JRPG Translations

ConsoleNameDeveloperLucca's Observations
JP 3DSDragon Quest Monsters: Joker 3Square EnixMore monsters to scout, synthesize, and ride around the various worlds; turn-based combat with in-depth skill trees.
JP 3DSE.X. TroopersCapcomSee JP PS3, with some bonus AR features
JP 3DSInazuma Eleven GO: GalaxyLevel-5
JP 3DSLabyrinth no KanataTri-AceAn almost Ico-like presentation of an isekai dungeon crawler, with rock-paper-scissors-like combat and juggling healing to prevent enemies from doing so
JP 3DSPuyo Puyo ChronicleSonic TeamArle (from Madou Monogatari- a deep cut) has to find a way home in an RPG mode complete with leveling, where combat is conducted via Puyo
JP 3DSSlime Mori Mori Dragon Quest 3: Daikaizoku to Shippo DanSquare Enix
JP 3DSDragon Quest Monsters: Terry's Wonderland 3DSquare EnixA remake of Dragon Warrior Monsters, with more monsters to train/breed, a larger party size, and a 3D world to explore
JP DreamcastRUN=DIM as Black SoulYuki EnterpriseHexagonal turn-based strategy with giant robots fighting
JP DSOre ga Omae o MamoruVingt-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
JP DSZoids Saga DS: Legend of ArcadiaTomyRetells the story of the first Zoids Saga game, with updates to gameplay from throughout the series and incorporation of the 2nd/3rd games' protagonists
JP DSTales of the TempestDimps/Namco Tales StudioA short spinoff title from the mainline series, but plays as you've come to expect; a very polarizing game
JP DSTales of InnocenceAlfa SystemYou know what to expect here at this point - in addition, doing sidequests for guilds levels them up
JP DSSoma BringerMonolith SoftTop-down ARPG, widely acclaimed; lots of text to read and lots of character customization to do
JP DSSaGa 3: Jikuu no Hasha - Shadow or LightRacjin/Square EnixGiven the same treatment as its predecessor from Final Fantasy Legend III
JP DSSaGa 2: Hihou Densetsu - Goddess of DestinyRacjin/Square EnixA ground-up remake of Final Fantasy Legend II, with more sidequests and the removal of random battles
JP DSRockman.EXE: Operate Shooting StarCapcomA port of Mega Man Battle Network with some additional Star Force content thrown in
JP DSSuper Robot Wars WBanprestoGenerally speaking same gameplay as always, splits the story into 2 timelines (not all storylines are present in both)
JP DSNora to Toki no Koubou: Kiri no Mori no MajoAtlusAtlus' attempt at an Atelier-styled game, with anticipatedly adorable results
JP DSLuminous Arc 3: EyesImageepochShenanigans at a magic school with both SRPG gameplay and dating sim elements
JP DSNi no Kuni: Shikkoku no MadoushiLevel-5Same general story as Wrath of the White Witch, but vastly different gameplay - a literal spellbook is a necessity to draw the required runes
JP DS7th DragonImageepochSlay some dragons in a traditional turn-based style!
JP DSFire Emblem: Shin Monshou no Nazo - Hikari to Kage no EiyuuIntelligent SystemsUnlocalized updated version of book 2 of Mystery of the Emblem, adds an avatar character, hard as ever
JP DSBlood of BahamutThink & FeelGiant monster-slaying ARPG with mission-based structure
JP DSMetal Max 2: ReloadedCrea-TechTakes gameplay improvements from later entries and applies them to the second game- with an optional female protagonist and free-roaming
JP DSMetal Max 3Cattle CallReturn to the wasteland with tanks in tow; non-linear story progression
JP DSMugen no Frontier EXCEED: Super Robot Taisen OG SagaMonolith SoftSequel to SRTOGS: Endless Frontier, plays in the same way, with crossover elements
JP FCNiji no SilkroadAdvance Communication CompanyIncrease your rank as a trader by going out and procuring goods (which you can also buy to raise your stats)
JP FCMinelvaton Saga: Ragon no FukkatsuRandom HouseFirst of the Silva Saga series, featuring overhead ARPG combat
JP FCMusashi no BōkenQuestStandard DQ clone, but corn can be an enemy so that's pretty funny
JP FCMouryou Senki MadaraKonamiDark and challenging! Autonomous combat! Anime-based!
JP FCMotherApe/NintendoModern-themed turn-based game starring kids with psychic powers
JP FCMomotarou DensetsuHudson SoftStandard gameplay, but cute all the same!
JP FCMirai Shinwa JarvasTaitoIf it looks like a kusoge, and plays like a kusoge…
JP FCMirai Senshi: LiosPack-In-VideoA mech-based SRPG, equipment upgrades improve units and are earned in battles
JP FCMetal MaxCrea-Tech/Data EastMad Max: the JRPG! Featuring vehicle combat!
JP FCMashin Eiyuuden Wataru GaidenWestoneVery Zelda II vibes, based off the anime of the same name
JP FCMajou Densetsu II: Dimashikyou GailousKonamiA sidescrolling ARPG with 2 playable characters, XP gain refills life; life bar can be extended via items
JP FCLast ArmageddonBrain Grey/Advance Communications CompanyA post-apocalyptic attempt at subverting the traditional fantasy themes of the time- playing as a cast of highly detailed monsters
JP FCLagrange PointKonamiBanger soundtrack, sci-fi themed
JP FCKouryuu Densetsu Villgust GaidenPlexIt's got a catgirl. Strange battle system! Side-story to the SNES game
JP FCKawa no Nushi TsuriYuu YuuIt's a fishing JRPG!
