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Rare and excellent SNES games.

MindLibMindLib Registered User regular
edited May 2010 in Help / Advice Forum
I just bought an SNES from one of those stores that deals in vintage games. I got Mario All-Stars for a roommate but I didn't find any of the rare goodies that I wanted to. I've played and conquered many of the more prominent games, I.E. Super Metroid, Chrono Trigger, Final Fantasies, Secret of Mana, etc...I don't think you're going to be able to suggest a conventional title that I wouldn't have already played. So what I'm looking for are games that- and I suppose specifically RPG-ish ones -are a little rare/lesser known, possibly subtitled/translated imports? I'm interested in Ogre Battle derivatives and games like Terranimga.

I know you can help me! TYVM in advance.

As requested, a list of suggested games:
7Th Saga
Actraiser
Aerobiz I, II
Another World
Arcana
Axelay
Bahamut Lagoon
Black Thorne
Brandish
Breath of Fire I, II
Cybernator
Death and Return of Superman
Demon's Crest
E V O Search For Eden
Earthbound
Equinox
Flashback
Gem Fire
Gradius III
Illusions of Gaia
Lufia II
Metal Warriors
Ogre Battle
Ogre Tactics
Out of this World
Paladin's Quest
Pocky and Rocky
RoboTrek
RType III
Secret of Evermore
Shadowrun
Soul Blazer
Spike McFang
Super Double Dragon
Super Ghouls n Ghosts
Super Mario RPG
Super Star Wars
Tales of Phantasia
Terranigma
The Lost Vikings
Umihara Kawase
Uncharted Waters New Horizons
Uniracers
Wanderers from Ys
Zombies ate my Neighbors

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  • JHunzJHunz Registered User regular
    edited May 2010
    You may or may not have already played all of these:
    Actraiser
    The Lost Vikings (and its sequel)
    Shadowrun

    Edit after looking through some stuff:
    Black Thorne (more of an action game, but fun)
    E.V.O. Search For Eden (action RPG where you evolve from a fish)
    Umihara Kawase (not sure if this was translated, but text is irrelevant if you can find it)

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  • DirtyDirtyVagrantDirtyDirtyVagrant Registered User regular
    edited May 2010
    Super Ghouls n Ghosts.

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  • LadyMLadyM Registered User regular
    edited May 2010
    Earthbound, if you haven't already.

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  • MegaMan001MegaMan001 CRNA Rochester, MNRegistered User regular
    edited May 2010
    E.V.O is soo goddamn good.

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  • RyeRye Registered User regular
    edited May 2010
    Lufia II
    Illusions of Gaia
    RoboTrek (not RoboTech)
    7Th Saga
    Paladin's Quest
    Super Mario RPG
    Secret of Evermore
    Breath of Fire I, II, III

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  • Casually HardcoreCasually Hardcore Once an Asshole. Trying to be better. Registered User regular
    edited May 2010
    EVO is everything Spore was lacking when it comes to the evolutionary aspect. Though, I still don't understand what the fuck was going on with the end boss. Need to replay this one day.

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  • XaquinXaquin Right behind you!Registered User regular
    edited May 2010
    Actraiser is soooo good

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  • MindLibMindLib Registered User regular
    edited May 2010
    I really apprecaite all the efforts, but the only games that I haven't beaten already that have been mentioned are Paladin's Quest and RoboTrek. I guess I haven't played any of the Breath of Fire games either, which one should I play?

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  • A Dabble Of TheloniusA Dabble Of Thelonius It has been a doozy of a dayRegistered User regular
    edited May 2010
    Uncharted Waters : New Horizons

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  • TomantaTomanta Registered User regular
    edited May 2010
    MindLib wrote: »
    I really apprecaite all the efforts, but the only games that I haven't beaten already that have been mentioned are Paladin's Quest and RoboTrek. I guess I haven't played any of the Breath of Fire games either, which one should I play?

    The first Breath of Fire is really good. I hear good things about the 2nd but I couldn't get too far into it because the translation is terrible.

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  • MoosehatIVMoosehatIV Saw a blimp once Registered User regular
    edited May 2010
    For Breath of Fire only 1 and 2 are on the SNES.

    In my opinion 1 is the best. 2 has some problems, but makes a good point of bashing Christianity.

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  • CauldCauld Registered User regular
    edited May 2010
    Uncharted Waters : New Horizons

    One of my favorite games. I also like the Aerobiz series. 2 (supersonic) is better than 1.

