Super Nintendo/Famicom

ConsoleNameDeveloperLucca's Observations
SNESActRaiserQuintetA strange mashup of city-building simulator and 2D platformer, where population functions as XP and you must protect your people
JP SFCAlcahestHAL LaboratoryARPG featuring item-based stat growth and a password system rather than traditional saves
JP SFCAncient Magic: Bazoo! Mahou SekaiHot-BGeneric turn-based affair with male/female protagonists with an emphasis on magic
JP SFCArabian Nights: Sabaku no Seirei-oPandora BoxApparently rushed toward the end of development
SNESArcanaHAL LaboratoryCard-focused 1st-person dungeon crawl
JP SFCArethaJapan Art MediaA sequel to the Game Boy trilogy of the same name, neat multidirectional turn-based combat
JP SFCAretha II - Ariel no Fushigi na TabiJapan Art MediaPretty similar to the first
JP SFCBahamut LagoonSquareSquare's oft-forgotten SRPG child, divine spritework
JP SFCBishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon: Another StoryAngelAdorable digitized voices, Senshi combo attacks, what's not to love?
SNESBrain LordProduceARPG featuring dungeon puzzles and little monsters that follow you
SNESBrandishFalcom/KoeiTop-down dungeon crawl, the only entry in the series to be localized
JP SFCBrandish 2: The Planet BusterFalcomSimilar top-down dungeon crawling as the first
SNESBreath of FireCapcomCapcom's take on the traditional JRPG with a lot of dragons
SNESBreath of Fire IICapcomDirect sequel to BoF I
JP SFCBushi Seiryuuden: Futari no YuushaGame FreakZelda-like exploration; combat is 2D platformer-like, but still turn-based (enemies only act when you do); pretty spritework
JP SFCChaos Seed: Fuusui KairoukiNeverlandLots of resource management! Multiple endings!
JP SFCChou-Mahou Tairiku WozzRed Company Corporation8 playable characters, branching storylines, invention systems- this game truly tries to do it all!
SNESChrono TriggerSquareA shining example of the genre as a whole, a time-travel story done right
JP SFCCrystal Beans: From Dungeon ExplorerBirthday/Hudson SoftStraightforward ARPG gameplay, hidden playable characters, leveling stats through gems
JP SFCCyber KnightAdvance Communication CompanySRPG/turn-based hybrid combat, also: SPAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAACE exploration
JP SFCCyber Knight II: Chikyuu Teikoku no YabouAtelier Double/Group SNESimilar gameplay but massive graphical leap over the first
JP SFCDai-3-Ji Super Robot TaisenWinkysoftFirst in the series to have a branching storyline
JP SFCDaikaijuu MonogatariBirthday/Hudson SoftHidden characters and adorable sprites!
JP SFCDark HalfWest OneItem-based leveling system; also, spoiler alert (not really): You play the antagonist!
JP SFCDark Law: Meaning of DeathSakata SASSuper duper hard! Also featuring rudimentary 3D!
JP SFCDer LangrisserNCSRemake of Langrisser II, with branching storylines
JP SFCDragon Ball Z: Super Saiya DensetsuD&D Corp/ToseCombo of two of the FC DBZ games, still with card-based battles
JP SFCDragon Quest I + IIChunsoftCombined, debatably definitive version of DQ I and II
JP SFCDragon Quest IIIHeartbeatArguably the definitive version of the game
JP SFCDragon Quest V: Tenkuu no HanayomeChunsoftMonster capture and marriage/children ahoy!
JP SFCDragon Quest VI: Maboroshi no DaichiHeartbeatThird game in the Zenithian trilogy, return of the class system
SNESDragon ViewKemcoSequel to Drakkhen, interesting pseudo-3D overworld system
SNESDrakkhenKemco/InfogramesSparsely populated, customizable characters that attack using AI, and lots of water to hilariously drown in
JP SFCDual Orb III'MaxUltra-high encounter rate, a difficult game without grind dedication
SNESE.V.O.: Search For EdenAlmanicEvolution: the game!
