JRPGs from the 90s
ConsoleNameReleaseGenreDeveloperLucca's Notes
JP FCMouryou Senki Madara1990Turn-BasedKonamiDark and challenging! Autonomous combat! Anime-based!
JP FCMusashi no Bōken1990Turn-BasedQuestStandard DQ clone, but corn can be an enemy so that's pretty funny
TurboGrafx-16Dragon's Curse1990Action-PlatformWestone Bit Entertainment(AKA Wonder Boy III: The Dragon's Trap) See SMS, but fratures a save system rather than passwords
TurboGrafx-16Double Dungeons1990Dungeon CrawlerNCSCo-op first-person dungeon crawl
JP FCBloody Warriors: Shan-Go no Gyakushuu1990Turn-BasedMicronics/Toei AnimationEven translated, the health counter for enemies makes no sense. Pretty short too.
GB+GBCThe Final Fantasy Legend1990Turn-BasedSquareActually the first game in the SaGa series, has many different playable races and monsters
JP FCNinja Ra Hoi!1990Turn-BasedASCIIA parody game of sorts that takes place in feudal Japan
JP FCGanbare Goemon Gaiden: Kieta Ougon Kiseru1990Turn-BasedKonamiHumorous turn-based game set in medieval Japan
NESDungeon Magic: Sword of the Elements1990Dungeon CrawlerNatsume1st-person dunegon crawl, very sparse on story
NESDestiny of an Emperor1990Turn-BasedCapcomRomance of the Three Kingdoms-themed, auto-battle system
JP FCJajamaru Gekimaden: Maboroshi no Kinmajou1990ActionJalecoVery close to the first Zelda game, but with yoyos for weapons!
NESFinal Fantasy1990Turn-BasedSquareWhat 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 FCMashin Eiyuuden Wataru Gaiden1990ActionWestoneVery Zelda II vibes, based off the anime of the same name
JP FCLast Armageddon1990Turn-BasedBrain Grey/Advance Communications CompanyA post-apocalyptic attempt at subverting the traditional fantasy themes of the time- playing as a cast of highly detailed monsters
GenesisPhantasy Star II1990Turn-BasedSegaThe Sci-fi JRPG, text-based adventures featuring characters from the game also exist
NESLittle Ninja Brothers1990ActionCulture BrainA tad racially insensitive, first game in the Super Chinese series to have RPG elements
NESRiver City Ransom1990ActionTechnos JapanBARF! Beating up rival street gangs to rescue a girl and using dropped cash to buy stat upgrades
GenesisSuper Hydlide1990ActionT&E SoftRemake of Hydlide 3, with a morality, encumbrance, hunger, and day/night system. IT'S NOT ALL THAT GOOD.
NESDragon Warrior II1990Turn-BasedChunsoftRescuing the kingdom, now with a party!
NESCrystalis1990ActionSNKTop-down ARPG, fairly grindy for the time
JP FCCaptain Tsubasa Vol. II: Super Striker1990SportsTecmoMore in-depth plot, more visible players on screen, but otherwise similar gameplay/leveling
Turbografx-CDYs Book I & II1990ActionFalcomAnother way to experience the glory of Adol? Ys, please!
JP FCFinal Fantasy III1990Turn-BasedSquareFirst Final Fantasy to feature the job-change system
JP GB+GBCAyakashi no Shiro1990Dungeon CrawlerSetaFirst-person dungeon crawler, nothing to write home about
JP PC EngineGai Flame1990StrategyMasayaSci-fi turn-based strategy said to be an inspiration for the Langrisser series with giant robots!
JP FCDoraemon: Giga Zombie no Gyakushuu1990Turn-BasedEpochFeaturing playable Doraemon!
JP FCDigital Devil Monogatari: Megami Tensei II1990Dungeon CrawlerAtlusConsidered to be the origin of the series' heavy-handed order vs chaos theme, good old-fashioned demon negotiation and recruitment
JP FCYs II1990ActionFalcomAdds magic to Adol's repertoire
JP FCKawa no Nushi Tsuri1990FishingYuu YuuIt's a fishing JRPG!
JP GB+GBCKininkou Maroku Oni1990Turn-BasedWinkysoftFirst game in a long untranslated series, very grindy
JP FCDeep Dungeon IV: Kuro no Youjutsushi1990Dungeon CrawlerHumming Bird Soft1st-person dunegon crawl
JP FCSTED: Iseki Wakusei no Yabou1990Turn-BasedADKVery Phantasy Star-like
GB+GBCGargoyle's Quest1990Action-PlatformCapcomA Ghosts 'n Goblins gaiden, featuring random battles and ability progression via story progression
JP FCFire Emblem: Ankoku Ryu to Hikari no Tsurugi1990StrategyIntelligent Systems/NintendoOrigins of boy-king Marth, an SRPG featuring permadeath of units
JP PC EngineHisou Kaihei X-SERD1990StrategyMasayaA mech-based SRPG with separate XP bars for attack and evasion
JP FCGrand Master1991ActionSoft MachineFeatures multiple branching paths, ARPG gameplay, and anime cutscenes between stages
SNESActRaiser1991ActionQuintetA strange mashup of city-building simulator and 2D platformer, where population functions as XP and you must protect your people
JP Mega DriveBattle Golfer Yui1991SportsSantosTee off against other battle golfers, raise your level to make more trick shots, and stop a mad scientist from destroying the world! With golf!
JP FCFushigi no Umi no Nadia1991StrategyAdvance Communication CompanySRPG based on the anime of the same name, plays vastly different to the Mega Drive version
JP FCJuvei Quest1991Turn-BasedBirthdayPlot divided into chapters, protagonist can recruit helpers to make adventuring easier
JP FCHyaku no Sekai no Monogatari: The Tales on a Watery Wilderness1991Board GameASKA multiplayer board game JRPG? On my Famicom? Lots of randomness involved
Turbografx-CDYs III: Wanderers From Ys1991ActionFalcom/Alfa SystemIt's sidescrolling Ys- that's all there is to it
JP FCKarakuri Kengou Den Musashi Lord: Karakuri Jin Hashiru!1991ActionKoseARPG based on the robot anime
JP FCSD Keiji Blader1991Turn-BasedNMKDQ clone set in the far distant future
SNESFinal Fantasy II1991Turn-BasedSquareActually Final Fantasy IV, Introduced the Active Time Battle system and removed the ability to customize party members
JP GB+GBCCave Noire1991Dungeon CrawlerKonamiRoguelike - higher level quests start you off with better stats
JP Game GearEternal Legend1991Turn-BasedJapan Art MediaOne of the first Game Gear JRPGs, plays very standard
JP FCYs III: Wanderers From Ys1991ActionFalcomChanges the battles to be side-scrolling rather than top-down and allows Adol to swing his sword/jump
JP FCTenchi o Kurau II: Shokatsu Koumei Den1991Turn-BasedCapcomPlays just like the first, just never localized
JP GB+GBCLittle Master: Raikuban no Densetsu1991StrategyZener WorksSRPG with some elements of unit fusion
JP FCShadow Brain1991Dungeon CrawlerScitron & ArtFuturistic 1st-person dungeon crawler
SNESDrakkhen1991ActionKemco/InfogramesSparsely populated, customizable characters that attack using AI, and lots of water to hilariously drown in
JP Mega DriveBahamut Senki1991SimulationSegaA fantasy war simulator with 8 different armies to choose from; units can rank up and become stronger, combat is both turn-based and real-time
JP FCRadia Senki: Reiemeihen1991ActionTecmo4 AI characters + 1 controllable = fun auto tactics
JP FCOtaku no Seiza: Adventure in the Otaku Galaxy1991Turn-BasedAdvance Communication CompanyUnbalanced and cheeky
JP FCNiji no Silkroad1991Turn-BasedAdvance Communication CompanyIncrease your rank as a trader by going out and procuring goods (which you can also buy to raise your stats)
JP GB+GBCSuper Robot Taisen1991StrategyWinkysoftOrigin of the long-running SRPG series
JP Mega DriveRent-A-Hero1991FightingSegaDo errands for the local populace to upgrade your super suit! Fighting game-like battles, very tongue-in-cheek
JP FCMetal Max1991Turn-BasedCrea-Tech/Data EastMad Max: the JRPG! Featuring vehicle combat!
