Top 10 Best Non-Square/Enix SNES RPGs


There are many top 10 lists out there of best rpgs for the snes, but they all include the same games and names, final fantasy and dragon quest, chrono trigger etc. So I wondered, what would a top 10 look like if I eliminated all square and enix games from the running? Here is the result!

28 Replies to “Top 10 Best Non-Square/Enix SNES RPGs”

  1. Rule Breaker

    There's 3 games on this list that was made by Enix. Personally, I would've gone with Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War or Fire Emblem: Thracia 776 instead. Perhaps it's not a traditional RPG (has more elements of Turn-Based Strategy), but it's still an RPG regardless. Might even make an argument of Shin Megami Tensei, as well.

    That would leave one more non-square, non-enix game left to cover.

  2. Rogue Rifter

    Given the number of Quintet games on the list I am very disappointed that Robotrek didn't make the cut. I love the game and one of my saddest video game related memories was moving, unpacking, and finding out that my copy it had disappeared along with many other games when I was 15. I never understood why there was never a sequel. Take the basic system and add in a wider varaity of ranged and melee weapon classes.

  3. Ahmed Ahmed

    Um … the snes version of tales of Phantasia was okay … it was pretty challenging but I feel the game looks more beautiful on the snes than on any other console . I don’t know about ps1 but the GBA looks way to bright and loud . The snes has cute models . The controls makes me feel like this belongs to an snes and the snes belongs to it .. like … they were made for each other ……. I dunno … I’m babbling lol ! I just feel in my heart that tales of Phantasia is better in snes

  4. DJ XCDR

    Great video, great list! some people explain about square-enix games being in the list even though the title says there shouldn't be any.
    However, I heared you say in the video that it's about games that didn't leave Japan, but at the number one you mention it being a non-square-enix gamelist. Maybe you decided to change the title later? Still a good video though in my opinion.

    The only thing I disagree with is with your recommendation for playing Tales of Phantasia on PS1.
    I see where you're coming from but I think the SNES version is still the best version. Comes down to preference I suppose,
    because i really felt the mujsic on the ps1 version was too "smooth" in comparison too the harsh sound of the SNES.

  5. RetroProGamer

    The SNES had so many good RPG Games. Not only from Square and Enix. But over here we only had 5 Games. Secret of Mana, Lufia 2, Terranigma, Secret of Evermore and Illusion of Gaia.(And Breath of Fire 2 which was however not released in my country i think but at least in PAL Region)

  6. hdRGB

    For all of the hate down below, just try to be nice instead. Quintet developed both Illusion of Gaia and Terranigma, so technically they are correct to be listed, though I agree the title of the video should probably be "Top 10 best-non Square/Enix developed SNES RPGs". With that said, this person made a good video we all watched, so hoorah for that! Smile, people, smile!

  7. Jaison McQuade

    I agreed with you until Lufia 2, as a kid I always held lufia 2 in high regard, but I played it again in the last 2 years and it just doesn't hold up imo. I think it overstays its welcome by like 10 iterations of "new town, dungeon, new town, dungeon"

  8. MangledMailMan

    Criminally underrated is an understatement for Granstream Saga. Both it and Illusion of Gaia were some of my absolute favorite classic RPGs. So happy to see Illusion of Gaia on the list and its connections to Soul Blazer, Terranigma, and Granstream Saga pointed out, as they are all fantastic games. I also completely agree with you about Lufia II: Rise of the Sinistrals. It is my absolute favorite SNES RPG, even more so than Chrono Trigger or Earthbound, which are also some of my favorites. Such a great masterpiece!

  9. Galloe

    I'm not saying I did not like Illusion of Gaia a lot, but for a very wrong reason it sucked for me too. If you've played that game for a little bit, you would have no doubt come to the "Stand on the golden square" part of.

    I used to rent that game as a child when Chrono Trigger was not in stock but anyway I got stuck on that part to the point I had to stop playing it. A bit of time later I found some kind of insert or cheat guid or whatever that said I needed to stand on the gold square for one mintue. I found that book in a Good will, and this was before the internet was a big thing. How was I supposed to know that? The game never said anyting about it, it was not even hinted at! Without that book I would have never made it any further in that game, and for that I could never put it in my top 10 list.

  10. Matthew Erwin

    Breath of fire 2 was one of the games that lead to a lifetime of incalculable hours of “rpg-ing”. I was 11 when Santa brought me that wonderful machine and although I had even played other rpg’s on the Nintendo like FF and DW, nothing holds a candle to the impact games like BoF2 and FF3(as it was known here,6 in Japan) had on my young lil’ mind. I was never a big reader, but I always loved stories-these were interactive “choose your own adventure” books for me. Graphical power has always been the least important attribute to me and while of coarse absolutely beautiful games like The Witcher 3 are amazing to look at- that is not the true reason we love these games. Someone once asked me with a hint of… I guess condescension would fit best- whether I thought I had wasted my time or essentially my youth…… I replied “ well… I can clearly see you’ve never played Final Fantasy VII” and walked away.

  11. Matthew Erwin

    This is the 3rd straight video of yours I’ve watched and I must say … we would most likely been best of friends….well…when not totally enthralled by whatever new rpg had been available for rent at the video store lol

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