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10 Best Super Nintendo (SNES) RPG Games

Updated on April 18, 2016

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Here's a list of 10 RPG games for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System . These are my top 10 favorite RPG games which I believe to be the best. Many people will not agree with me on this list but that's to be expected. When making this list I took in many factors :playability, graphics, originality, difficulty, personal taste and the memories I have attached to the game. When a game means something to a person, it tends to be more important. I could have easily made this a top 20 or even 25 list. There are tons of awesome SNES RPG games but I decided to go with the classic 10. If you haven't played a game on this list, I strongly suggest you do. Especially if you're an RPG fan or classic gaming fan.

Secret Of Evermore
Secret Of Evermore

10. Secret Of Evermore

Secret Of Evermore holds the ten spot on my list. I've talked to a few people who think this game shouldn't even be on a top ten list. I don't understand why. I played this game for the first time when I was already a teenager. I loved it. The games about a boy and his dog who are messing around in a crazy scientists mansion. They accidentally get transported to another world where they have to fight their way through monsters and other baddies to find their way back home. It featured an Alchemy sytstem, allowing you to find new recipes to earn new spells. The live action battles were cool and you could switch between dog and boy. The graphics were pretty damn sweet for that time period and the game play is fun. In fact, i just finished this game again last week. I played it on my tablet using a SNES emulator.

Breath Of Fire Battle
Breath Of Fire Battle

9.Breath Of Fire

Coming in at number 9 is Breath Of Fire. This game was developed by Capcom and licensed by Squaresoft. Let me tell you, I have put many hours into this game. It's totally fun. The story starts after a Civil war between Light and Dark Dragon clans. Ryu, the hero finds his home set on fire by the Dark Dragons and vows revenge. First, he must become stronger in order to defeat his powerful enemies. He does this by gaining allies and Dragon Powers. Dragon Powers are freagin' sweet and I spent much time trying to get them all. It's a turn base RPG with some alright graphics, a pretty cool soundtrack and definite re-playability.

8. Lufia II : Rise Of The Sinistrals

At number eight, brought to you by Neverland, is Lufia II : Rise Of The Sinistrals. Another awesome RPG game for the classic SNES. This RPG has some pretty cool puzzle element s that add to the fun and difficulty of the game play. Certain dungeons require certain object to progress through the dungeon. Not as advanced as other RPG games but definitely one of my favorites. The soundtrack is pretty cool for a SNES and the graphics are also good. The enemy sprites in fight scenes look very decent. The story line is good and is centered around Maxim, an excellent swordsman hell bent on destroying super humans known as Sinistrals. You can have multiple party members, up to four. You can control each party member but you can also get pet like creatures that are computer controlled. Allowing to effectively have five in your party. There's also a dungeon with 99 randomly generated levels. That alone is making this game worth a try.

7. Final Fantasy II

Alright, number seven..... It's Final Fantasy II! Released in Japan as Final Fantasy IV. This game was developed by Squaresoft and blessed the US in the year 1991. This game opened my eyes to awesome classic RPG games. I still play this game today and I'm currently in the middle of the many hours of game play Final Fantasy II has to offer (once again). The story in this game is complex and just plain awesome. You're a Dark Knight, a Paladin, you can play with Mages, Ninjas, Bards and all other kinds of classes. The world is huge and even includes going to the molten core of the Earth and also the moon. This is a must for RPG and Final Fantasy fans. Please, please, please if you have never played this game. Do it.

6. Illusion Of Gaia

Illusion Of Gaia is a unique game with an awesome score and characters created by the God Mother of manga herself, Moto Hagio. This game introduced a unique yet simple style to the RPG genre. There's only three playable characters and the attacks are basically melee with each character using a different weapon. All characters share the same health and defense points. Bosses can not be done twice and enemies disappear after defeat unless you completely exit a dungeon or area and come back or if Will loses all his lives. The game has no equipment or currency system. The only healing items are herbs. Even with these limitations, I truly enjoyed the game. The simplicity, I believe made it unique yet challenging. Some of my friends became frustrated with these points but I enjoyed it. The story begins with the main character, Will stumbling into a Dark Space and meeting Gaia. Gaia informs Will that he has been chosen and must leave his home to save the world from an approaching comet. I don't want to describe it much more to avoid spoilers but trust me, even though it seems simple and lacking in features, trust me, it's a great game to play.

5. Secret Of Mana

You had to know this game would be in the top five. Secret Of Mana. What can I say? This game was freaking sweet! Awesome graphics, great sound and lots of innovation. Another live action RPG game as opposed to turn based. This game brought us the Adaptive Time Battle meter making it possible for awesome real time action. It also introduce the Ring Command battle system allowing you to pause the action while making important battle decisions. Another awesome system in the game was multiplayer. This feature allowed other players to join in when they wanted and leave if they wanted, a great feature for when your friends come over to play. This game is just pure quality. The plot is very intriguing and has a great flow to it.

4. Super Mario RPG: Legend Of The Seven Stars

Developed by Square and produced by Nintendo this game was released in 1996. The first role playing game in the Mario series. In this RPG you're after Smithy. Smithy has stolen the seven stars and Mario must get them back so people can again receive their wishes. This game had some awesome 3D graphics and some pretty darn funny dialogue. Super Mario RPG features turn based battles when encountering an enemy. Yet, much of the game is like a platformer with jumping and the ability to avoid battles that you deem unfit for your great powers. You start off in the game with only Mario but end up gaining 5 party members. 2 of which can be chosen to join in battles with you. I loved this game. It had Mario <3 in a freaking RPG adventure! The graphics were awesome, the colors were bright and the soundtrack was good. I still play this game today via emulation.