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  • YodaTunaYodaTuna Registered User regular
    edited May 2010
    I wish I could find a copy of EVO that wasn't 80-100 god damn dollars.

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  • JHunzJHunz Registered User regular
    edited May 2010
    I enjoyed Breath of Fire games on the SNES, but specifically excluded them from my list because they were too well known :P.

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  • STATE OF THE ART ROBOTSTATE OF THE ART ROBOT Registered User regular
    edited May 2010
    I remember Ogre Tactics was fun, although I am gonna guess that it is pretty expensive.

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  • Namel3ssNamel3ss Registered User regular
    edited May 2010
    Uncharted Waters : New Horizons

    I came into this thread intending to recommend this game. I have no idea how many hours I sunk into it.

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  • MindLibMindLib Registered User regular
    edited May 2010
    Uncharted looks fantastic, and the art reminds me of one of my all-time favorite games; Gemfire.

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  • MoosehatIVMoosehatIV Saw a blimp once Registered User regular
    edited May 2010
    Man, all this thread is doing is making me wonder why the hell I didn't steal all these games from blockbuster when I was younger. I coulda been rich.

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  • DuffelDuffel jacobkosh Registered User regular
    edited May 2010
    There were a lot of RPGs in the very early days of the SNES that were really good, and I'm having a hard time thinking of them.

    Soul Blazer looked pretty promising when I got the chance to play it. I hate The 7th Saga but apparently some people get really into it; be forewarned it has one of the most sadistic difficulty curves found in a 16-bit RPG.

    The Lufia games were alright if they haven't been mentioned, but those were pretty big.

    Pilotwings was also a lot of fun, albeit not an RPG; it gets kind of neglected for being a launch title I think.

    EDIT: There was also this very obscure game called Brandish that I remember hearing a lot about. It was unusual in that you had an overhead view, but you could rotate your dude to see all different angles of the walls. The controls were pretty weird but I remember Nintendo Power gushing about the story and gameplay depth. Might be worth looking up.

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  • necroSYSnecroSYS Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited May 2010
    Arcana

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  • DjiemDjiem Registered User regular
    edited May 2010
    The Twisted Tales of Spike McFang.

    It's a short (I can 100% it in 4 hours now that I know the game inside out) top-down action game with RPG elements, but it's got a great soundtrack, nice colorful graphics, a very simple story with likeable characters. You're a vampire kid who fights evil cloves with his cape and a flying top hat and drink tomato juice to get HP, and some professor calls you on your cell phone when you reach a new level of experience. You can also use magic cards to cast spells on the screen. Also, one of the boss' weak point is hot chicken noodle soup. That should be enough to make anyone want to play it.

    It's no Chrono Trigger, but you will enjoy it for the day or two it'll last you.

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  • DuffelDuffel jacobkosh Registered User regular
    edited May 2010
    Also: Wanderers from Ys (side-scrolling action RPG)

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  • EshEsh Tending bar. FFXIV. Motorcycles. Portland, ORRegistered User regular
    edited May 2010
    necroSYS wrote: »
    Arcana

    I remember playing this when I was younger. Was it REALLY short. I seem to remember beating it in one night.

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  • JNighthawkJNighthawk Registered User regular
    edited May 2010
    Man. I came in this thread to recommend Lufia, Breath of Fire, and Brandish. Way too late, apparently.

    OP, when this thread is done, can you update the OP with the list of the games suggested?

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  • MindLibMindLib Registered User regular
    edited May 2010
    JNighthawk wrote: »
    OP, when this thread is done, can you update the OP with the list of the games suggested?

    haha, sure.

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  • ceresceres When the last moon is cast over the last star of morning And the future has past without even a last desperate warningRegistered User, Moderator mod
    edited May 2010
    nthing Breath of Fire. Awesome series. I found an old friend's copy of III when I moved... I must have moved with it, and now I don't know how to get it back to him. Sadness.

    I believe III is actually a PS1 game, so a SNES won't do much good. I think I and II are it. I recall enjoying III more than I, but they were both good.

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  • BartholamueBartholamue Registered User regular
    edited May 2010
    YodaTuna wrote: »
    I wish I could find a copy of EVO that wasn't 80-100 god damn dollars.

    I unfortunately paid all that much for EVO.

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  • ZythonZython Registered User regular
    edited May 2010
    ceres wrote: »
    nthing Breath of Fire. Awesome series. I found an old friend's copy of III when I moved... I must have moved with it, and now I don't know how to get it back to him. Sadness.