JP FCOtaku no Seiza: Adventure in the Otaku GalaxyAdvance Communication CompanyUnbalanced and cheeky
JP FCNinja Ra Hoi!ASCIIA parody game of sorts that takes place in feudal Japan
JP FCUshio to Tora: Shin'en no DaiyouTom Create/PixelBased on a manga of a similar name, turn-based combat with super-dramatic cutaways; top-down in exploration, first-person in houses and dungeons
JP FCOutlandersMicronicsKooky sci-fi with wonky ARPG combat
JP FCTenchi o Kurau II: Shokatsu Koumei DenCapcomPlays just like the first, just never localized
JP FCZombie HunterHi-Score Media WorkNot the greatest side-scrolling ARPG, but it does have synthesized voices
JP FCYs III: Wanderers From YsFalcomChanges the battles to be side-scrolling rather than top-down and allows Adol to swing his sword/jump
JP FCYs IIFalcomAdds magic to Adol's repertoire
JP FCYsFalcomAdol bumps into the enemies to slay them
JP FCValkyrie no Bouken: Toki no Kagi DensetsuNamcoMinimal text, starring Namco's famous valkyrie
JP FCKaijuu MonogatariBirthdayPretty standard, but also super-hard at the beginning
JP FCToujin Makyou Den: Heracles no EikouData EastFirst in a long Greek-themed series that Nintendo never bothered to localize (except that one time)
JP FCTaoPax SoftonicaHeavily religious-themed, bizarre af (you ride a dinosaur to Moscow), likely kusoge
JP FCRadia Senki: ReiemeihenTecmo4 AI characters + 1 controllable = fun auto tactics
JP FCSweet HomeCapcomWithout this, Resident Evil doesn't exist; a horror turn-based game with character permadeath
JP FCSukeban Deka IIIShoueiManga-based ARPG
JP FCSTED: Iseki Wakusei no YabouADKVery Phantasy Star-like
JP FCSilva SagaSetaNice graphics for the time
JP FCShinsendenTamtexAnother day, another eastern-themed DQ clone
JP FCShadow BrainScitron & ArtFuturistic 1st-person dungeon crawler
JP FCSD Keiji BladerNMKDQ clone set in the far distant future
JP FCRPG Jinsei GameTakaraMake the correct life choices to increase your stats and achieve your career dreams!
JP FCKarakuri Kengou Den Musashi Lord: Karakuri Jin Hashiru!KoseARPG based on the robot anime
JP FCNakayoshi to IsshoYutakaPrecious simplistic RPG ft. Kodansha characters (inc. Sailor Moon!) that may give you diabetes
JP FCJuvei QuestBirthdayPlot divided into chapters, protagonist can recruit helpers to make adventuring easier
JP FCDigital Devil Monogatari: Megami Tensei IIAtlusConsidered to be the origin of the series' heavy-handed order vs chaos theme, good old-fashioned demon negotiation and recruitment
JP FCDragon Ball Z: Kyoushuu! Saiya JinD&D Corp/ToseCARDS
JP FCDragon Ball Z III: Ressen Jinzou NingenD&D Corp/ToseMore card-based combat
JP FCDragon Ball Z II: Gekishin Freeza!!D&D Corp/ToseCard-based combat
JP FCDowntown Special: Kunio-kun no Jidaigeki Dayo Zen'in Shuugou!Technos 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 FCDouble Moon DensetsuAmusement/Dennou Kenkyusho/ORGMultiple endings, multiple classes to choose from, pulls some nasty punches on the player
JP FCDoraemon: Giga Zombie no GyakushuuEpochFeaturing playable Doraemon!
JP FCDigital Devil Story: Megami TenseiAtlusThe series had to start somewhere…
JP FCDeep Dungeon IV: Kuro no YoujutsushiHumming Bird Soft1st-person dunegon crawl
JP FCDream MasterBirthdayNot Little Nemo! More puzzle-based than most games of the era, cool concept
JP FCDeep Dungeon III: Yuushi e no TabiHumming Bird Soft1st-person dunegon crawl
JP FCDark LordData EastMix of overhead and turn-based combat
JP FCDai-2-Ji Super Robot TaisenWinkysoftFeatures original design robots that would become the cornerstone of the Original Generation series
JP FCCosmo Police GalivanNihon BussanPlatformer ARPG - Metroidvania before metroidvanias were a thing
JP FCColumbus: Ougon no YoakeTomyNaval combat and quasi-historical themes! Sketch af!
JP FCChester Field: Ankoku Shin e no ChousenVic TokaiLight on text, hilarious walking animation, very platformy
JP FCChaos WorldNatsumeNeat auto-battle system
JP FCJust BreedRandom HouseA very detailed SRPG for the time
JP FCDragon Scroll: Yomigaerishi MaryuuKonami*Epilepsy Warning* Otherwise a solid ARPG
JP FCDragon Ball: Dai Maou FukkatsuD&D Corp/TosePlays kinda like a card-based board game
JP FCElysionNEC InterchannelA bit bland of an ARPG, but it has multiple playable characters, so that's neat
JP FCGanbare Goemon Gaiden: Kieta Ougon KiseruKonamiHumorous turn-based game set in medieval Japan
JP FCJajamaru Ninpou ChouNMKAlmost came out in the States, but alas… Another DW clone where you can only fight one enemy at a time
JP FCIndra no HikariKemcoEnemies are visible on the overworld, but otherwise appears to be yet another Dragon Warrior clone
JP FCHydlide 3: Yami Kara no HoumonshaT&E SoftThere is no such thing as a good Hydlide game.
