The Super Nintendo Entertainment System spawned some of the greatest role-playing games ever made. The 16-bit RPGs created during the early '90s helped the genre grow beyond its niche audiences and expand into a broader fanbase. The widespread success of The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (which we're not including in this list since we're classifying it as an action-adventure game) inspired a lot of action-RPGs in terms of top-down gameplay that didn't rely on turn-based combat.

The Super Nintendo/Famicom saw many RPG classics come and go during its prime, setting some pretty high standards for the genre until we saw the Sony PlayStation achievement monumental success with Final Fantasy VII. While Cloud and Sephiroth would go on to become household names, it's time we look back at the innovators that preceded them. Final Fantasy VII is often regarded as one of the greatest role-playing games of all time, but don't be surprised if you encounter some Super Nintendo RPGs here that are just as good if not better, especially when it comes to the top three on this list.

Before we leave our hometown and embark on a world-saving journey, we've got to pay tribute to some of the classic games that could've easily made this list. Other noteworthy Super Nintendo/Famicom role-playing games that deserve an honorable mention include Tales of Phantasia, Ogre Battle, Soul Blazer, Star Ocean, Lufia I-II, Breath of Fire, Final Fantasy V and Secret of Evermore. Giddy-up your Chocobo, save your MP and keep your healers in the back row as we grind through the 10 Best SNES RPGs.

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