Top 5 SNES RPG Games
The Best SNES RPG Games
Some of the best RPGs ever were released many years ago, for the Super Nintendo system. I've compiled this list for those of you who want to try out some of the best of them. These are games with engrossing storylines and great gameplay, ones that will keep you entertained for hours. A lot of people think video games are always a waste of time, but some games really are worthwhile artistic experiences. I feel that these games fit into that category.
If you've never tried these games, you might be able to pick them up cheap at a local secondhand store or online, since they're pretty old by video game standards. (Then again, some of them now command a premium because of their collectible status.) If you're already familiar with these games, then I hope you'll get that good ol' nostalgic feeling when you read this list!
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Number 5: Seiken Densetsu 3
This game was originally only available in Japanese, but an English translation was made by a gamer and released onto the Internet. This is a great game with action-oriented gameplay (as opposed to turn-based, like many of these RPGs). The story depends on which of the 6 characters you choose as your main character at the beginning of the game. No matter which character you choose though, the story revolves around saving the world by releasing the power of the eight Mana stones. I won't reveal any more of the story, in case you haven't played this one yet, but trust me, it's worth it.
Number 4: Final Fantasy II
This installment in the Final Fantasy line, also known as FF5, is a classic SNES RPG. While it lacks some of the refinements of later titles in this series, it's still a great game. It was responsible for introducing many of the elements that are common in many RPGs today. This one was later re-released for the GBA, so you can pick up this title for either system.
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Number 3: Final Fantasy III
Final Fantasy III probably has one of the best storylines in any game ever. You are first introduced to Terra, the last living human who can use magic. She is being hunted by the Empire. From these beginnings, an epic and often very moving story is spun. This game has some of the best graphics on the SNES, and some of the best music as well, featuring different themes for many characters. This game features a whopping 14 playable characters, every one of which is developed during the game.
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Number 2: Secret of Mana
This is another action-oriented title. The gameplay is fast-paced and very entertaining, and was one of the few that you can play multiplayer on. I loved the style and humor that were put into this game, not to mention the beautiful (for the time) graphics. Secret of Mana only has 3 playable characters, but each one has different strengths and weaknesses. And this is another game whose story is a really great adventure. It was really hard for me to choose not to put this one at the top of the list.
Number 1: Chrono Trigger
Chrono Trigger is definitely my favorite SNES RPG. It has one of the sweetest characters ever in any game (Magus, of course) and features a moving storyline that includes time travel to various eras. This feature allows for various settings, from prehistoric to futuristic. Combat features combo attacks with 2 or even all 3 of your characters. Chrono Trigger is one of the most unique games I've ever played. And who doesn't love a game with a broadsword-wielding frog?