    I believe III is actually a PS1 game, so a SNES won't do much good. I think I and II are it. I recall enjoying III more than I, but they were both good.

    Yes, III is a PS1 game. And yes, III is really really good.

    But yeah, Breath of Fire I & II are both worth playing. Though if you can't find them on the SNES, you can also get them either on the Wii VC or for the GBA.

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  • ZombiemamboZombiemambo Registered User regular
    edited May 2010
    It's a shooter, but Axelay is hard to find and it's simply wonderful.

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  • SatsumomoSatsumomo Rated PG! Registered User regular
    edited May 2010
    How rare is Flashback?

    I remember that it was a very realistic game (At the time) which I loved. I actually felt I was carrying a handgun in that game, what with the limited ammo and the very good sound effects.

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  • DirtyDirtyVagrantDirtyDirtyVagrant Registered User regular
    edited May 2010
    I'll second Ys.

    It's a lot easier on the SNES than it was on the Genesis though. Makes you feel dirty.

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  • truck-a-saurastruck-a-sauras Registered User regular
    edited May 2010
    YodaTuna wrote: »
    I wish I could find a copy of EVO that wasn't 80-100 god damn dollars.

    I unfortunately paid all that much for EVO.

    ouch! I own and love EVO, but don't think it is anywhere near worth $80. level design is horrible/non-existent for at least 3/4 of the game. Too much walk right eat animal, walk left and respawn animal and eat, then repeat over and over and over until you can afford the evolution you want. But the evolution upgrades were awesome. turning into human or kick ass winged dragon was always a bonus too if you found the right combos.

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  • DuffelDuffel jacobkosh Registered User regular
    edited May 2010
    Satsumomo wrote: »
    How rare is Flashback?

    I remember that it was a very realistic game (At the time) which I loved. I actually felt I was carrying a handgun in that game, what with the limited ammo and the very good sound effects.

    :^:

    I forgot about this game, too. Not an RPG but a really awesome game, and very "SNES-y" for lack of a better way to put it.

    Also seconding both Breath of Fire games, and even though the third one is on PS1, you should check it out too if you can. The series has a very unique setting, lots of humor, a pretty cool game system and awesome music. BoF 3 is one of the most interesting RPGs ever in my opinion, and one of the very few that move away from the whole "Quest to destroy Big Evil Dude to save the world" model.

    I loved the BoF series growing up and it's really sad that the franchise seems to have died out.

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  • SheepSheep Registered User, __BANNED USERS regular
    edited May 2010
    Flashback
    Out of this World/Another World
    Uniracers
    Terranigma (If you're in the UK)
    RType III
    Pocky and Rocky
    The Capcom Mickey Mouse games
    Demon's Crest
    Super Star Wars
    Zombies ate my Neighbors
    Gradius III
    Super Double Dragon


    The Nintendo SimCity game is fucking awesome too.

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  • illiricaillirica Registered User regular
    edited May 2010
    I remember liking Equinox as a kid. I have no idea how well it would stand up to the test of time, but my brother and I played that one a fair bit, and I'm going to throw it out there because it's one of those rarer RPGs that most people haven't heard of.

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  • toolberttoolbert Registered User regular
    edited May 2010
    There were a lot of games in this thread that I've loved, but I didn't see The 7th Saga or Secret of Evermore. Those gave me hours of fun. The 7th Saga was fun, but man was it hard. I died way too much, but enjoyed the game as a whole. As for Secret of Evermore, it was Square US' take on the Mana series. We got that instead of SoM 2. It was still a lot of fun even though the alchemy system was a little of a pain.

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  • STATE OF THE ART ROBOTSTATE OF THE ART ROBOT Registered User regular
    edited May 2010
    Oh god. Seconding Gradius III so hard. IMO the best shooter to come out on the SNES.

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  • Brainiac 8Brainiac 8 Don't call me Shirley... Registered User regular
    edited May 2010
    Uncharted Waters : New Horizons

    I cannot stress enough how awesome this game is.

    I even rebought it on VC just to support this awesome game. Pirate RPG SIM Strategy Adventure! :D

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  • SpawnbrokerSpawnbroker Registered User regular
    edited May 2010
    Seconding Zombies Ate My Neighbors. God damn that game was a fun time.

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  • TofystedethTofystedeth Registered User regular
    edited May 2010
    Demon's Crest was a lot of fun. I'm gonna back up Sheep on that one.

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