JP FCLagrange Point1991Turn-BasedKonamiBanger soundtrack, sci-fi themed
JP Mega DriveRent a Hero1991ActionSegaPerform various tasks for townsfolk as a superhero-for-hire; no XP but the cash from your jobs can be used to upgrade your armor and weapons, used in fighting game-esque combat
JP FCDai-2-Ji Super Robot Taisen1991Turn-BasedWinkysoftFeatures original design robots that would become the cornerstone of the Original Generation series
SNESLagoon1991ActionKemcoDollar-store Ys
NESTombs and Treasure1991Dungeon CrawlerFalcom1st-person dungeon crawl with some point-and-click elements
Game GearDragon Crystal1991Dungeon CrawlerSegaKinda like a demake of Fatal Labyrinth
Master SystemDragon Crystal (PAL/JP only)1991Dungeon CrawlerSegaSimilar to Fatal Labyrinth, gain levels by fighting monsters (but no XP)
TurboGrafx-16Cadash1991ActionTaitoMore playable characters than the GEN version, multiplayer available
GB+GBCThe Sword of Hope1991Turn-BasedKemcoFirst-person RPG, good luck seeing it on the tiny screen!
SNESYs III: Wanderers From Ys1991ActionFalcom/Advance CommunicationSimilar to the FC version, but with cleaner graphics and arguably worse hit detection
GenesisFatal Labyrinth1991Dungeon CrawlerSegaSemi-roguelike ARPG, levels are shown as "ranks," items found can either greatly help or hinder you
NESFaria: A World of Mystery and Danger!1991Dungeon CrawlerGame ArtsA top-down dungeon crawler with some cruel elements like invisible monsters
GenesisMaster of Monsters1991StrategySystemSoftSRPG with different monster types and hex-based grid movement
GenesisPhantasy Star III: Generations of Doom1991Turn-BasedSegaWent for a more traditional fantasy slant as opposed to the sci-fi seen in the rest of the series
GB+GBCFinal Fantasy Legend II1991Turn-BasedSquareThe second SaGa game, solid character development
GenesisShining in the Darkness1991Dungeon CrawlerClimax/Sonic Software PlanningFirst-person dungeon crawl, first game released in the Shining series (but not first chronologically in story)
GenesisSword of Vermilion1991ActionSegaOverworld traversal in first and third-person, combat is done ARPG-style
NESUncharted Waters1991SimulationKoeiDo you like micromanagement? Capitalism? Minimal fantasy? This may be for you!
JP FCDragon Ball Z II: Gekishin Freeza!!1991Card-BasedD&D Corp/ToseCard-based combat
JP FCDowntown Special: Kunio-kun no Jidaigeki Dayo Zen'in Shuugou!1991ActionTechnos JapanKunio and the bois act out a period play the only way they know how, stats now increase upon defeating certain amounts of enemies
JP FCDark Lord1991Turn-BasedData EastMix of overhead and turn-based combat
JP FCChaos World1991StrategyNatsumeNeat auto-battle system
GB+GBCFinal Fantasy Adventure1991ActionSquareActually the first game in the Mana series, plays rather like Zelda with more RPG elements
GenesisWarsong1991StrategyNCSAKA Langrisser I
GenesisYs III1991ActionTelenet/FalcomPlays like the other releases, but with arguably better music and game balance
JP SFCHeracles no Eikou III: Kamigami no Chinmoku1992Turn-BasedData EastStandard turn-based combat like the rest of the series, but also has a day/night cycle for NPCs to follow
JP SFCHero Senki: Project Olympus1992Turn-BasedWinkysoftA bit of Gundam, a bit of Kamen Rider, a bit of Ultraman, a bit of traditional JRPG!
JP SFCKouryuu Densetsu Villgust: Kieta Shoujo1992Turn-BasedWinkysoftBased on an anime of the same name, ridiculous stat levels before Disgaea made it cool
JP GB+GBCKaeru no Tame ni Kane wa Naru1992ActionIntelligent SystemsSort of like Link's Awakening, but with frogs and more stats!
SNESFinal Fantasy Mystic Quest1992Turn-BasedSquareBaby Final Fantasy!
JP GB+GBCHeracles no Eikou: Ugokidashita Kamigami - The Snap-Story1992Turn-BasedSAS Sakata/Data EastSeries spinoff, can be assisted in combat by borrowing gods from Olympus
JP SFCDragon Quest V: Tenkuu no Hanayome1992Turn-BasedChunsoftMonster capture and marriage/children ahoy!
