The Best Super Nintendo RPGs Ever Made

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Role-playing games that were released on the SNES. They do not have to be exclusives.

The best Super Nintendo RPG games introduced a generation of gamers to the term RPG. There's something about role-playing games that really capture your imagination and make you feel like you're part of another world. Your party always has colorful characters, the abilities you gain along the way are amazing, and boss battles are usually nothing short of epic. With so many great options to choose from, there was never a shortage of games to play for fans of the genre. Since some games were much better than others, we've decided to rank the top SNES RPGs of all time.

This list features the most popular and best-selling RPGs that were released for Super Nintendo. While many of these games were console exclusive, we're allowing non-exclusives to be a part of the list as well. Popular games featured on this list include everything from SNES classics like Chrono Trigger to Lufia & the Fortress of Doom, and more. Vote up all your favorite video games below.

Most divisive: Final Fantasy Mystic Quest
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  • Chrono Trigger
    4,978 votes
    • Developer: Square, Tose Co., Ltd.

    In a world where time travel is an essential part of the gameplay, Chrono Trigger stands out as one of the most beloved RPGs ever to be released on the Super Nintendo. By joining forces with a diverse cast of iconic characters - like the noble swordsman Frog, the rebellious princess Marle, and the highly intelligent Robo - the protagonist Crono must journey through time to save the world from the evil Lavos. The intertwining storylines, engaging turn-based battles, and rich character development create an unforgettable role-playing experience that has withstood the test of time.

  • Final Fantasy VI
    3,801 votes
    • Developer: Sqaure

    Regarded by many as the pinnacle of the series, Final Fantasy VI delivers a captivating story filled with emotion, drama, and a touch of steampunk fantasy. Players must navigate a gripping narrative following a ragtag band of heroes, each with their unique backstory and abilities, as they attempt to overthrow the villainous Kefka and save their world from devastation. The game's innovative Active Time Battle system and deep customization options, such as the Esper magic and character equipment systems, provide countless hours of engrossing gameplay. Memorable moments, like the Opera House sequence and the World of Ruin, remain etched in the minds of RPG fans to this day.

    • Developer: Nintendo, Square

    Revolutionizing the beloved Mario franchise, Super Mario RPG takes our favorite plumber out of the Mushroom Kingdom and into an entirely new world filled with humor, adventure, and memorable characters. As Mario, players must team up with an unlikely alliance of friends, including Bowser and Princess Peach, to defeat the nefarious Smithy and collect the seven legendary stars. Featuring action-packed, timed combat mechanics and hidden minigames, this title's unique blend of platforming elements and traditional RPG gameplay make it an instant classic. Gamers will never forget the delightful quirkiness of Geno, Mallow, or the Axem Rangers.

  • Terranigma
    Jan 01 1995
    1,351 votes
    • Developer: Quintet

    As a unique blend of action-RPG gameplay and philosophical themes, Terranigma is an often-overlooked gem on the Super Nintendo. Players assume the role of Ark, a young boy who discovers that he alone has the power to resurrect the lost land of Earth and its lost inhabitants. The game's real-time combat system and intricate puzzles offer refreshing challenges, while the engrossing plot explores themes such as morality, sacrifice, and rebirth. Terranigma's breathtaking graphics, beautifully composed music, and poignant narrative make it an unforgettable experience for fans of the genre.

  • Final Fantasy IV
    Jan 01 1991
    1,969 votes
    • Developer: Sting Entertainment, Matrix Software, Square, Tose Co., Ltd.

    With its rich storytelling and innovative mechanics, Final Fantasy IV marked a turning point for the iconic series. Players follow the journey of the dark knight Cecil, as he struggles with loyalty and redemption while trying to prevent the evil sorcerer Golbez from destroying the world. The game introduced the Active Time Battle system, which added an exhilarating sense of urgency to turn-based combat, and the memorable cast of characters became a staple of the series. From the friendship between Cecil and Kain to the love story between Rosa and Cecil, Final Fantasy IV is truly an emotional rollercoaster for RPG enthusiasts.

  • Secret of Mana
    Jan 01 1993
    2,811 votes
    • Developer: Square

    Colorful graphics, real-time action, and cooperative multiplayer make Secret of Mana an unforgettable experience for the Super Nintendo generation. Players guide a young hero, armed with the legendary Mana Sword, as he journeys to save the world from an evil empire bent on exploiting the power of Mana. The unique Ring Command system allows players to manage equipment and spells on the fly during battles, making for seamless and thrilling gameplay. With a vibrant world to explore, a memorable soundtrack, and the option to play with two friends simultaneously, Secret of Mana remains a benchmark for action-RPGs.