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#ThrowbackRPG – Top 5 SNES Turn-based RPG

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Founded in 1990, Super Nintendo Entertainment System, also known as Super NES or Super Nintendo never disappoints us RPG lovers. Too many great titles emerged from this legendary console, regardless of its genre. But as the core of RPG, SNES has so much to offer if you look for this genre. So, as a fellow RPG lover let me present you these top 5 SNES turn-based RPG you should try.

5. Breath of Fire II

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Breath of Fire II is a RPG developed and published by Capcom. First released in 1994, the game was licensed to Laguna for European release in 1996. Breath of Fire II is the second entry in the Breath of Fire series. The game was later ported to Game Boy Advance and re-released worldwide. The game was also released in Wii’s Virtual Console in North America in 2007.

Unlike later installments in the series, Breath of Fire II is a direct sequel to Breath of Fire. Set 500 years after the original game, the story centers on an orphan named Ryu Bateson, whose family vanished mysteriously long ago. After his friend is falsely accused of a crime, Ryu embarks on a journey to clear his name.

4. EarthBound

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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.

3. Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars

Super Mario RPG Legend of the Seven Stars

Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars which was released in 1996 adapts the gameplay mechanics that Square used in all of its creations. That is why, although it is a Super Mario game, the gameplay of Super Mario RPG is FF-alike. The battle system is a simple turn-based battle with unique features. For example, if we press a button upon attacking we can unleash greater damage to the enemies.

In Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars, we will fight the bad guys who drove out Bowser from his own castle. The game begins with Mario battling Bowser as usual, but suddenly Bowser’s castle struck by a giant living sword. Then after that incident, Mario must go on a journey alongside Peach, Bowser, and other characters to restore the Mushroom Kingdom back to normal.

2. Chrono Trigger

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Chrono Trigger is a legendary game of SNES which was re-released for PlayStation in 1995. It has a good storyline, great battle system, and nice graphics. The battle system is actually similar to Final Fantasy’s battle, but there are combo attacks which can be performed by combining specific skills of the party members. Each character will have their different elements to assist them in fighting enemies.

In this game, we will play as Crono, a young swordsman along with his unique companions. A princess, a frog swordsman, a prehistoric blonde girl, and a robot will be your party members as you progress through the story. Crono and his companions will travel through times to stop the world from destruction caused by an entity named Lavos.

1. Dragon Quest III: The Seeds of Salvation

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Dragon Quest III: The Seeds of Salvation or also known as Dragon Warriors III in North America is a RPG developed by Chunsoft and published by Enix. The game is the third installment in the Dragon Quest series and was first released for Famicom in Japan and later for SNES in North America. The game saw an enhanced remake for the Super Famicom in 1996 and the Game Boy Color in 2001.

On the morning of your sixteenth birthday, you are charged with a seemingly impossible task by the King himself: to assume the mantle of your father Ortega, the hero of the land of Aliahan, and slay the Archfiend Baramos, master of darkness. Gathering a group of companions into a party, the Hero must travel the world and make their way to the Demon Lord Baramos’ lair.

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SNES has been the core of turn-based RPG since long, up until now. Those five games above might not summarize all, but I can assure you those are a must-play turn-based RPG you can find. Talking about a favorite, I usually pick Chrono Trigger easily, but in this list it is hard to choose because all of them have almost the same quality. Okay, I will give the top two to Chrono Trigger and Breath of Fire II.

Which one is your favorite SNES turn-based RPG from the list? Please share your thoughts below.

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A fellow RPG addict who played a lot of classic masterpieces from Square, Square-Enix, and Tri-Ace. "The epoch may change, but the classics will remain eternal"

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