2000s

JRPGs from the 2000s
ConsoleNameReleaseGenreDeveloperLucca's Notes
DreamcastD22000Survival/HorrorWarpMore of a survival horror adventure game, with random battles (in which you aim and fire) and XP to gain to increase your small pool of stats, kind of a slog in pacing
JP PSXBrigandine: Grand Edition2000StrategyHearty RobinAn enhanced, expanded version of Brigandine: The Legend of Forsena
PS2Evergrace2000ActionFromSoftwareARPG with 2 separate protagonists, character parameters are increased via equipment rather than leveling
PS2Eternal Ring2000Dungeon CrawlerFromSoftwareAnother first-person FromSoft dungeon crawl, but this one has customizable magic rings
DreamcastEvolution 2: Far Off Promise2000Dungeon CrawlerStingMore of the same as the first, but some random maps
Neo Geo PocketNige-ron-pa (JP only)2000Turn-BasedDennou ClubA turn-based game all about working various small jobs, party members have a friendship score that can cause them to abandon you if too low
Neo Geo PocketFaselei! (PAL/JP only)2000StrategySacnothTactical mecha combat, where even turning costs a predetermined amount of command points
Neo Geo PocketEvolution: Eternal Dungeons (PAL/JP only)2000Dungeon CrawlerStingA port of Evolution with a major natural graphical change, an altered translation, and more limited exploration
N64Ogre Battle 64: Person of Lordly Caliber2000StrategyQuestPlays like Ogre Battle, RTS elements and political story
N64Fighter Destiny 22000Fighting/Board GameGenkiUndertaking the board-game like Arena mode challenge lets you fight (with a point-based scoring system) to increase your stats and learn new special moves... also there's a playable cow
JP WonderswanDigimon Adventure 02: Tag Tamers2000Monster CollectingSIMS/BandaiTurn-based digital monster collecting, fighting, and fusing gameplay, elaborates on a very important plot point in the anime
JP WonderswanDigimon Adventure 02: D1 Tamers2000Monster CollectingSIMS/BandaiDirect sequel to Tag Tamers, mostly the same, but utilizes the Wonderswan Color's palette
JP N64Fushigi no Dungeon: Fuurai no Shiren 2 - Oni Shuurai! Shiren Jou!2000Dungeon CrawlerChunsoftShiren's second roguelike dungeon-delving adventure, with monster collecting and castle building as major gameplay mechanics
PS4Eternal Ring (DL only)2000ActionFromSoftwareSee PS2
JP GB+GBCShin Megami Tensei Devil Children: Kuro no Sho2000Monster CollectingMultimedia Intelligence TransferFirst game in the Devil Children series (the accompanying other version is untranslated), a monster-collector where demon partners can be used to help traverse the overworld
JP GB+GBCNushi Tsuri Adventure: Kite no Bouken2000FishingMarvelous/Victor Interactive SoftwareCatch fishies and fight thingies!
JP GB+GBCGrandia: Parallel Trippers2000Turn-BasedGame ArtsSpinoff of Grandia featuring its characters and an attempt at using the same battle system
JP GB+GBCArle no Bouken: Mahou no Jewel2000Monster CollectingCompileA monster-training game; monster-summoning cards can be enhanced
JP DreamcastRent-A-Hero No. 12000ActionAspectA remake that adds a female counterpart to the main character and 3D as opposed to 2D fighting; itself fully translated and intended for Western shores it never reached
GB+GBCRobopon: Sun Version2000Monster CollectingHudson Soft/Red Company CorporationA robot-making and collecting Poke-clone, only one of the three versions was released in the Americas
GB+GBCQuest: Brian's Journey2000ActionAtelier DoubleA demake of the N64 game… if you considered Quest 64 a game to begin with. Taking actions builds stats
GB+GBCPokemon Gold/Silver2000Monster CollectingGame FreakMore mons, a day/night system, and the ability to revisit the entire previous region
GB+GBCLil' Monster2000Monster CollectingKid CorpAnother of the many Poke-clones
GB+GBCDragon Warrior Monsters2000Monster CollectingToseSort of Dragon Quest's answer to Pokemon, but with fusion as well
GB+GBCDragon Warrior I & II2000Turn-BasedToseKeeps the same QoL changes brought by the SFC version, albeit with some naturally downgraded graphics
PS2Orphen: Scion of Sorcery2000ActionShadeARPG with a strange turn-based/real-time combat hybrid, limited amount of battles overall prevent grinding
PS4Final Fantasy IX (DL only)2000Turn-BasedSquareSee PSX, but with some QoL changes
GB+GBCAzure Dreams2000Monster CollectingKCENMore dungeons, less town-building and dating than the PSX version
PSXParasite Eve II2000Action/HorrorSquareMore of a survival-horror slant than the first game, including tank controls!
PSXWild Arms 22000Turn-BasedMedia.VisionOld Western setting, plays similarly to the first
PSXVanguard Bandits2000StrategyHuman EntertainmentFantasy/mech hybrid SRPG with a system balancing actions and resting
PSXValkyrie Profile2000Turn-BasedTri-Ace2D dungeon exploration, grim themes, and a combo-based battle system
PSXVagrant Story2000Dungeon CrawlerSquareDarker-themed ARPG with the same setting as Final Fantasy XII and Tactics, heavy crafting focus
PSXTorneko: The Last Hope2000Dungeon CrawlerChunsoft/Matrix SoftwareRoguelike sequel to Torneko no Daibouken (SFC), second localized Mystery Dungeon game
PSXThreads of Fate2000ActionSquareTwo-scenario ARPG with unconventional stat-increasing mechanics
PSXThe Legend of Dragoon2000Timed Turn-BasedSony Computer Entertainment JapanTiming-based combat, some funny voice acting, neat concept
PSXSaGa Frontier 22000Turn-BasedSquareWatercolored, hand-drawn backgrounds and complex leveling with only 2 scenarios
PSXRPG Maker2000Turn-BasedKuusou KagakuIncluded due to presence of sample RPG Gobli's Quest, a short romp with notable difficulty spikes
PSXRhapsody: A Musical Adventure2000StrategyNippon IchiSRPG with painfully easy battles and a musical theme
PSXPersona 2: Eternal Punishment2000Turn-BasedAtlusHalf of the Persona 2 story- the other half wasn't officially localized until years later
PSXLunar 2: Eternal Blue Complete2000Turn-BasedGame ArtsIf you loved the first one, you'll love this- and how could you not?
PSXAlundra 2: A New Legend Begins2000ActionMatrix SoftwareStandalone sequel, more lighthearted than the first, but similar gameplay
PSXLegend of Mana2000ActionSquareGorgeously 2D, beautiful soundtrack, disjointed story with an offbeat structure
PSXKoudelka2000Turn-Based/HorrorSacnothHorror-themed JRPG, the precursor to the Shadow hearts series
PSXHarvest Moon: Back to Nature2000SimulationVictor Interactive SoftwareDo ALL the farming!
PSXFront Mission 32000StrategySquareFirst localized title in the series, greater focus on learning abilities from mech parts
PSXFinal Fantasy IX2000Turn-BasedSquareTakes the series back to its fantasy roots, lots of callbacks to older entries
PSXEternal Eyes2000StrategyTamTamSRPG with a monster-collecting theme
PSXDragon Valor2000ActionNamcoRemake and sequel to Dragon Buster (FC), arcade-like 2.5D ARPG
PSXDigimon World2000Monster CollectingFlying Tiger DevelopmentMonster-collecting and raising game
PSXDeception III: Dark Delusion2000StrategyTecmoDark story with trap creation
PSXChrono Cross2000Turn-BasedSquareMasterful soundtrack, confusingly related to Chrono Trigger
PSXBreath of Fire IV2000Turn-BasedCapcomEven more Ryu, pretty sprites, and a new combo system
GB+GBCCrystalis2000ActionNintendoA remake of the original, with greater difficulty and story changes
JP GB+GBCYu-Gi-Oh! Monster Capsule GB2000StrategyKonamiUses monsters based on Duel Monsters characters for SRPG combat and characters from the main series; you too can become a third-rate battler with fourth-rate monsters to save your friends!
DreamcastSeventh Cross Evolution2000SimulationAtypical Alchemists AssociateSpore before Spore - gain evolution points and make your creature!
DreamcastGrandia II2000Turn-BasedGame ArtsExcellent music and solid voice acting- a game with a lot of character in its characters and a superb battle system
DreamcastSkies of Arcadia2000Turn-BasedOverworksStandard combat and ship battles!
PS2Dark Cloud2001ActionLevel-5ARPG with roguelike elements and town building; no traditional XP (though weapons do level)
GBAMega Man Battle Network2001StrategyCapcomTactical real-time combat, learning skills from enemies, and memeable spritework
PS2Final Fantasy X2001Turn-BasedSquareFirst Final Fantasy game to feature voice acting, battle system employs manipulation of turn order
PS2Ephemeral Fantasia2001Turn-BasedKCEJRhythm mini-games are not enough to save this garbage time-looping game
N64Paper Mario2001Timed Turn-BasedIntelligent SystemsContinues the timing-based attacks seen in SMRPG
JP PSXTear Ring Saga: Yutona Eiyuu Senki2001StrategyASCII EntertainmentIt's pretty much Fire Emblem, down to the creator of the series
JP PSXShin Megami Tensei2001Turn-BasedAtlusVisually overhauls the SFC version, but is otherwise no different than the original
JP GBANapoleon2001StrategyGenkiRTSRPG starring Napoleon Bonaparte doing some very not-historically-accurate things
JP GBAMagical Vacation2001Turn-BasedBrownie BrownTurn-based combat, gorgeous sprites; love/heart isn't just an element in Captain Planet anymore!
JP DreamcastRUN=DIM as Black Soul2001StrategyYuki EnterpriseHexagonal turn-based strategy with giant robots fighting
GBAMonster Rancher Advance2001Monster CollectingTecmoSimilar to the PSX games, but using words to summon monsters rather than CDs
GBACastlevania: Circle of the Moon2001Action-PlatformKCEKMetroidvania with a dual card system to customize abilities
GBAGolden Sun2001Turn-BasedCamelotLots of exploration puzzles, character/class customization using creature allocation
GBADokapon: Monster Hunter2001Monster CollectingTycoon/Asmik Ace EntertainmentBattle system is literally rock-paper-scissors, also contains monster collecting elements
PS2Monster Rancher 32001Monster CollectingTecmoMore monster raising, but now you can trade monsters with friends/can use past data rather than disc-digging for old monsters!
GBABreath of Fire2001Turn-BasedCapcomIt's Ryu, but on a tinier screen!
GBABomberman Tournament2001ActionAmbleA Bomberman ARPG where you level Pokemon-like creatures that give you abilities
GB+GBCPokemon Crystal2001Monster CollectingGame FreakAn attempt to add story to Gold/Silver, but does add a female protagonist!
