The Golden Era: 16-bit RPGs

In this quiz, you will use the hints to list as many Role-Playing Games from the 16-bit console era as you can. Consoles represented include: Super Nintendo / Super Famicom Sega Genesis / Sega Mega Drive Turbografx 16 / PC Engine
This list includes Traditional Turn-Based RPGs, Action RPGs, and Strategy RPGs.
Games released in all territories (N.America, EU/AU, Japan) will be included.
If a game exists only in Japan and has a non-English name, attempt Romaji (example/freebie: "Rudora no Hihou" instead of "Treasure of the Rudras"). If the game has an official English name, use that (example/freebie: "Terranigma" instead of "Tenchi Souzou").
Good luck!
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Last updated: April 22, 2018
First submittedApril 18, 2014
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This Enix RPG for Super Nintendo seemed to be a response to Square's SaGa series. Choose one of seven characters and go on a quest to locate seven magical runes.
The 7th Saga
Quintet/Enix balance cherub world Sim with 2D platform action. Features awesome music from Yuzo Koshiro.
A first-person perspective dungeon crawler published by HAL America, f/ hero "Rooks."
Japan-only Square Strategy RPG, remembered for its re-use of FF6 sprites and for pairing each controlled character with an AI-controlled dragon.
Bahamut Lagoon
Action RPG for Genesis, called "The Story of Thor" in Japan. Developed by Sega and Ancient.
Beyond Oasis
Super NES, Enix-published Action RPG with heavy puzzle-solving elements. Considered a Zelda clone by some.
Brain Lord
The first in Falcom's lesser-known dungeon-crawling Action RPG.
The beginning of Capcom's best-known RPG series featuring Ryu, a blue-haired protagonist who can become a dragon. Or dragons, rather.
Breath of Fire
Sequel to the above.
Breath of Fire II
A 2D platforming RPG akin to Zelda II, this Taito title was released for both Genesis and Turbografx.
You can thank Working Designs for this little-known anime-style RPG coming to the US on Turbografx-16. But you only get part two; the original stayed in Japan.
Cosmic Fantasy 2
Developed by a "dream team" of developers including key Square and Enix employees, Akira Toriyama, time travel...
Chrono Trigger
Spans three generations, and allows you to choose a bride, determining the hair color and traits of the third gen's children. Released in English-speaking territories via a DS remake.
Dragon Quest V
Travel between the real world and a dream world using, among other things, a magic carpet. This installment of Enix's flagship RPG series reinstitutes the classic job system.
Dragon Quest VI
"Mother 2" in Japan, this is the strange journey of Ness and his companions...
The Dark Knight Cecil departs the kingdom of Baron and goes on a journey of self-discovery, ultimately saving the world...
Final Fantasy IV
The job/ability system makes a triumphant return with Bartz, Gilgamesh, and four shattered crystals...
Final Fantasy V
Espers, Terra, Magicite, Kefka, and a "world of ruin" for the latter half of the game...
Final Fantasy VI
Two-character turn-based combat and usable items to navigate the terrain are some of the key features in this side-series game starring Phoebe, Tristam, Reuben, and more.
Final Fantasy Mystic Quest
The third game in Nintendo's lengthy Strategy RPG series, recently saw a remake on Nintendo 3DS that was localized in English.
Fire Emblem: Monshou no Nazo
Intelligent Systems again delivers with this Strategy RPG, this one being the last one produced by Gunpei Yokoi (who is also credited for creating the Metroid series and the Game Boy).
Fire Emblem: Seisen no Keifu
Originally introduced as a side-story to its predecessor, it was later recognized as the fifth installment in Nintendo's long-running Strategy RPG series. With the exception of "The Binding Blade," this is the last game in the series to remain Japan-only.
Fire Emblem: Thracia 776
Square's mecha Strategy RPG got its start right here.
Front Mission
The second game in Quintet's trilogy of action RPGs, featuring hero "Will" in a world that is not entirely as it seems...
