Everyone loves top ten lists, right? Today I'm going to give a list of what are my top ten RPG games for the SNES. There was definitely a lot of them, and, thinking back on all that I had played as a kid, it was tough to choose as my top 10 super nintendo game list got closer to number 1.
So here is the list, feel free too comment on my choices, and even say what your top ten list for SNES RPG games would have been!
10. Ogre Battle
Coming in at Number 10 on my top ten list of SNES RPG games, is Ogre Battle: The March of the Black Queen. Developed by Quest and first released in Japan in March of 1993. The game starts off with the seer Warren using tarot cards to ask a series of questions to determine your ability to lead the rebellion against the Empire. The way you answer these questions will determine what types of attacks the leader (Main Character) starts with. I enjoyed this game thoroughly, and think it has a high replay value. I liked how the items you found from buried treasure and the temples were completely random each game. It was also fun to get random item drops off the enemies you beat (turning a Knight into a Vampire early on). Some may argue that this lands more in the strategy category, but it has plenty of RPG elements to go either way. The reputation system was cool, which determined which type of ending you would get. Pretty simple, low repuation = bad ending, highest reputation = best ending, with a bunch mixed in between.
9. Breath of Fire
Developed by Capcom and later licensed by Squaresoft (Now Sqaure Enix), Breath of Fire takes the Number 9 spot on my top 10 super nintendo game list. This game takes place some amount of years after a Civil War between Light and Dark Dragon Clans. The hero of the story, known as Ryu is woken up one night to find his home set on fire by Dark Dragons. This game is awesome. I remember when it came out and I would go to my friends house every weekend and just stay up all night playing it. I loved the Dragon Powers, searching for all of those small temples in the world to awaken the different powers within Ryu. The eight main character of the game were as follows: Ryu the Hero, Nina, The Princess of Winlan, Bo, A hunter with a grudge against one of Ryu's enemies, Karn, A Thief who can disarm traps and pick any lock, Gobi, a Manillo (Fish-Like Creature) who was kicked out of his clan, Ox, A blacksmith, Bleu, An Immortal Sorceress, and Mogi, A mole-like creature.
8. Secret of Evermore
Released by Square USA in October of 1995 in North America, Secret of Evermore holds the Number 8 spot on my top 10 super nintendo game list. I've heard a lot of people knock this game in the past, and I don't understand why. I still remember my older sister getting me this for Christmas back in 1995. I'll still play the ROM from time to time as well. The story follows a boy and his pet dog that get transfered to a fantasy world while sneaking around in a crazy scientists lab/mansion. The gameplay is similar to that of Secret of Mana, in terms of live action battles, ability to switch between the boy and the dog, and other elements. The graphics were well done and colorful for that time and the fun factor was all there. The game had an Alchemy which was basically spell casting, I loved this system and searching for all the different recipes was a blast. I always enjoyed the 4 different world you could visit. Also, who didn't enjoy the desert bazaar? That was a blast! All in all, great game, tons of fun.
This is perhaps the most personal one of the list for me. Shadowrun is an Action RPG adapted from the pen and paper RPG Shadowrun. The game was developed by Beam Software and released by Data East in 1993. Some may be saying "Why is that on the list", others may agree. I LOVED this game, maybe it has to do with me being a sucker for futuristic RPG games, or the fact that i just love the Shadowrun universe. Orcs, Magic, Hitmen, Hacking Computers, Shotguns, Vampires, and A Magic Using Girl that can shapeshift into a Fox, what's not to love? You play the role of Jake Armitage, a man who wakes up in a morgue not knowing who he is or why he got where he is. Through out the game you spend time trying to recover your identity, and learn who the man is that wants you dead. As you defeat enemies in the game you build up "Karma" which can be allocated to buff different skills, such as Health, Magic Points, Firearms Skills, etc.
6. Lufia 2 - Rise of the Sinistrals
Coming in at Number 6 on my top 10 super nintendo game list is Lufia 2 - Rise of the Sinistrals, another fantastic RPG for the SNES. Lufia was developed by Neverland and published in Japan in 1995, by Taito. Lufia 2 is a straight up RPG, however it has many puzzle elements incorporated in the various dungeons you explore. You acquire a bunch of items like a bow and arrow and bomb to name a few, which can be used to help you overcome certain obstacles in dungeons. This is a great game with a good storyline, it is centered around the games main hero Maxim, a man from the town of Elcid who is an exceptional Swordsman and is destined to destory the superhuman "Sinistrals". The maximum number of controlled party members in Lufia 2 is four, however, the player can discover "Capsule Monsters", which are a fifth computer controlled members of the party. They can be fed various items to level up. The best part in my eyes about Lufia 2 is the 99 level random generated dungeon in the town of Gruberik where you can get awesome items. That alone makes this game worthy of a spot!