JP FCHyaku no Sekai no Monogatari: The Tales on a Watery WildernessASKA multiplayer board game JRPG? On my Famicom? Lots of randomness involved
JP FCHoshi wo Miru HitoAnother/Hot-BKusoge of legend, incomplete translation but left up here for lulz
JP FCHeracles no Eikou II: Titan no MetsuboData EastDragon Warrior-styled gameplay with Greek mythological flair
JP FCGrand MasterSoft MachineFeatures multiple branching paths, ARPG gameplay, and anime cutscenes between stages
JP FCEsper Dream 2: Aratanaru TatakaiKonamiCute pastel sprite work and ARPG gameplay
JP FCGeGeGe no Kitarou 2: Youkai Gundan no ChousenToseBased off the spooky anime of the same name
JP FCGanbare Goemon Gaiden 2: Tenka no ZaihouKonamiChanges the battle perspective to show party members on-screen, has lots of side activities
JP FCFushigi no Umi no NadiaAdvance Communication CompanySRPG based on the anime of the same name, plays vastly different to the Mega Drive version
JP FCFire Emblem: Ankoku Ryu to Hikari no TsurugiIntelligent Systems/NintendoOrigins of boy-king Marth, an SRPG featuring permadeath of units
JP FCFire Emblem GaidenIntelligent SystemsIntroduced elements like a navigable overworld that were then unused for a long time
JP FCFinal Fantasy IIISquareFirst Final Fantasy to feature the job-change system
JP FCFinal Fantasy IISquareLeveling is done via utilizing skills rather than experience- a drastic and much-maligned design choice
JP FCBloody Warriors: Shan-Go no GyakushuuMicronics/Toei AnimationEven translated, the health counter for enemies makes no sense. Pretty short too.
JP FCFamicom Jump: Eiyuu RetsudenToseGet isekai'd into a world where heroes and villains from the Jump magazine series converge, XP gain is represented by "effort"
JP Game GearShining Force Gaiden: Final ConflictSonic Software PlanningTypical Shining Force gameplay, takes place after SFCD but before SFII, links SFI and II together
JP Game GearSD Gundam: Winner's HistoryITLTurn-based SRPG in unit placement, but real-time battles between individual units- with Gundams!
JP Game GearRoyal StoneSegaSequel to Crystal Warriors - this is a standard but pretty SRPG all about revenge
JP Game GearMegami Tensei Gaiden: Last BibleMultimedia Intelligence TransferMonster collecting with a bit of kiddie MegaTen flair
JP Game GearMoldorian: Hikari to Yami no SisterSegaReally good artwork, a turn-based battle system that gives you only seconds to input commands
JP Game GearMegami Tensei Gaiden: Last Bible SpecialSIMS/AtlusBiblical-themed first-person dungeon crawl, with gameplay otherwise similar to the other Last Bibles
JP Game GearPhantasy Star GaidenJapan System SupplySpinoff story set between Phantasy Star I and II, similar gameplay
JP Game GearMahou Kishi RayearthCKYDT/SegaA different game than the Saturn and SFC ones - but also turn-based
JP Game GearMadou Monogatari II: Arle 16-SaiCompileMore Arle doing Arle stuff, but she's 16 now!
JP Game GearMadou Monogatari I: Mitsu no MadouryokuCompileArle doing Arle stuff - just first-person dungeon crawling with the same unorthodox display of stats
JP Game GearMadou Monogatari A: Doki Doki VacationCompileArle stops the bad man from cutting down the forest to build an amusement park! In first-person!
JP Game GearLunar: Sanposuru GakuenGame Arts/Studio AlexThe actual prequel to The Silver Star, sadly never localized - very girl-power friendly
JP Game GearEternal LegendJapan Art MediaOne of the first Game Gear JRPGs, plays very standard
JP Game GearMadou Monogatari III: Kyuukyoku Joou-samaCompileDid you know that these games have Puyos in them? And that Arle features in the Puyo Puyo series?
JP GB+GBCLittle Master: Raikuban no DensetsuZener WorksSRPG with some elements of unit fusion
JP GB+GBCSylvania Families: Otogi no Kuni no PendantEpochMore of a life-sim featuring overly cutesy characters based on a series of animal figurines
JP GB+GBCSuper Robot TaisenWinkysoftOrigin of the long-running SRPG series
JP GB+GBCShin Megami Tensei Devil Children: Kuro no ShoMultimedia 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+GBCPocket Monsters: Green VersionGame FreakIf you've played Red/Blue, do you really need this one?
JP GB+GBCNushi Tsuri Adventure: Kite no BoukenMarvelous/Victor Interactive SoftwareCatch fishies and fight thingies!
JP GB+GBCMegami Tensei Gaiden: Last Bible IIMultimedia Intelligence TransferPretty much just like the first, but now you can give your monsters accessories
JP GB+GBCMedarot Kabuto/Kuwagata VersionNatsumeFirst games in the Medarot/bot series, with the standard building and fighting robots
JP GB+GBCKininkou Maroku OniWinkysoftFirst game in a long untranslated series, very grindy
JP GB+GBCKaeru no Tame ni Kane wa NaruIntelligent SystemsSort of like Link's Awakening, but with frogs and more stats!
JP GB+GBCHeracles no Eikou: Ugokidashita Kamigami - The Snap-StorySAS Sakata/Data EastSeries spinoff, can be assisted in combat by borrowing gods from Olympus
JP GB+GBCGrandia: Parallel TrippersGame ArtsSpinoff of Grandia featuring its characters and an attempt at using the same battle system
JP GB+GBCGod Medicine: Fantasy Sekai no TanjouKCENIt's a standard JRPG that makes fun of standard JRPGs!
