on the team, that they’re tightening up the combat, and that they’re opening the game up and making it more non-linear – that brings that anticipation to the boiling point. I will be sure to spend plenty of time with this one, so it’s possible we won’t make the Monday after Release Date deadline, but we’re going to do everything we can.
Jumplord – March 23
Jumplord pushes the boundries of what is a Metroidvania a little bit. It has no ability gating and but it does have an open world with a set structure (no procedural generation.) However if you die, you lose any levels you’ve gained – rogue-like style – keeping only specific relics and your carried weapon. To say this one is unusual is a bit of an understatement, but it’s a unique enough title that I definitely think it deserves some time in the sun.
Bookbound Brigade – March 30
The Book of Books (B.O.B.) has been stolen, and all of the characters within literature are losing their identities because of it! It’s up to your rag-tag band of Historical and Fictional characters to get in formation and tackle all the platforming challenges and groaner puns that the literary world has to throw at you. The media hasn’t been the kindest to Bookbound Brigade, so stay tuned on whether The Metroidvania Review has a differing perspective.
Our Top 11 Favorite Switch Games – March 6
We are listing our favorite Nintendo Switch games for this month’s top 10. Those familiar with the Metroidvania scene shouldn’t find too many surprises, but we hope that anyone new to the genre will find the list useful. Why top 11 this time around? Because it’s unlikely that even those unfamiliar with Metroidvania games will be surprised by our #1.
Metroidvania Review Phase 2 Progress
Last month we outlined our plans for what we’re calling The Metroidvania Review Phase 2. Work on these items is progressing steadily. We will update on a monthly basis whether any of the planned programs have launched.