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The Best SNES JRPGs - jiggy's List

The top Super Nintendo RPG games popularized the word "RPG" to a new generation of players. Role-playing games have a way of capturing your imagination and making you feel like you're a part of another universe. Your group is always full of interesting individuals, the talents you obtain along the road are incredible, and boss confrontations are always spectacular. There was never a shortage of games to play for lovers of the genre, with so many wonderful alternatives to select from. We chose to evaluate the best SNES RPGs of all time because some titles were far superior to others.

Retrogaming is a wonderful pastime that everyone should attempt at least once. This isn't the same as competing in MOBAs or popping virtual candy. Retrogaming, on the other hand, allows you to focus on the works of the past. It will allow you to experience games on a larger scale without the requirement for high-end visuals.


The SNES is a masterpiece of memories, heartbreaking stories, and even aggravation when it comes to retrogaming. To prevent becoming overwhelmed by the number of SNES games available, start with the most popular genre: RPG.

This is a list of the most popular and best-selling RPGs on the Super Nintendo system. While several of these games were console exclusives, we've decided to include non-exclusives as well. From SNES classics like Chrono Trigger to Lufia & the Fortress of Doom, and more, popular games are represented on this list. Please vote for all of your favorite video games in the poll below.

Chrono Trigger game
98.3

Chrono Trigger

This was easily my favorite JRPG of all time. It was the first one I ever really played and I stumbled on it on accident a very long time ago.

Final Fantasy VI game
50.7

Final Fantasy VI

It is the sixth main entry in the Final Fantasy series, and the first to be directed by someone other than series creator Hironobu Sakaguchi; the role was instead filled by Yoshinori Kitase and Hiroyuki Ito. The narrative deals with the themes of a rebellion against an immoral military dictatorship,...

Final Fantasy IV game
78.2

Final Fantasy IV

Final Fantasy IV introduced innovations that became staples of the Final Fantasy series and role-playing games in general. The game was re-titled Final Fantasy II during its initial release outside Japan as the original Final Fantasy II and Final Fantasy III had not been released outside Japan at the...

Terranigma game
84.7

Terranigma

This is an awesome hidden gem SNES JRPG that you shouldn't miss. It is one of the last SNES JRPGs to come out, and it never had a formal release in the West. Though fan translations are available.

Seiken Densetsu Collection game
50

Seiken Densetsu Collection

A collection of the first 3 Seiken Densetsu games, known as the Mana seires internationally, with a quick save feature added and all 3 soundtracks. The games included are Seiken Densetsu (Final Fantasy Adventure), Seiken Densetsu 2 (Secret of Mana), and Seiken Densetsu 3 which was not released outside...

Final Fantasy V game
50

Final Fantasy V

An original video animation produced in 1994 called Final Fantasy: Legend of the Crystals serves as a sequel to the events depicted in the game. There, he encounters several characters, one of whom reveals the danger facing the four Crystals that control the world's elements. Final Fantasy V has been...

Secret Of Mana game
50

Secret Of Mana

It is the sequel to the 1991 game Seiken Densetsu, released in North America as Final Fantasy Adventure and in Europe as Mystic Quest, and it was the first Seiken Densetsu title to be marketed as part of the Mana series rather than the Final Fantasy series. The game has a unique Ring Command menu system,...

Earthbound game
87.7

Earthbound

This was one of the first JRPGs to not take itself too seriously. It is definitely a wacky adventure. I played it and beat it, though I felt a little disappointed by it. It didn't really age well and didn't do much for the genre besides being funny and weird, which it does extremely well. Because it...

Super Mario RPG: Legend Of The Seven Stars game
96.4

Super Mario RPG: Legend Of The Seven Stars

Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars is a role-playing video game developed by Square and published by Nintendo for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System in 1996. It was the final Mario game published for the SNES. The game was directed by Chihiro Fujioka and Yoshihiko Maekawa, produced by Shigeru...

Tales Of Phantasia game
50

Tales Of Phantasia

This was one of the first games to have an active battle system in real time, more like an actual fighting game than an RPG. The Tales Of series is still around ad has been an innovator for many unique features, including multiplayer where more than one player can control party members, though Tales...

Breath Of Fire game
80.4

Breath Of Fire

Breath of Fire is a role-playing video game series developed by Capcom. Following the mainstream success of Japanese role-playing games in the 1990s, the series began using the original anime-style artwork for later Western releases of the games , post-apocalyptic themes, and an increased emphasis on...

Illusion Of Gaia game
50

Illusion Of Gaia

"The Fantasy Chronicles of Gaia"), known in Europe and Australia as Illusion of Time, is an action role-playing game that was released for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System, in Japan on November 27, 1993, and in North America on September 1, 1994. Moto Hagio, the influential manga artist,...

Secret Of Evermore game
50

Secret Of Evermore

Secret of Evermore is a role-playing video game for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. The story of Secret of Evermore follows a boy and his pet dog as they are inadvertently transported to a fantasy world created by an eccentric inventor. Secret of Evermore takes many of its interface and gameplay...

Lufia 2: Rise Of The Sinistrals game
60.2

Lufia 2: Rise Of The Sinistrals

This exciting sequel to the Lufian legend pits monster hunter Maxim and six adventuring companions against the sinister Sinistrals. The story develops into a complex maze, challenging you with big battles, puzzles and loads of surprises. You can even grow your own monsters! You will enjoy countless hours...

Star Ocean game
17.4

Star Ocean

As fans of science fiction and space travel, the developers at tri-Ace created the Star Ocean series with a sci-fi setting in mind and have cited Star Trek as one of their main influences for the visuals of the games as well as being an underlying, but noticeable, influence to the series as a whole....

Ogre Battle: The March Of The Black Queen game
50

Ogre Battle: The March Of The Black Queen

Ogre Battle: The March of the Black Queen is a 1993 real-time tactical role-playing video game directed by Yasumi Matsuno with artwork by Akihiko Yoshida. It is the first installment of an episodic series, and was originally developed by Quest. Ogre Battle: The March of the Black Queen begins in the...

Soul Blazer game
76.8

Soul Blazer

Similar to the company's previous game ActRaiser, the player takes the role of a divine angel, deity or lesser-deity, or avatar, sent by a divinity, called The Master, to destroy monsters and release the captured souls of a world's inhabitants. When the player defeats the boss monster imprisoning the...

Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together game
50

Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together

The game was originally released in 1995 on the Super Famicom in Japan and then re-released on the Sega Saturn in 1996 and the PlayStation in 1997. An enhanced port of the game developed by the original development team was released on February 15, 2011 for the PSP. While Ogre Battle: The March of the...

Lagoon game
50

Lagoon

There is an overlap between bodies of water classified as coastal Lagoons and bodies of water classified as estuaries. Some authorities include fresh water bodies in the definition of "Lagoon", while others explicitly restrict "Lagoon" to bodies of water with some degree of salinity....

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