GB+GBCMetal Walker2001Monster CollectingCapcomPokemon + robots + billiards = Metal Walker
GB+GBCMario Tennis2001SportsCamelotGrab your racket, go to tennis school, and level up your skills with Mario and company
GB+GBCLufia: The Legend Returns2001Turn-BasedNeverlandThird game in the Lufia series, was almost a PSX game before the original dev went bankrupt
GB+GBCLegend of the River King 22001FishingVictor Interactive SoftwareActually River King 4 - more fishies = more funsies
GB+GBCDragon Warrior Monsters 2: Cobi's Journey/Tara's Adventure2001Monster CollectingToseLeans harder into the Pokemon slant with 2 different versions
PS2Jade Cocoon 22001Turn-BasedGenkiMore bug-minion raising and fusion, combat is highly dependent on minion placement
GB+GBCDragon Warrior III2001Turn-BasedToseMaintains the QoL changes of the SFC version, adds an extra bonus dungeon, downgrades graphics a bit
PSXBattle Hunter2001StrategySuccessSRPG of sorts with card-based movement and attack
PSXDragon Warrior VII2001Turn-BasedHeart BeatLooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooong Dragon Quest game
PSXFinal Fantasy Chronicles2001Turn-BasedTose/SquareContains inferior versions of Final Fantasy IV and Chrono Trigger
PS2Tsugunai: Atonement2001ActionCattle CallBroken up into various quests rather than one fully linear experience- not all quests revolve around combat
PS2The Bouncer2001ActionDream FactoryCult-classic 3D beat-em-up with RPG elements
PSXHoshigami: Ruining Blue Earth2001StrategyMax FiveSRPG with interesting battle mechanics but unforgiving difficulty
PSXSaiyuki: Journey West2001StrategyKoeiSRPG based on the Journey to the West novel
PSXDigimon World 22001Monster CollectingBECMore emphasis on dungeon crawling and monster battling than the first
PS2Shadow Hearts2001Turn-Based/HorrorSacnothTakes place after Koudelka's bad ending, incorporates cosmic horror, alternate history, and a timing-based disc that affects success
PSXTales of Destiny II2001ActionWolf Team/NamcoActually Tales of Eternia - the real Tales of Destiny 2 is a Japanese exclusive
DreamcastRecord of Lodoss War: Advent of Cardice2001ActionNeverlandBased on the anime, plays kinda like Diablo
DreamcastPhantasy Star Online Ver. 2.02001ActionSonic TeamAn expanded version of the original
PS2Ring of Red2001StrategyKonamiAlternate-history military turn-based strategy game with cool mechs
DreamcastPhantasy Star Online2001ActionSonic TeamARPG, first online console game
PS2Okage: Shadow King2001Turn-BasedZener Works/SCECute spooky-themed JRPG
PS2Wizardry: Tale of the Forsaken Land2001Dungeon CrawlerRacjinSurprise! This is actually a JRPG! First-person dungeon-crawler like its parent WRPG series
GBALunar Legend2002Turn-BasedJapan Art MediaTranslation closer to the intended Japanese than the previous versions, but lacks cinematic feel
PSXDigimon World 32002Monster CollectingBEC/Boom CorpMore of the same
GBAMega Man Battle Network 22002StrategyCapcomMore or less the same as the first, but a bit more customizable, and no auto-healing after every battle
PS2Mystic Heroes2002ActionKoeiCutesy Dynasty Warriors-like with magic, more characters than the GameCube version
GBACastlevania: Harmony of Dissonance2002Action-PlatformKCETMetroidvania with room decorating and traveling between dimensions to progress
GBACar Battler Joe2002ActionAncientExactly as the title implies - you level up your car in demolition derby-style matches
GBAMonster Rancher Advance 22002Monster CollectingTecmo/Graphic ResearchSee above!
GB+GBCYu-Gi-Oh! Dark Duel Stories2002Card-BasedKonamiThird game in the Duel Monsters series, but first to come to the West; many card effects only work the first turn or just plain don't work at all- duelist level determines total deck cost capacity
XboxCrimson Sea2002ActionKoeiMusou-like with a sci-fi theme, some shooting elements, party members, weapon XP
XboxMetal Dungeon2002Turn-BasedPanther SoftwareCustomizable characters and a futuristic third-person dungeon crawl, turn-based combat
GBABreath of Fire II2002Turn-BasedCapcomMore polished than the SNES version, but gives up graphically in the process
GBATactics Ogre: The Knight of Lodis2002StrategyQuestPlays like Tactics Ogre- SRPG format, set before both Ogre Battle games
GBAPhantasy Star Collection2002Turn-BasedDigital Eclipse/SegaPorts of the first 3 Phantasy Star games
PS2Suikoden III2002Turn-BasedKCETThe turn-based epic saga continues, a variety of protagonists, can import data from the PSX games for bonuses
PS2Legaia 2: Duel Saga2002Turn-BasedProkionTurn-based button combo combat system like its predecessor, adds item combination to the mix
PS2Kingdom Hearts2002ActionSquareThe OG FF/Disney mashup, before the story started to overcomplicate itself
PS2King's Field: The Ancient City2002Dungeon CrawlerFromSoftwareFromSoft coming through again with first-person dungeon action
PS2Grandia Xtreme2002Turn-BasedGame ArtsThe combat you know and love with an increase in dungeon delving, English voice cast is oddly celeb-filled
PS2Grandia II2002Turn-BasedGame ArtsAvoid this version- it has bad framerate issues- but the game itself is amazing
PS2Rygar: The Legendary Adventure2002ActionTecmoDiskarmor shenanigans galore, but now in 3D; gorgeous soundtrack; points enhance player characteristics and strengthen weapons
GB+GBCDragon Ball Z: Legendary Super Warriors2002Card-BasedFlight-PlanSaiyan-Buu sagas featured, card-based combat, blah blah blah
PS2Dual Hearts2002Action-PlatformMatrix SoftwarePlatforming-heavy ARPG - XP goes towards weapons instead of stats
JP WonderswanMakai Toushi SaGa2002Turn-BasedSquareA remake of the first SaGa game (Final Fantasy Legend), upped the graphics and added features like a bestiary and the ability to re-target enemies to not waste attacks once defeated
GBARobopon 2: Cross/Ring Version2002Monster CollectingRED EntertainmentIntroduces 4-on-4 battles, but otherwise is more of the same robot collecting and customizing
JP GBATomato Adventure2002Turn-BasedAlphaDreamYou say "tomato," I say "a silly RPG with toy-based gimmicks in combat, humor throughout, and lots of lycopene!"
PS2Wild Arms 32002Turn-BasedMedia.VisionWild West-themed, turn-based, town discovery requires utilizing a GPS-like system, frequent encounters
JP GBAKlonoa Heroes: Densetsu no Star Medal2002ActionNamcoTop-down ARPG gameplay, and cute to boot!
JP GBAKeitai Denjuu Telefang 2: Power2002Monster CollectingSmilesoftOne version of a Pokemon-like clone that features sharing your phone number with monsters to befriend them
JP GBAFire Emblem: The Binding Blade2002StrategyIntelligent SystemsAKA FE6 - Roy's our boy, and here's where you play as him!
PSXArc the Lad Collection2002StrategyG-Craft/ARC EntertainmentCollected SRPG series, contains Arc the Lad I, II, III, and Arc Arena
GBAZone of the Enders: The Fist of Mars2002StrategyWinkysoftMecha SRPG with some first-person elements in targeting enemies and attack dodging
GBAShaman King: Legacy of the Spirits Soaring Hawk/Sprinting Wolf2002Monster CollectingKCEJBased on the manga, basically Pokemon-type battles with spirits
PS2Dynasty Tactics2002StrategyKoeiRomance of the Three Kingdoms-themed SRPG
PS2Forever Kingdom2002ActionFromSoftwareSequel to Evergrace, similar equipment-focused character growth, ARPG where all characters share damage taken
GameCubeEvolution Worlds2002Dungeon CrawlerStingPorts of Evolution 1 and 2, but the former is heavily trimmed down
GameCubePhantasy Star Online: Episode I & II2002ActionSonic TeamAdds entirely new content for Episode II, AKA Phantasy Star Online: Blue Burst
GameCubeLost Kingdoms2002Card-BasedFromSoftwareCard-based ARPG, another FromSoft jam
GameCubeCubivore: Survival of the Fittest2002ActionSaru Brunei/Intelligent SystemsA game about raising cubes like animals and making them fight and mutate
GameCubeMystic Heroes2002ActionKoeiA more mystical, chibi-styled Dynasty Warriors
PS2Breath of Fire: Dragon Quarter2003Turn-BasedCapcomHeavily criticized for requiring multiple playthroughs
PS2Arc the Lad: Twilight of the Spirits2003StrategyCattle CallStill tactical, but circular-based movement rather than grids
GBAPokemon Ruby/Sapphire2003Monster CollectingGame Freak7/10, too much water; not possible to collect all Pokemon in these versions
GBAFinal Fantasy Tactics Advance2003StrategySquare EnixFar lighter tone than the original FFT, many battles have tricky restrictions due to judges
JP GBAOriental Blue: Ao no Tengai2003Turn-BasedHudson Soft/RED EntertainmentA gaiden of the Tengai Makyo series, has a free scenario system influenced by real-time passage
JP GBAMother 1 + 22003Turn-BasedApe/HAL Laboratory/NintendoPorts of Mother 1 and 2, with an extended ending for the former
GBASword of Mana2003ActionBrownie BrownIncorporates elements from later games and 2 story paths
GBAFire Emblem2003StrategyIntelligent SystemsTechnically Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade, the 7th game in the series (but first brought to the west)
PS2Disgaea: Hour of Darkness2003StrategyNippon IchiSRPG with ridiculous party stats, party lifting, and Prinnies!
GBAGolden Sun: The Lost Age2003Turn-BasedCamelotPlays similar to the first, but from the villain's perspective
GBAHarvest Moon: Friends of Mineral Town2003SimulationMarvelousLevel up your tools and grow your farm (and find a nice girl to settle down with)
PS2Magic Pengel: The Quest for Color2003Monster CollectingGarakuta Studio/TaitoThink Pokemon, but if you as the player drew them instead to bring them to life
GBALufia: The Ruins of Lore2003Turn-BasedAtelier Double/TaitoSide story to the main series, has a basic job system, characters can fuse with monsters in battle
PS2Monster Rancher 42003Monster CollectingTecmoAllows for more customization of your training facilities and adds a major exploration/adventure mode
PS2Unlimited Saga2003Turn-BasedSquareMuch-maligned game with 7 different protagonists, a board-game style of exploration, and an obtuse combat system
GBACIMA: The Enemy2003ActionNeverlandARPG of sorts- can level up weapons and armor while controlling Lemmings-like civilians
GBAMario & Luigi: Superstar Saga2003Timed Turn-BasedAlphaDreamComedic RPG with exploration puzzles and a timing-based combat system
PS2Xenosaga Episode I: Der Wille zur Macht2003Turn-BasedMonolith SoftSpiritual successor to Xenogears, with similar AP-based combat; has a ton of cutscenes
PS2Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Duelists of the Roses2003Card-BasedKCEJSomething something loose adaptation of War of the Roses in a children's card game with grids to place monsters (that can rank up) on
GBAOnimusha Tactics2003StrategyCapcomTechnically an SRPG side story to the main series, but has a similar plot
GBAMedabots AX: Metabee/Rokusho2003FightingNatsumeMuch more of a fighting game, but you do level your robots to fight them in real-time
GBAShining Soul2003ActionNextech/Grasshopper ManufactureIsometric ARPG that serves as a reboot of sorts to the Shining series
GBAMega Man Battle Network 3: Blue/White2003StrategyCapcomMore customizable than its predecessors, each version has different chips available
PS2Dark Cloud 22003ActionLevel-5Similar to the first but with less playable characters, more involved town-building
GBADemiKids: Light/Dark2003Monster CollectingMultimedia Intelligence TransferPokemon-like demon collecting and fusion, but each version has a separate plot/protagonist!