JP GB+GBCCave NoireKonamiRoguelike - higher level quests start you off with better stats
JP GB+GBCAyakashi no ShiroSetaFirst-person dungeon crawler, nothing to write home about
JP GB+GBCArle no Bouken: Mahou no JewelCompileA monster-training game; monster-summoning cards can be enhanced
JP GB+GBCAnother BibleDiceCute little SRPG, spinoff of the Last Bible series
JP GBAMother 3Brownie Brown/HAL Laboratory(LOCALIZE IT NINTENDO) Musical combo system in combat, still as offbeat as ever
JP GBATomato AdventureAlphaDreamYou say "tomato," I say "a silly RPG with toy-based gimmicks in combat, humor throughout, and lots of lycopene!"
JP GBASuper Robot Taisen JBanprestoContains licensed mechs, which is why localization didn't otherwise occur
JP GBAShin Megami TenseiAtlusKeeps the visuals from the Playstation version, makes a few balance changes and adds some unlockable story scenes
JP GBARockman EXE 4.5: Real OperationCapcomNot part of the MMBN story, gives you the ability to control multiple Navis
JP GBAOriental Blue: Ao no TengaiHudson Soft/RED EntertainmentA gaiden of the Tengai Makyo series, has a free scenario system influenced by real-time passage
JP GBANapoleonGenkiRTSRPG starring Napoleon Bonaparte doing some very not-historically-accurate things
JP GBAHagane no Renkinjutsushi: Meisou no RinbukyokuTom CreateBased on the anime, no real levels to gain, but turn-based combat utilizing alchemy combinations
JP GBAMother 1 + 2Ape/HAL Laboratory/NintendoPorts of Mother 1 and 2, with an extended ending for the former
JP GBAKlonoa Heroes: Densetsu no Star MedalNamcoTop-down ARPG gameplay, and cute to boot!
JP GBAKeitai Denjuu Telefang 2: PowerSmilesoftOne version of a Pokemon-like clone that features sharing your phone number with monsters to befriend them
JP GBAHagane no Renkinjutsushi: Omoide no SonataTom CreateOriginal story, sequel to Stray Rondo, adds a leveling system but otherwise similar mechanics
JP GBAFire Emblem: The Binding BladeIntelligent SystemsAKA FE6 - Roy's our boy, and here's where you play as him!
JP GBADragon Quest Monsters: Caravan HeartToseStars a young Prince Keifer from DQVII, where you recruit humans and monsters for your growing caravan
JP GBAMagical VacationBrownie BrownTurn-based combat, gorgeous sprites; love/heart isn't just an element in Captain Planet anymore!
JP Mega DriveRent-A-HeroSegaDo errands for the local populace to upgrade your super suit! Fighting game-like battles, very tongue-in-cheek
JP Mega DriveVixen 357NCSMechy SRPG with permadeath, an official localization was planned in 2019 but abandoned
JP Mega DriveTougi-Ou: King ColossusSegaAnother Ys wannabe
JP Mega DriveSurging AuraJapan Media ProgrammingEach action in combat takes time to do - and can be interrupted! It's also really pretty too
JP Mega DriveMadou Monogatari ICompileADORABLE AF, monster capturing mechanic, non-traditional stats/xp gain
JP Mega DriveMonster World IVWestoneA far different protagonist from the rest of the series and toned-down RPG elements (purchasing equipment is still possible), but enhanced platforming
JP Mega DriveLangrisser IINCSSRPG that plays very similarly to its predecessor, albeit with some class rebalancing
JP Mega DriveBattle Golfer YuiSantosTee 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 Mega DriveBahamut SenkiSegaA 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 N64Custom RoboNoise Inc.First game in the robot customizing (hah) and fighting series; upgrades to robots are bought rather than earned
JP N64Fushigi no Dungeon: Fuurai no Shiren 2 - Oni Shuurai! Shiren Jou!ChunsoftShiren's second roguelike dungeon-delving adventure, with monster collecting and castle building as major gameplay mechanics
JP PC EngineOut LiveSunsoftFirst-person dungeon crawler, but in a mech!
JP PC EngineThe Tower of DruagaNamcoPlays a lot like the classic arcade dungeon crawler, but stats can be increased between floors or after finding items
JP PC EngineShiryou Sensen: War of the DeadFun ProjectBadass cover art, plays a lot like Zelda II
JP PC EngineYs IV: The Dawn of Ys (CD)Hudson SoftTechnically different from the Ys IV on SFC/other consoles
JP PC EngineMakai Hakkenden: ShadaData EastRun-of-the-mill Ys clone
JP PC EngineLady Sword: Ryakudatsu Sareta 10 Nin no OtomeHacker InternationalFirst-person dungeon crawler with no visible XP and monsters that attack in your sleep
JP PC EngineHisou Kaihei X-SERDMasayaA mech-based SRPG with separate XP bars for attack and evasion
JP PC EngineGai FlameMasayaSci-fi turn-based strategy said to be an inspiration for the Langrisser series with giant robots!