SNESEarthboundApe/HAL LaboratoryAKA Mother 2, a more modern-themed game with some surprisingly heavy themes
JP SFCEmerald DragonAlfa SystemBreath of Fire's cousin with a unique battle system
JP SFCEnergy BreakerNeverlandSRPG with town exploration and an action point-based economy for combat
JP SFCFEDA: The Emblem of JusticeMax EntertainmentSRPG developed by some of the Shining Force team, features a morality-based system
SNESFinal Fantasy IISquareActually Final Fantasy IV, Introduced the Active Time Battle system and removed the ability to customize party members
SNESFinal Fantasy Mystic QuestSquareBaby Final Fantasy!
JP SFCFinal Fantasy VSquareSo many jobs-
SNESFinal Fantasy VI (on cart as III)SquareFeatures a more tech-based story than previous entries and a train to suplex
JP SFCFire Emblem: Monshou no NazoIntelligent SystemsDivided into 2 "books": Book 1 is an abridged remake of FE1, Book 2 is a direct sequel to FE1
JP SFCFire Emblem: Seisen no KeifuIntelligent SystemsIntroduced the marriage/children mechanic that would be seen in later FE entries
JP SFCFire Emblem: Thracia 776Intelligent SystemsTakes place during the middle of FE4, initially distributed as a Nintendo Power ROM cartridge
JP SFCFront MissionG-CraftMech-focused SRPG with a ton of units and customizability
JP SFCFront Mission: Gun HazardOmiya SoftSide-scrolling ARPG with incredible graphics, separate universe from mainline series
JP SFCFushigi no Dungeon 2: Fuurai no ShirenChunsoftFollow-up to Torneko no Daibouken, a roguelike before they were cool
JP SFCG.O.D.: Mezameyo to Yobu Koe ga KikoeInfinityIf Earthbound had a child with Phantasy Star IV's battle system, this would be it
JP SFCGalaxy RoboCopya SystemsSRPG with mechs
JP SFCHeracles no Eikou III: Kamigami no ChinmokuData EastStandard turn-based combat like the rest of the series, but also has a day/night cycle for NPCs to follow
JP SFCHeracles no Eikou IV: Kamigami Kara no OkurimonoData EastA multitude of different avatars to play as, each with its own attributes and perspectives on storyline events
JP SFCHero Senki: Project OlympusWinkysoftA bit of Gundam, a bit of Kamen Rider, a bit of Ultraman, a bit of traditional JRPG!
JP SFCHiouden: Mamonotachi to no ChikaiWolf TeamPoint-and-click style SRPG, made by Team Wolf of Tales of Phantasia fame
JP SFCHoly Umbrella: Dondera no Mubou!!Earthly SoftMore of a sidescrolling platformer, but does have some stat increases via items, very cheeky tone
JP SFCHourai Gakuen no Bouken!: Tenkousei ScrambleDynamiteHigh school: the JRPG! Join clubs to gain abilities!
SNESIllusion of GaiaQuintetPart of the Quintet trilogy, ARPG with non-traditional stat increases
SNESInindo: Way of the NinjaKoeiPart of the Nobunaga's Ambition series; recruiting party members is crucial
JP SFCJojo no Kimyou na BoukenWinkysoftRPG adaptation of Part 3, quite abridged; a very short game overall, point-and-click elements
JP SFCJutei SenkiTamTamSRPG with circle-limited movement and neat cutaway battle animations, high difficulty
JP SFCKidou Senshi Gundam: Cross Dimension 0079BandaiSRPG based on OG Mobile Suit Gundam, utilizes button combos to use attacks
JP SFCKouryuu Densetsu Villgust: Kieta ShoujoWinkysoftBased on an anime of the same name, ridiculous stat levels before Disgaea made it cool
JP SFCKuusou Kagaku Sekai Gulliver BoyAmbleVery short ARPG with ungodly levels of hair spikiness on the protagonist
JP SFCKyuuyaku Megami TenseiAtlus/Opera HouseEnhanced remake of Megami Tensei 1 and 2
SNESLagoonKemcoDollar-store Ys
JP SFCLaplace no MaHumming Bird SoftLovecraftian spooky JRPG
JP SFCLast Bible IIIMultimedia Intelligence TransferSequel to the Game Boy games, featuring monster recruitment and customization
JP SFCLennus II: Fuuin no ShitoFill-In Cafe/Copya SystemsSuperior sequel to Paladin's Quest, more risque themes, loads of recruitable characters
JP SFCLive A LiveSquare7 different scenarios in different time periods, shared action bar amongst party in combat
JP SFCLodoss Tou SenkiThinking RabbitPlot-wise is more of a side story to the main novels, tactical combat engine
SNESLufia & the Fortress of DoomNeverlandStandard turn-based combat, but targeting dead enemies will lead to a wasted turn
SNESLufia II: Rise of the SinistralsNeverlandPrequel to and much more Zelda-like than the first
JP SFCMadou Monogatari: Hanamaru Daiyouchi EnjiCompileExtremely unconventional attack and leveling system, but cookies are currency and it's cute!