GameCubeSkies of Arcadia Legends2003Turn-BasedOverworksThe skyfaring adventure with a bit more spit-shine!
PSXFinal Fantasy Origins2003Turn-BasedTose/SquareContains Final Fantasy I and Final Fantasy II (first localized appearance)
GameCubeMedabots Infinity2003ActionNatsume3D robutt arena battles!
PS2Final Fantasy X-22003Turn-BasedSquareFast-paced Charlie's Angels with banger vocal songs
GameCubeYu-Gi-Oh!: The Falsebound Kingdom2003Card-BasedKonamiIt's an RTS/turn-based RPG hybrid with Yu-Gi-Oh characters. I don't make the rules here.
JP GBADragon Quest Monsters: Caravan Heart2003Monster CollectingToseStars a young Prince Keifer from DQVII, where you recruit humans and monsters for your growing caravan
JP PS2Shadow Tower: Abyss2003ActionFromSoftwareAnother first-person FromSoft jam and sequel to Shadow Tower, this one features soul harvesting and independent NPC schedules
GameCubePhantasy Star Online: Episode I & II Plus2003ActionSonic TeamPSO with additional formerly online-only quests and items
PS2.hack Part 1: Infection2003ActionCyberConnect2ARPG that tries to mimic early MMO features
XboxPhantasy Star Online Episode I & II2003MMORPGSonic TeamEveryone likes playing MMORPGs with clunky controllers!
PS2Dynasty Tactics 22003StrategyKoeiMore of the above
PS2.hack Part 3: Outbreak2003ActionCyberConnect2ARPG that tries to mimic early MMO features
PS2.hack Part 2: Mutation2003ActionCyberConnect2ARPG that tries to mimic early MMO features
GBABoktai: The Sun Is In Your Hand2003ActionKCEJThat crazy Kojima made an ARPG where you have to use actual UV rays to power your weapons!
GameCubeLost Kingdoms II2003Card-BasedFromSoftwarePretty much similar to the first, some tweaks to the cards were made
GBACastlevania: Aria of Sorrow2003Action-PlatformKCETMetroidvania with the addition of collecting enemy souls to augment abilities
JP GBAShin Megami Tensei2003Turn-BasedAtlusKeeps the visuals from the Playstation version, makes a few balance changes and adds some unlockable story scenes
GBAYu-Gi-Oh!: The Sacred Cards2003Card-BasedKonamiSurprisingly, there's a story surrounding the gameplay of a children's card game. You level by dueling. Shrug.
GBAZoids: Legacy2004Turn-BasedAmedioIn Japan, known as Zoids Saga II; standard turn-based combat, based on the anime
GBAShaman King: Master of Spirits2004Action-PlatformKCEJMetroidvania based on the anime
GBARiver City Ransom EX2004ActionMillionRemoves co-op and replaces it with an AI partner and more game customizability
JP GBAHagane no Renkinjutsushi: Meisou no Rinbukyoku2004Turn-BasedTom CreateBased on the anime, no real levels to gain, but turn-based combat utilizing alchemy combinations
PS2Yu-Gi-Oh!: Capsule Monster Coliseum2004StrategyWinkySoft/KCEJSRPG featuring the Capsule Monsters before they got their own spinoff anime
PS2Star Ocean: Till the End of Time2004ActionTri-AceAKA Star Ocean 3 - losing all HP or MP will knock a character out in battle, very complicated Private Action scoring system to determine ending
PS2Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne2004Turn-BasedAtlusAKA Shin Megami Tensei 3 - has all the expected demon recruitment, does not feature a Law/Chaos branching system
N-GagePocket Kingdom: Own the World2004MMORPGSegaA spiritual sequel to Dragon Force, but with insane amounts of groan-inducing leet-speak and lots of tongue-in-cheek self-awareness
PS2Phantom Brave2004StrategyNippon IchiAnother Disgaea-adjacent SRPG; gridless system and borderless maps (characters and objects can fall off)
GBAShining Force: Resurrection of the Dark Dragon2004StrategyAmusement VisionRemake of the first Shining Force with new plot and characters
JP GBAHagane no Renkinjutsushi: Omoide no Sonata2004Turn-BasedTom CreateOriginal story, sequel to Stray Rondo, adds a leveling system but otherwise similar mechanics
GameCubeTales of Symphonia2004ActionNamco Tales StudioBrought the Tales series into the 3D realm for combat, chibi character models belie a twist-heavy story
GBAShining Soul II2004ActionNextech/Grasshopper ManufactureSimilar to the first, with more classes to choose from
PS2Shaman King: Power of Spirit2004StrategyWinkySoftSRPG of sorts, but individual fights between units are settled in a 3D fighting game format
PS2Shadow Hearts: Covenant2004Turn-Based/HorrorNautilusMore of the above, but it has a vampire wrestler, so it's immediately 5203487203 times better
GBAYu-Gi-Oh!: Reshef of Destruction2004Card-BasedKonamiYou will be judged by many for playing this game and even more for enjoying it- be warned
GBAZelda II: The Adventure of Link2004ActionNintendoSee NES
PS2.hack part 4: Quarantine2004ActionCyberConnect2ARPG that tries to mimic early MMO features
JP WonderswanDicing Knight.2004Dungeon CrawlerPlatine DispositifA roguelike with hectic gameplay, dice literally fly out of enemies when you attack them to determine damage done
GBAPokemon FireRed/LeafGreen2004Monster CollectingGame FreakRemakes of Red/Green versions
GameCubeFinal Fantasy Crystal Chronicles2004ActionSquare EnixMultiplayer ARPG- no traditional leveling, using items instead
GameCubeVirtua Quest2004ActionSega-AM2/ToseAn ARPG starring a lame kid who has to enslave the souls of Virtua Fighter characters to become cool
PS2Front Mission 42004StrategySquare EnixMecha SRPG with more complex mechanics such as a day/night system
JP PS2Dragon Quest V: Tenkuu no Hanayome2004Turn-BasedArtePiazza/Matrix SoftwareA 3D remake of the Super Famicom classic with an increased party size
PS2Eternal Quest (PAL/JP only)2004Dungeon CrawlerTamsoftThis randomly-generated roguelike was created as a budget title… and it shows
GameCubePokemon Colosseum2004Turn-BasedGenius SonorityYou're a trainer, go purify some Shadow Pokemon!
GameCubePhantasy Star Online Episode III: C.A.R.D. Revolution2004Turn-BasedSonic TeamGrid-and-turn-based card battling system, because that was the style at the time
GameCubePaper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door2004Turn-BasedIntelligent SystemsEverything that made the first game so great, but more of it!
GameCubeMega Man X Command Mission2004Turn-BasedCapcomDungeon Crawler
PS2Growlanser Generations2004StrategyCareer SoftCollection of SRPGs Growlanser II and III, last Working Designs release, include auto-battle systems
GBAAdvance Guardian Heroes2004ActionTreasureSequel to Guardian Heroes, with similar beat-em-up gameplay but more platforming and characters
GBABoktai 2: Solar Boy Django2004ActionKCEJThey done did it again, but now the sunlight also works as a form of currency!
GameCubeHarvest Moon: A Wonderful Life2004SimulationVictor Interactive SoftwareWatch your child grow to adulthood as you grow crops (including hybrid ones!) and farm your heart out (with upgradeable tools)- but don't get divorced!
PS2Monster Hunter2004ActionCapcomThese monsters aren't gonna hunt themselves! Origin of the popular series
PS2Drakengard2004ActionCaviaMusou-like RPG with some heavy/dark themes, direct predecessor to the Nier series
JP GBARockman EXE 4.5: Real Operation2004StrategyCapcomNot part of the MMBN story, gives you the ability to control multiple Navis
PS2Inuyasha: The Secret of the Cursed Mask2004Turn-BasedKamuiBased on the anime, laughable graphics, minor dating sim elements - only play if you're a shojo-loving masochist
PS2Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 32004FightingDimpsMore of a 3D fighter with the Z crew, but there is also a story mode where the main characters can train and level
PS2La Pucelle: Tactics2004StrategyNippon IchiSRPG that has some crossover with Disgaea; can purify enemies on maps to recruit them
PS2Crimson Sea 22004ActionKoeiSci-fi musou-like with weapon/magic XP, multiplayer, and a non-linear mission structure
GBAKingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories2004Action/Card-BasedJupiterThe first of many, many side stories- takes place between KH I and II, uses a card battling system
GBAMario Golf: Advance Tour2004SportsCamelotStory mode and leveling, now with even more strange human characters to beat Mario's crew in golf!
GameCubeBaten Kaitos: Eternal Wings and the Lost Ocean2004Card-BasedTri-CrescendoA curious take on card-based combat, poor quality voice acting
PS2The Nightmare of Druaga: Fushigino Dungeon2004Dungeon CrawlerArika/Matrix Software/ChunsoftActually a title in the Mystery Dungeon series, sequel to The Tower of Druaga
GBAFinal Fantasy I & II: Dawn of Souls2004Turn-BasedSquare Enix/ToseAdds dungeons and tweaks the translation of the originals
PS2Crimson Tears2004ActionDream Factory3D beat-em-up/randomized dungeon crawler hybrid
GBAMega Man Battle Network 4: Blue Moon/Red Sun2004StrategyCapcomNow emotions must be controlled during battle, and fusion (like traditional MM) is available
PS2Mega Man X: Command Mission2004Turn-BasedCapcomIt's Mega Man X, but it's also turn-based? Now I've seen everything!
DSMega Man Battle Network 5: Double Team DS2005StrategyCapcomHas content from both versions of MMBN 5 as well as additional content
JP PS2Tear Ring Saga Series: Berwick Saga - Lazberia Chronicle Chapter 1742005StrategyEnterbrainSRPG with a heavy Fire Emblem influence (made by the same creator) with a hexagonal-based battle grid
PS2Trapt2005StrategyPaon CorporationUnofficially part of the Deception series, with all the trap-placing gameplay intact
PS2Stella Deus: The Gate of Eternity2005StrategyPinegrow/AtlusSRPG with a similar position-heavy system to Hoshigami: Ruining Blue Earth
PS2Suikoden IV2005Turn-BasedKCETTakes place long before other games in the series, smaller party size, looooooooooooooooooooooooooads of slow sailing
PS2Suikoden Tactics2005StrategyKonamiAn SRPG with a heavy focus on elements and support characters; takes place both before and after Suikoden IV
JP PS2Zill O'll Infinite2005Turn-BasedKoeiA remake of the JP PSX-only Zill O'll, featuring character creation, major plot-altering decisions (that can even result in NPS permadeath), and 48 endings
PS2Colosseum: Road to Freedom2005ActionGoshowA gladiator simulator is a bit of a strange choice to make an ARPG about, but here we are-
PS2Shining Tears2005ActionNexTech/Amusement VisionPlays vastly different to the rest of the Shining Force games- is an isometric ARPG rather than turn-based
PS2Digimon World 42005ActionBECDigimon-themed ARPG with a clunky camera and a lack of balance
PS2Fullmetal Alchemist 2: Curse of the Crimson Elixir2005ActionRacjinPrequel to its predecessor with greatly improved visuals
PS2Fullmetal Alchemist and the Broken Angel2005ActionRacjinARPG based on the manga with an original plot
PS2Genji: Dawn of the Samurai2005ActionGame RepublicMusou-like ARPG loosely based on a Japanese epic tale
PS2Graffiti Kingdom2005ActionTaitoDraw-your-own-monster ARPG, sequel to Magic Pengel
PS2Harvest Moon: A Wonderful Life Special Edition2005SimulationMarucomeGoes back to a male player character and adds gameplay updates such as dog training, a new marriage candidate, and free-play after the game concludes
PS2Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King2005Turn-BasedLevel-5Can you really say no to more slimes? In a fully 3D environment?