JP PC EngineMadou Monogatari I: Honoo no SotsuenjiCompileCute af first-person dungeon crawl; unconventional experience counter, adds voice acting, new monsters and cutscenes/events to the original
JP PS2Dragon Quest V: Tenkuu no HanayomeArtePiazza/Matrix SoftwareA 3D remake of the Super Famicom classic with an increased party size
JP PS2Front Mission 5: Scars of the WarSquare EnixMore tactical Wanzer combat, largely similar to Front Mission 2, with the addition of friendly fire
JP PS2Marie to Elie no Atelier: Salburg no Renkinjutsushi 1-2GustRemakes of the first games in the Atelier series, with all the expected alchemy present
JP PS2Namco x CapcomMonolith SoftPredecessor to Project X Zone, SRPG with combo-based gameplay
JP PS2Rogue Hearts DungeonCompile HeartRoguelike dungeon crawl with randomized dungeons, not part of the Mystery Dungeon series though
JP PS2Shadow Tower: AbyssFromSoftwareAnother first-person FromSoft jam and sequel to Shadow Tower, this one features soul harvesting and independent NPC schedules
JP PS2Super Robot Taisen OG: Original GenerationsBanprestoCombined retcon/remake of the two GBA SRT games; additionally incorporates battle systems/bots from other games in the series
JP PS2Tear Ring Saga Series: Berwick Saga - Lazberia Chronicle Chapter 174EnterbrainSRPG with a heavy Fire Emblem influence (made by the same creator) with a hexagonal-based battle grid
JP PS3Tales of BerseriaBandai NamcoSee PS4 - last Tales game developed for PS3
JP PS3E.X. TroopersCapcom/HexaDriveA manga-styled Lost Planet spinoff, with materials to gather and trecherous terrain to traverse
JP PS3Nier ReplicantCaviaThe version of Nier not released in the West (until 2021), featuring Nier as a brother rather than a father
JP PSPLa Pucelle RagnarokNippon IchiAdds characters from the Disgaea series, QoL improvements, and extra bonus episodes
JP PSPYuusha 30 SecondMarvelousAll episodes play like Hero 30 of the original game, but adds more QoL features like leveling outside missions
JP PSPYs vs. Sora no Kiseki: Alternative SagaFalcomA 3D arena fighting game- very Power Stone-like, where characters from Ys and Trails collide (and level while doing so)
JP PSPValkyria Chronicles 3Sega/Media.VisionRuns parallel to the first game, dark in tone but very anime-like characters, plays like the other games in the series
JP PSPSuper Robot Taisen A PortableBanprestoIt's more SRW, with branching storylines and super evasive enemies! Remake of the GBA game Super Robot Wars A
JP PSPSD Gundam G Generation OverworldBandai NamcoSRPG that contains Gundam designs from 35 different iterations of the series, plays like Super Robot Wars
JP PSPR-Type Tactics II: Operation Bitter ChocolateIremContinues the same style of gameplay as the first game; three campaigns to choose from; stats can be improved with leveling
JP PSPPhantom Kingdom PortableNippon IchiAdds new scenarios and battles with characters from later Disgaea games
JP PSPPhantasy Star Portable 2 InfinityAlfa SystemAn upgrade to PSP2; adds new story content, races, bosses, skills, and QoL changes/balancing
JP PSPMonster Hunter Portable 3rdCapcomTakes elements from Freedom Unite and Tri but is its own game, now multiple Felynes can assist in combat
JP PSPNayuta no KisekiFalcomARPG with platforming elements
JP PSPKingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep Final MixSquare EnixAdds new playable episodes and way more story content to the original
JP PSPDigimon World Re: DigitizeTri-CrescendoPlays like the first Digimon World game, but also has an overarching storyline to follow
JP PSPGrand Knights HistoryVanillawareAbsolutely gorgeous Vanillaware-developed turn-based game with multiple factions to represent and customizable characters
JP PSP7th Dragon 2020ImageepochSequel to 7th Dragon, a 3D dungeon crawler set in post-apocalyptic Tokyo, Hatsune Miku herself makes an appearance
JP PSPDigimon AdventurePropeTells the story of the first anime series through 3-on-3 Digimon battles, also features a relationship system
JP PSP7th Dragon 2020-IIImageepochAdds a few classes and links to the first game, but otherwise uses a lot of assets and is very similar to its predecessor
JP PSPEiyuu Densetsu: Ao no KisekiFalcomSecond half of the "Crossbell arc," leads into Trails of Cold Steel II, turn-based combat like other Trails games
JP PSPFinal Fantasy Type-0Square EnixARPG with mission structure like Crisis Core, some RTS battles on overworld map, a large variety of playable characters
JP PSPFushigi no Dungeon: Fuurai no Shiren 3 PortableChunsoftMostly the same as the Wii version but with some balance adjustments
JP PSPGenso Suikoden Tsumugareshi Hyakunen no TokiKonamiA Suikoden side story outside of regular series continuity, with some time travel plot elemnets and a class system
JP PSP.hack//LINKCyberConnect2ARPG, last game chronologically in the series, lots of characters from past series media, often regarded as the worst game
JP PSXLangrisser IVNCSMostly similar to the others, features an uneven turn system; remake of the Saturn version
JP PSXTear Ring Saga: Yutona Eiyuu SenkiASCII EntertainmentIt's pretty much Fire Emblem, down to the creator of the series
JP PSXTales of PhantasiaNamcoArguably the best way to play the game, despite lack of official translation
JP PSXShin Megami TenseiAtlusVisually overhauls the SFC version, but is otherwise no different than the original
JP PSXRacing LagoonSquaresoftTHE street racing/JRPG hybrid, stylish and jazzy
JP PSXPoPoLoCrois MonogatariSugar & RocketsBased off an anime adaptation of a manga with super cute characters and semi-SRPG grid based combat
JP PSXPersona 2: Innocent SinAtlusThe missing half of Persona 2 in the Americas
JP PSXMedarot RNatsumeIt's a Medabots game! Destroy the enemy's parts to make them useless!