JP SFCCyber Knight1992StrategyAdvance Communication CompanySRPG/turn-based hybrid combat, also: SPAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAACE exploration
JP SFCDragon Ball Z: Super Saiya Densetsu1992Card-BasedD&D Corp/ToseCombo of two of the FC DBZ games, still with card-based battles
JP Mega DriveTougi-Ou: King Colossus1992ActionSegaAnother Ys wannabe
JP SFCRomancing Saga1992Turn-BasedSquareA very sandboxy JRPG; multiple playable characters, non-linear in fashion
JP SFCCaptain Tsubasa III: Koutei no Chousen1992SportsTecmoContinues the alternate universe plot of the second game, otherwise an incremental/generational improvement over its predecessor
JP SFCShin Megami Tensei1992Dungeon CrawlerAtlus1st-person dungeon crawl with demon recruitment/fusion, only localized on mobile
JP SFCShodai Nekketsu Kouha Kunio-kun1992ActionTechnos JapanMore or less River City Ransom 2, but you gain actual XP instead of using cash to buy stat upgrades (for better or worse)
NESDragon Warrior III1992Turn-BasedChunsoftIntroduces a class system to the series, far less linear than its predecessors
JP Mega DriveVixen 3571992StrategyNCSMechy SRPG with permadeath, an official localization was planned in 2019 but abandoned
NESGhost Lion1992Turn-BasedKemcoAmazing cover art, unique summon-based battle system
NESTecmo Cup Soccer Game1992SportsTecmoA heavily Americanized (and harder) version of the first Captain Tsubasa video game, where leveling/stat increases happen as players participate in soccer games
JP PC EngineThe Tower of Druaga1992Dungeon CrawlerNamcoPlays a lot like the classic arcade dungeon crawler, but stats can be increased between floors or after finding items
JP PC EngineLady Sword: Ryakudatsu Sareta 10 Nin no Otome1992Dungeon CrawlerHacker InternationalFirst-person dungeon crawler with no visible XP and monsters that attack in your sleep
SNESArcana1992Dungeon CrawlerHAL LaboratoryCard-focused 1st-person dungeon crawl
JP Game GearPhantasy Star Gaiden1992Turn-BasedJapan System SupplySpinoff story set between Phantasy Star I and II, similar gameplay
NESDragon Warrior IV1992Turn-BasedChunsoftBreaks up the story into chapters with different protagonists that come together in the end
SNESSoul Blazer1992ActionQuintetPart of the legendary Quintet trilogy, an ARPG with some town-reconstruction elements
GenesisCadash1992ActionTaitoSide-scrolling ARPG with multiplayer potential
JP FCDouble Moon Densetsu1992Turn-BasedAmusement/Dennou Kenkyusho/ORGMultiple endings, multiple classes to choose from, pulls some nasty punches on the player
JP FCFire Emblem Gaiden1992StrategyIntelligent SystemsIntroduced elements like a navigable overworld that were then unused for a long time
JP FCEsper Dream 2: Aratanaru Tatakai1992ActionKonamiCute pastel sprite work and ARPG gameplay
JP FCDream Master1992Turn-BasedBirthdayNot Little Nemo! More puzzle-based than most games of the era, cool concept
Turbografx-CDDragon Slayer: The Legend of Heroes1992Turn-BasedFalcomDetailed game for the time, bridges the gap between the Dragon Slayer and LoH series
JP FCDragon Ball Z III: Ressen Jinzou Ningen1992Card-BasedD&D Corp/ToseMore card-based combat
Game GearCrystal Warriors1992StrategySegaPretty standard SRPG for the time
JP FCColumbus: Ougon no Yoake1992Turn-BasedTomyNaval combat and quasi-historical themes! Sketch af!
Game GearDefenders of Oasis1992Turn-BasedSegaTurn-based JRPG with a Thousand and One Nights theme
GenesisWonder Boy in Monster World1992Action-PlatformWestone Bit EntertainmentNo forms to change into, but gives you a familiar and the ability to actually learn spells along with multiple towns to visit, the core gameplay remains the same
GB+GBCNinja Taro1992ActionNMKCollect items to raise your stats in an ARPG with painfully slow walking speed
GenesisUncharted Waters1992SimulationKoeiHistorical JRPG
Turbografx-CDCosmic Fantasy 21992Turn-BasedLaser SoftStandard JRPG, major selling point for the TGCD, enemies only use basic attacks
SNESXardion1992Action-PlatformJorudanA mech-based action-platformer with each robot having its own set of XP to gain and exploration elements, made by members of Gainax among other big names
GenesisTraysia1992StrategyTelenetFairly standard, grid-based combat
GenesisExile1992ActionTelenetTop-down when exploring, sidescrolling ARPG in dungeons - featuring real-world locations and censored themes!
JP FCGanbare Goemon Gaiden 2: Tenka no Zaihou1992Turn-BasedKonamiChanges the battle perspective to show party members on-screen, has lots of side activities
JP FCJust Breed1992StrategyRandom HouseA very detailed SRPG for the time
JP SFCFinal Fantasy V1992Turn-BasedSquareSo many jobs-
GB+GBCKnight Quest1992Turn-BasedLenarIt's not gonna wow you, that's for sure
Turbografx-CDExile1992ActionTelenet JapanDifferent publisher than the Genesis version, leaves some more sensitive topics intact
JP FCSilva Saga1992Turn-BasedSetaNice graphics for the time
Game GearAx Battler: A Legend of Golden Axe1992ActionAspect/SegaSide-scrolling ARPG; no leveling but magic pots can be used to upgrade skills
JP SFCAncient Magic: Bazoo! Mahou Sekai1993Turn-BasedHot-BGeneric turn-based affair with male/female protagonists with an emphasis on magic
JP SFCRomancing Saga 21993Turn-BasedSquareNo complete English translation on this console, sandobxy multi-generation spanning story
SNESInindo: Way of the Ninja1993StrategyKoeiPart of the Nobunaga's Ambition series; recruiting party members is crucial
JP SFCRyuuki Heidan: Danzarb1993Turn-BasedPandora BoxEpic sci-fi story marred by lackluster graphical presentation
JP SFCRanma 1/2: Akanekodan Teki Hihou1993Turn-BasedAtelier DoubleBased on the anime/manga, otherwise pretty standard
JP SFCAretha1993Turn-BasedJapan Art MediaA sequel to the Game Boy trilogy of the same name, neat multidirectional turn-based combat
Turbografx-CDDungeon Explorer II1993Dungeon CrawlerHudson SoftTop-down ARPG with multiplayer and a wide variety of classes
JP SFCXak: The Art of Visual Stage1993ActionMicro Cabin/Tokai EngineeringYs' cousin, but the story only covers the first half of the first game on MSX
JP SFCAlcahest1993ActionHAL LaboratoryARPG featuring item-based stat growth and a password system rather than traditional saves
JP SFCSilva Saga II: The Legend of Light and Darkness1993Turn-BasedSetaHire mercenaries to help in combat!
GB+GBCNinja Boy II1993ActionCulture BrainRPG with beat-em-up elements similar to Super Ninja Boy
JP SFCSuper Chinese World 21993ActionCulture BrainSuper Ninja Boy sequel, has ARPG battles instead of its predecessor's turn-based combat
JP SFCNeugier: Umi to Kaze no Koudou1993ActionWolf TeamAn almost-localized ARPG with attacks that can level up, a rather short game overall
JP SFCDai-3-Ji Super Robot Taisen1993StrategyWinkysoftFirst in the series to have a branching storyline
JP SFCTorneko no Daibouken: Fushigi no Dungeon1993Dungeon CrawlerChunsoftFirst game in the Mystery Dungeon series, with a Dragon Quest coat of paint
JP SFCYs IV: Mask of the Sun1993ActionTonkin HouseNon-canonical to the Ys series after the release of Memories of Celceta
GenesisLandstalker: The Treasures of King Nole1993ActionClimax EntertainmentIsometric and very Zelda-like, gathering items increases both life and strength
JP SFCJutei Senki1993StrategyTamTamSRPG with circle-limited movement and neat cutaway battle animations, high difficulty
SNESThe 7th Saga1993Turn-BasedProduce7 different playable characters, way harder in the US than Japan
JP FCNakayoshi to Issho1993Turn-BasedYutakaPrecious simplistic RPG ft. Kodansha characters (inc. Sailor Moon!) that may give you diabetes
SNESLufia & the Fortress of Doom1993Turn-BasedNeverlandStandard turn-based combat, but targeting dead enemies will lead to a wasted turn
SNESPaladin's Quest1993Turn-BasedCopya SystemUtopian-themed turn-based game where casting magic costs HP instead of MP
SNESE.V.O.: Search For Eden1993ActionAlmanicEvolution: the game!