DSPokemon Mystery Dungeon: Blue Rescue Team2005Dungeon CrawlerChunsoftCompanion to the GBA's Red Rescue Team, with Pokemon exploring randomized labyrinths in classic Mystery Dungeon style
PS2Makai Kingdom: Chronicles of the Sacred Tome2005StrategyNippon IchiDisgaea-adjacent SRPG with vehicular combat and an assortment of weapon types for each class
PS2Castlevania: Curse of Darkness2005ActionKonamiHacky-slashy-spooky, uses items to increase stats
PS2Shining Force Neo2005ActionNeverlandMore realistically proportioned models than Shining Tears, but overall plays similarly
PS2Atelier Iris: Eternal Mana2005Turn-BasedGustFirst localized Atelier game- you know the drill- turn-based combat and loads of item synthesis
PS2Musashi: Samurai Legend2005ActionSquare EnixSequel of sorts to Brave Fencer Musashi with similar ARPG gameplay
PS2Arc the Lad: End of Darkness2005ActionCattle CallRadical shift in gameplay to an ARPG, had online multiplayer, widely panned
PS2Radiata Stories2005ActionTri-AceARPG with a majorly branching storyline, tons of recruitable characters (all with their own schedules), and lots to kick!
PS2Romancing SaGa2005Turn-BasedSquare EnixRemake of the sandboxy JRPG with gameplay elements taken from other games in the series
PS2Shin Megami Tensei: Digital Devil Saga2005Turn-BasedAtlusStraightforward turn-based JRPG, characters transform into demons in battle, lots of turn manipulation in combat
PS2Shin Megami Tensei: Digital Devil Saga 22005Turn-BasedAtlusSee above - direct sequel to Digital Devil Saga
N-GageXanadu Next2005ActionFalcom/ScriptArtsIsometric ARPG gameplay with a clunky class-switching system of sorts and a different story than the PC version
JP PS2Namco x Capcom2005StrategyMonolith SoftPredecessor to Project X Zone, SRPG with combo-based gameplay
PS2Fishing Fantasy: Buzzrod (PAL only)2005FishingStarfishWho would have guessed that fishing would be the key to discovering an ancient civilization?
JP PS2Marie to Elie no Atelier: Salburg no Renkinjutsushi 1-22005Turn-BasedGustRemakes of the first games in the Atelier series, with all the expected alchemy present
PSPThe Legend of Heroes: A Tear of Vermillion2005Turn-BasedMicrovision/FalcomSecond game in the Gagharv trilogy, despite western release order; run-of-the-mill turn-based gameplay and an arbitrary pet system
GBAFinal Fantasy IV Advance2005Turn-BasedSquare Enix/ToseRevised translation and plot polish of the original, as well as graphical improvements
PSPPoPoLoCrois2005Turn-BasedG-ArtistsAdorable characters, wholesome setting, turn-based combat with some grid elements, a combined enhanced version of two previously Japan-only PSX games
PSPRengoku II: The Stairway to H.E.A.V.E.N.2005ActionNeverland/Hudson SoftMakes very minimal changes to the gameplay loop from the first game, culminating in another lackluster experience
DSLost in Blue2005SurvivalKonamiSuccessor to the Survival Kids series with more RPG elements; tools can be upgraded to make your experience easier
GBAFire Emblem: The Sacred Stones2005StrategyIntelligent SystemsActually FE8, set in a separate continuity to the previous games
GameCubeDigimon World 42005ActionBECMuch maligned for adopting an ARPG format - why would you give Agumon a sword?
GBAHarvest Moon: More Friends of Mineral Town2005SimulationMarvelousFemale protagonist version of Friends of Mineral town with a few added QoL changes
GBAMario Tennis: Power Tour2005SportsCamelotAnother jaunt through tennis school with Mario and friends, with EXP to gain and stats to improve!
PSPMetal Gear Acid2005StrategyKCEJAn SRPG using cards (that can be leveled) to determine actions taken by an alt-canon Solid Snake
DSAdvance Wars: Dual Strike2005StrategyIntelligent SystemsIncorporates leveling of commanding officers to the army tactics game
GBAMega Man Battle Network 5: Team Colonel/Team Protoman2005StrategyCapcomYou've seen it before, but now there are powerful Dark Chips!
DSCastlevania: Dawn of Sorrow2005Action-PlatformKonamiMetroidvania direct sequel to Aria of Sorrow with a more anime design aesthetic, requires the stylus to draw symbols
JP PS2Front Mission 5: Scars of the War2005StrategySquare EnixMore tactical Wanzer combat, largely similar to Front Mission 2, with the addition of friendly fire
DSYu-Gi-Oh! Nightmare Troubadour2005Card-BasedKonamiIt's the Battle City Tournament and the Virtual World arc, but with spiffy 3D monster summoning animations for particular cards and a distinct lack of Tristan
DSLunar: Dragon Song2005Turn-BasedJapan Art MediaNice sprite work and music is the only thing this game has going for it. Garbage story, garbage characters, garbage game design.
GBAShaman King: Master of Spirits II2005Action-PlatformKCEJAnother Metroidvania based on the anime but with more attacks and abilities
GBARiviera: The Promised Land2005Turn-BasedStingFirst in the Dept. Heaven series, with nonconventional dungeon exploration and item-based battles
GBADragon Ball: Advanced Adventure2005ActionDimpsIncluded due to the story mode, which follows a majority of the original DragonBall arcs, featuring side-scrolling beat-em-up (with findable health/ki/weapon length upgrades), flying, and fighting-game-like stages
PSPKingdom of Paradise2005ActionClimax EntertainmentARPG with lots of references to Chinese culture, customization of martial arts moves in combat, stat allocation when leveling up is determined by favored battle actions
PS2Xenosaga Episode II: Jenseits von Gut und Bose2005Turn-BasedMonolith SoftMade some changes to the combat system that were largely panned at the time, but otherwise more of the same
PS2Virtua Quest2005ActionSega-AM2/ToseARPG with a main character so lame, he has to capture the souls of the Virtua Fighter characters to become cool
JP GBASuper Robot Taisen J2005StrategyBanprestoContains licensed mechs, which is why localization didn't otherwise occur
DSMario & Luigi: Partners in Time2005Timed Turn-BasedAlphaDreamRelated to Superstar Saga by time travel, still turn-based with timing elements; introduces baby Mario and Luigi as playable
GameCubePokemon XD: Gale of Darkness2005Monster CollectingGenius SonorityYou're a trainer, go purify more Shadow Pokemon!
PS2Wild Arms Alter Code: F2005Turn-BasedMedia.Vision3D remake of Wild Arms, adding 5 playable characters and some QoL improvements
GameCubeFire Emblem: Path of Radiance2005ActionIntelligent SystemsThe SRPG you know and love, with racial tensions! And Ike!
GBAPokemon Emerald2005Monster CollectingGame FreakSuperior third version of Pokemon Gen 3
XboxDigimon World 42005ActionBECAn unexpected departure from the series format
XboxCastlevania: Curse of Darkness2005ActionKonami3D ARPG - level Hector's stats with items and his familiars with good ol' XP
PS2Ys: The Ark of Napishtim2005ActionFalcomTechnically Ys VI; Adol can jump now, so that's cool
JP DSZoids Saga DS: Legend of Arcadia2005Turn-BasedTomyRetells the story of the first Zoids Saga game, with updates to gameplay from throughout the series and incorporation of the 2nd/3rd games' protagonists
GameCubeHarvest Moon: Another Wonderful Life2005SimulationMarvelousLike A Wonderful Life, but with a female player character
PS2Kingdom Hearts II2006ActionSquare EnixDo you like pressing the triangle button?
Xbox 360Dead Rising2006ActionCapcomSmashing hordes of zombies in a chaotic mall with a leveling system, unforgiving game timer, survivors to rescue, and pictures to take
PS2Grandia III2006Turn-BasedGame ArtsSame time and distance-based combat as the first two, disproportionate story pacing but solid nonetheless
Xbox 360Ninety-Nine Nights2006ActionQ Entertainment/PhantagramA musou-type game with RPG elements and a fantasy theme, increasing character levels makes better combos available
WiiDragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 22006FightingSpikeSee PS2, but with motion controls optional
PS2Metal Saga2006Turn-BasedSuccessFirst Metal Max series game to be localized, post-apocalyptic setting with some vehicle combat
Xbox 360Phantasy Star Universe2006ActionSonic TeamMostly the same as PS2, but Ambition of the Illuminus is a free DLC instead
DSLostMagic2006StrategyTaitoRTSRPG that revolves around drawing various runes to use powerful magic and monster capturing
JP PS2Monster Hunter 22006ActionCapcomIntroduced the legendary Hunting Horn, so it's immediately the best of the series; adds new monsters/weapons as well as the ability to upgrade armor, and a town to upgrade
DSCastlevania: Portrait of Ruin2006Action-PlatformKonamiMetroidvania with highly varied level design and two switchable playable protagonists - CHARLOTTEJONATHANCHARLOTTE
Xbox 360Enchanted Arms2006Turn-BasedFromSoftwareFairly mediocre turn-based JRPG with some grid-based tactical elements to combat
DSMagical Starsign2006Turn-BasedBrownie BrownCute turn-based JRPG with food-named characters and a focus on elemental and planetary alignment in combat
DSChildren of Mana2006ActionNex EntertainmentBeautiful graphics, but otherwise a repetitive randomized dungeon-crawling ARPG
PSPMonster Hunter: Freedom 22006ActionCapcomAn enhanced/expanded handheld port of the second Monster Hunter game (which was previously Japan-only)
PS2Valkyrie Profile 2: Silmeria2006ActionTri-AceSimilar combat and dungeon exploration as the first game, but with no time limits or pressure to release Einherjar
PS2The Sword of Etheria (PAL/JP only)2006ActionKCET3D beat-em-up with a Wizard of Oz theme, heavy emphasis on combo/team-up attacks
PS2Wild Arms 42006Turn-BasedMedia.VisionAbandons the Wild West theme of the previous games; actions in combat affect targeted areas rather than allies/enemies
PS2Tales of the Abyss2006ActionNamco Tales StudioBack to the 3D combat that Symphonia popularized, a shining example of protagonist character development
PS2Tales of Legendia2006ActionNamcoReverts back to the linear combat of earlier entries, about half of the game takes place after the final boss is defeated
PS2Suikoden V2006Turn-BasedKonami/Hudson SoftLast game in the series before being abandoned by Konami, a return to 6-person parties, lots of story connections to I-III
PS2Xenosaga Episode III: Also Sprach Zarathustra2006Turn-BasedMonolith SoftXenosaga was intended to be a 6-part series- this entry makes it extremely evident
PS2Yakuza2006ActionAmusement VisionTons of minigames, ARPG combat, and a badass protagonist; lots of major Hollywood actors in the English voice cast
PS2Steambot Chronicles2006ActionIremMech-based ARPG, characters are named after food, eschews leveling system for highly customizable mech parts
PSPBlade Dancer: Lineage of Light2006Turn-BasedHit MakerRun-of-the-mill turn-based JRPG, equipment management is important, you use the moon's energy to allow you to use powerful combat abilities
PSPGeneration of Chaos2006StrategyIdea FactoryKingdom sim of sorts, with battles decided in army clashes with many soldiers/one commander
PSPMetal Gear Acid 22006StrategyKojima ProductionsMuch like the first, with a massive change in graphical style and some improvements to card management and acquisition
PS2Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner: Raidou Kuzunoha vs. The Soulless Army2006ActionAtlusDeviates from series norms by being more of an ARPG and taking place in the past, demon assistance is always present
DSContact2006ActionGrasshopper ManufactureA fourth-wall breaking ARPG with a costume-based skill system and stats gained in real-time by taking specific actions
PS2Shadow Hearts: From the New World2006Turn-Based/HorrorNautilusSimliar gameplay to the previous entries, but more of a comedic tone and weaker dungeon design
PSPRengoku: The Tower of Purgatory2006ActionNeverlandA sci-fi ARPG with cumbersome gameplay mechanics and an almost nonexistent story, encourages weapon scavenging from enemies
PSPSpectral Souls: Resurrection of the Ethereal Empires2006StrategyIdea FactoryAn enhanced port of the previously Japan-only Spectral Souls II, an SRPG with multiple storylines to choose, an AP-based combat system
