NES/Famicom

ConsoleNameDeveloperLucca's Observations
JP FCBloody Warriors: Shan-Go no GyakushuuMicronics/Toei AnimationEven translated, the health counter for enemies makes no sense. Pretty short too.
NESCastlevania II: Simon's QuestKonamiSurprise! Contains a day/night system and XP/leveling
JP FCChaos WorldNatsumeNeat auto-battle system
JP FCChester Field: Ankoku Shin e no ChousenVic TokaiLight on text, hilarious walking animation, very platformy
JP FCColumbus: Ougon no YoakeTomyNaval combat and quasi-historical themes! Sketch af!
JP FCCosmo Police GalivanNihon BussanPlatformer ARPG - Metroidvania before metroidvanias were a thing
NESCrystalisSNKTop-down ARPG, fairly grindy for the time
JP FCDai-2-Ji Super Robot TaisenWinkysoftFeatures original design robots that would become the cornerstone of the Original Generation series
JP FCDark LordData EastMix of overhead and turn-based combat
JP FCDeep Dungeon III: Yuushi e no TabiHumming Bird Soft1st-person dunegon crawl
JP FCDeep Dungeon IV: Kuro no YoujutsushiHumming Bird Soft1st-person dunegon crawl
NESDestiny of an EmperorCapcomRomance of the Three Kingdoms-themed, auto-battle system
JP FCDigital Devil Monogatari: Megami Tensei IIAtlusConsidered to be the origin of the series' heavy-handed order vs chaos theme, good old-fashioned demon negotiation and recruitment
JP FCDigital Devil Story: Megami TenseiAtlusThe series had to start somewhere…
JP FCDoraemon: Giga Zombie no GyakushuuEpochFeaturing playable Doraemon!
JP FCDouble Moon DensetsuAmusement/Dennou Kenkyusho/ORGMultiple endings, multiple classes to choose from, pulls some nasty punches on the player
JP FCDragon Ball: Dai Maou FukkatsuD&D Corp/TosePlays kinda like a card-based board game
JP FCDragon Ball Z: Kyoushuu! Saiya JinD&D Corp/ToseCARDS
JP FCDragon Ball Z II: Gekishin Freeza!!D&D Corp/ToseCard-based combat
JP FCDragon Ball Z III: Ressen Jinzou NingenD&D Corp/ToseMore card-based combat
JP FCDragon Scroll: Yomigaerishi MaryuuKonami*Epilepsy Warning* Otherwise a solid ARPG
NESDragon WarriorChunsoftSolo questing to save the kingdom!
NESDragon Warrior IIChunsoftRescuing the kingdom, now with a party!
NESDragon Warrior IIIChunsoftIntroduces a class system to the series, far less linear than its predecessors
NESDragon Warrior IVChunsoftBreaks up the story into chapters with different protagonists that come together in the end
JP FCDream MasterBirthdayNot Little Nemo! More puzzle-based than most games of the era, cool concept
NESDungeon Magic: Sword of the ElementsNatsume1st-person dunegon crawl, very sparse on story
JP FCElysionNEC InterchannelA bit bland of an ARPG, but it has multiple playable characters, so that's neat
JP FCEsper Dream 2: Aratanaru TatakaiKonamiCute pastel sprite work and ARPG gameplay
NESFaria: A World of Mystery and Danger!Game ArtsA top-down dungeon crawler with some cruel elements like invisible monsters
NESFaxanaduHudson SoftPlays more like a standard Castlevania
NESFinal FantasySquareWhat hasn't been said about this game? It's not the final game in the series, nor is it the final iteration of this game
JP FCFinal Fantasy IISquareLeveling is done via utilizing skills rather than experience- a drastic and much-maligned design choice
JP FCFinal Fantasy IIISquareFirst Final Fantasy to feature the job-change system
JP FCFire Emblem: Ankoku Ryu to Hikari no TsurugiIntelligent Systems/NintendoOrigins of boy-king Marth, an SRPG featuring permadeath of units
JP FCFire Emblem GaidenIntelligent SystemsIntroduced elements like a navigable overworld that were then unused for a long time
JP FCFushigi no Umi no NadiaAdvance Communication CompanySRPG based on the anime of the same name, plays vastly different to the Mega Drive version
JP FCGanbare Goemon Gaiden 2: Tenka no ZaihouKonamiChanges the battle perspective to show party members on-screen, has lots of side activities
JP FCGanbare Goemon Gaiden: Kieta Ougon KiseruKonamiHumorous turn-based game set in medieval Japan
JP FCGeGeGe no Kitarou 2: Youkai Gundan no ChousenToseBased off the spooky anime of the same name
NESGhost LionKemcoAmazing cover art, unique summon-based battle system
JP FCGrand MasterSoft MachineFeatures multiple branching paths, ARPG gameplay, and anime cutscenes between stages
JP FCHeracles no Eikou II: Titan no MetsuboData EastDragon Warrior-styled gameplay with Greek mythological flair
JP FCHoshi wo Miru HitoAnother/Hot-BKusoge of legend, incomplete translation but left up here for lulz
JP FCHyaku no Sekai no Monogatari: The Tales on a Watery WildernessASKA multiplayer board game JRPG? On my Famicom? Lots of randomness involved
NESHydlideT&E SoftVery grindy, very bad
JP FCHydlide 3: Yami Kara no HoumonshaT&E SoftThere is no such thing as a good Hydlide game.