JP Game GearMadou Monogatari I: Mitsu no Madouryoku1993Dungeon CrawlerCompileArle doing Arle stuff - just first-person dungeon crawling with the same unorthodox display of stats
JP GB+GBCGod Medicine: Fantasy Sekai no Tanjou1993Turn-BasedKCENIt's a standard JRPG that makes fun of standard JRPGs!
SNESSecret of Mana1993ActionSquareActually the second Mana game, up to 3-player co-op
JP FCUshio to Tora: Shin'en no Daiyou1993Turn-BasedTom 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 FCRPG Jinsei Game1993SimulationTakaraMake the correct life choices to increase your stats and achieve your career dreams!
Turbografx-CDExile: Wicked Phenomenon1993ActionTelenet JapanBadass cover art, less religious than others in the series, allows switching characters during side-scrolling sections
JP GB+GBCMegami Tensei Gaiden: Last Bible II1993Turn-BasedMultimedia Intelligence TransferPretty much just like the first, but now you can give your monsters accessories
GB+GBCGreat Greed1993Turn-BasedNamcoEverything is named after food, otherwise a slightly weird environmentally-themed JRPG
JP PC EngineYs IV: The Dawn of Ys (CD)1993ActionHudson SoftTechnically different from the Ys IV on SFC/other consoles
GenesisSorcerer's Kingdom1993StrategyNCSSRPG where each character's individual move phase leads to the entire enemy's movephase, stat leveling is FFII-like
JP SFCJojo no Kimyou na Bouken1993Turn-BasedWinkysoftRPG adaptation of Part 3, quite abridged; a very short game overall, point-and-click elements
GenesisShining Force1993StrategyClimax/Sonic Software PlanningEpic SRPG with unit promotion
JP SFCDragon Quest I + II1993Turn-BasedChunsoftCombined, debatably definitive version of DQ I and II
JP FCDragon Ball Z: Kyoushuu! Saiya Jin1993Card-BasedD&D Corp/ToseCARDS
Sega CDLunar: The Silver Star1993Turn-BasedGame Arts/Studio AlexAnime cutscenes, charming characters, and a high encounter rate
JP FCKouryuu Densetsu Villgust Gaiden1993ActionPlexIt's got a catgirl. Strange battle system! Side-story to the SNES game
GB+GBCFinal Fantasy Legend III1993Turn-BasedSquareThird SaGa game, time travel shenanigans
SNESSuper Ninja Boy1993ActionCulture BrainCan be played multiplayer, combat is done in side-scrolling ARPG format, sequel to Little Ninja Brothers
Turbografx-CDThe Dynastic Hero (TurboDuo)1994Action-PlatformWestone/Hudson SoftMostly the same as Wonder Boy in Monster World, but with differing sprites, town names, enemy names, music, and an opening movie
JP SFCMajin Tensei1994StrategyAtlusSRPG SMT spinoff with (naturally) demon recruitment and fusion
JP SFCPower of the Hired1994StrategyMasayaSRPG where the party can summon monsters to help in battle; monster selection determines the party's available spells
JP SFCHeracles no Eikou IV: Kamigami Kara no Okurimono1994Turn-BasedData EastA multitude of different avatars to play as, each with its own attributes and perspectives on storyline events
JP SFCMagna Braban: Henreki no Yuusha1994Turn-BasedLenarGambits and auto-combat long before FFXII was even a thing
JP SFCLive A Live1994Turn-BasedSquare7 different scenarios in different time periods, shared action bar amongst party in combat
JP SFCHiouden: Mamonotachi to no Chikai1994StrategyWolf TeamPoint-and-click style SRPG, made by Team Wolf of Tales of Phantasia fame
SNESIllusion of Gaia1994ActionQuintetPart of the Quintet trilogy, ARPG with non-traditional stat increases
JP SFCShin Megami Tensei if…1994Turn-BasedAtlusLike regular SMT, but in a centralized high school setting. This is Persona's daddy!
Sega CDRevengers of Vengeance1994FightingMicronetFeatures a story mode where XP is gained by playing the actual fighting game and minigames in a top-down fashion
SNESFinal Fantasy VI (on cart as III)1994Turn-BasedSquareFeatures a more tech-based story than previous entries and a train to suplex
SNESRobotrek1994Turn-BasedQuintet/AncientCustomize your robo-buddy party!
SNESDragon View1994ActionKemcoSequel to Drakkhen, interesting pseudo-3D overworld system
SNESDemon's Crest1994Action-PlatformCapcomA sequel to Gargoyle's Quest, with mild RPG elements (similar abilty progression), but with equippable crests to change abilities and reach otherwise inaccessible areas
SNESBreath of Fire1994Turn-BasedCapcomCapcom's take on the traditional JRPG with a lot of dragons
SNESBrain Lord1994ActionProduceARPG featuring dungeon puzzles and little monsters that follow you
Sega CDVay1994Turn-BasedHertz/SIMSStandard Working Designs localization, turn-based gameplay, and difficulty spikes galore
Sega CDDark Wizard1994StrategyH.I.C.SRPG with night/day, alignment systems
JP SFCShin Megami Tensei II1994Dungeon CrawlerAtlusSimilar to but easier than the first game
SNESThe Twisted Tales of Spike McFang1994ActionRed Company CorporationSuper cutesy ARPG
SNESUncharted Waters: New Horizons1994SimulationKoei6 different protagonists with different careers to balance the books with in a mercantile JRPG
JP SFCYume Meikyuu: Kigurumi Daibouken1994Turn-BasedAxes Art AmuseFirst-person dungeon crawl; kill the enemies and take their costumes!
JP SFCWonder Project J: Kikai no Shounen Pino1994SimulationAlmanicRaise your robo-boy to follow commands, improve his stats, and rescue his creator (Think Pac-Man 2)
JP SFCTenshi no Uta: Shiroki Tsubasa no Inori1994Turn-BasedTelenet JapanNot only can you negotiate with monsters, you get special experience points for doing so!
