Top 20 RPGs of the 16-bit eraA list of 20 games created by Tenpouin on 29th March 2017
Chrono Trigger (USA)SNES
Take control of the lovable but mute protagonist Crono in this time-spanning collaborative effort from Square and Enix. Chrono Trigger follows the exploits of Crono as he and his friends attempt to save the world from a planet-devouring alien creature.
Final Fantasy VI (Japan)SNES
Originally released as Final Fantasy III in North America, Final Fantasy VI follows a diverse group of heroes as they fight to defeat Kefka, a megalomaniac intent on using a combination of long-lost magic and technology to take over the world.
EarthBound is a 1994 role-playing game starring a young boy named Ness on his quest to save the world. The game--and the other games in the series--have become cult phenomena with a very large, dedicated fanbase.
Phantasy Star IV (USA)Genesis
As bounty hunter Chaz you'll lead a group of adventurers to save your home planet of Motavia and eventually the whole solar system in this acclaimed RPG from Sega. The final game in the Phantasy Star series' canon.
Final Fantasy IV (Japan)SNES
Final Fantasy IV is a critically acclaimed RPG in the Final Fantasy series and one of the first of its kind to tell a heavily character-driven story. It also created the Active Time Battle system.
Illusion of Gaia (USA)SNES
An action-RPG that tells the story of a boy named Will and his quest to stop a comet from destroying the Earth.
Terranigma is an Action-RPG from Quintet and Enix about the resurrection of the world. The game is said to successfully combine the best of A Link to the Past and Seiken Densetsu series.
Legend of Zelda, The - A Link to the Past (USA)SNES
The third installment in the Zelda series makes a return to the top-down 2D gameplay found in the first game. This time around, Link needs to travel between the light and dark world in order to set things straight in the kingdom of Hyrule.
Live A Live (Japan) [En by Aeon Genesis v2.0Deluxe]SNES
A Japan only Turn-Based RPG by Squaresoft, in which you control several seemingly unrelated characters each in different settings and time periods.
Secret of Mana (USA)SNES
There is one force in the universe that keeps good and evil in perfect balance. It is called the Tree of Mana. But a magic sword has tricked a young warrior into upsetting this balance, spreading evil through the land.
Seiken Densetsu 3 (Japan) [En by LNF+Neill Corlett+SoM2Freak v1.01]SNES
Seiken Densetsu 3 is the Japan-only third entry in the World of Mana franchise.
Star Ocean (Japan) [En by DeJap v1.0]SNES
The first game in the real-time rpg series.
Tales of Phantasia (Japan) [En by DeJap v1.2] (Upper Case Font)SNES
The first of the J-RPG "Tales" series, Tales of Phantasia centers around a group of unwitting time travelers as they try to stop the Evil King Dhaos and reverse the decay of their world.
Final Fantasy V (Japan) [En by RPGe v1.1]SNES
Join Bartz and his friends on an epic journey spanning the globe in an attempt to stop four mystical crystals from shattering, with a character-customizing Job system that some consider to be the "father" of similar RPGs to come.
Soul Blazer (USA)SNES
Soul Blazer is an action-RPG published by Enix for the SNES
Dragon Quest III - Soshite Densetsu e... (Japan) [En by DaMarsMan v1.0] (~Dragon Quest III - Into the Legend)SNES
Dragon Quest III it's a game full of excitement and fun with many hours of playing, with many levels that can take some hours of play. GET READY TO START AN ADVENTURE :D
Beyond Oasis (USA)Genesis
An Action/RPG for the Sega Genesis.
Front Mission (Japan) [En by FH v1.0b]SNES
The first video game entry in the Front Mission franchise.
Breath of Fire II (USA)SNES
The sequel to Breath of Fire, centering around a descendant of the Dragon Clan, Ryu. He has the ability to transform into a dragon, and together with his friends, must fight a powerful demon lord to save the world. The game was originally released in 1994.
Lufia II - Rise of the Sinistrals (USA)SNES
Lufia II: Rise of The Sinistrals is a 1995 RPG released late in the life cycle of the SNES. It acts as a prequel, filling in the plot leading up to the flashback at the beginning of Lufia & The Fortress of Doom.