JP FCIndra no HikariKemcoEnemies are visible on the overworld, but otherwise appears to be yet another Dragon Warrior clone
JP FCJajamaru Ninpou ChouNMKAlmost came out in the States, but alas… Another DW clone where you can only fight one enemy at a time
JP FCJust BreedRandom HouseA very detailed SRPG for the time
JP FCJuvei QuestBirthdayPlot divided into chapters, protagonist can recruit helpers to make adventuring easier
JP FCKaijuu MonogatariBirthdayPretty standard, but also super-hard at the beginning
JP FCKarakuri Kengou Den Musashi Lord: Karakuri Jin Hashiru!KoseARPG based on the robot anime
JP FCKawa no Nushi TsuriYuu YuuIt's a fishing JRPG!
JP FCKouryuu Densetsu Villgust GaidenPlexIt's got a catgirl. Strange battle system! Side-story to the SNES game
JP FCLagrange PointKonamiBanger soundtrack, sci-fi themed
JP FCLaSalle Ishii's Childs QuestNamcoIDOL MANAGER JRPG. ENOUGH SAID.
NESLegacy of the WizardFalcomAn early example of a metroidvania with a family element; different family members have different exploration skills
NESLittle Ninja BrothersCulture BrainA tad racially insensitive, first game in the Super Chinese series to have RPG elements
JP FCMajou Densetsu II: Dimashikyou GailousKonamiA sidescrolling ARPG with 2 playable characters, XP gain refills life; life bar can be extended via items
JP FCMashin Eiyuuden Wataru GaidenWestoneVery Zelda II vibes, based off the anime of the same name
JP FCMetal MaxCrea-Tech/Data EastMad Max: the JRPG! Featuring vehicle combat!
JP FCMinelvaton Saga: Ragon no FukkatsuRandom HouseFirst of the Silva Saga series, featuring overhead ARPG combat
JP FCMirai Senshi: LiosPack-In-VideoA mech-based SRPG, equipment upgrades improve units and are earned in battles
JP FCMirai Shinwa JarvasTaitoIf it looks like a kusoge, and plays like a kusoge…
JP FCMomotarou DensetsuHudson SoftStandard gameplay, but cute all the same!
JP FCMotherApe/NintendoModern-themed turn-based game starring kids with psychic powers
JP FCMouryou Senki MadaraKonamiDark and challenging! Autonomous combat! Anime-based!
JP FCMusashi no BōkenQuestStandard DQ clone, but corn can be an enemy so that's pretty funny
JP FCNakayoshi to IsshoYutakaPrecious simplistic RPG ft. Kodansha characters (inc. Sailor Moon!) that may give you diabetes
JP FCNiji no SilkroadAdvance Communication CompanyIncrease your rank as a trader by going out and procuring goods (which you can also buy to raise your stats)
JP FCNinja Ra Hoi!ASCIIA parody game of sorts that takes place in feudal Japan
JP FCOtaku no Seiza: Adventure in the Otaku GalaxyAdvance Communication CompanyUnbalanced and cheeky
JP FCOutlandersMicronicsKooky sci-fi with wonky ARPG combat
JP FCRadia Senki: ReiemeihenTecmo4 AI characters + 1 controllable = fun auto tactics
JP FCRPG Jinsei GameTakaraMake the correct life choices to increase your stats and achieve your career dreams!
NESRygarTecmoDifficult Metroid-like sidescrolling ARPG with lots of enemy killing via yo-yo-like shield and experience to gain
JP FCSD Keiji BladerNMKDQ clone set in the far distant future
JP FCShadow BrainScitron & ArtFuturistic 1st-person dungeon crawler
JP FCShinsendenTamtexAnother day, another eastern-themed DQ clone
JP FCSilva SagaSetaNice graphics for the time
JP FCSTED: Iseki Wakusei no YabouADKVery Phantasy Star-like
JP FCSukeban Deka IIIShoueiManga-based ARPG
JP FCSweet HomeCapcomWithout this, Resident Evil doesn't exist; a horror turn-based game with character permadeath
JP FCTaoPax SoftonicaHeavily religious-themed, bizarre af (you ride a dinosaur to Moscow), likely kusoge
JP FCTenchi o Kurau II: Shokatsu Koumei DenCapcomPlays just like the first, just never localized
NESThe Magic of ScheherazadeCulture BrainCould get pretty oof in cultural stereotypes, a mix of turn-based and ARPG gameplay
NESTombs and TreasureFalcom1st-person dungeon crawl with some point-and-click elements
JP FCToujin Makyou Den: Heracles no EikouData EastFirst in a long Greek-themed series that Nintendo never bothered to localize (except that one time)
NESUncharted WatersKoeiDo you like micromanagement? Capitalism? Minimal fantasy? This may be for you!
JP FCUshio to Tora: Shin'en no DaiyouTom Create/PixelBased on a manga of a similar name, turn-based combat with super-dramatic cutaways; top-down in exploration, first-person in houses and dungeons
JP FCValkyrie no Bouken: Toki no Kagi DensetsuNamcoMinimal text, starring Namco's famous valkyrie
NESWillowCapcomYes, based off the 80's movie with Warwick Davis and Val Kilmer. Solid ARPG gameplay!
JP FCYsFalcomAdol bumps into the enemies to slay them
JP FCYs IIFalcomAdds magic to Adol's repertoire
JP FCYs III: Wanderers From YsFalcomChanges the battles to be side-scrolling rather than top-down and allows Adol to swing his sword/jump
NESZelda II: The Adventure of LinkNintendoA side-scrolling Zelda game with XP and leveling? Surely this must be (an) Error!
JP FCZombie HunterHi-Score Media WorkNot the greatest side-scrolling ARPG, but it does have synthesized voices