JP SFCSuper Robot Taisen EX1994StrategyWinkysoftSRPG, branching storyline, uses the SRW3 engine
JP SFCSlayers1994Turn-BasedBECBased on the anime of the same name, plays typically for the era
JP SFCGalaxy Robo1994StrategyCopya SystemsSRPG with mechs
3DOGuardian War1994StrategyMicro CabinSRPG combat with hilarious rudimentary 3D models
JP SFCFire Emblem: Monshou no Nazo1994StrategyIntelligent SystemsDivided into 2 "books": Book 1 is an abridged remake of FE1, Book 2 is a direct sequel to FE1
JP Game GearMoldorian: Hikari to Yami no Sister1994Turn-BasedSegaReally good artwork, a turn-based battle system that gives you only seconds to input commands
Game GearShining Force: The Sword of Hajya1994StrategySonic Software PlanningTechnically Shining Force Gaiden II- just play Shining Force CD instead
GenesisNew Horizons1994SimulationKoeiAKA Uncharted Waters: New Horizons; hope you like boats! Better sound on SNES than this version
JP SFCCyber Knight II: Chikyuu Teikoku no Yabou1994StrategyAtelier Double/Group SNESimilar gameplay but massive graphical leap over the first
GenesisShining Force II1994StrategySonic Software PlanningSimilar to the first, with hidden characters and potentially branching promotion
JP PSXKing's Field1994ActionFromSoftwareThe actual King's Field I - still in first-person
JP SFCDaikaijuu Monogatari1994Turn-BasedBirthday/Hudson SoftHidden characters and adorable sprites!
JP Game GearMadou Monogatari II: Arle 16-Sai1994Dungeon CrawlerCompileMore Arle doing Arle stuff, but she's 16 now!
JP Game GearMadou Monogatari III: Kyuukyoku Joou-sama1994Dungeon CrawlerCompileDid you know that these games have Puyos in them? And that Arle features in the Puyo Puyo series?
JP Game GearMahou Kishi Rayearth1994Turn-BasedCKYDT/SegaA different game than the Saturn and SFC ones - but also turn-based
JP SFCAretha II - Ariel no Fushigi na Tabi1994Turn-BasedJapan Art MediaPretty similar to the first
JP Game GearMegami Tensei Gaiden: Last Bible1994Monster CollectingMultimedia Intelligence TransferMonster collecting with a bit of kiddie MegaTen flair
JP Mega DriveLangrisser II1994StrategyNCSSRPG that plays very similarly to its predecessor, albeit with some class rebalancing
JP SFCFEDA: The Emblem of Justice1994StrategyMax EntertainmentSRPG developed by some of the Shining Force team, features a morality-based system
JP Mega DriveMonster World IV1994Action-PlatformWestoneA far different protagonist from the rest of the series and toned-down RPG elements (purchasing equipment is still possible), but enhanced platforming
JP SFCDual Orb II1994Turn-BasedI'MaxUltra-high encounter rate, a difficult game without grind dedication
SNESBreath of Fire II1995Turn-BasedCapcomDirect sequel to BoF I
SNESTerranigma (PAL/JP only)1995ActionQuintetStrangely never localized, last in the Quintet ARPG trilogy; spells can only be cast via one-time use items
GenesisPhantasy Star IV: The End of the Millennium1995Turn-BasedSegaIf you liked the other games in the series, you'll love this one!
SaturnVirtual Hydlide1995ActionT&E SoftRemake of the first Hydlide, with the best framerate known to man
GenesisLight Crusader1995ActionTreasureYet another isometric Zelda-like with understandably bad jumping, items that upgrade stats, and elemental combos to customize magic
Sega CDLunar: Eternal Blue1995Turn-BasedGame Arts/Studio AlexJust as charming as the first game, but with a baffling save system (utilizing magic XP as a requirement)
JP SFCYs V: Ushinawareta Suna no Miyako Kefin1995ActionFalcomOnly game in the series to have never been localized (hopefully this will change?)
JP SFCTengai Makyou Zero1995Turn-BasedRed Company CorporationUtilized special technology to allow for a real-time clock, more dialogue
JP SFCTenchi Muyo!: Game Hen1995Turn-BasedTamTamIsometric turn and grid-based combat, based off the anime!
JP SFCTales of Phantasia1995ActionWolf TeamMind-bogglingly pretty, a technological marvel for the time
JP SFCTactics Ogre1995StrategyQuestEpic storyline, lots of important choices to make - even at the very beginning of the game!
JP SFCSuper Chinese World 3 - Chou Jigen Daisakusen1995ActionCulture BrainTwo different battle modes to choose from: ARPG or turn-based, each with their own storylines
SaturnMystaria: The Realms of Lore1995StrategyMicro CabinSRPG rereleased as Blazing Heroes in NA for the same console, non-linear party recruitment
Sega CDDungeon Explorer1995Dungeon CrawlerHudson Soft/WestoneTop-down ARPG with mediocre level design and multiplayer, very similar to Gauntlet
JP Game GearMadou Monogatari A: Doki Doki Vacation1995Dungeon CrawlerCompileArle stops the bad man from cutting down the forest to build an amusement park! In first-person!
SNESSecret of the Stars1995Turn-BasedTecmoSuper slow and super mundane
Sega CDShining Force CD1995StrategySonic Software PlanningRemake of Shining Force Gaiden I/II for the JP Game Gear, requires a backup RAM cart to play all scenarios
SNESChrono Trigger1995Turn-BasedSquareA shining example of the genre as a whole, a time-travel story done right
SNESSecret of Evermore1995ActionSquare SoftAn ARPG featuring a boy and his dog traveling through different eras; never released in Japan
JP Mega DriveSurging Aura1995Turn-BasedJapan Media ProgrammingEach action in combat takes time to do - and can be interrupted! It's also really pretty too
SNESOgre Battle: The March of the Black Queen1995StrategyQuestEpic overarching story with RTS elements
JP Game GearMegami Tensei Gaiden: Last Bible Special1995Turn-BasedSIMS/AtlusBiblical-themed first-person dungeon crawl, with gameplay otherwise similar to the other Last Bibles
SNESBrandish1995ActionFalcom/KoeiTop-down dungeon crawl, the only entry in the series to be localized
JP Game GearRoyal Stone1995StrategySegaSequel to Crystal Warriors - this is a standard but pretty SRPG all about revenge
JP Game GearSD Gundam: Winner's History1995Turn-BasedITLTurn-based SRPG in unit placement, but real-time battles between individual units- with Gundams!
JP Game GearShining Force Gaiden: Final Conflict1995Turn-BasedSonic Software PlanningTypical Shining Force gameplay, takes place after SFCD but before SFII, links SFI and II together
SNESEarthbound1995Turn-BasedApe/HAL LaboratoryAKA Mother 2, a more modern-themed game with some surprisingly heavy themes
JP GB+GBCAnother Bible1995StrategyDiceCute little SRPG, spinoff of the Last Bible series
JP GB+GBCMahou Kishi Rayearth1995Turn-BasedPandora BoxAnother Magic Knight Rayearth-themed Dragon Quest clone, but this one features separate scenarios for each heroine
JP SFCShin Seikoku: La Wares1995Turn-BasedJ-ForceBased off a Japanese TTRPG, featuring mech combat
GenesisBeyond Oasis1995ActionAncientTop-down ARPG, level/rank is based on the number of hearts you collect
JP SFCLast Bible III1995Turn-BasedMultimedia Intelligence TransferSequel to the Game Boy games, featuring monster recruitment and customization
JP SFCDokapon Gaiden - Honoo no Audition1995Board GameEarthly SoftLeans more heavily into comedy than previous games in the series, with greater board variety
JP SFCPrincess Minerva1995Turn-BasedAtelier Double/RiverhillsoftGIRL POWER ANIME-BASED ROAD TRIP!
