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Japanese Fans Choose Their Favorite Super Nintendo RPGs

With the NES Classic Edition (and its Japanese equivalent) flying off shelves and anticipation for the Super Nintendo version at fever pitch, it’s clear there’s more than a bit of nostalgia out there for the Nintendo games of old.

With that in mind, perhaps, ranking site Goo has asked its readers to rank their all-time favorite Super Nintendo (or Super Famicom, to be precise) RPGs. Let’s see what they chose.

20. Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem

19. Romancing Saga 3

18. Tactics Ogre

17. Secret of Mana (Seiken Densetsu 2)

16. Seiken Densetsu 3

15. Shin Megami Tensei II

14. Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War

13. Dragon Ball Z: Super Saiya Densetsu

12. 4th Super Robot Wars

11. Tales of Phantasia

10. Earthbound (Mother 2)

9. Romancing Saga 2

8. Shin Momotaro Densetsu

7. Final Fantasy IV

6. Final Fantasy VI

5. Final Fantasy V

4. Chrono Trigger

3. Dragon Quest VI

2. Super Mario RPG

1. Dragon Quest V

This list reminded me of the bad old days of video game licensing, when many of these games were unavailable in English—or if they were, they had questionable translations and titles (who can forget the confusion of Final Fantasy IV becoming Final Fantasy II, and VI turning into III?).

Thankfully, most of the titles listed here are now available in the west as downloadable ports or as part of collections. Final Fantasy VI (aka III), Super Mario RPG, Secret of Mana and Earthbound will appear on the Super Nintendo Classic Edition.

What are your favorite Super Nintendo RPGs?

Source: Goo

Matt Schley

Matt Schley (rhymes with "guy") lives in Tokyo, and has been OUSA's "man in Japan" since 2012. He's also written about anime and Japanese film for the Japan Times, Screen Daily and more.