JP PSXChocobo no Fushigi na DungeonSquareChocobo's first roguelike experience with some town-building elements; spells are leveled with repeated use
JP PSXKing's FieldFromSoftwareThe actual King's Field I - still in first-person
JP PSXGanbare Goemon: Uchuu Kaizoku AkoginguKonamiMore Goemon ARPG action, XP serves to level weapons
JP PSXFront Mission 2SquareMore mechs, more drama!
JP PSXCommunity PomFill in CafeThe cutest Zelda clone ever, with XP and little fuzzy buddies to raise to help you
JP PSXBrigandine: Grand EditionHearty RobinAn enhanced, expanded version of Brigandine: The Legend of Forsena
JP PSXBrave ProveData WestGeneric ARPG, but anything translated is a plus
JP PSXBomberman WarsMetro CorporationSRPG with Bomberman flair, different types of units have different bomb-placing abilities (which can be increased)
JP PSXBaroqueStingA port of the original Saturn version, with tank controls and a first-person perspective to explore macabre dungeons in roguelike fashion
JP PSXAsuncia: Matsue no JubakuE.O. ImaginationRandomly generated maps with a score-based objective, sort of an SRPG?
JP SaturnSakura TaisenOverworksFirst in the long-running SPRG series, where managing your troupe of girls gives them better stats!
JP SaturnVandal HeartsKCETA spiffed up version of the PSX game, with new maps/spells/music/items
JP SaturnValhollianDatt JapanSRPG with 3D scenes to show attacking, combination attacks are possible and can lead to bonding conversations
JP SaturnDragon Force II: Kamisarishi Daichi NiSegaPretty similar to the first
JP SaturnOgre Battle: The March of the Black QueenRiverhillsoft/QuestSee PSX, but with five additional scenarios unique to this version
JP SaturnLinkle Liver StoryNexTechCute ARPG, combine elemental seeds to strengthen your weapon
JP SaturnGrandiaGame ArtsSee PSX
JP SFCShiki EiyuudenOutrigger Koubou/Be-On WorksA brutally hard turn-based historical JRPG set in the Warring States period of China; puzzles and quizzes found throughout
JP SFCSeiken Densetsu 3SquareThe character you choose at the start determines your storyline, otherwise plays like SoM
JP SFCRyuuki Heidan: DanzarbPandora BoxEpic sci-fi story marred by lackluster graphical presentation
JP SFCRudra no HihouSquareCreate your own spells! Ultra-pretty sprites!
JP SFCRomancing Saga 3SquareNo complete English translation on this console, sandboxy, gorgeous spritework, but difficult
JP SFCRomancing Saga 2SquareNo complete English translation on this console, sandobxy multi-generation spanning story
JP SFCRomancing SagaSquareA very sandboxy JRPG; multiple playable characters, non-linear in fashion
JP SFCRanma 1/2: Akanekodan Teki HihouAtelier DoubleBased on the anime/manga, otherwise pretty standard
JP SFCPrincess MinervaAtelier Double/RiverhillsoftGIRL POWER ANIME-BASED ROAD TRIP!
JP SFCPower of the HiredMasayaSRPG where the party can summon monsters to help in battle; monster selection determines the party's available spells
JP SFCNekketsu Tairiku Burning HeroesJ-Force8 scenarios to beat for the true ending, characters other than the protagonist are AI in battle
JP SFCNeugier: Umi to Kaze no KoudouWolf TeamAn almost-localized ARPG with attacks that can level up, a rather short game overall
JP SFCMystic ArkProduceA cousin to The 7th Saga, super grindy
JP SFCMonstaniaAmccus/Bits LaboratorySRPG featuring puzzles, a party size of two, and a progress-based leveling system
JP SFCMetal Max ReturnsCrea-TechRemake of Metal Max, naturally much prettier but more difficult
JP SFCMajin Tensei II: Spiral NemesisAtlusMore or less the same as the first, but with an isometric battle view as opposed to top-down
JP SFCMajin TenseiAtlusSRPG SMT spinoff with (naturally) demon recruitment and fusion
JP SFCMahou Kishi RayearthPandora BoxPlays vastly differently than the Saturn version! Beginner-level JRPG, follows the OG story closely
JP SFCMagna Braban: Henreki no YuushaLenarGambits and auto-combat long before FFXII was even a thing
JP SFCMadou Monogatari: Hanamaru Daiyouchi EnjiCompileExtremely unconventional attack and leveling system, but cookies are currency and it's cute!
JP SFCLodoss Tou SenkiThinking RabbitPlot-wise is more of a side story to the main novels, tactical combat engine
JP SFCLive A LiveSquare7 different scenarios in different time periods, shared action bar amongst party in combat
JP SFCShin Megami TenseiAtlus1st-person dungeon crawl with demon recruitment/fusion, only localized on mobile
JP SFCShin Megami Tensei if…AtlusLike regular SMT, but in a centralized high school setting. This is Persona's daddy!
JP SFCLast Bible IIIMultimedia Intelligence TransferSequel to the Game Boy games, featuring monster recruitment and customization
JP SFCTales of PhantasiaWolf TeamMind-bogglingly pretty, a technological marvel for the time
JP SFCYume Meikyuu: Kigurumi DaiboukenAxes Art AmuseFirst-person dungeon crawl; kill the enemies and take their costumes!
JP SFCYs V: Ushinawareta Suna no Miyako KefinFalcomOnly game in the series to have never been localized (hopefully this will change?)