JP SFCCrystal Beans: From Dungeon Explorer1995ActionBirthday/Hudson SoftStraightforward ARPG gameplay, hidden playable characters, leveling stats through gems
JP SFCNekketsu Tairiku Burning Heroes1995Turn-BasedJ-Force8 scenarios to beat for the true ending, characters other than the protagonist are AI in battle
JP SFCHoly Umbrella: Dondera no Mubou!!1995Action-PlatformEarthly SoftMore of a sidescrolling platformer, but does have some stat increases via items, very cheeky tone
JP SFCMystic Ark1995Turn-BasedProduceA cousin to The 7th Saga, super grindy
JP SFCMetal Max Returns1995Turn-BasedCrea-TechRemake of Metal Max, naturally much prettier but more difficult
JP SFCMajin Tensei II: Spiral Nemesis1995StrategyAtlusMore or less the same as the first, but with an isometric battle view as opposed to top-down
JP SFCDragon Quest VI: Maboroshi no Daichi1995Turn-BasedHeartbeatThird game in the Zenithian trilogy, return of the class system
JP SFCKidou Senshi Gundam: Cross Dimension 00791995StrategyBandaiSRPG based on OG Mobile Suit Gundam, utilizes button combos to use attacks
JP SFCMahou Kishi Rayearth1995Turn-BasedPandora BoxPlays vastly differently than the Saturn version! Beginner-level JRPG, follows the OG story closely
JP SFCDer Langrisser1995StrategyNCSRemake of Langrisser II, with branching storylines
JP SFCKyuuyaku Megami Tensei1995Turn-BasedAtlus/Opera HouseEnhanced remake of Megami Tensei 1 and 2
JP SFCLaplace no Ma1995SurvivalHumming Bird SoftLovecraftian spooky JRPG
JP SFCLodoss Tou Senki1995StrategyThinking RabbitPlot-wise is more of a side story to the main novels, tactical combat engine
JP SFCChou-Mahou Tairiku Wozz1995Turn-BasedRed Company Corporation8 playable characters, branching storylines, invention systems- this game truly tries to do it all!
JP SFCEmerald Dragon1995Turn-BasedAlfa SystemBreath of Fire's cousin with a unique battle system
JP SFCBrandish 2: The Planet Buster1995Dungeon CrawlerFalcomSimilar top-down dungeon crawling as the first
JP SFCSeiken Densetsu 31995ActionSquareThe character you choose at the start determines your storyline, otherwise plays like SoM
JP SFCBishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon: Another Story1995Turn-BasedAngelAdorable digitized voices, Senshi combo attacks, what's not to love?
JP SFCFushigi no Dungeon 2: Fuurai no Shiren1995Dungeon CrawlerChunsoftFollow-up to Torneko no Daibouken, a roguelike before they were cool
JP SFCShiki Eiyuuden1995Turn-BasedOutrigger Koubou/Be-On WorksA brutally hard turn-based historical JRPG set in the Warring States period of China; puzzles and quizzes found throughout
JP SFCFront Mission1995StrategyG-CraftMech-focused SRPG with a ton of units and customizability
JP SFCRomancing Saga 31995Turn-BasedSquareNo complete English translation on this console, sandboxy, gorgeous spritework, but difficult
SaturnDragon Force1996StrategyJ-Force/SegaAn RTS JRPG with 8 different factions to play as
PSXTobal No. 11996Dungeon CrawlerDreamFactoryA fighting game with an additional quest mode with roguelike dungeon crawling
JP SFCKuusou Kagaku Sekai Gulliver Boy1996ActionAmbleVery short ARPG with ungodly levels of hair spikiness on the protagonist
SaturnGuardian Heroes1996ActionTreasureSide-scrolling beat-em-up gameplay, stats distribute at the end of each stage
JP SFCFire Emblem: Seisen no Keifu1996StrategyIntelligent SystemsIntroduced the marriage/children mechanic that would be seen in later FE entries
PSXTecmo's Deception: Invitation to Darkness1996StrategyTecmoMake deals with the devil and use traps to kill your enemies!
3DOLucienne's Quest1996Turn-BasedMicro CabinA short, lighthearted play- it's not like the 3DO had much else going for it…
PSXSuikoden1996Turn-BasedKonamiAmazing NTSC cover art, loads of different playable characters, and a highly political story
JP GB+GBCPocket Monsters: Green Version1996Monster CollectingGame FreakIf you've played Red/Blue, do you really need this one?
JP PC EngineMadou Monogatari I: Honoo no Sotsuenji1996Dungeon CrawlerCompileCute af first-person dungeon crawl; unconventional experience counter, adds voice acting, new monsters and cutscenes/events to the original
JP SFCDragon Quest III1996Turn-BasedHeartbeatArguably the definitive version of the game
JP SFCG.O.D.: Mezameyo to Yobu Koe ga Kikoe1996Turn-BasedInfinityIf Earthbound had a child with Phantasy Star IV's battle system, this would be it
JP SFCHourai Gakuen no Bouken!: Tenkousei Scramble1996Turn-BasedDynamiteHigh school: the JRPG! Join clubs to gain abilities!
SaturnThe Legend of Oasis1996ActionAncientSequel to Beyond Oasis (GEN), similar top-down ARPG gameplay
PSXRevelations: Persona1996Turn-BasedAtlusA questionably localized game/spinoff of the SMT series; Mark danced crazy!
JP SFCFront Mission: Gun Hazard1996ActionOmiya SoftSide-scrolling ARPG with incredible graphics, separate universe from mainline series
JP Mega DriveMadou Monogatari I1996Monster CollectingCompileADORABLE AF, monster capturing mechanic, non-traditional stats/xp gain
PSXBeyond the Beyond1996Turn-BasedCamelot1st turn-based JRPG to be localized, also the lamest
PSXKing's Field1996Dungeon CrawlerFromSoftware1st-person dungeon crawler, FromSoftware's second game (this is actually King's Field II)
PSXKing's Field II1996Dungeon CrawlerFromSoftwareActually King's Field III, a good look into where Dark Souls eventually came from
JP SFCEnergy Breaker1996StrategyNeverlandSRPG with town exploration and an action point-based economy for combat
JP SFCBahamut Lagoon1996StrategySquareSquare's oft-forgotten SRPG child, divine spritework
JP SFCLennus II: Fuuin no Shito1996Turn-BasedFill-In Cafe/Copya SystemsSuperior sequel to Paladin's Quest, more risque themes, loads of recruitable characters
JP SFCArabian Nights: Sabaku no Seirei-o1996Turn-BasedPandora BoxApparently rushed toward the end of development
SNESSuper Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars1996Timed Turn-BasedSquareFun little turn-based game with a cute artstyle and rhythmic button pressing to maximize damage
JP SFCStar Ocean1996ActionTri-AceLook at that spritework!
JP SaturnTactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together1996StrategyQuestSee PSX, with improved music, more visible combat area, and some voice acting
JP SaturnSakura Taisen1996StrategyOverworksFirst in the long-running SPRG series, where managing your troupe of girls gives them better stats!
