the messenger bloodstained ritual of the night

Welcome back to another edition of Nintendo Showdown! This is a weekly series at Nintendo Enthusiast, and it requires some audience participation. Every week we’ll compare two (or more) Nintendo games and pit them against each other in a poll. Your votes decide the winner, so choose wisely. This week’s matchup features two retro-inspired action platformers. It’s The Messenger vs. Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night.

The Messenger, an indie darling from Sabotage Studio, is a love letter to Ninja Gaiden fans. It features both 8-bit and 16-bit gameplay (representing the past and the future), and plenty of challenging combat. While it starts out linear, it eventually opens up into a Metroidvania style adventure, tapping into another great genre. It’s one of the most critically acclaimed indies in recent memory.

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is the spiritual successor to Castlevania that fans have so desperately craved. Ex-Konami dev Koji Igarashi successfully crowdfunded the game on Kickstarter, and four years later the dream became a reality. It’s a testament to what can happen when passionate fans and developers work together.

Which of these games deserves to win the Nintendo Showdown? Cast your vote in the poll below and help us decide!

The Messenger vs. Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night

Ben Lamoreux
Nintendo Enthusiast's Managing Editor. I grew up on Super Nintendo and never stopped playing. Been writing video game news, opinions, reviews, and interviews professionally for over a decade. Favorite franchises include Zelda, Metroid, and Mother.

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