There are many popular franchises on JRPG section, such as Final Fantasy or Dragon Quest series. Those two franchises are very well-known that they have so many sequels since the first game. Dragon Quest has reached eleventh title while Final Fantasy is even more with fifteenth game of the main series. But among many, there are these top 7 JRPG that deserve a sequel, but never got the chance to have one.
7. The Last Story (Wii)
The Last Story is a Japanese action RPG developed by Mistwalker and AQ Interactive for the Wii video game console. Nintendo published the title in all regions except for North America, where it was published by Xseed Games. The game initially released in Japan in 2011, and also released in western territories through 2012.
The game takes place upon the island fortress of Lazulis, in a world that is slowly being drained of life by an unknown force. The story focuses on a group of mercenaries looking for work on Lazulis; one of them, Zael, dreams of becoming a knight. After receiving the mystical “Mark of the Outsider”, Zael becomes involved with a noblewoman named Calista in an ongoing war between humans and the beast-like Gorak.
6. Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars (SNES)
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.
5. The Legend of Dragoon (PlayStation)
The Legend of Dragoon is a RPG developed by SCE Japan Studio and published by Sony Computer Entertainment in 1999 for PlayStation. The game was designed to promote player immersion, realism, and cinematic style. Reception was generally positive, although several critics found it lacking compared to other PlayStation RPGs at that time.
Set in the high fantasy land of Endiness, the game follows a group of warriors led by Dart Feld as they caught in a war between Endiness’ nations. The player will control Dart’s party as 3D character models through pre-rendered environment and fighting battles using a combination of turn-based mechanics and real-time commands.
4. The World Ends with You (Android, iOS, DS, Switch)
The World Ends with You is an action RPG developed by Square Enix and Jupiter originally for the Nintendo DS. Because of its success in the initial handheld, it was later ported to Android (2014) and iOS (2012) with the title of The World Ends with You: Solo Remix. This game involves urban fantasy elements, set in the modern-day Shibuya shopping district of Tokyo including its typical youth culture.
We will play as Neku Sakuraba, along with his friends participating in a game that will determine their fate. In the ported version, the story is unchanged from the original but it has redrawn visuals, expanded soundtrack, and revamped battle system to pamper the eyes of the gamer. Also, the ported version will have Google Play Games and Game Center Integration, with ranking and achievements.
(Good news! Of all the games in this list, this game will have a sequel release in summer 2021 titled NEO: The World Ends with You for Switch and PlayStation 4)
3. Lost Odyssey (Xbox 360)
Lost Odyssey is a JRPG developed by Mistwalker and Feelplus for the Xbox 360. The game was published by Microsoft Game Studios in 2007 in Japan and 2008 in western territories. The gameplay features many staples of the genre, such as navigation using a world map, random encounters, and a turn-based battle system.
The story follows Kaim, one of the select group of “immortals” who have lost their memories, while confronting threats generated by the world’s approaching magic industrial revolution. Along the process, he must also face the pain brought by his returning memories.
2. The Last Remnant (Android, iOS, Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, PC)
The Last Remnant is a JRPG-styled game developed and published by Square Enix. It was released worldwide for Xbox 360 in 2008 and Microsoft Windows in 2009. The remastered version of the game was released near the end of 2018 for PlayStation 4. Back then, The Last Remnant was the first Square Enix game to use the Unreal Engine.
Rush Sykes, the main protagonist tries to save his sister Irina with the help of his multi-racial teammates from the bad guys. By using ancient weapon and accessories called Remnants, Rush and the unions tries to stop The Conqueror who is trying to conquer the world under his command. This time, Rush must battle The Conqueror and his generals who also uses Remnant weapons and accessories.
1. Skies of Arcadia (Dreamcast, Gamecube)
Skies of Arcadia is a RPG developed by Overworks for the Dreamcast and published by Sega in 2000. Skies of Arcadia uses traditional JRPG systems such as turn-based battles and experience points, but puts greater focus on exploration, with players flying an airship in a 3D space. The development team included staff who had contributed to Panzer Dragoon, Phantasy Star, Sonic the Hedgehog, and Sakura Wars.
The game takes place in the fictional skies referred to as Arcadia, where six civilizations coexist on floating continents orbited by six moons of different colors. Players control Vyse, a young air pirate, and his friends as they attempt to stop the fictional Valuan Empire from reviving ancient weapons with the potential to destroy the world.
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So it seems there is some high quality JRPG that never had the chance to have sequels like the Final Fantasy or Dragon Quest series; the games above don’t even have one. But at least now you know which JRPG you should be looking for. Speaking about favorite, I will pick The Last Remnant and The Legend of Dragoon, but Skies of Arcadia seems promising with its traditional JRPG systems.
Which one is your favorite JRPG that deserve a sequel? Which game do you want the sequel to be made the most? Please share your thoughts below.