JP SFCSuper Robot Taisen Gaiden: Masou Kishin - The Lord of Elemental1996StrategyWinkysoftSRPG, focuses on one of the original characters in the series, directional damage
JP SFCRudra no Hihou1996Turn-BasedSquareCreate your own spells! Ultra-pretty sprites!
JP SaturnOgre Battle: The March of the Black Queen1996StrategyRiverhillsoft/QuestSee PSX, but with five additional scenarios unique to this version
JP SaturnLinkle Liver Story1996ActionNexTechCute ARPG, combine elemental seeds to strengthen your weapon
JP SFCTreasure Conflix1996ActionSquaresoftA Satellaview-only game with soft RPG elements (upgrading your airship's parts to use in dogfights) where you hunt for treasure and sell it at auction
JP SFCTreasure Hunter G1996StrategyStingAnother forgotten Square-published game, action point-based SRPG
GB+GBCThe Sword of Hope II1996Turn-BasedKemcoIt's slow and repetitive, much like the first. Then again, it is Kemco…
JP PSXPoPoLoCrois Monogatari1996Turn-BasedSugar & RocketsBased off an anime adaptation of a manga with super cute characters and semi-SRPG grid based combat
JP SFCChaos Seed: Fuusui Kairouki1996ActionNeverlandLots of resource management! Multiple endings!
SaturnDark Savior1996ActionClimaxSequel to Landstalker (GEN), an ARPG with fighting game-like combat and isometric platforming
JP Game GearLunar: Sanposuru Gakuen1996Turn-BasedGame Arts/Studio AlexThe actual prequel to The Silver Star, sadly never localized - very girl-power friendly
JP SFCMonstania1996StrategyAmccus/Bits LaboratorySRPG featuring puzzles, a party size of two, and a progress-based leveling system
JP PSXGanbare Goemon: Uchuu Kaizoku Akogingu1996ActionKonamiMore Goemon ARPG action, XP serves to level weapons
SNESLufia II: Rise of the Sinistrals1996Turn-BasedNeverlandPrequel to and much more Zelda-like than the first
JP SFCMadou Monogatari: Hanamaru Daiyouchi Enji1996Turn-BasedCompileExtremely unconventional attack and leveling system, but cookies are currency and it's cute!
JP SFCDark Half1996Turn-BasedWest OneItem-based leveling system; also, spoiler alert (not really): You play the antagonist!
PSXWild Arms1997Turn-BasedMedia.VisionAmazing theme song, standard turn-based combat, tool-focused dungeon exploration
JP SaturnVandal Hearts1997StrategyKCETA spiffed up version of the PSX game, with new maps/spells/music/items
PSXVandal Hearts1997StrategyKCETStandard SRPG gameplay with non-set classes
PS4Final Fantasy VII (DL only)1997Turn-BasedSquareSee PSX, but with some QoL changes
PSXTail of the Sun1997SimulationArtdinkBe caveman. Go hunting. Build tower of mammoth bone. More of a life-sim really
PSXCastlevania: Symphony of the Night1997Action-PlatformKonamiTHE Metroidvania
SaturnShining the Holy Ark1997Dungeon CrawlerCamelot1st-person dungeon crawl, not unlike its predecessor Shining in the Darkness
JP PSXChocobo no Fushigi na Dungeon1997Dungeon CrawlerSquareChocobo's first roguelike experience with some town-building elements; spells are leveled with repeated use
JP PSXCommunity Pom1997ActionFill in CafeThe cutest Zelda clone ever, with XP and little fuzzy buddies to raise to help you
PSXMonster Rancher1997Monster CollectingTecmoUse CDs to unlock monsters that you train and fight!
PSXFinal Fantasy VII1997Turn-BasedSquareTook the FF series into 3D and made a huge mark on the genre as a whole
SaturnAlbert Odyssey: Legend of Eldean1997Turn-BasedSunSoftCute sprites, plays differently than the SFC versions- this one is more of a gaiden
JP SFCBushi Seiryuuden: Futari no Yuusha1997Turn-BasedGame FreakZelda-like exploration; combat is 2D platformer-like, but still turn-based (enemies only act when you do); pretty spritework
JP PSXAsuncia: Matsue no Jubaku1997StrategyE.O. ImaginationRandomly generated maps with a score-based objective, sort of an SRPG?
JP SFCDark Law: Meaning of Death1997Turn-BasedSakata SASSuper duper hard! Also featuring rudimentary 3D!
JP GB+GBCMedarot Kabuto/Kuwagata Version1997FightingNatsumeFirst games in the Medarot/bot series, with the standard building and fighting robots
JP PSXFront Mission 21997StrategySquareMore mechs, more drama!
PSXOgre Battle: Limited Edition1997StrategyQuestEnhanced port of Ogre Battle: The March of the Black Queen (SNES)
JP SaturnGrandia1997Turn-BasedGame ArtsSee PSX
SaturnPanzer Dragoon Saga1998Turn-BasedTeam AndromedaTurn-based combat focused on circling enemies and exposing weakpoints, short in length
SaturnShining Force III1998StrategyCamelotTechnically only Scenario 1 of the full Shining Force III story
GB+GBCLegend of the River King1998FishingVictor Interactive SoftwareMade for Game Boy, then remade for GBC- actually the third in the River King series
SaturnMagic Knight Rayearth1998ActionSegaARPG based on the anime, plays differently than the SFC version, very low print run in the US
GB+GBCPokemon Red/Blue1998Monster CollectingGame FreakCalled Red/Green versions in Japan, definitely the origin of the popularity of monster-collecting video games
GB+GBCPower Quest1998FightingJapan System SupplyModel robot combat in a fighting game format, parts are upgradeable to increase stats
PSXDragonseeds1998ActionJalecoWho needs plot when you're combining dragon DNA?
PSXXenogears1998Turn-BasedSquareAlmost unlocalized due to heavy religious/philosophical themes, action point-based combat
JP PSXBrave Prove1998ActionData WestGeneric ARPG, but anything translated is a plus
PSXBrigandine: The Legend of Forsena1998StrategyHearty RobinSRPG with upkeep and semi-RTS elements
PSXBreath of Fire III1998Turn-BasedCapcomMore Ryu, but with more dragon forms! Intoduces the Master System and Faerie Town features
PSXBlaze and Blade: Eternal Quest (PAL/JP only)1998ActionT&E SoftMultiplayer ARPG- better to find IRL friends than to let the horrible AI act as party members
PSXAzure Dreams1998Dungeon CrawlerKonamiRoguelike with town building, romancing, and familiar collecting
PSXAlundra1998ActionMatrix SoftwareSpiritual successor to Landstalker (GEN), ARPG featuring dreamwalking and platforming
JP PSXBomberman Wars1998StrategyMetro CorporationSRPG with Bomberman flair, different types of units have different bomb-placing abilities (which can be increased)
JP PSXGinga Ojousama Densetsu Yuna: Final Edition1998StrategyWill/Red CompanyAn enhanced port of the third Yuna game, features magical girls in tacitcal combat, with visual novel segments in-between (not unlike Sakura Wars)
PSXFinal Fantasy Tactics1998StrategySquareOften imitated, never duplicated
N64Quest 641998ActionImagineerFinal Fantasy II-like leveling system, a very baby JRPG
N64Flying Dragon1998FightingCulture BrainContains a mode with character progression and the ability to level your equipment (via fisticuffs of course) to increase your stats
JP PSXTales of Phantasia1998ActionNamcoArguably the best way to play the game, despite lack of official translation
JP SaturnDragon Force II: Kamisarishi Daichi Ni1998StrategySegaPretty similar to the first
JP SFCSuper Famicom Wars1998StrategyIntelligent SystemsTechnically a digital-only title (released via Satellaview), units can gather XP in combat that does not carry between maps
JP SaturnValhollian1998StrategyDatt JapanSRPG with 3D scenes to show attacking, combination attacks are possible and can lead to bonding conversations
PSXElemental Gearbolt1998ArcadeAlfa SystemThe only light-gun shooter/RPG hybrid you'll find!