Illusion of Gaia
Welcome to Lakeland. Prominent Ys clone, some consider this action RPG underrated, others feel it deserves its scorn...
If Zelda went to Sega and had an isometric view, it would be this game. The first in Climax's series of fun puzzle-solving Action RPGs (the next of note was "Alundra" for PlayStation).
Though it was re-released with alternate paths for Super Famicom under the title "Der Langrisser" (not in this list), the Sega Mega Drive sequel to Warsong showed that Masaya started something big with this fun Tactical RPG.
Langrisser II
A prominent Nintendo franchise featuring a green-suited, elf-like guy and his Master Sword. Barely fits the "RPG" definition, but some people count it, so here it is. There's a Dark World.
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
Japan-only sequel to the SNES RPG starring a Paladin. No, not Final Fantasy.
Lennus II
Face off against the wicked "ODIO" in seven time periods, then discover his true origins as our heroes gather together. Japan-only Squaresoft RPG with music from Yoko Shimomura.
Maxim's great-grandson must stop the sinistrals in this classic Taito RPG...
Lufia & the Fortress of Doom
The prequel-sequel that tells us more about the Sinistrals. One of the last SNES games to be published in North America.
Lufia II: Rise of the Sinistrals
Japan-only Enix RPG, the third in a series from developed "Produce." The game opens with the player choosing one of two protagonists, Remeer or Ferris.
Mystic Ark
Often derided as a "Zelda clone," this Action Adventure RPG for Turbografx is considered underrated by this list-maker.
Sequel to the above, you control the son of the first game's protagonist. The game's end credits promise a third game in the series, but it was never to be...
Neutopia II
Yasumi Matsuno got his start with this Strategy RPG that features Tarot Cards and many allusions/homages to the band "Queen."
Ogre Battle
Known as "Lennus" in Japan, this Enix-developed RPG features a Paladin who isn't named Cecil.
Paladin's Quest
The second in a four-part series that is considered the magnum opus of Sega RPGs. Sci-fi heavy, features "Mother Brain" as a villain even though this ain't Metroid.
Phantasy Star II
The third game in the four-part series of epic sci-fi RPGs. In this game, you follow multiple generations of a family to defeat evil. Features multiple endings.
Phantasy Star III
"The End of the Millennium" brings a close to this epic sci-fi RPG series on Sega Genesis.
Phantasy Star IV
An intentionally humorous RPG for SNES, from Quintet and Enix. Takes place on the world of "Quintenix" and features robots.
Choose one of eight heroes/heroines and go on a quest to stop Saruin from consuming the world. Its "Minstrel Song" remake for PS2 brought this Japan-only RPG to English-speaking territories.
Romancing SaGa
Take on the role of either the emperor of empress of Avalon, and be prepared to take on the "Seven Heroes" (actually villains) in the second game in this Japan-only Square RPG.
Romancing SaGa 2
Like the first game, this third game in Square's underdog franchise allows you to choose one of eight main characters and venture forth to take on the Noble Demon Lords.
Romancing SaGa 3
Another Japan-only Square RPG featuring an innovative and complex magic system and three different protagonists.
Rudora no Hihou
It's just you and your dog in Podunk, USA, before you get transported to a whole new realm. One of Square's few US-developed games.
Secret of Evermore
A boy, a girl, and a sprite collect the powers of the 8 elements to save the world. A highly-rated Action RPG that allowed for 3-player cooperative play with a multitap.
Secret of Mana
Japan-only Action RPG, sequel to the above, featuring six characters (though you can only use three per save file,chosen at the game's beginning). Branching class system, three different penultimate dungeons.
Seiken Densetsu 3
An oft-reviled SNES RPG from Tecmo, known as "Aqutallion" in Japan. Features many playable characters.
Secret of the Stars
Based on the pen-and-paper RPG of the same name, this cyberpunk RPG is actually two entirely different games. The Genesis and SNES versions differ drastically, much like Jurassic Park.