JP SFCMagna Braban: Henreki no YuushaLenarGambits and auto-combat long before FFXII was even a thing
JP SFCMahou Kishi RayearthPandora BoxPlays vastly differently than the Saturn version! Beginner-level JRPG, follows the OG story closely
JP SFCMajin TenseiAtlusSRPG SMT spinoff with (naturally) demon recruitment and fusion
JP SFCMajin Tensei II: Spiral NemesisAtlusMore or less the same as the first, but with an isometric battle view as opposed to top-down
JP SFCMetal Max ReturnsCrea-TechRemake of Metal Max, naturally much prettier but more difficult
JP SFCMonstaniaAmccus/Bits LaboratorySRPG featuring puzzles, a party size of two, and a progress-based leveling system
JP SFCMystic ArkProduceA cousin to The 7th Saga, super grindy
JP SFCNekketsu Tairiku Burning HeroesJ-Force8 scenarios to beat for the true ending, characters other than the protagonist are AI in battle
JP SFCNeugier: Umi to Kaze no KoudouWolf TeamAn almost-localized ARPG with attacks that can level up, a rather short game overall
SNESOgre Battle: The March of the Black QueenQuestEpic overarching story with RTS elements
SNESPaladin's QuestCopya SystemUtopian-themed turn-based game where casting magic costs HP instead of MP
JP SFCPower of the HiredMasayaSRPG where the party can summon monsters to help in battle; monster selection determines the party's available spells
JP SFCPrincess MinervaAtelier Double/RiverhillsoftGIRL POWER ANIME-BASED ROAD TRIP!
JP SFCRanma 1/2: Akanekodan Teki HihouAtelier DoubleBased on the anime/manga, otherwise pretty standard
SNESRobotrekQuintet/AncientCustomize your robo-buddy party!
JP SFCRomancing SagaSquareA very sandboxy JRPG; multiple playable characters, non-linear in fashion
JP SFCRomancing Saga 2SquareNo complete English translation on this console, sandobxy multi-generation spanning story
JP SFCRomancing Saga 3SquareNo complete English translation on this console, sandboxy, gorgeous spritework, but difficult
JP SFCRudra no HihouSquareCreate your own spells! Ultra-pretty sprites!
JP SFCRyuuki Heidan: DanzarbPandora BoxEpic sci-fi story marred by lackluster graphical presentation
SNESSecret of EvermoreSquare SoftAn ARPG featuring a boy and his dog traveling through different eras; never released in Japan
SNESSecret of ManaSquareActually the second Mana game, up to 3-player co-op
SNESSecret of the StarsTecmoSuper slow and super mundane
JP SFCSeiken Densetsu 3SquareThe character you choose at the start determines your storyline, otherwise plays like SoM
JP SFCShiki EiyuudenOutrigger Koubou/Be-On WorksA brutally hard turn-based historical JRPG set in the Warring States period of China; puzzles and quizzes found throughout
JP SFCShin Megami TenseiAtlus1st-person dungeon crawl with demon recruitment/fusion, only localized on mobile
JP SFCShin Megami Tensei if…AtlusLike regular SMT, but in a centralized high school setting. This is Persona's daddy!