3. Chrono Trigger

At number 3 is the epic: Chrono Trigger! Published by Square in 1995, this game was created with three awesome designers known as "The Dream Team". Hironobu Sakaguchi, of Final Fantasy fame, Yuji Horii known for his work in Dragon Quest and Akira Toriyama an artist famous for his work in Dragon Quest and the ever so awesome Dragonball. This game is like a fanboy's wet dream. The game play is much like other RPG's with a world map where you travel to other areas which may have other explorable areas within. One difference is the fact that Chrono Trigger's enemy's are visible so you are not randomly thrust into a battle. I loved playing this game and I still love playing this game (like most of the RPG's on this list). The battles are fun but still challenging, the story is another great one and the graphics and character designs are amazing for a SNES. Play this game now!

2. Final Fantasy III (VI)

Role playing landmark and one of the greatest games of all time. Final Fantasy III was released as Final Fantasy VI because Final Fantasy IV and V had not been released in North America yet. It's final Fantasy, people. Arguably the best RPG series ever created and still running strong. Featuring yet another awesome plot, beautiful graphics, excellent game play and a sweet ass soundtrack, it's no wonder this is my number two. When my older brother first introduced me to this game, I watched him play it for hours. To this day I have completed this game 4 times and I am currently playing it right now via a SNES emulator. I know what you're thinking, "Number 2 and only 4 times!?" Give me a break, I didn't get introduced to this game until later on. This game is hard, but not nearly as hard as some of the earlier Final Fantasy games, giving you a challenge while not be "too" frustrating(...sometimes...) Still a classic and still awesome as ever.

1. Zelda: A Link To The Past

Number one , The Legend Of Zelda: A Link To The Past, booooooom! The one and only Zelda game for SNES. A Link To The Past follows our favorite hero, Link on a journey to defeat Ganon, save Hyrule and rescue the Sages. In this one they killed the side-scrolling bull crap that was implemented in Zelda II: The Adventure Of Link. By the way, I hated the side scrolling so very much. Going back to the roots of a top down 3/4 perspective, Zelda: A Link To The Past blew my fucking mind. The game introduced the parallel universe idea to the masses, which is still being used today. You got heart vials, Pegasus Boots, Spin Attack, The Ocarina, the Master Sword and arrows as ammo instead of depleting your precious Rupees. The replay value of this game is insane. If you're not (a cheater) following a guide step by step, you're going to find something new the second time around or even the third or fourth time. The graphics are clean, the sound is great and the story is, well, it's a Zelda story. Get more power, kill the bad guy and save Hyrule. One of the greatest games ever. I can't count how many times I've played this game.


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      Anthony Arsenault 3 years ago from Halifax, Nova Scotia

      Totally Agree!

    • NESS 3 years ago

      no EARTHBOUND??!! you don't know anything about RPGs

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      Zachariah Kaer 3 years ago from Austin, Texas

      earthbound would be a 15 or 20.....

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      Zachariah Kaer 3 years ago from Austin, Texas

      this is a top ten

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      Zachariah Kaer 3 years ago from Austin, Texas

      thanks for ur comment

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      Justin Watkins 3 years ago from lakewood Washington

      Mario Rules!!!

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      Zachariah Kaer 3 years ago from Austin, Texas


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    • Casey 3 years ago

      Earthbound lol

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      Zachariah Kaer 3 years ago from Austin, Texas

      Sorry, I like it...but not as much as these :) I'm seriously thinking of changing Chrono to #1

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      Sam 2 years ago from Australia

      Good to see Secret of Evermore and Breath of Fire, two games I got lots of hours from in my younger days!

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      orandze 2 years ago from Pittsburgh

      When I clicked onto this hub, I first expected to see Chrono Trigger at #1, but after doing some thinking I feel like the top three are pretty well tied, so your list is valid :)

    • DemonAlchemist 22 months ago

      A Link to the Past is not an RPG. It's a great topdown adventure game, but not an RPG.

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      Cedric Yong 7 months ago from Singapore

      Link to the Past is possibly the best Zelda game. (At least to me). But most Japanese players would vote for Chrono, I suspect.

    • drahcir 7 months ago

      I don't think that Zelda is usually considered an RPG. I'd say the top 3 are Chrono Trigger, Final Fantasy VI, and Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars. But I haven't played Earthbound yet...

    • Dotorak 3 months ago

      Legend of Zelda? Do you even know what is a RPG?

    • anomus 3 months ago

      i so agree

    • 2 months ago

      Zelda wasn't a brilliant game, nowhere near the quality of others on the list, and is in some senses more a quasi-rpg than anything else.

    • Dethklok slayer 5 weeks ago

      top 3 chrono trigger, secret of mana (multiplayer rpg!! so awesome), and FF VI. secret of evermore is awesome too! glad it made it in your top 10, i feel its highly overlooked

    • Paul 5 weeks ago

      Really good list, I agree with most of it, especially Zelda and FF3. I would put Earthbound in the top 10 for sure, probably instead of Evermore or Gaia.

    • Matt 4 weeks ago

      Illusion og Gaia is better than LTTP. It has a story. Character development. and better boss mechanics. IT is the same gameplay, but better presented. The story is top notch with its engaging characters and awesome soundtrack!

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