Best 16-bit RPGs

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Best 16-bit RPGs

Postby RichardCliffMyrick » 2015-11-20 @ 18:10

Hello! I am a big fan of 16-bit RPGs, and I am currently looking for a new one. I have been setting up a nice old industrial system based around Socket 8, and it runs Zsnes great with lower resolutions in OpenGL mode. However; it is not full speed if I turn the sound and graphics up, so I have to run it at 320x240 with 22Khz sound. Anyway, back on topic, I am looking for good SNES or Sega Genesis RPGs that will keep me occupied for a few hours. I am hoping you have some suggestions.

My favorite 16-bit RPGs

SNES
Star Ocean
Secret of Mana
Seiken Densetsu 3
Earthbound
Terranigma
Lufia 1 and 2
Illusion of Gaia
Soul Blazer
Zelda A Link to the Past
Super Mario RPG
Final Fantasy 4/5/6 (3 is really 6)
Tales of Phantasia
Breath of Fire 1 and 2


Sega Genesis
Beyond Oasis
Phantasy Star 1/2/3


Thanks in advance for any suggestions.
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Re: Best 16-bit RPGs

Postby Great Hierophant » 2015-11-21 @ 03:48

Did you just leave Chrono Trigger and Phantasy Star 4 off your list as an oversight?
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Re: Best 16-bit RPGs

Postby rgart » 2015-11-21 @ 05:09

You left out the best JRPGs on the Genesis/Mega Drive.

1) Shining in the Darkness
2) Shining Force 1
3) Shining Force 2
4) Landstalker
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Re: Best 16-bit RPGs

Postby RichardCliffMyrick » 2015-11-21 @ 14:37

Great Hierophant wrote:Did you just leave Chrono Trigger and Phantasy Star 4 off your list as an oversight?


Oops! That's funny because Chrono Trigger is my all-time favorite game.
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Re: Best 16-bit RPGs

Postby leileilol » 2015-11-22 @ 04:30

Maybe that recent Record of Lodoss War translation.


I may be biased
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Re: Best 16-bit RPGs

Postby EternalNostalgia » 2015-12-22 @ 07:10

Sega Genesis
Light Crusader
Phantasy Star series
Landstalker
Shining Force series
ShadowRun
Beyond Oasis
Sword of Vermillion
Exile


Nintendo Super Nintendo Entertainment System
Breath of Fire series
Super Mario RPG
Final Fantasy series
Chrono Trigger
Secret Of Mana
Ultima Series






For the record....
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Re: Best 16-bit RPGs

Postby sliderider » 2016-1-16 @ 13:59

Chrono Trigger was released too late. Everyone was already trading in their SNES consoles for Playstations or Saturns by the time it came out. That's why it's so rare.
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Re: Best 16-bit RPGs

Postby leileilol » 2016-1-16 @ 15:19

it released too late for Europe that is (2009).

I don't recall any SNES trade-in fever in '95.... not for 3DO, not for Jaguar, not for the early PSX titles, and especially not for the Saturn. I was still playing mine with my friends until late '96, around the point where they all got new N64s or Playstations for christmas. It was nowhere near "too late" to enjoy Chrono Trigger.
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Re: Best 16-bit RPGs

Postby Jo22 » 2016-4-13 @ 18:14

Soleil (aka Crusaders of Centy) for Sega Genesis is one of my favorites! :blush:
Some consider it to be Segas answer of The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past.
To me it is much more interesting than that. It has cute and vibrant graphics, good music and finally a story with a message.
Not the ususal "save the princess, rescue the kingdom".
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Re: Best 16-bit RPGs

Postby Rhuwyn » 2016-11-12 @ 00:28

You should consider looking at PS1 and PS2 if you run out of SNES and SEGA JRPGs. I know they are 32bit consoles but they have lots of good JRPGs also the PSP and VIta.

Nintendo lost most of RPG market after the SNES to Sony.
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