With the NES Classic Edition (and its Japanese equivalent) flying off shelves and anticipation for the Super Nintendo version at fever pitch, it’s clear there’s more than a bit of nostalgia out there for the Nintendo games of old.
With that in mind, perhaps, ranking site Goo has asked its readers to rank their all-time favorite Super Nintendo (or Super Famicom, to be precise) RPGs. Let’s see what they chose.
20. Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem
19. Romancing Saga 3
18. Tactics Ogre
17. Secret of Mana (Seiken Densetsu 2)
16. Seiken Densetsu 3
15. Shin Megami Tensei II
14. Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War
13. Dragon Ball Z: Super Saiya Densetsu
12. 4th Super Robot Wars
11. Tales of Phantasia
10. Earthbound (Mother 2)
9. Romancing Saga 2
8. Shin Momotaro Densetsu
7. Final Fantasy IV
6. Final Fantasy VI
5. Final Fantasy V
4. Chrono Trigger
3. Dragon Quest VI
2. Super Mario RPG
1. Dragon Quest V
This list reminded me of the bad old days of video game licensing, when many of these games were unavailable in English—or if they were, they had questionable translations and titles (who can forget the confusion of Final Fantasy IV becoming Final Fantasy II, and VI turning into III?).
Thankfully, most of the titles listed here are now available in the west as downloadable ports or as part of collections. Final Fantasy VI (aka III), Super Mario RPG, Secret of Mana and Earthbound will appear on the Super Nintendo Classic Edition.
What are your favorite Super Nintendo RPGs?