Atlus gets their formal start with their demon-collecting RPG right here (discounting the two Namco-published NES games that lacked the "Shin"). Recently released in English, officially, on the iOS.
Shin Megami Tensei
Sequel to the above game.
Shin Megami Tensei II
Enter the world of Makai in this spinoff to Atlus' flagship RPG series, which paves the way for both the "Devil Summoner" and "Persona" series...
Shin Megami Tensei if...
Sega's response to Fire Emblem. Unlike Fire Emblem, this Strategy RPG made it to English-speaking territories and became the standard-bearer for Strategy RPGs of this era.
Shining Force
Sequel to the above.
Shining Force II
First-person dungeon crawler from Sega, technically the first in the overall "Shining" mega-series.
Shining In the Darkness
This action RPG from Falcom, originally considered "Dragon Slayer V," has seen so many ports, remakes, and expansions, it's truly hard to keep track. Released in North America on Sega Genesis.
The first of Quintet's Action RPG trilogy, you are sent by "The Master" to the Freil Empire to rid the world of an evil designed by man called "Deathtoll."
Soul Blazer
The first game in Enix's space exploration RPGs that tend to spend a lot more time on medieval-looking planets than in a sci-fi/space environment. Known for its many characters and many ending "variations" based on character relationships. First released in English via a PSP remake.
Star Ocean
Squaresoft and Nintendo join forces to give the red-suited plumber his very own RPG.
Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars
Matsuno's Strategy RPG gets more "Tactical." Released in the US on PS1, and again on PSP as a thoroughly polished remake.
Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together
The first game in Namco's extremely long-running Action RPG series. Combat takes place in random encounters, and then on a 2D fighting field. Released in English on GBA many years later.
Tales of Phantasia
The final game in Quintet's Action RPG series. Leave the center of the planet for the surface, see plants and animals evolve, and try to settle mankind's struggle against ... itself, and nature, and even darker forces.
The start of KOEI's ocean-faring/pirate Sim RPG series.
Uncharted Waters
Sequel to the above. Both have great music from Yoko Kanno.
Uncharted Waters II: New Horizons
The first game in the "Langrisser" series, and the only one to reach English-speaking territories. Sega Genesis Strategy RPG that you ought to play if you have not yet experienced it.
The first two games of Falcom's flagship series featuring the red-haired Adol tend to be packaged together wherever they go. They made it to the US on the Turbografx.
Ys: Book I & II
Originally released in Japan on PC-88/98, the third game in Falcom's flagship action RPG saw (poor) ports on SNES, Genesis, and Turbografx.
Ys III: Wanderers From Ys
One of the convoluted versions of the 4th entry in Adol's history. Falcom tried to clear things up with the recent PSVita game "Memories of Celceta," but perhaps only confused things further. This game was released on the PC Engine (Japan's equivalent to Turbografx).
Ys IV: The Dawn of Ys
One of the convoluted versions of the 4th entry in Adol's history. Falcom tried to clear things up with the recent PSVita game "Memories of Celceta," but perhaps only confused things further. This game was released on Super Famicom.
Ys IV: Mask of the Sun
Originally released exclusively for Super Famicom, this is the only "old" game in Falcom's flagship Action RPG series to not yet receive a complete overhaul a la Felghana or Celceta.
Ys V: Ushinawareta Suna no Miyako Kefin
Level 13
Mar 3, 2018
You mispelled "Rudra No Hihou", also you should accept the English translated title "Treasure of the Rudras". Same thing for Fire Emblem IV, you should accept "Fire Emblem: Geneaology of the Holy War".
Level 50
Apr 22, 2018
So, for FE4, if you type in "Fire Emblem: Genealogy" you'll be stopped there and it'll be accepted as the correct answer. It's always been that way, not sure why that wasn't working for you.

As for Rudora no Hihou and its fan-translated title, I don't consider a Romaji spelling as a "mis-spelling." But I've updated it so Rudora and Rudra will both clear the name for quiz-attempters.