PSPTales of Eternia (PAL/AU/JP only)2006ActionNamco Tales StudioA port of what NA territories knew as Tales of Destiny II, with vastly improved load times
PSPThe Legend of Heroes II: Prophecy of the Moonlight Witch2006Turn-BasedMicrovision/FalcomFirst game in the Gagharv trilogy, despite western release order; gameplay is still very traditional, arguably bland, continues the pet system from the previous game
PSPValkyrie Profile: Lenneth2006Turn-BasedTose/Tri-AceAn English port of the Japanese PSX version, not too different overall but does spiff up the localization a bit and adds a few cutscenes
PS2River King: A Wonderful Journey2006FishingMarvelousThe truest form of JRPG- loads of fishing
PSPYs: The Ark of Napishtim2006ActionFalcomCloser to the original PC Japanese version than the PS2 version was; also adds some extra quests; very long and frequent loading
PSPYu-Gi-Oh! GX Tag Force2006Card-BasedKonamiSomething something tag team children's card game, beating rivals levels you up and makes you eligible to buy better booster packs
DSDigimon World DS2006Monster CollectingBECTechnically the first game in the Digimon Story series rather than a Digimon World game, very Pokemon-esque in gameplay
DSDeep Labyrinth2006ActionInteractive BrainsA first-person dungeon crawler ARPG with heavy use of the stylus for attacking and drawing runes for spellcasting
PS2MS Saga: A New Dawn2006Turn-BasedBECGundam-themed, but accessible to those unfamiliar with the universe, includes mobile suit part mixing and matching
PS2Monster Rancher EVO2006Monster CollectingTecmoLeans more into traditional RPG mechanics than the rest of the series, dumbs some regular Monster Rancher ones down in the process
PS3Genji: Days of the Blade2006ActionGame RepublicOrigin of the "giant enemy crab" meme, stat progress depnds on weapon leveling
PS2Phantasy Star Universe2006ActionSonic TeamARPG with a PSO-like combat style, had both online and offline modes (only offline persists to this day)
PS2Final Fantasy XII2006Turn-BasedSquare EnixHeavy utilization of programming AI tactics in battle, takes place in the same Ivalice as FFT and Vagrant Story
GBASuper Robot Taisen: Original Generation2006StrategyBanprestoContains only original characters (no licensed mechs), gameplay is otherwise SRPG as always
GameCubeBaten Kaitos Origins2006Card-BasedTri-Crescendo/Monolith SoftSimilar card combat, but now all characters draw from the same deck
GBAMega Man Battle Network 6: Cybeast Falzar/Cybeast Gregar2006StrategyCapcomFinal game in the series, a bit more limitations on chip arrangement, stronger fusions
DSDragon Quest Heroes: Rocket Slime2006ActionTosePart Zelda-like adventure starring a slime (with increasable health), part tank warfare as only Dragon Quest can provide (the stats of the tank itself can also be upgraded)
GBAPokemon Mystery Dungeon: Red Rescue Team2006Dungeon CrawlerChunsoftThird-person randomized dungeon crawler with Pokemon, sister Blue version was a DS game
GBASummon Night: Swordcraft Story2006ActionFlight-PlanCombat reminiscent of earlier Tales games, but with weapon swapping available
PS2Atelier Iris 2: The Azoth of Destiny2006Turn-BasedGustMore item synthesis, two switchable protagonists
GBASummon Night: Swordcraft Story 22006ActionFlight-PlanLike the first, but with more crafting
GBASuper Robot Taisen: Original Generation 22006StrategyBanprestoDiffers from the first game by featuring a branching storyline
PS2Disgaea 2: Cursed Memories2006StrategyNippon IchiMore SRPG demon shenanigans!
GBAYggdra Union: We'll Never Fight Alone2006StrategyStingSecond Dept. Heaven game, an SRPG with card-based movement and skills as well as some real-time elements
GBAYu-Gi-Oh! GX Duel Academy2006Card-BasedKonamiWant to be the King of Games? Then you better study up on your dueling skills and card knowledge! Both successful duels and passing exams help to increase your duelist rank
PS2.hack//G.U. Vol. 1//Rebirth2006ActionCyberConnect2The ARPG/false MMO series continues, with a bit of shmup involved
DSTao's Adventure: Curse of the Demon Seal2006Turn-BasedKonamiSequel to Azure Dreams (PSX/GBC), with similar tower climbing/dungeon crawling mchanics, with the addition of touchscreen runes
JP DSTales of the Tempest2006ActionDimps/Namco Tales StudioA short spinoff title from the mainline series, but plays as you've come to expect; a very polarizing game
DSFinal Fantasy III2006Turn-BasedMatrix Software/Square EnixFirst appearance of the job-heavy game in the west
JP PS2Monster Hunter 2 (Dos)2006ActionCapcomAdded a day/night cycle, seasons, gem slotting, and marks the first appearance of the hunting horn weapon
PS2Dirge of Cerberus: Final Fantasy VII2006ActionSquare EnixAn ARPG starring Midgar's favorite brooding gun-toting mutant
GBATales of Phantasia2006ActionNamco Tales StudioFirst time released in English, with lots of slowdown and heavily compressed voice clips
GBAFinal Fantasy V Advance2006Turn-BasedSquare Enix/ToseUpdated graphics, new jobs, and a new boss battle compared to the original
PS2Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 22006FightingSpikeUses a different game engine and camera style than the Budokai series, but has a similar story mode with additional "what-if" scenarios
DSHarvest Moon DS2006SimulationToseClassic farming gameplay, lots of harvest spirtes to rescue- and crops themselves level up!
DSPokemon Ranger2006ActionHAL LaboratoryMore of an ARPG than regular Pokemon games that uses the stylus to help temporarily capture Pokemon, who assist in completing missions
PS2Drakengard 22006ActionCaviaStill guarding and using dragons to fight masses of enemies
JP GBAMother 32006Turn-BasedBrownie Brown/HAL Laboratory(LOCALIZE IT NINTENDO) Musical combo system in combat, still as offbeat as ever
DSLost in Blue 22007SurvivalMatrix SoftwareSurvive on a deserted island with your partner (and be sure to improve your living conditions as well)!
PSPBeta Bloc (PAL/JP only)2007ArcadeTamsoftSee PS2
PSPGurumin: A Monstrous Adventure2007ActionFalcomA cutesy ARPG, fun hats confer stat upgrades and can be leveled in and of themselves
JP DSSuper Robot Wars W2007Turn-BasedBanprestoGenerally speaking same gameplay as always, splits the story into 2 timelines (not all storylines are present in both)
PSPFinal Fantasy II2007Turn-BasedTose/Square EnixSee above
PSPFinal Fantasy2007Turn-BasedTose/Square EnixUses bonus dungeon and translation from Dawn of Souls (GBA), has updated 2D graphics, FMVs and soundtrack, arguably the definitive version of the game
PSPDungeon Maker: Hunting Ground2007Dungeon CrawlerGlobal A EntertainmentSpend the days digging a dungeon to protect your town, then eliminating the monsters you trapped! Stat growth comes in the form of meals made from defeated foes
PSPDungeon Explorer (DL only)2007Dungeon CrawlerAtlusSee TG16
PSPDragoneer's Aria2007Turn-BasedHit MakerTurn-based battle system, magic is improved through repeated use, each party member has a unique field skill, elemental combos are encouraged in combat
PSPDisgaea: Afternoon of Darkness2007StrategyNippon IchiCuts out a few songs from the original, but adds a mode focusing on Etna, some bosses from Disgaea 2, and dual language support
PSPCastlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles2007Action-PlatformKonamiContains a remade version of Rondo of Blood and an unlockable version of Symphony of the Night with dialogue translation closer to the original Japanese
PSPBrave Story: New Traveler2007Turn-BasedGame RepublicBased on a novel/manga, standard turn-based gameplay, semi-obnoxious onomatopoeia effects during combat
JP DSTales of Innocence2007ActionAlfa SystemYou know what to expect here at this point - in addition, doing sidequests for guilds levels them up
PSPAedis Eclipse: Generation of Chaos2007StrategyIdea FactorySequel to Generation of Chaos, similar SRPG-adjacent gameplay; movement is done in a board game-like fashion and combat plays out automatically
PSPInnocent Life: A Futuristic Harvest Moon2007SimulationArtePiazzaHas more of a centralized storyline than other Harvest Moons, no marriage system, more adventuring elements (though farming is still a thing to do)
PS3Wild Arms (PSone Classics)2007Turn-BasedMedia VisionSee PSX
WiiDragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 32007FightingSpikeSee PS2, but with motion controls optional
PS3Folklore2007ActionGame RepublicCapture and control fantasy creatures with ARPG gameplay that also utilizes the Sixaxis motion controller (for good or ill)
PS3Enchanted Arms2007Turn-BasedFromSoftwareMediocre, sci-fi-themed, turn-based, adds Sixaxis controls to enhance attacks in this version
PS3Dynasty Warriors: Gundam2007ActionKoeiHacky-slashy-mechy ARPG musou fun with the ability to change the outcomes of certain pilots' predetermined fates
PS3Castlevania: Symphony of the Night (PSone Classics)2007Action-PlatformKonamiSee PSX
PS3Bladestorm: The Hundred Years' War2007StrategyOmega ForceA RTS/musou with a rock-paper-scissors-like element to squad types (which can each be leveled), takes place in an alt-historical version of France/England
DSFinal Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings2007StrategyThink & Feel/Square EnixSequel to FFXII, in RTSRPG form! Strong focus on Esper summoning, US version is more difficult than JP
Xbox 360Eternal Sonata2007ActionTri-CrescendoVisually charming, a story loosely based on music/the composer Chopin, and combat limited by time
DSSpectrobes2007ActionJupiterAn original Disney Interactive Studios IP with slippery-looking controls; a Pokemon clone with ARPG combat
PS2Wild Arms 52007Turn-BasedMedia.VisionBack to Filgaia's Wild West theme, but maintains the hex system from WA4
DSHarvest Moon DS: Island of Happiness2007SimulationToseSame farming, but now on a deserted island! Limited to touchscreen controls
PSPHarvest Moon: Boy & Girl2007SimulationMarvelous EntertainmentCombines the original version of Back to Nature with the previously JP-only female protagonist version
PSPJeanne d'Arc2007StrategyLevel-5An SRPG loosely based on the story of the famed French heroine; unit facing is important, as is a rock-paper-scissors-type affinity system
GBAFinal Fantasy VI Advance2007Turn-BasedSquare Enix/ToseAdded bonus dungeons, Espers, and some graphical polish
Xbox 360Blue Dragon2007Turn-BasedMistwalker/ArtoonElementary JRPG with a killer boss theme and a job system
WiiSonic and the Secret Rings2007Action-PlatformSonic TeamSonic meets Arabian Nights with results of dubious quality, but experience to be gained and applied to skills based on stage performance
WiiSuper Paper Mario2007Action-PlatformIntelligent SystemsMultiple playable characters and the ability to switch between 2D/3D for platforming; the last decent Paper Mario game, according to many
DSYu-Gi-Oh! GX Spirit Caller2007Card-BasedKonamiMostly follows season 1 of the anime from Jaden's perspective, leveling as a duelist is a requirement for story progression
WiiFire Emblem: Radiant Dawn2007StrategyIntelligent SystemsDirect sequel to Path of Radiance, multiple factions to control over the course of the game, also hard
DSLuminous Arc2007StrategyImageepochSRPG; relationship-building between characters takes place between battles
DSLunar Knights2007ActionKojima ProductionsARPG; part of the Boktai series, and can even use the previous game's cartriges as solar sensors to confer extra bonuses
DSInuyasha: Secret of the Divine Jewel2007Turn-BasedArt Co./Frontier GrooveRun-of-the-mill turn-based JRPG with an original story featuring the characters and setting of the anime/manga
DSFossil League: Dino Tournament Championship2007Monster CollectingMTOAnother dinosaur-themed Pokemon clone, but uses actual dinosaurs rather than made-up creatures
DSCustom Robo Arena2007ActionNoise Inc.Go to school, build your robot, and battle using it in arena-styled ARPG combat!