JP SFCYs IV: Mask of the SunTonkin HouseNon-canonical to the Ys series after the release of Memories of Celceta
JP SFCXak: The Art of Visual StageMicro Cabin/Tokai EngineeringYs' cousin, but the story only covers the first half of the first game on MSX
JP SFCWonder Project J: Kikai no Shounen PinoAlmanicRaise your robo-boy to follow commands, improve his stats, and rescue his creator (Think Pac-Man 2)
JP SFCTreasure Hunter GStingAnother forgotten Square-published game, action point-based SRPG
JP SFCTorneko no Daibouken: Fushigi no DungeonChunsoftFirst game in the Mystery Dungeon series, with a Dragon Quest coat of paint
JP SFCTenshi no Uta: Shiroki Tsubasa no InoriTelenet JapanNot only can you negotiate with monsters, you get special experience points for doing so!
JP SFCTengai Makyou ZeroRed Company CorporationUtilized special technology to allow for a real-time clock, more dialogue
JP SFCTenchi Muyo!: Game HenTamTamIsometric turn and grid-based combat, based off the anime!
JP SFCTactics OgreQuestEpic storyline, lots of important choices to make - even at the very beginning of the game!
JP SFCShin Megami Tensei IIAtlusSimilar to but easier than the first game
JP SFCSuper Robot Taisen Gaiden: Masou Kishin - The Lord of ElementalWinkysoftSRPG, focuses on one of the original characters in the series, directional damage
JP SFCSuper Robot Taisen EXWinkysoftSRPG, branching storyline, uses the SRW3 engine
JP SFCSuper Famicom WarsIntelligent SystemsTechnically a digital-only title (released via Satellaview), units can gather XP in combat that does not carry between maps
JP SFCSuper Chinese World 3 - Chou Jigen DaisakusenCulture BrainTwo different battle modes to choose from: ARPG or turn-based, each with their own storylines
JP SFCSuper Chinese World 2Culture BrainSuper Ninja Boy sequel, has ARPG battles instead of its predecessor's turn-based combat
JP SFCStar OceanTri-AceLook at that spritework!
JP SFCSlayersBECBased on the anime of the same name, plays typically for the era
JP SFCSilva Saga II: The Legend of Light and DarknessSetaHire mercenaries to help in combat!
JP SFCShodai Nekketsu Kouha Kunio-kunTechnos JapanMore or less River City Ransom 2, but you gain actual XP instead of using cash to buy stat upgrades (for better or worse)
JP SFCShin Seikoku: La WaresJ-ForceBased off a Japanese TTRPG, featuring mech combat
JP SFCLennus II: Fuuin no ShitoFill-In Cafe/Copya SystemsSuperior sequel to Paladin's Quest, more risque themes, loads of recruitable characters
JP SFCDragon Quest VI: Maboroshi no DaichiHeartbeatThird game in the Zenithian trilogy, return of the class system
JP SFCLaplace no MaHumming Bird SoftLovecraftian spooky JRPG
JP SFCCrystal Beans: From Dungeon ExplorerBirthday/Hudson SoftStraightforward ARPG gameplay, hidden playable characters, leveling stats through gems
JP SFCDragon Quest I + IIChunsoftCombined, debatably definitive version of DQ I and II
JP SFCDragon Ball Z: Super Saiya DensetsuD&D Corp/ToseCombo of two of the FC DBZ games, still with card-based battles
JP SFCDokapon Gaiden - Honoo no AuditionEarthly SoftLeans more heavily into comedy than previous games in the series, with greater board variety
JP SFCKyuuyaku Megami TenseiAtlus/Opera HouseEnhanced remake of Megami Tensei 1 and 2
JP SFCDark Law: Meaning of DeathSakata SASSuper duper hard! Also featuring rudimentary 3D!
JP SFCDark HalfWest OneItem-based leveling system; also, spoiler alert (not really): You play the antagonist!
JP SFCDaikaijuu MonogatariBirthday/Hudson SoftHidden characters and adorable sprites!
JP SFCDai-3-Ji Super Robot TaisenWinkysoftFirst in the series to have a branching storyline
JP SFCCyber Knight II: Chikyuu Teikoku no YabouAtelier Double/Group SNESimilar gameplay but massive graphical leap over the first
JP SFCCyber KnightAdvance Communication CompanySRPG/turn-based hybrid combat, also: SPAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAACE exploration
JP SFCChou-Mahou Tairiku WozzRed Company Corporation8 playable characters, branching storylines, invention systems- this game truly tries to do it all!
JP SFCDragon Quest V: Tenkuu no HanayomeChunsoftMonster capture and marriage/children ahoy!
JP SFCChaos Seed: Fuusui KairoukiNeverlandLots of resource management! Multiple endings!
JP SFCBushi Seiryuuden: Futari no YuushaGame FreakZelda-like exploration; combat is 2D platformer-like, but still turn-based (enemies only act when you do); pretty spritework
JP SFCBrandish 2: The Planet BusterFalcomSimilar top-down dungeon crawling as the first
JP SFCBishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon: Another StoryAngelAdorable digitized voices, Senshi combo attacks, what's not to love?