PSXBrave Fencer Musashi1998ActionSquareARPG with day/night cycle, elemental sword attacks
PSXKagero: Deception II1998StrategyTecmoString together traps to make your own Rube Goldberg of death!
PSXMaster Of Monsters: Disciples of Gaia1998StrategySystemSoftSlow-paced SRPG, remake of Master of Monsters (GEN), critically panned
PSXSaGa Frontier1998Turn-BasedSquare7 scenarios with complicated leveling mechanics, woefully left unfinished
PSXParasite Eve1998Action/HorrorSquareHorror JRPG based on a novel, positioning-based combat system
PSXKartia: The Word of Fate1998StrategyAtlusSRPG initially localized as a Blockbuster Video rental exclusive, uses cards to manipulate battle
PSXThe Granstream Saga1998ActionShadeARPG, Successor to the Quintet trilogy, unsettling faceless 3D models
PSXTales of Destiny1998ActionWolf TeamFirst localized Tales title with a similar 2D real-time combat system to its predecessor
PSXTactics Ogre1998StrategyQuestSRPG with an alignment system and turn-based gameplay (in contrast to Ogre Battle)
Neo Geo PocketDark Arms: Beast Buster1999ActionNoise Factory/SNKAn ARPG sequel to an arcade game where the character doesn't gain levels, but weapons do by collecting monster souls; the weapons can evolve as well
PSXStar Ocean: The Second Story1999ActionTri-AceFirst localized Star Ocean game with two different scenarios
N64Hybrid Heaven1999ActionKonamiBattles are reminiscent of Parasite Eve
N64Harvest Moon 641999SimulationVictor Interactive SoftwareInherit a farm, level up your tools, and manage time wisely!
PSXSuikoden II1999Turn-BasedKonamiSweeping political epic-
JP WonderswanChocobo no Fushigi na Dungeon1999Dungeon CrawlerSquareSee JP PSX, but without color
GB+GBCRevelations: The Demon Slayer/Megami Tensei Gaiden: Last Bible1999Monster CollectingMultimedia Intelligence TransferMegami Tensei for kids, more medieval-themed than its mother series
JP PSXRacing Lagoon1999SportsSquaresoftTHE street racing/JRPG hybrid, stylish and jazzy
JP PSXMedarot R1999FightingNatsumeIt's a Medabots game! Destroy the enemy's parts to make them useless!
GB+GBCPokemon Yellow1999Monster CollectingGame FreakMore of the same, with bonus Pikachu following you
GB+GBCMario Golf1999SportsCamelotConquer the golf circuit and level up your attributes as or against Mario
PSXThousand Arms1999Turn-BasedRED Entertainment/AtlusJRPG with heavy dating sim elements
DreamcastTime Stalkers1999Dungeon CrawlerClimaxYour level goes back down to 1 after beating a boss. Enough said.
DreamcastEvolution: The World of Sacred Device1999Dungeon CrawlerStingStandard JRPG with dunegon-crawling
DreamcastElemental Gimmick Gear1999ActionBirthdayARPG with pretty visuals and some mech combat
JP PSXPersona 2: Innocent Sin1999Turn-BasedAtlusThe missing half of Persona 2 in the Americas
JP PSXEscaform1999StrategyEmotion/Bandai VisualPuts a spin on SRPG combat by giving the option to convert unspent action points (used to move/attack) into a sort of health shield, features a wide variety of toilets in a post-apocalyptic setting
JP PSXLangrisser IV1999StrategyNCSMostly similar to the others, features an uneven turn system; remake of the Saturn version
PSXChocobo's Dungeon 21999Dungeon CrawlerSquareMystery Dungeon, but with 100% more Kweh
PSXGuardian's Crusade1999Turn-BasedTamsoftAnother candidate for baby's first JRPG
JP GB+GBCSylvania Families: Otogi no Kuni no Pendant1999SimulationEpochMore of a life-sim featuring overly cutesy characters based on a series of animal figurines
PSXGrandia1999Turn-BasedGame ArtsTraditional JRPG with an emphasis on attack interruption in combat
PSXFinal Fantasy VIII1999Turn-BasedSquareBest card game, not-best stat/leveling system
PSXFinal Fantasy Anthology1999Turn-BasedTose/SquareContains Final Fantasy V (first localized appearance) and Final Fantasy VI
PSXLegend of Legaia1999Turn-BasedProkion/ContrailTurn-based JRPG with a battle system focusing on combos and directional striking
PSXEhrgeiz: God Bless the Ring1999ActionDreamFactoryIt's mostly a fighting game with some FFVII characters, but it also has an ARPG quest mode!
PSXLunar: Silver Star Story Complete1999Turn-BasedGame ArtsArguably the most charming cast of characters you'll ever meet, good OST, standard combat
PSXShadow Tower1999ActionFromSoftwarePlays similarly to King's Field, but killing particular enemies determines stat growth
JP N64Custom Robo1999FightingNoise Inc.First game in the robot customizing (hah) and fighting series; upgrades to robots are bought rather than earned
PSXVandal Hearts II1999StrategyKCETSRPG with non-set classes and turns in which the player and enemy move simultaneously
PSXMonster Rancher 21999Monster CollectingTecmoUse CDs to unlock more monsters that you train and fight!
PSXMonster Seed1999StrategyNK SystemMonster-raising and battling SRPG, where the monsters have a limited lifespan
PS4Final Fantasy VIII Remastered (DL only)1999Turn-BasedSquareSee PSX, but with some QoL changes
JP PSXBaroque1999Dungeon CrawlerStingA port of the original Saturn version, with tank controls and a first-person perspective to explore macabre dungeons in roguelike fashion
JP PSXChoro Q Wonderful!1999RacingE-gameA Car-PG in which you upgrade your stats (parts) via exploration and quests
PSXJade Cocoon: Story of the Tamamayu1999Turn-BasedGenkiIt's like Persona, but all the demons are bugs!
JP SFCFire Emblem: Thracia 7761999StrategyIntelligent SystemsTakes place during the middle of FE4, initially distributed as a Nintendo Power ROM cartridge