DSHoshigami: Ruining Blue Earth Remix2007StrategyBarnhouse EffectRemake of the PSX SRPG with a new localization and endings
DSDigimon World Dawn/Dusk2007Turn-BasedBECSequels to Digimon World DS, play similarly, exclusive Digimon to each version (as is tradition)
Xbox 360Bladestorm: The Hundred Years' War2007StrategyOmega ForceSee PS3
PSPYu-Gi-Oh! GX Tag Force 22007Card-BasedKonamiIf you played the first one, you've played this one; playing the previous game can unlock extra cards
PSPMonster Hunter: Freedom2007ActionCapcomAn enhanced/expanded handheld port of the first Monster Hunter game
DSSpectral Force Genesis2007StrategyIdea FactoryAn extremely detailed war sim RTSRPG, with multiple nations to play as and features like taxation and diplomacy
PSPWild Arms (PSone Classics)2007Turn-BasedMedia.VisionSee PSX
PSPWarriors of the Lost Empire2007ActionPlatinum EggA fairly mindless hack-and-slash ARPG with some very questionable enemy AI
Xbox 360Castlevania: Symphony of the Night (DL only)2007Action-PlatformKonamiMostly the same as the PSX version, but removes FMV cutscenes
PSPValhalla Knights2007ActionK2Combat takes place in real-time with instant character switching but is a tad clunky, job system/subclassing confers abilities onto party members
DSFront Mission2007StrategySquare EnixFirst appearance of the game on western shores, with all the walking tanks you can handle
DSIzuna: Legend of the Unemployed Ninja2007Dungeon CrawlerNinja StudioRoguelike dungeon crawler with a quirky protagonist, decent difficulty curve
PSPThe Legend of Heroes III: Song of the Ocean2007Turn-BasedMicrovision/FalcomLast in the Gagharv trilogy, but chronologically between the other two; still linear but allows for importing of data from the previous two games
Xbox 360Dynasty Warriors: Gundam2007ActionKoeiEpic large-scale musou battles with a Gundam twist
PSPTales of the World: Radiant Mythology2007ActionAlfa SystemA crossover Tales game with a customizable main character, the ability to recruit other major characters from the series, and a quest-based format
VitaFinal Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions (DL only)2007StrategyTose/Square EnixSee PSP
PSPMonster Kingdom: Jewel Summoner2007Monster CollectingGaiaA monster collector/battler game made by the co-creator of the SMT series, item fusion can influence the monsters' stats
PSPRiviera: The Promised Land2007Turn-BasedStingAdds full voice acting, more CG images, and more events to the GBA version of the game
PSPFinal Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions2007StrategyTose/Square EnixEnhanced port of the original, changes some character/spell names, a LOT of Shakespearean-type English, MAJOR slowdown with spells, lots of QoL changes
PS2Rogue Galaxy2007ActionLevel-5Space pirate ARPG with AI party members and a nontradional stat increasing system
DSPokemon Diamond/Pearl2007Monster CollectingGame FreakLess water than Gen 3 Pokemon games, but with an obnoxious mountain to frequently travel through
DSDragon Quest Monsters: Joker2007Monster CollectingToseMore Dragon Quest-themed monster collection and synthesis! Also features a DQ VIII- like skill system
PS2Soul Nomad & The World Eaters2007StrategyNippon IchiYet another Disgaea-adjacent SRPG, this one has more NPC interaction and a branching storyline
PS2Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 32007FightingSpikeAn absolute ton of playable characters, but a bit of meat taken out of the story mode, as well as diminishing the RPG elements
DSMega Man Star Force: Dragon/Leo/Pegasus2007StrategyCapcomSeparate from but plays in a similar manner to the MMBN series, except with a vertical grid and more limited dodging
PS2GrimGrimoire2007StrategyVanillawareRTSRPG, units level up based on progress in the story
PS2.hack//G.U. Vol. 2//Reminisce2007ActionCyberConnect2The ARPG/false MMO series continues, with a bit of shmup involved
PS2.hack//G.U. Vol. 3//Redemption2007ActionCyberConnect2The ARPG/false MMO series continues, with a bit of shmup involved
PS2Digimon World Data Squad2007Turn-BasedBECTurn-based battles and an emphasis on raising your Digimon appropriately
DSHeroes of Mana2007StrategyBrownie BrownRTS where better equipment is the key to raising stats; pretty but lacking in substance
DSRune Factory: A Fantasy Harvest Moon2007SimulationNeverlandNow you get to raise crops and slay monsters!
DSEtrian Odyssey2007Turn-BasedAtlus/LancarseClassic-styled first-person dungeon crawler with punishing difficulty, requires dungeon mapping via the stylus
PS2Shining Force EXA2007ActionNeverlandIsometric ARPG with two protagonists and some town-building, recycles many assets from Shining Force Neo
PS2Dawn of Mana2007ActionSquare EnixDoes away with many conventions of the series, large focus on item throwing, level gains are reset between areas
PS2Phantasy Star Universe: Ambition of the Illuminus2007ActionSonic TeamStandalone expansion to Phantasy Star Universe
DSDragon Ball Z: Harukanaru Densetsu2007Card-BasedBECTaking it all the way back to card-based combat, encounters take a long time but you gain experience between them
PS2Atelier iris 3: Grand Phantasm2007Turn-BasedGustFewer party members, but more customizable as a result
DSMaster of the Monster Lair2007Dungeon CrawlerGlobal A EntertainmentWant to slay monsters? Just dig a whole dungeon for them so you have them all corralled in one place!
PS2Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 32007Turn-BasedAtlusWhere the Persona series really began to pick up steam in mainstream consciousness; introduced the Social Link element used by future entries
PS2Growlanser: Heritage of War2007StrategyCareer SoftActually Growlanser V, more of an RTS than previous entries in the series
JP PS2Rogue Hearts Dungeon2007Dungeon CrawlerCompile HeartRoguelike dungeon crawl with randomized dungeons, not part of the Mystery Dungeon series though
PS2Odin Sphere2007ActionVanillawareSide-scrolling beat-em-up ARPG with a gorgeous art style
JP PS2Super Robot Taisen OG: Original Generations2007StrategyBanprestoCombined retcon/remake of the two GBA SRT games; additionally incorporates battle systems/bots from other games in the series
PS2Ar tonelico: Melody of Elemia2007Turn-BasedGustTurn-based battles, platforming dungeons, some VN elements- protect the singers!
DSNaruto: Path of the Ninja2007Turn-BasedToseFollows the manga/anime through the Chunin Exams arc, with some touch controls integrated
WiiTales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World2008ActionNamco Tales StudioLots of elemental affinity manipulation and some monster recruitment mechanics in addition to normal Tales gameplay
WiiDragon Quest Swords: The Masked Queen and the Tower of Mirrors2008ActionGenius Sonority/EightingAn on-rails hack-and-slash RPG utilizing the Wii's motion controls
DSAway: Shuffle Dungeon2008ActionArtoon/MistwalkerUnique spin on the mystery dungeon rogue-like format: each of the two screens is randomized and will shuffle after a time
PSPR-Type Command2008StrategyIremAn SRPG spinoff of the space shmup; two separate campaigns available; pilots can gain experience during missions, making their ships better in combat
DSRiver King: Mystic Valley2008FishingMarvelousIt's a River King game, yes, but the fishing lacks the charm it once had in earlier games
WiiSonic Unleashed2008Action-PlatformSonic Team/DimpsHope you like werehogs! More night levels than 360/PS3, a non-explorable hub world by comparison, and only the werehog can be leveled
DSRhapsody: A Musical Adventure2008StrategyNippon IchiChanges the SRPG combat to 2D turn-based fighting, no English song vocals
PS2Dokapon Kingdom2008Board GameStingBoard game/JRPG hybrid, extremely cute with turn-based combat
JP DSSoma Bringer2008ActionMonolith SoftTop-down ARPG, widely acclaimed; lots of text to read and lots of character customization to do
PS2Innocent Life: A Futuristic Harvest Moon Special Edition2008SimulationArtePiazzaHarvest Moon gameplay with more of a focused quest
WiiDokapon Kingdom2008Board GameStingNo gameplay changes as compared to PS2, but better graphics and easier multiplayer
DSIzuna 2: The Unemployed Ninja Returns2008Dungeon CrawlerNinja StudioPlays like the first with similar tone, but adds a tag system for exploring dungeons; lots of grinding is necessary to complete
PS2Shepherd's Crossing2008SimulationSuccessA game much like Harvest Moon in terms of farming, RPG elements are present in the raising and skill-learning of hunting dogs
DSChrono Trigger2008Turn-BasedSquare Enix/ToseIf you must play a version of this game (and you must), this one is a good choice- it has extra cut content!
PSPStar Ocean: First Departure2008ActionTose/Tri-AceAdds new playable characters and animated cutscenes, gives the game a different engine, expands on some NPCs storyline-wise, first western localization of the game
PSPYggdra Union: We'll Never Fight Alone2008StrategyStingAdds new characters, redrawn sprites, increased unit capacity, more story sequences, and tweaks skills found in the original
PS2Baroque2008Dungeon CrawlerStingMorbid, dark rogue-like, with a 3rd-person 3D perspective as opposed to the original
PS2Beta Bloc (PAL/JP only)2008ArcadeTamsoftArkanoid/RPG hybrid, if that can be believed
DSDigimon World Championship2008Monster CollectingEpicsAll the perils of raising monsters without any of the storyline or ability to control them in combat (which happens via AI)!
DSMystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer2008Dungeon CrawlerChunsoftRoguelike dungeon crawl where food management is critical and death is expected
DSThe World Ends With You2008ActionJupiter/Square EnixA fashionable, frantic ARPG that utilizes badges of sorts to determine attack abilities
WiiFinal Fantasy Fables: Chocobo's Dungeon2008Dungeon Crawlerh.a.n.d. Inc.Another Mystery Dungeon game starring Chocobo, this time with the addition of jobs (and subsequently adorable outfits)
PSPYu-Gi-Oh! GX Tag Force 3 (PAL/JP only)2008Card-BasedKonamiPartner characters have more storylines to make up for a smaller number of events per storyline, UMD recognition of previous games gives a bonus partner, same leveling as the prequels
DSNaruto: Path of the Ninja 22008Turn-BasedTosePlays like the first game, but is more of an original filler story than directly following the source material
PSPWild Arms XF2008StrategyMedia.VisionTakes the hex grid system seen in later series entries and makes an SRPG out of them, a vitality points system adds an additional time limit to regular battles
WiiOpoona2008ActionArtePiazzaCutesy semi-sci-fi game where combat is done by throwing a sphere at enemies
WiiHarvest Moon: Tree of Tranquility2008SimulationMarvelous EntertainmentLevel your tools, grow your crops, and restore a nature deity- all in a day's work!
DSCastlevania: Order of Ecclesia2008Action-PlatformKonamiLast of the DS Metroidvanias, featuring a glyph combination system to customize movement and combat abilities
WiiLost in Blue: Shipwrecked2008SurvivalHudson SoftWhoops, you're trapped on an island and have to do minigames in order to craft tools/hunt to survive
PSPValhalla Knights 22008ActionK2Not much different from the first at all, cumbersome spell systems and mission structure with bland environments
PS2Chaos Wars2008StrategyIdea FactorySRPG with the best English voice acting known to man
DSDragon Quest IV: Chapters of the Chosen2008Turn-BasedArtePiazzaClassic JRPG gameplay broken up into chapters following specific protagonists, has one more chapter than the NES version
WiiOne Piece: Unlimited Adventure2008FightingGanbarionARPG in which the Straw Hat Pirates are stuck on an island and need to forage for survival; crafted food increases statistics
PSPSuikoden (PSone Classics)2008Turn-BasedKonamiSee PSX
DSDrone Tactics2008StrategySuccessA robo-bug-based SRPG, skews in a simplistic/childlike direction, especially story-wise
DSPokemon Ranger: Shadows of Almia2008ActionCreatures Inc.Still no Pokemon battling here and still touchscreen-heavy, but with more possible partner Pokemon and tools for capturing
DSDungeon Explorer: Warriors of Ancient Arts2008Dungeon CrawlerHudson SoftIsometric ARPG dungeon crawler, has a materia-like system of weapon/armor augmentation
Xbox 360Spectral Force 32008StrategyIdea Factory/XPEC EntertainmentSRPG with a large amount of recruitable characters, faction-based story
PS3Sonic Unleashed2008Action-PlatformSonic TeamSee 360
DSHarvest Moon DS: Cute2008SimulationMarvelousAn alternative version of Harvest Moon DS that makes some QoL changes and allows you to play as a female protagonist
DSRune Factory 2: A Fantasy Harvest Moon2008SimulationNeverlandGrow your farm and level up, and befriend monsters to hire them as farmhands!
Xbox 360Operation Darkness2008StrategySuccessAn SRPG featuring permadeath and a heavily alternate history WWII - think Nazi zombies and dragons
PS3Eternal Sonata2008ActionTri-CrescendoAdds a lot to the 360 version - more story, more playable characters, more dungeons; combat is fun but tactical
Xbox 360Record of Agarest War2008StrategyCompile HeartAn extremely long SRPG that encourages careful marriage selection via dating sim elements and takes place over 5 generations
DSFinal Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Echoes of Time2008ActionSquare EnixIsometric ARPG dungeon crawl with character creation, can link to other DS or Wii copies of the game for multiplayer
PS3Disgaea 3: Absence of Justice2008StrategyNippon IchiSRPG shenanigans in the netherworld, with weapon proficiencies, monsters changing into weapons, and stacks of Geo blocks
Xbox 360Sonic Unleashed2008Action-PlatformSonic TeamFeaturing XP for both the hedgehog and werehog, a hub world that can be explored, and more/different levels than the PS2/Wii versions
Xbox 360Tales of Vesperia2008ActionNamco Tales StudioIt's more Tales, featuring a badass doggo! Lots of missables and a strong overall cast
DSRondo of Swords2008StrategySuccessAn SRPG where you have to run a route through enemies to engage them in combat
JP PSPSuper Robot Taisen A Portable2008StrategyBanprestoIt's more SRW, with branching storylines and super evasive enemies! Remake of the GBA game Super Robot Wars A
PS2Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories2008Action/Card-BasedSquare EnixStill card-based, but with voice acting, new cutscenes, and 3D combat
DSFinal Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the Rift2008StrategySquare EnixClass- and clan-based SRPG, similar to its predecessor in lighthearted tone, but far less strict laws in play
PS2Yu-Gi-Oh! GX: The Beginning of Destiny2008Card-BasedKCEJAdds more duels to the the PSP Tag Force game, also allows for connectivity with Tag Force 2 to obtain more cards
DSFinal Fantasy IV2008Turn-BasedMatrix SoftwareA drastic change in graphics from 2D to 3D, added FMV cutscenes, significantly expanded plot from previous versions
PS2Yakuza 22008ActionAmusement VisionKazuma Kiryu's Kamurocho shenanigans continue with a JP-only voice cast
DSSummon Night: Twin Age2008ActionFlight-PlanTouch control-only ARPG with 2 AI party members and the ability to summon monsters
Xbox 360Zoids Assault2008StrategySE Mobile & OnlineSRPG featuring the long-running Zoids franchise and a lot of washed-out color palettes
DSSpectrobes: Beyond the Portals2008ActionJupiterMany more Spectrobes to collect and a general improvement overall from the first game
DSHarvest Moon DS: Sunshine Islands2008SimulationMarvelousResembles Island of Happiness, but reliance on the touchsreen is removed
PS3Suikoden (PSone Classics)2008Turn-BasedKonamiSee PSX
PS3Valkyria Chronicles2008StrategySegaSquad-focused SRPG with real-time troop movement limited by AP, tanks are also controllable (and destructable)
Xbox 360Lost Odyssey2008Turn-BasedMistwalker/FeelplusA traditional JRPG with incredible writing in side dream sequences; lots of rumination on immortality
DSMega Man Star Force 2: Zerker X Ninja/Zerker X Saurian2008StrategyCapcomSee above, but with a few more transformations
DSFrom the Abyss2008Dungeon CrawlerSonic PoweredRandomized dungeon crawler ARPG
DSPokemon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Darkness/Time2008Dungeon CrawlerChunsoftMore mystery dungeon delving with the famous pocket monsters, with the addition of Gen 4 Pokemon
DSLuminous Arc 22008StrategyImageepochNot terribly different from the first, can be quite difficult, endings are determined by pre-battle dialouge choices
PS2Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 FES2008Turn-BasedAtlusAdds an additional epilogue scenario to the original game, debatably the definitive edition
PS2Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 42008SimulationAtlusThe RPG/life sim (of sorts) series continues, this time with a murder mystery theme and an obsession with the color yellow
PSPDungeon Maker II: The Hidden War2008Sandbox/Dungeon CrawlerGlobal A EntertainmentPlays similarly to the first, with an additional monster-raising system and more fine-tuning of dungeon-building elements
PSPDungeon Explorer: Warriors of Ancient Arts2008Dungeon CrawlerHudson SoftIsometric ARPG dungeon-crawler with a job system, some levels of the dungeons have strict requirements on the party
PS2Mana Khemia: Alchemists of Al-Revis2008Turn-BasedGustGo to school, learn some alchemy, and use action points instead of XP to grow your characters!
DSEtrian Odyssey II: Heroes of Lagaard2008Turn-BasedAtlus/LancarseVery similar to the first game, just as blisteringly hard, more mapping symbols available for use
DSAdvance Wars: Days of Ruin2008StrategyIntelligent SystemsA more post-apocalyptic setting than pervious entries, individual units can level up in combat (though the effect only lasts for one map)
PSPCrisis Core: Final Fantasy VII2008ActionSquare EnixARPG featuring not-Cloud in a prequel to FFVII, slot machines can affect the tide of battle, mission-based structure
DSLost in Blue 32008SurvivalMatrix SoftwareMore castaways to assist with touchscreen mechanics
PS2Sonic Unleashed2008Action-PlatformSonic Team/DimpsSee Wii
PS2Eternal Poison2008StrategyFlight-PlanGothic-themed SRPG with demon capturing mechanics
PSPApe Quest2008Turn-BasedShiftIt's a JRPG with the monkeys from Ape Escape- enough said
WiiBaroque2008Dungeon CrawlerStingThird-person randomized dungeon crawler, eating flesh and hearts restores health and vitality!
DSDinosaur King2008Monster CollectingClimax EntertainmentIt's Pokemon, but with dinosaurs instead! Combat is literally in a rock-paper-scissors format
DSDisgaea DS2008StrategyNippon IchiPort of the PSP version of the classic SRPG with a few additional characters
Xbox 360Infinite Undiscovery2008ActionTri-AceARPG combat with combo attacks; opening menus doesn't pause the game, too many characters drag the otherwise compelling story down
VitaFinal Fantasy VIII (PSone Classics)2009Turn-BasedSquareSee PSX
DSPhantasy Star 02009ActionSonic TeamThink Phantasy Star Online, but with crunchier graphics and a full-fledged story mode
WiiFinal Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Echoes of Time2009ActionSquare EnixARPG with a customizable avatar character and the ability to cross-play with the DS version
WiiDead Rising: Chop Till You Drop2009ActionTose/CapcomReplaces the game-spanning countdown clock with timed missions, no free-roaming the mall between missions, and over-the-shoulder gunplay
DSShin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor2009StrategyAtlusSRPG with branching narrative choices and squads of units rather than individuals, plus demons of course
WiiValhalla Knights: Eldar Saga2009ActionK2ARPG with a lot of similarities to Monster Hunter and a job system
WiiFinal Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life as a Darklord (WiiWare)2009StrategySquare EnixA cute tower defense/light RPG, clearing stages gives you experience used to power up minions
DSFossil Fighters2009Monster CollectingRED Entertainment/M2/Artdink/NintendoDig up fossils, combine them, revive them, and pit them against each other in Pokemon-like combat!
Xbox 360Way of the Samurai 32009ActionAcquireSee PS3
Xbox 360The Last Remnant2009Turn-BasedSquare EnixBattles are done in large-scale- each character leads a squad of units, too much grinding can notoriously make the game too difficult
Xbox 360Phantasy Star II (DL only)2009Turn-BasedSegaSee GEN
DSDragon Ball Z: Attack of the Saiyans2009Turn-BasedMonolith SoftAn actual traditional turn-based Dragon Ball Z JRPG? I never thought I would see the day!
Xbox 360Dynasty Warriors: Gundam 22009ActionKoeiMore gigantic mobile suits to face off against in ARPG combat
PS2Dynasty Warriors: Gundam 22009ActionOmega ForceMobile suit musou madness
Xbox 360Crystal Defenders2009StrategySquare EnixA Final Fantasy-themed tower defense game where leveling units is crucial to survival
DSPokemon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Sky2009Dungeon CrawlerChunsoftThe "third version" of Explorers of Darkness/Time, adds more storyline elements
WiiSpectrobes: Origins2009Monster CollectingGenkiARPG/monster collector with utilization of motion controls to switch between Spectrobes in combat
WiiFinal Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life as a King (WiiWare)2009SimulationSquare EnixA cute town-building simulator/RPG with the Final Fantasy trappings
WiiSonic and the Black Knight2009Action-PlatformSonic TeamSonic meets King Arthur this time, with even worse controls and a looser form of experience in the form of followers, which raise your knight rank which lets you access more skills
WiiRygar: The Battle of Argus2009ActionTeam TachyonSee PS2, but with motion controls for the diskarmor and a massive change in Rygar's appearance
WiiRune Factory: Frontier2009SimulationNeverlandHarvest and dungeon delve, all while trying to prevent a whale island from crashing to the ground!
