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Top 5 Best Classic RPG Games For Super Nintendo

Updated on January 29, 2013

The Super Nintendo (known as Snes or Super Nes) is one best selling system of its era. As one of the top contender in the Console Wars between Sega and Nintendo, the Super Nintendo offers some of the best games ever. Widely considers as the best console for role playing gaming (although debatable), the system spawn some of the best games that is still being remake. Here is the list of the top 5 RPG:


Chrono Trigger
Chrono Trigger | Source

1.) Chrono Trigger:

Number 1 on the list is Chrono Trigger. If you have never heard about this game, GO TRY IT NOW! What makes chrono trigger the best rpg is obviously the story line. Time traveling to save the future, present and past! This game has everything, futuristic machine to magic sorcerer and even dinosaur that talks, and let us not forget the talking frog knight who wield a magical sword. You start out as a child who meet a run away princess in a fair and somehow manage to stumble to the distance past where the kingdom is at war. It is up to you to save the princess and stop the sorcerer from controlling the world. Somehow, from all this mess you manage to end up in prehistoric time and find out that a giant alien from space will destroy Earth in the far future. Journeying through time, you discover magic, a lost kingdom, and even meet your descendant, all leading up to the final confrontation that will determine the fate of the world.

If the story does not convince you, listen to this. The development team was dubbed the “dream team” because it included Hironobus Sakaguchi (the creator of the Final Fantasy Series), Yuji Horii (the creator of the popular Dragon Quest series), and Akira Toriyama (a freelance manga artist who got his fame for his work in Dragon Quest and Dragon Ball). WOW! I could continue talking about what make this game the best rpg of its time or all time, including having one of the best fight/combination system ever, but I am not. Check the game out and see for your self.


Final Fantasy VI or Final Fantasy III (US version)
Final Fantasy VI or Final Fantasy III (US version) | Source

2.) Final Fantasy III:

Number 2 on this list is Final Fantasy III. Although it was the sixth game to be release in the final fantasy series, it was call final fantasy III when it was release in North America. The game features some of the best storyline, great combat system, as well as a huge array of permanent characters to pick from. Set in an industrial age where magic can only be used while wearing special mechanical armor, you follow a rebel group trying to overthrow the government. During your quest, you find out that the government is stealing magic from creatures and embedding them into humans and armors to allow other to use magic. It is now up to your group of rebels to stop the emperor from capturing the rest of these creatures, and stealing all their magical powers.

No wonder this game has sold more than 3 million copies world wide and is considered to be one of the greatest game of all time. From warring god to magical creature, this game has brilliantly mixed the concept of technology and fantasy to make one heck of a game.


Tale of Phantasia
Tale of Phantasia | Source

3.) Tale of Phantasia:

This game was the first in the “tale” series to be release and was later release for the game boy advance, play station, and play station portable. Although the game feature time travel, it just does not do it as well as chrono trigger (Although not many game can). You start off as a boy who goes hunting with his best friend, only to return to your home village and seeing everyone slaughter. You find out that the murderer seek to revise an ancient evil (Dhaos) that was seal away. Although you fail to stop Dhaos from being revived, you were sent back to the past to find away to stop him. In the past, you track down several people who could use magic (the only way to stop Dhaos). Eventually, you find a way to return to your present time and confront Dhaos just as he was being revised. As Dhaos was losing, he transport himself to the future and your whole party must track him down and defeat him once and for all.

What make this game so thrilling is that the bad guy is not really a bad guy. This was hinted through out the whole game and it is a wonder why the main character never figure it out. It is one of those games that have a huge message that you just have to play in order to understand and it is this message that this game deserves to be in the top 5 best rpg.


Seiken Densetsu 3
Seiken Densetsu 3 | Source

4.) Seiken Densetsu 3

Seiken Densetsu 3 or unofficially known as Secret of Mana 2, is similar to secret of mana, except its better. It is a multiplayer game where up to 3 people can play at the same time. What set this game apart is that there is three separates main plotline, with six different characters. Beside the huge plotline, there is a huge array of different class which you can choose from depending on your preferences to dark or light. Each class has their own set of unique skills. This game is easily in the top 5 but you just got to play in order to understand why.


Secret of Mana
Secret of Mana | Source

5.) Secret of Mana

Secret of Mana is the second to be release in the “mana” series but was the first one to be release out of Japan. Beside the great storyline, this game offers something no other rpg at the game at that time does: multiplayer. You control one of three main characters and up to three people can play at one time. The game play is similar to legend of Zelda except that it is stat-base. The 3 characters each have their own strength and weakness and it is up to you to use their skills in combination to successfully defeat the enemies.

What make this game so wonderful is that no longer were rpg just for guys in their basement but for friends and family to enjoy together. This game encourages you to make friend and play with them. Try it out now and see for yourself why this game deserves to be in the top 5.


What do you think is the best RPG for Snes?

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While there are plenty of rpg games for the Snes that can easily make the cut for top rpg (FFII,Earthbound,secret of Evermore...etc), these games I found offers something unique and different. They were some of the game that even to this day are being remake. Try these game out and decides for yourself.


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      RolyRetro 5 years ago from Brentwood, Essex, UK

      A great hub, but I personally would have included Zelda (not quite an RPG though), and I do have a soft spot for Earthbound. All is forgiven for having Chrono Trigger as number 1!

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      avan989 5 years ago from maryland

      yea, I used to play so much rpg and there were so many games that could be considers in the top 5, I just though these gave brought something specials, in terms of either story line, game play...etc, that would withstand the test of time. Some of these rpg are still being remake which is what is surprising me. Hope you enjoy the lists, I took a lot of time considering these games because the list of good rpg was so vast for the Snes.

      Beside that I also wanted to include Zelda: A link to the past, but decided that its uncertainty in its genre make it hard for some people to think of this game as anything other than action/ adventure. I consider the game action/rpg/adventure and would have definitely included in the top 5 but it was just too uncertain. Hope everyone enjoy my list and definitely try them out and understand why I choose these games. You be the judge!

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      Phillip Drayer Duncan 5 years ago from The Ozarks

      I was surprised to Secret of Mana on there! Awesome! Good Choices!

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      DonkeyKongKiller 5 years ago from Texas

      I want to like RPG's, but their too confusing to me. I'm a pitiful gamer. I've always been interested in Chrono Trigger though. Time travel is always cool.