Top JRPGs of 2023

2023 was a big year for JRPGs! Whether you’re a fan of traditional games or into other subgenres, it seems like there was something for everyone this year.

We asked members of the Discord community to choose their top three JRPGs using this form. Choices included all English ports, remasters and new releases for 2023.

Each vote was assigned different point values. 1st choice = 3 points, 2nd choice = 2 points, and 3rd choice = 1 point.

Here’s the Top 5!


#5 – Legend of Heroes – Trails into Reverie

Points: 19
Genre:
Turn-based
Release Date:
July 7th
Developer:
Nihon Falcom
Platforms:
PC, Switch, PS4/5

“Three different legends are about to unfold! Determine the fates of Rean Schwarzer, Lloyd Bannings, and the mysterious “C” in this climactic chapter of The Legend of Heroes series.”

More info on Steam


#4 Super Mario RPG

Points: 23
Genre:
Turn-based
Release Date:
November 17th
Developer:
ArtePiazza
Platforms:
Switch

“Enter—or revisit—a world of whimsy with Mario on a quest to repair Star Road and defeat the troublemaking Smithy Gang. Team up with a party of unlikely allies, like the monstrous Bowser and a mysterious doll named Geno, in a story-rich RPG packed with laughs and quirky characters.”

More info from Nintendo


#3 Fire Emblem Engage

Points: 25
Genre:
Strategy
Release Date:
January 20th
Developer:
Intelligent Systems
Platforms:
Switch

“Team up with iconic heroes from past Fire Emblem games. Summon valiant heroes like Marth and Celica with the power of Emblem Rings and add their power to yours in this brand-new Fire Emblem story.”

More info from Nintendo


#2 Final Fantasy XVI

Points: 36
Genre: Action
Release Date: June 22nd
Developer: Square-Enix
Platforms: PlayStation 5

“The sun is setting upon the land of Valisthea. For centuries, people have flocked to her Mothercrystals to partake of their blessing—the abundant aether that fuels the magicks they rely upon in their everyday lives. As the aether begins to fade and the lifeless deadlands spread ever further, so too does the struggle for possession of the final flickers of the Mothers’ light grow ever more fierce. Yet amidst the gathering storm, there are those who believe that the legacy of the crystals has shaped mankind’s destiny for long enough.”

More info from Square-Enix


#1 Octopath Traveler II

2023 Game of the Year!

Points: 47
Genre:
Turn-based
Release Date:
February 24th
Developer:
Square-Enix, Acquire
Platforms:
Switch, PS4/5, PC

“The story takes place in Solistia, a land comprising an eastern and western continent divided by the sea. It is a bustling era, wherein large vessels navigate busy sea routes and the power of steam gives birth to new technologies. Some people thrill to glamorous stars of the stage and industry, while others are brought to tears by war, plague, and poverty. In this faraway realm, eight travelers hailing from different regions venture forth for their own reasons. Step into their shoes and explore the land as you see fit.”

More info from Square-Enix


Statistics

List of JRPGs with points

Atelier Ryza 3: Alchemist of the End & the Secret Key – 2 points
Baten Kaitos I & II HD Remaster – 2 points
Digimon World Next Order – 1 point
Dragon Quest Monsters: The Dark Prince – 12 points
Dragon Quest Treasures – 2 points
Etrian Odyssey Origins Collection – 10 points
Final Fantasy VII: Ever Crisis – 2 points
Final Fantasy XVI – 36 points
Fire Emblem Engage – 25 points
FRONT MISSION 2: Remake – 2 points
Labyrinth of Galleria: The Moon Society – 2 points
Like a Dragon: Ishin! – 3 points
Like A Dragon Gaiden – 7 points
LIVE A LIVE – 10 points
Loop8: Summer of Gods – 1 point
Mary Skelter Finale – 1 point
Mega Man Battle Network Legacy Collection – 4 points
Monster Hunter Rise – 7 points
Octopath Traveler II – 47 points
One Piece Odyssey – 2 points
Persona 4 Golden – 8 points
Rhapsody: Marl Kingdom Chronicles – 1 point
Rune Factory 3 Special – Golden Memories Limited Edition – 3 points
Silent Hope – 2 points
Star Ocean: The Second Story R – 14 points
Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin – 5 points
Super Mario RPG remake – 23 points
Tales of Symphonia Remastered – 5 points
The Caligula Effect 2 – 3 points
The Legend of Heroes: Trails into Reverie – 19 points
The Legend of Heroes: Trails to Azure – 16 points
The Legend of Nayuta: Boundless Trails – 3 points
Voice of Cards Trilogy – 2 points
Void Terrarium 2 – 3 points
Ys IX: Monstrum Nox – 1 point