WiiPhantom Brave: We Meet Again2009StrategyNippon IchiAdds a new campaign and characters to the PS2 version of the SRPG
WiiMuramasa: The Demon Blade2009ActionVanillawareGorgeous side-scrolling ARPG with a Japanese folklore twist
WiiLittle King's Story2009SimulationCing/TownfactoryCombination RTSRPG/town builder/management sim; explore and expand your rapidly growing reign as king
WiiHarvest Moon: Animal Parade2009SimulationMarvelous EntertainmentAll the farming you'd expect, but with a bigger variety of animals (many of them rideable)!
WiiFinal Fantasy IV: The After Years (WiiWare)2009Turn-BasedMatrix SoftwareAn episodic sequel to Final Fantasy IV that many felt was unnecessary, adds new gameplay systems
WiiFinal Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: The Crystal Bearers2009ActionSquare EnixARPG; there is no party system, equipment and thorough exploration are the only ways to upgrade stats
VitaFinal Fantasy Tactics (PSone Classics)2009StrategySquareSee PSX
DSThe Dark Spire2009Dungeon CrawlerSuccessA heavily stylized first-person dungeon crawler with an emphasis on an alignment system
DSNostalgia2009Turn-BasedMatrix Software/RED EntertainmentTurn-based combat, airship battles, real-world locations, and a magical steampunk aesthetic
PSPAdventures to Go!2009Dungeon CrawlerGlobal A EntertainmentIsometric turn-based dungeon crawler of sorts where you set the parameters for the adventures you go on; gameplay is not very inventive
JP DSSaGa 2: Hihou Densetsu - Goddess of Destiny2009Turn-BasedRacjin/Square EnixA ground-up remake of Final Fantasy Legend II, with more sidequests and the removal of random battles
PSPMana Khemia: Student Alliance2009Turn-BasedGustMostly the same as the PS2 version, but with added multiplayer battles and more items to synthesize in exchange for longer load times
PS2Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner 2: Raidou Kuzunoha vs. King Abaddon2009ActionAtlusVery similar to its predecessor, but uses demon negotiation rather than capture elements
PSPHalf-Minute Hero2009ActionOpusYou have 30 seconds to save the world! What are you waiting for? A variety of fast-paced and humorous game modes and stories to complete
PSPFinal Fantasy VIII (PSone Classics)2009Turn-BasedSquareSee PSX
DSPokemon Platinum2009Monster CollectingGame FreakLast of the "combined third versions" of Pokemon games, this one the arguably ultimate version of Gen 4
PSPFinal Fantasy Tactics (PSone Classics)2009StrategySquareSee PSX
PSPDissidia Final Fantasy2009FightingSquare EnixA 3D Final Fantasy fighting game with unconventional mechanics, representatives from most main games in the series, and a story mode with character leveling
PSPDisgaea 2: Dark Hero Days2009StrategyNippon IchiAdds characters from Disgaea 3, a story mode focusing on Axel, and other QoL changes brought over from Disgaea 3
PSPClass of Heroes2009Dungeon CrawlerZerodivFirst-person dungeon-crawler with highly customizable party members, and balancing compatibility between members is important
JP WiiTakt of Magic2009StrategyTaitoSuccessor to LostMagic (DS); a ARPGRTS focused on using motion controls to cast spells
JP WiiPokemon Fushigi no Dungeon - Susume! Honou no Boukendan2009Dungeon CrawlerChunsoftSee above, but fire Pokemon
JP WiiPokemon Fushigi no Dungeon - Mezase! Hikari no Boukendan2009Dungeon CrawlerChunsoftSee above, but electric Pokemon
PS3Wild Arms 2 (PSone Classics)2009Turn-BasedMedia VisionSee PSX
PSPMonster Hunter Freedom Unite2009ActionCapcomA further enhanced verion of Freedom 2, with more monsters, missions, pieces of equipment, and the addition of Felyne fighters to provide assistance
PS3Way of the Samurai 32009ActionAcquireA Sengoku-era ARPG with 22 different endings; weapons gain XP and lead to learning skills, many butterfly effect-type decisions to make
JP WiiPokemon Fushigi no Dungeon - Ikuzo! Arashi no Boukendan2009Dungeon CrawlerChunsoftStack water Pokemon in a WiiWare-exclusive Mystery Dungeon adventure!
PS3Final Fantasy VIII (PSone Classics)2009Turn-BasedSquareSee PSX
PS3Final Fantasy VII (PSone Classics)2009Turn-BasedSquareSee PSX
PS3Final Fantasy Tactics (PSone Classics)2009StrategySquareSee PSX
PS3Dynasty Warriors: Gundam 22009ActionKoeiRemoves Japanese voices but adds some aerial combat, combos, and quick time events
PS3Demon's Souls2009ActionFromSoftwarePunishing ARPG gameplay, loads of dying, learning, and dying again - collective actions online shift the difficulty of the game as a whole
PS3Crystal Defenders2009StrategySquare EnixFinal Fantasy-themed tower defense, cute spritework, unit management and leveling is important
PS3Cross Edge2009StrategyCompile HeartCrossover RPG with characters from Darkstalkers and Disgaea among others, combo-based gameplay, loads of technical issues
JP PSPR-Type Tactics II: Operation Bitter Chocolate2009StrategyIremContinues the same style of gameplay as the first game; three campaigns to choose from; stats can be improved with leveling
JP PSPLa Pucelle Ragnarok2009StrategyNippon IchiAdds characters from the Disgaea series, QoL improvements, and extra bonus episodes
DSSuikoden Tierkreis2009Turn-BasedKonamiNot part of the main series storyline (no returning characters), but similar 108-star recuitment and turn-based gameplay
DSMario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story2009Timed Turn-BasedAlphaDreamMore fun with the Mario Bros., as well as exploration of Bowser's innards!
JP DSRockman.EXE: Operate Shooting Star2009ActionCapcomA port of Mega Man Battle Network with some additional Star Force content thrown in
JP DSOre ga Omae o Mamoru2009Action-PlatformVingt-et-un Systems/Idea FactoryA Metroidvania made to entice women to play, but quite difficult in practice; no XP to speak of but stats can be increased through equipment and story events
DSKingdom Hearts 358/2 Days2009Actionh.a.n.d. Inc./Square EnixStars Organization XIII, takes place parallel to Chain of Memories; mission-like structure with the same ARPG gameplay
DSFinal Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Ring of Fates2009ActionSquare EnixThe multiplayer ARPG returns with changes to the playable classes and visible equipment
DSKnights in the Nightmare2009StrategyStingFourth episode of the Dept. Heaven game series; SRPG/bullet hell hybrid that should be played to be believed
DSLegacy of Ys: Books I & II2009ActionDreams/FalcomCombined enhanced remake of Ys I and II with 3D and potential multiplayer
DSA Witch's Tale2009Turn-BasedHit Maker/Nippon IchiBland gameplay with a twisted Halloween aesthetic and public domain characters
PS2Mana Khemia 2: Fall of Alchemy2009Turn-BasedGustDirect sequel to Mana Khemia, with a similar character growth system- lots of pre-planning in synthesis encouraged
DSAtelier Annie: Alchemists of Sera Island2009StrategyGustThe first traditional Atelier game to come to the States - lots of crafting and time management as expected
DSAvalon Code2009ActionMatrix SoftwareOffbeat ARPG focusing on changing the properties of items to solve puzzles
DSBleach: The 3rd Phantom2009StrategyTom CreateAn SRPG with relationship-building elements, spinoff story written by Tite Kubo himself
DSBlue Dragon Plus2009StrategyBrownie Brown/feelplusRTSRPG sequel to Blue Dragon, adorable spritework
DSValkyrie Profile: Covenant of the Plume2009StrategyTri-AcePrequel to the first Valkyrie Profile; an SRPG where permakilling party members voluntarily can greatly aid in battle
DSThe Wizard of Oz: Beyond the Yellow Brick Road2009Turn-BasedMedia VisionDorothy and friends go out to hunt some witches, with a cumbersome trackball guiding movement and a slot-based combat system
PS2Nobunaga's Ambition: Iron Triangle2009StrategyKoei TecmoBattles happen on a far grander scale than in the previous series entries- individual officers gain experience and tactics by being utilized
DSMagician's Quest: Mysterious Times2009SimulationAquriaIf Animal Crossing went to Hogwarts, this would be the adorable result
DSDokapon Journey2009Board GameSuzakHybrid JRPG/board game, super duper cute!
PSPYu-Gi-Oh! 5D's Tag Force 42009Card-BasedKonamiSee above, with some different characters/follows a different series, still with UMD recognition from previous games
DSDragon Quest V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride2009Turn-BasedArtePiazzaFirst release of DQV in North America, featuring monster taming and a multi-generational story
PSPWild Arms 2 (PSone Classics)2009Turn-BasedMedia.VisionSee PSX
PS2Ar tonelico II: Melody of Metafalica2009Timed Turn-BasedGustBattle system different from the first, but the premise remains the same
PSPWhat Did I Do To Deserve This, My Lord!? (DL only)2009Dungeon CrawlerAcquire/RideonYou're the bad guy who has to build the dungeons and buff up your monsters to kill off the good guys!
DSMy World, My Way2009Turn-BasedGlobal A EntertainmentThe main character is a spoiled princess who can literally pout her way into changing the difficulty of battles and the terrain itself
DSMega Man Star Force 3: Black Ace/Red Joker2009StrategyCapcomSee above, with version-specific transformations, more customizable commands, and the ability to become Mega Man at any time
DSFire Emblem: Shadow Dragon2009StrategyIntelligent SystemsRemake of the first Fire Emblem game (and the first time Marth's story was told in the west) adding a lot of QoL features
PSPStar Ocean: Second Evolution2009ActionTose/Tri-AceAdds new playable characters, reworked skills, new cutscenes, and even more endings to The Second Story
DSSuper Robot Taisen OG Saga: Endless Frontier2009Turn-BasedMonolith SoftSpinoff of the Original Generation series of Super Robot Wars, with turn-based combo combat rather than the regular SRPG format
PSPShin Megami Tensei: Persona2009Turn-BasedAtlusAdds the previously excluded Snow Queen Quest, readjusts difficulty levels and encounter rates, and reworks the dialogue to be more modern
JP DS7th Dragon2009Turn-BasedImageepochSlay some dragons in a traditional turn-based style!
JP DSBlood of Bahamut2009ActionThink & FeelGiant monster-slaying ARPG with mission-based structure
JP DSLuminous Arc 3: Eyes2009StrategyImageepochShenanigans at a magic school with both SRPG gameplay and dating sim elements
PSPPhantasy Star Portable2009ActionAlfa System/Sonic TeamSequel to Phantasy Star Universe, plays in a similar ARPG style, customizable player character, mission-based structure
DSHero's Saga Laevatein Tactics2009StrategyGungHoSRPG; combat between individual map units takes place over 3 rounds with a full squad of troops