JP SFCBahamut LagoonSquareSquare's oft-forgotten SRPG child, divine spritework
JP SFCAretha II - Ariel no Fushigi na TabiJapan Art MediaPretty similar to the first
JP SFCArethaJapan Art MediaA sequel to the Game Boy trilogy of the same name, neat multidirectional turn-based combat
JP SFCArabian Nights: Sabaku no Seirei-oPandora BoxApparently rushed toward the end of development
JP SFCAncient Magic: Bazoo! Mahou SekaiHot-BGeneric turn-based affair with male/female protagonists with an emphasis on magic
JP SFCAlcahestHAL LaboratoryARPG featuring item-based stat growth and a password system rather than traditional saves
JP SFCDragon Quest IIIHeartbeatArguably the definitive version of the game
JP SFCDer LangrisserNCSRemake of Langrisser II, with branching storylines
JP SFCDual Orb III'MaxUltra-high encounter rate, a difficult game without grind dedication
JP SFCHeracles no Eikou III: Kamigami no ChinmokuData EastStandard turn-based combat like the rest of the series, but also has a day/night cycle for NPCs to follow
JP SFCKuusou Kagaku Sekai Gulliver BoyAmbleVery short ARPG with ungodly levels of hair spikiness on the protagonist
JP SFCKouryuu Densetsu Villgust: Kieta ShoujoWinkysoftBased on an anime of the same name, ridiculous stat levels before Disgaea made it cool
JP SFCKidou Senshi Gundam: Cross Dimension 0079BandaiSRPG based on OG Mobile Suit Gundam, utilizes button combos to use attacks
JP SFCJutei SenkiTamTamSRPG with circle-limited movement and neat cutaway battle animations, high difficulty
JP SFCJojo no Kimyou na BoukenWinkysoftRPG adaptation of Part 3, quite abridged; a very short game overall, point-and-click elements
JP SFCEmerald DragonAlfa SystemBreath of Fire's cousin with a unique battle system
JP SFCHoly Umbrella: Dondera no Mubou!!Earthly SoftMore of a sidescrolling platformer, but does have some stat increases via items, very cheeky tone
JP SFCHiouden: Mamonotachi to no ChikaiWolf TeamPoint-and-click style SRPG, made by Team Wolf of Tales of Phantasia fame
JP SFCHero Senki: Project OlympusWinkysoftA bit of Gundam, a bit of Kamen Rider, a bit of Ultraman, a bit of traditional JRPG!
JP SFCHeracles no Eikou IV: Kamigami Kara no OkurimonoData EastA multitude of different avatars to play as, each with its own attributes and perspectives on storyline events
JP SFCHourai Gakuen no Bouken!: Tenkousei ScrambleDynamiteHigh school: the JRPG! Join clubs to gain abilities!
JP SFCGalaxy RoboCopya SystemsSRPG with mechs
JP SFCG.O.D.: Mezameyo to Yobu Koe ga KikoeInfinityIf Earthbound had a child with Phantasy Star IV's battle system, this would be it
JP SFCFushigi no Dungeon 2: Fuurai no ShirenChunsoftFollow-up to Torneko no Daibouken, a roguelike before they were cool
JP SFCFront Mission: Gun HazardOmiya SoftSide-scrolling ARPG with incredible graphics, separate universe from mainline series
JP SFCFront MissionG-CraftMech-focused SRPG with a ton of units and customizability
JP SFCFire Emblem: Thracia 776Intelligent SystemsTakes place during the middle of FE4, initially distributed as a Nintendo Power ROM cartridge
JP SFCFire Emblem: Seisen no KeifuIntelligent SystemsIntroduced the marriage/children mechanic that would be seen in later FE entries
JP SFCFire Emblem: Monshou no NazoIntelligent SystemsDivided into 2 "books": Book 1 is an abridged remake of FE1, Book 2 is a direct sequel to FE1
JP SFCFinal Fantasy VSquareSo many jobs-
JP SFCFEDA: The Emblem of JusticeMax EntertainmentSRPG developed by some of the Shining Force team, features a morality-based system
JP SFCEnergy BreakerNeverlandSRPG with town exploration and an action point-based economy for combat
JP VitaThe Legend of Heroes: Sora no Kiseki the 3rd - EvolutionFalcomFinal game in the Liberl arc albeit with a different protagonist; plays like the previous games; Evolution version adds new artwork/scenarios
JP WiiEarth SeekerCrafts & Meister/KadokawaPost-apocalyptic ARPG with a mission-based structure and small minions that follow you around (can also connect to a DSiWare game for bonus items!)
JP WiiPokemon Fushigi no Dungeon - Ikuzo! Arashi no BoukendanChunsoftStack water Pokemon in a WiiWare-exclusive Mystery Dungeon adventure!
JP WiiPokemon Fushigi no Dungeon - Mezase! Hikari no BoukendanChunsoftSee above, but electric Pokemon
JP WiiPokemon Fushigi no Dungeon - Susume! Honou no BoukendanChunsoftSee above, but fire Pokemon
JP WiiTakt of MagicTaitoSuccessor to LostMagic (DS); a ARPGRTS focused on using motion controls to cast spells
JP WiiZangeki no ReginleivSandlotMission-based structure; free-running in stages and lots of emphasis on motion controls to attack, enemies drop mana that can be used to level up various weapons
JP WonderswanChocobo no Fushigi na DungeonSquareSee JP PSX, but without color
JP WonderswanDicing Knight.Platine DispositifA roguelike with hectic gameplay, dice literally fly out of enemies when you attack them to determine damage done
JP WonderswanDigimon Adventure 02: D1 TamersSIMS/BandaiDirect sequel to Tag Tamers, mostly the same, but utilizes the Wonderswan Color's palette
JP WonderswanDigimon Adventure 02: Tag TamersSIMS/BandaiTurn-based digital monster collecting, fighting, and fusing gameplay, elaborates on a very important plot point in the anime
JP WonderswanMakai Toushi SaGaSquareA 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