Best Japan exclusive JRPGsA list of 47 games created by AmySaturn on 26th March 2017
Live A Live (Japan) [En by Aeon Genesis v2.0Deluxe]SNES
A Japan only Turn-Based RPG by Squaresoft, in which you control several seemingly unrelated characters each in different settings and time periods.
Fushigi no Dungeon 2 - Fuurai no Shiren (Japan) [En by Aeon Genesis v1.0] (~Mysterious Dungeon 2 ~ Shiren the Wanderer)SNES
A fan translation of a great roguelike set in the medieval rural Japan. A great example of "less is more" in visuals, story, music, and gameplay. You control Shiren, the titular Wanderer, on his quest to find the nest of the Golden Condor. You'll be surprised how much this game can deliver, once you master the art of halving your YASDs.
Kyuuyaku Megami Tensei (Japan)SNES
Japanese-only remake of the two original Megami Tensei games, released for the Super Famicom in 1995.
Lagrange Point (Japan)NES
Lagrange Point is a JRPG developed by Konami. It stands out because it is the only game to use the VRC7 soundchip, the most powerful one made for any NES game. The game itself is much inspired by Phantasy Star but it brings enough original ideas to stand out on its own as a great and original JRPG as well.
Just Breed (Japan) [En by Stealth v1.0]NES
Just Breed is a strategy RPG released only in Japan for the Nintendo Famicom.
Fire Emblem - Seisen no Keifu (Japan)SNES
The fourth game in the Fire Emblem series, released only in Japan for the Super Famicom. It presents a storyline spanning two generations and is one of the darkest entries in the franchise.
Bahamut Lagoon (Japan) [En by DeJap+Neill Corlett+Tomato v1.3] (Emulator Edition)SNES
Bahamut Lagoon is a tactical turn based strategy game where you engange in battles on a grid based map. Once you are enganged in a battle, the battle system becomes the familiar turn based structure.
Treasure Hunter G (Japan) [En by Metalhawk+Obsolete v1.0PostBeta2]SNES
Treasure Hunter G is a charming and technically impressive stratergy RPG that also serves as a perfect showcase for the SNES's capabilities. It was released in 1996.
Seiken Densetsu 3 (Japan) [En by LNF+Neill Corlett+SoM2Freak v1.01]SNES
Seiken Densetsu 3 is the Japan-only third entry in the World of Mana franchise.
Esper Dream (Japan) (v1.1) [En by Mute v1.0]FDS
Esper Dream is a role-playing game developed and published by Konami for the Famicom Disk System and Wii Virtual Console platforms. It is the first game in the Esper Dream series.
Metal Max Returns (Japan) [En by Aeon Genesis v1.0]SNES
Metal Max Returns is a remake of the original NES game. The remake features new graphics, sound, and a decreased difficultly level.
Langrisser, Der (Japan) (Rev 1) [En by Byuu+D v1.02]SNES
A remake of Langrisser II that was originally released on the SNES in Japan and was later ported to the PC-FX.
Shining Force 3 2nd Scenario (J)Saturn
Shining Force 3 Scenario 2: Target: Child of God is a strategy JRPG developed by Camelot Software Planning. It is the second of three parts that make up the epic that is Shining Force 3, only the first part of which was officially released outside of japan.
Shining Force 3 3rd Scenario (J)Saturn
Shining Force 3 Scenario 3: Bulzome Rising is a strategy JRPG developed by Camelot Software Planning. It is the third of three parts that make up the epic that is Shining Force 3, only the first part of which was officially released outside of japan.
Famicom Wars (Japan) (Rev 0B) [En by Aka v1.11]NES
Famicom Wars marks Intelligent Systems' first game for the Nintendo console, and it also is the first offering of the popular, turn-based strategy series known alternatively as Nintendo Wars or Advance Wars.
Fire Emblem Gaiden (Japan) [En by J2e v0.97b2] [Fix by Starwolfs]NES
Fire Emblem Gaiden is the second release in the Fire Emblem series and the last produced for the Nintendo Famicom.