JP SFCShin Megami Tensei IIAtlusSimilar to but easier than the first game
JP SFCShin Seikoku: La WaresJ-ForceBased off a Japanese TTRPG, featuring mech combat
JP SFCShodai Nekketsu Kouha Kunio-kunTechnos JapanMore or less River City Ransom 2, but you gain actual XP instead of using cash to buy stat upgrades (for better or worse)
JP SFCSilva Saga II: The Legend of Light and DarknessSetaHire mercenaries to help in combat!
JP SFCSlayersBECBased on the anime of the same name, plays typically for the era
SNESSoul BlazerQuintetPart of the legendary Quintet trilogy, an ARPG with some town-reconstruction elements
JP SFCStar OceanTri-AceLook at that spritework!
JP SFCSuper Chinese World 2Culture BrainSuper Ninja Boy sequel, has ARPG battles instead of its predecessor's turn-based combat
JP SFCSuper Chinese World 3 - Chou Jigen DaisakusenCulture BrainTwo different battle modes to choose from: ARPG or turn-based, each with their own storylines
JP SFCSuper Famicom WarsIntelligent SystemsTechnically a digital-only title (released via Satellaview), units can gather XP in combat that does not carry between maps
SNESSuper Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven StarsSquareFun little turn-based game with a cute artstyle and rhythmic button pressing to maximize damage
SNESSuper Ninja BoyCulture BrainCan be played multiplayer, combat is done in side-scrolling ARPG format, sequel to Little Ninja Brothers
JP SFCSuper Robot Taisen EXWinkysoftSRPG, branching storyline, uses the SRW3 engine
JP SFCSuper Robot Taisen Gaiden: Masou Kishin - The Lord of ElementalWinkysoftSRPG, focuses on one of the original characters in the series, directional damage
JP SFCTactics OgreQuestEpic storyline, lots of important choices to make - even at the very beginning of the game!
JP SFCTales of PhantasiaWolf TeamMind-bogglingly pretty, a technological marvel for the time
JP SFCTenchi Muyo!: Game HenTamTamIsometric turn and grid-based combat, based off the anime!
JP SFCTengai Makyou ZeroRed Company CorporationUtilized special technology to allow for a real-time clock, more dialogue
JP SFCTenshi no Uta: Shiroki Tsubasa no InoriTelenet JapanNot only can you negotiate with monsters, you get special experience points for doing so!
SNESTerranigma (PAL/JP only)QuintetStrangely never localized, last in the Quintet ARPG trilogy; spells can only be cast via one-time use items
SNESThe 7th SagaProduce7 different playable characters, way harder in the US than Japan
SNESThe Twisted Tales of Spike McFangRed Company CorporationSuper cutesy ARPG
JP SFCTorneko no Daibouken: Fushigi no DungeonChunsoftFirst game in the Mystery Dungeon series, with a Dragon Quest coat of paint
JP SFCTreasure Hunter GStingAnother forgotten Square-published game, action point-based SRPG
SNESUncharted Waters: New HorizonsKoei6 different protagonists with different careers to balance the books with in a mercantile JRPG
JP SFCWonder Project J: Kikai no Shounen PinoAlmanicRaise your robo-boy to follow commands, improve his stats, and rescue his creator (Think Pac-Man 2)
JP SFCXak: The Art of Visual StageMicro Cabin/Tokai EngineeringYs' cousin, but the story only covers the first half of the first game on MSX
SNESYs III: Wanderers From YsFalcom/Advance CommunicationSimilar to the FC version, but with cleaner graphics and arguably worse hit detection
JP SFCYs IV: Mask of the SunTonkin HouseNon-canonical to the Ys series after the release of Memories of Celceta
JP SFCYs V: Ushinawareta Suna no Miyako KefinFalcomOnly game in the series to have never been localized (hopefully this will change?)
JP SFCYume Meikyuu: Kigurumi DaiboukenAxes Art AmuseFirst-person dungeon crawl; kill the enemies and take their costumes!