Usually I would wait for a while before posting the second part of an article. But this time we are talking about the legendary SNES or Super Famicom! So I think, why must we delay the fun? There are other 5 best SNES RPG waiting in line to be revealed. Since this is the second part, do not ever think that those games are less interesting than the first five; these RPG are on the same level or even better!
1. Ogre Battle: The March of the Black Queen
Ogre Battle: The March of the Black Queen or also known as Legendary Ogre Battle in Japan, is a real-time tactical RPG developed by Quest and released in Japan in 1993, and in North America in 1995 for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. The game is the first installment of the Ogre Battle series. A successor, titled Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together was released in 1995 for SNES.
At the beginning of the game, the protagonist, whose name and other characteristics are chosen by the player, takes command of the Liberation Army. Throughout the course of the game, the protagonist is joined by various other characters, such as Lans Hamilton, a knight who served the king of Zenobia; Warren Moon, a wizard with the ability to divine the future; Tristan, the rightful prince of Zenobia; and many others.
2. Secret of Mana
Secret of Mana is known for a high quality action RPG that could stand up to Zelda series in both the quality and timelessness. This game is another creation of Square, as the expert in making wonderful RPG for consoles. The game was originally released in 1993 for SNES and has been ported to mobile phones in 2009, but the enhanced port of the game was released in 2010 (iOS) and in 2014 (Android).
Secret of Mana features three main characters fighting an empire which tries to take over the world by abusing the power of Mana. The strong point in this game is the detail of the visuals, where you can see the bones-littering cavern floor, or colorful flowers and plant-life lining the trails as we walk upon. The water and clouds also moves naturally, giving life to the visualization of the graphics.
EarthBound or also known as Mother 2 in Japan is a Japanese RPG developed by Ape Inc. and HAL Laboratory and published by Nintendo in 1994. Unlike any other RPG which the characters fought with swords and other weapon, EarthBound is set in a rather contemporary setting where instead of battling with swords and spells, we will fought with baseball bats and psychic powers.
The game follows Ness, a young boy who lived in the town of Onett and awakens one night after a meteor strikes a hilltop outside his house. Inside the meteor he found Buzz, a talking bee from the future who is on a mission to warn the Earth of a coming invasion by evil alien called Giygas. Together with three other kids, they travel the world to collect the 8 melodies in order to defeat the Giygas.
4. Final Fantasy VI
Final Fantasy VI was released in 1994 by Square for SNES (now also available in Android, and iOS). Final Fantasy VI is the sixth installment of the Final Fantasy series which was known to be one of the best Final Fantasy game ever made. It added more depth to both gameplay and narrative than any Final Fantasy game before.
The story tells about a technological world dominated by an evil empire by the use of Magitek technology. We will control the characters with different backgrounds. The heroes consist of the people who have been a part of the empire, brainwashed by the empire, or those who rebels against the empire. This game features 14 permanent playable characters, the largest number of any games in the series.
5. Chrono Trigger
Chrono Trigger is a legendary game from SNES which was developed initially in 1995. It has a good storyline, great battle system, and nice graphics that will pamper us RPG lovers. Although it is old enough, it still proves to exist in the modern platforms nowadays. Because of its popularity, Chrono Trigger is available in multiplatform, not only SNES but also PlayStation, DS, Android, iOS, and PC.
In this game, we will play as Crono, a swordsman from a small town who travels time to prevent the world from destruction caused by Lavos. A princess, a frog swordsman, a prehistoric blonde girl, and a robot will be your party members as you progress through the story. The battle system focuses on opening encounters, meaning that the enemies that we will fight can’t be seen in the field.
Like I said before, the last five wouldn’t be less interesting than the first five in part 1. SNES is just like the core of RPG scene, thus you can find so many great games in this console. And to tell you frankly, those last five easily exceed the first five in all aspect. Moreover, this list has the most popular RPG of all time and also my best SNES RPG title for eternity: Chrono Trigger.
Which one do you think is the best SNES RPG from the list? Please share your thoughts in the comments below.