Mother 3 (J)(WRG)GBA
Mother 3 is the third game in Shigesato Itoi's critically acclaimed Mother series. In the game, Lucas and various other protagonists fight to defeat a large army known as the Pig Army who are ruining their otherwise peaceful lives.
Ys 4 - The Dawn of Ys (Version 5-1116-R1P) (NTSC-J)PCECD
Ys 4 is an action rpg developed by Hudson Soft. It is an entirely different game than the one on snes, retaining the classic Ys gameplay of attacking by running into enemies. While never released outside of Japan, a translation patch exists.
Vixen 357 (Japan)Genesis
Vixen 357 is a sci-fi themed strategy rpg developed by Masaya.
Dragon Force 2 (J)Saturn
The Japanese only sequel to Dragon Force.
Cave Noire (Japan)GB
Cave Noire is a japanese only Game Boy release.
Kaeru no Tame ni Kane wa Naru (Japan)GB
Defeat King Delarin and save the kingdom of Mille-Feuille in this creature-bending action-RPG.
Chaos World (Japan) [En by Aeon Genesis v0.98F]NES
This was only released in Japan, on July 25th 1991.
Dark Half (Japan)SNES
An interesting RPG where you can play as the villain and the hero. You get to play as a demon and a human who's changed with defeating him. A novel game, I wish the translation was complete.
Energy Breaker (Japan)SNES
A tactical RPG by Neverland for the SNES featuring character designs by Yasuhiro Nightow of Trigun fame. It utilizes a Tactics Ogre-style battle system but also allows the player to freely explore the world.
Front Mission 2 (J)PSX
The Front Mission 2, it is a great game. But if you want to follow the story you will have to start learning Japanese. Gameplay is the same, just like in FM3 and FM1. Altho it seems that Front Mission 2 has most beautiful graphics in the series. Atleast for Playstation 1 that is. You still get to command mechs in battle, up to 4 mechs. You upgrade your mechs, change their parts and improve their battleskills. Just like in FM3.
Mystic Ark (Japan) [En by Aeon Genesis v1.01]SNES
Mystic Ark is the spiritual successor to The 7th Saga, you play as a mute hero finding their way back to their own world.
Mouryou Senki Madara (Japan) [En by Aeon Genesis v1.0]NES
This was only released in Japan, on March 30th 1990.
Rudra no Hihou (Japan) [En by Aeon Genesis v2.0] (~Treasure of the Rudras)SNES
While gameplay in many respects follows the traditional Square RPG model similar to the better known Final Fanasty series, Rudra no Hihou is best known for its innovative magic system, where 'spells' are freely constructed by spelling them, hahahahahaha. Get it, spelling them.
Last Armageddon (Japan)NES
Last Armageddon was only released in Japan for the MSX and PC-8801 in 1988. Then for the Sharp X68000 on March 1st 1989, TurboGrafx CD on August 31st 1990, NES on November 10th 1990, and FM Towns.
Sweet Home (Japan) [En by Gaijin+Suicidal v1.0]NES
Released in 1989, Sweet Home is quite possibly the first survival horror, or console horror RPG. A small team enters a haunted house to study the deceased owner's frescoes, only to become trapped by the angered spirits within.
Megami Tensei Gaiden - Last Bible II (Japan) [En by EsperKnight v1.0]GBC
The second installment in the Last Bible series, originally released for the Game Boy and later ported to the GBC. Unlike it's predecessor, released in the west as "Revelations: The Demon Slayer", Last Bible II has never received an official English translation.
Another Bible (Japan) [En by Aeon Genesis v1.01]GB
Another Bible is a Megami Tensei strategy game for the Game Boy released in Japan.
Shin Megami Tensei (Japan) [En by Aeon Genesis v1.0]SNES
The inaugural entry in the Shin Megami Tensei series and successor to Megami Tensei I and II on the Famicom. It follows a young man who must prove himself a hero after the opening of a demonic gate in Tokyo and the city's subsequent nuclear destruction.