5. Super Mario RPG - Legend of the Seven Stars
Here we have Number 5 on the list, Super Mario RPG - Legend of the Seven Stars. The game was developed by Square and released by Nintendo. The game first saw shelves in March of 1996 in Japan and May of 1996 in North America. This was the last Mario game for the SNES, as well as the last game Square produced for Nintendo until 6 years later. The main playable characters in the game are Mario, The Princess, Bowser, Mallow and Geno. I enjoyed this one and thought the mash up of RPG elements and traditional Mario elements were mixed together nicely. The battles are of a traditional RPG turn based type. The player battles through many areas and dungeons to collect "Star Pieces" which are going to be used to repair The Star Road. The game had many humorous qualities to it, funny weapon names, odd monster names and hilarious situation that Mario would get into. Any classic RPG gamer should play this game at least once!
4. Final Fantasy 2 (4 in Japan)
Getting closer to the Number 1 spot, we have Final Fantasy 2 in at number 4. It was developed by Square (Now Square Enix) and released in 1991. I can't even begin to think of how many hours I spent on this game as a kid. Countless. I loved everything there was about this game. All of the various characters you encounter that join. Kain, Rydia, Tellah, Yang, Cid, Palom and Porom and FuSoYa to name some. I liked how the game progressed and many areas that you were able to explore. I was hooked the moment of the opening scene of Cecil and his crew heading back to Baron. So many things about this game were great, whether it was the quest of becoming a Paladin, getting the summon monsters, heading to the moon or just playing till your level 99 with everyone and decimating everything in your path. This is another I still play from time to time this day, and will never lose its replay value to me. Any Final Fantasy fan should have at least played this through once, or at least a hundred, like I have.
3. Secret of Mana
Secret of Mana was a game developed and released by Square in 1993 and released for the WII virtual console in 2008. It is also the Number 3 game on my top 10 super nintendo game list. The hours of fun me and my friends had with this back in the day was endless. The fact that you could play at the same time with 2 of your friends made this one a blast. It was the first Action-RPG I remember playing for the SNES and i was hooked from the get go. The graphics were great for its time and hacking, slashing and casting tons of spells through out the entire world was a great experience. The game consists of 3 main characters, each with their own strengths and weaknesses. The hero was not able to use Magic, but excelled with physical attacks. The girl was able to use extremely beneficial restorative magic, and the Sprite's magic abilities consisted of strong offensive spells. There really is nothing bad you can say about this game, same may even put this as number 1 on their list of top SNES RPGs. Secret of Mana was a terrific game and very influential for the time it was released in.
Chrono Trigger was a game developed and published by Square (Now Square Enix) in 1995 for the SNES. It follows a group of people that are traveling through time in order to prevent the cause of a major catastrophe. I don't know what to say that has not already been said about Chrono Trigger. It surely is a masterpiece, so well done and very unique. From the battle system, to the load of sidequests that reveal a lot about the characters and their pasts, to the badass that was Magus and to that fact that you had multiple endings, all signs point towards a win. This is another that I remember me all and my friends were always talking about back in the day. One of us would find something new out and call the other up to tell them. There was just so much to do and seemed like you never had it all finished. I loved the combo attacks and awesome 3 way attack you could gain access to when equipping certain items. Besides, you get to recruit a Frog that slashes everything into oblivion with the Masamune, how great is that?
1. Final Fantasy 3 (6 in Japan)
Yes, Number 1, here it is. Final Fantasy 3. Final Fantasy 3 was released by Square (Now Square Enix) in 1994. The game was released to critical acclaim and is regarded as a true landmark in the Final Fantasy Series. The game sold millions of copies world wide and Square has reported total numbers of all Final Fantasy games sold to date has exceeded 85 million units. Damn Impressive. Well deserved in my eyes, these guys have been pumping out quality games that I, and almost all RPG lovers have played and enjoyed over and over. This one is certaintly no exception, the gameplay was perfectly orchestrated, music was extremely well done and Kefka was THE most epic villain. You got to know each and every character personally, the graphics were superb for it's time and the replay value is infinite. This was a time without mind blowing cutscenes, voice actors, top of the line graphics and a 56" plasma TV. It did not matter, none of that was needed. I think of this game and the only word I could ever use to describe it, is Epic.
So that concludes my top 10 super nintendo game list, I hope you enjoyed it. I'd appreciate any comments on what you thought of it, and I'd like to hear what your top ten SNES RPG games of all time are. If you agree that's great, if you don't, thats fine as well, just keep it clean. Happy gaming!
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