Shin Megami Tensei II (Japan) [En by Aeon Genesis v1.0]SNES
A direct sequel to the original Shin Megami Tensei. It was released on the Super Famicom in 1994.
Chaos Seed - Fuusui Kairouki (Japan)SNES
Chaos seed is a unique rpg developed by Neverland, incorporating action, strategy and simulation elements.
Esper Dream 2 - Aratanaru Tatakai (Japan) [En by Aeon Genesis v1.0]NES
The second installment in the short lived Esper Dream action RPG series on the Famicom.
Fire Emblem - Thracia 776 (Japan)SNES
The fifth game in the Fire Emblem series, released only in Japan for the Super Famicom. It is a midquel to Fire Emblem: Seisen no Keifu and stars Leif, a major character from the previous game.
Fire Emblem - Sealed Sword (J)(Eurasia)GBA
One Game Boy Advance game of the Fire Emblem series. Fire Emblem - Sealed Sword(J)(Eurasia) is the first game that was released for Game Boy Advance. You play as Roy, beating up the foes who are taking over your territories, saving civilians who are lost in the middle of the territories(or somewhere else, especially the "war" places), and taking over castles. You can also play as a group of soldiers to support the leader(or Lord)(Roy) and other groups of soldiers as well.
Fire Emblem - Monshou no Nazo (Japan) [En by RPGuy96 v0.98] (~Fire Emblem - Mystery of the Emblem)SNES
Fire Emblem: Monshou no Nazo is the third game in the series and the first to be released on the Super Famicom. The game is a remake of and sequel to the original Fire Emblem: Ankoku Ryu to Hikari no Tsurugi.
Radia Senki - Reimei Hen (Japan) [En by Dreamless+Jair+CX v1.0] (~Chronicle of the Radia War)NES
Radia Senki: Reimeihen (Chronicles of Radia War) is an action rpg developed by Tecmo, where you team up with AI party members who are somewhat controlled by given commands.
Magic Candle, The (Japan)NES
The is a top-down party driven rpg. The basic plot involves the main character, Lukas, and his party trying to trap the demon Dreax in the Magic Candle before it burns out completely. This game also featured a job system that the player could use to make money.
Xak 3 - The Eternal Recurrence (NTSC-J)PCECD
Xak 3 is a dungeon crawler action rpg developed by MicroCabin. The final game in the series, it was never released outside of Japan but a translation patch is available.
Torneco no Daibouken - Fushigi no Dungeon (Japan)SNES
Torneko no Daibouken - Fushigi no Dungeon (Torneko's Great Adventure - Mystery Dungeon) is a roguelike rpg developed by Chunsoft. It is a spinoff to Dragon Quest 4 and the first game in the now prolific Mystery Dungeon Series.
Dark Lord (Japan) [En by Aeon Genesis v1.0]NES
Role=playing game released in Japan in 1991, developed and published by Data East.
Dark Law - Meaning of Death (Japan) [En by Aeon Genesis v1.0]SNES
Dark Lord was a Japanese-exclusive RPG for the NES that pushed the limits of the machine and mimed the style of table top RPGs of the day. Dark Lord had only one problem: it was painfully short, beatable within ten hours of starting it. As time passed, Dark Lord fans received a sequel: the bizarrely named Wizap!. Wizap! deviated from Dark Lord's formula drastically -- so much so it was closer to an action RPG than its table top style origins. All in all, this was very disappointing. Wizap! was followed by another sequel, one that promised the gameplay of the original and more. Did this game, Dark Law, stand up to the fan's expectations?
Romancing SaGa 3 (Japan) [En by Mana Sword v0.30]SNES
Romancing SaGa 3 is an SNES RPG that is part of the popular(in Japan) SaGa series. It follows the non linear structure of previous games in the series as well as after.