Must Play NES RPGsA list of 20 games created by [toj.cc]Phantom on 27th March 2017
Final Fantasy (USA)NES
Final Fantasy was the first entry in the now widely recognized Final Fantasy franchise, originally developed on the NES by Square (now Square-Enix).
Dragon Warrior (USA)NES
Rescue the princess and defeat the evil Dragonlord in this landmark RPG from Enix.
Dragon Warrior IV (USA)NES
Embark on an adventure with characters from different walks of life, all destined to unite with you, to save the world.
A young hero must save the world from evil magic by finding the four powerful swords that form Crystalis.
Dragon Warrior - Part II (USA)NES
The second edition of the Dragon Warrior/Quest series, you start off as a warrior of the Midenhall Kingdom. You were just notified of the Moonbrooke Kingdom's demise due to the evil Hargon's minions! Your father, the king, asks you to seek out your cousins of neighboring kingdoms. The blood of Erdrick flows within each of you. Together, you will get a ship, find out to break into Hargon's evil lair, and destroy him, saving the world! This game is considered the hardest of all the Dragon Quest games put together, so it is not recommended for players new to the series. Even in remakes (found in Game Boy Color section), the game is not that much easier. You start off as a warrior with no spells, relying on herbs and inns to heal you. Eventually, you'll find your cousins, whose names change depending on what your name is. You have your cousin, the Prince of Cannock, who will have a decent balance of healing and offensive spells and somewhat decent attack join you first. He mainly shines in his buffing spells. Your last partymate, the Princess of Moonbrooke, will be your main spell caster. She will have the best healing and offensive spells of your party, but also the weakest defense and hitpoints. With some careful strategy and some patience for the inevitable wipesouts that may come, one will eventually make it through one of the hardest Dragon Quest games to date!
Dragon Warrior III (USA)NES
The third release of the Dragon Warrior franchise saw the story take a trip back in time before one and two, taking up the sword of the warrior of legend, Loto. In this game the hero sets out to destroy Baramos after his/her late father Ortega fails.
Bard's Tale, The - Tales of the Unknown (USA)NES
"Bard's Tale" is a hardcore RPG game in a first-person, point-and-click style. "Tales of the Unknown" rose in popularity on DOS, Apple][ and C64. The NES version is a port, miniaturized to fit on the NES cartridge (The Computer versions were on 3 separate floppy disks). Even with the drastic loss of functionality in comparison to the original(s), this game is a great RPG with a high replay value. Unfortunately, Bard's Tall II was only released in Japan and Bard's Tale III never made it to the console world.
Wizardry - The Knight of Diamonds (USA)NES
Wizardry II continues the story arc that had started with the first game. After Werdna's defeat, a new threat arises to disrupt the peace of the kingdom. A party of adventurers must explore a dungeon filled with danger to recover the armor of the Knight of Diamonds.
Wizardry - Proving Grounds of the Mad Overlord (USA)NES
The first chapter of what would become one of the defining series for PC-based RPGs, this instant classic pit a group of adventurers against the evil wizard, Werdna, in a quest for an amulet that they must retrieve for Trebor, the Mad Overlord.
Advanced Dungeons & Dragons - Dragon Strike (USA)NES
This game isn't bad but it gets kinda boring overtime. When you start the game, you get to play as three dragons: Bronze, Silver and Gold. You get a few mission, and that's why it gets boring. *Just a hint: When you complete the mission, fly north all the way to the edge of the screen to go to the next level.* I was stuck on the first level trying to figure out what to do.
Advanced Dungeons & Dragons - Heroes of the Lance (USA)NES
Based on the Dragonlance book series.
Advanced Dungeons & Dragons - Hillsfar (USA)NES
Hillsfar is a city under the thumb of an oppressive tyrant and his guards, but where there is strife there is also opportunity for those daring enough to find it.
Advanced Dungeons & Dragons - Pool of Radiance (USA)NES
Volume one of SSI's Forgotten Realms series in which your party sets out on a journey to save the city of Phlan from the evil Tyranthraxus.
Ultima - Exodus (USA)NES
The first Ultima game to be published by Origin Systems Inc.
Ultima - Quest of the Avatar (USA)NES
Ultima IV is a seminal role playing game focused on the protagonist's moral journey rather than defeating a nemesis.
Ultima - Warriors of Destiny (USA)NES
Ultima V is the second game in the trilogy of Enlightenment of the Ultima story. After your character the Avatar had gleaned the title of the avatar from traveling to the eight shrines of virtue in the fourth game you return to find that Lord British has been kidnapped!
Final Fantasy II (USA) (Proto)NES
Final Fantasy II follows four heroes who join a resistance group and try to stop an empire from taking over the world. Its gameplay deviates greatly from the first game by utilizing a usage-based growth system.
Final Fantasy III (Japan) [En by A.W.Jackson+Neill Corlett+SoM2Freak v1.1]NES
The third Final Fantasy released on the Famicom. This version of the game was never released internationally.
Fire Emblem (Japan) [En by Gaijin v0.10] (Incomplete)NES
The first game in the Fire Emblem series, released only in Japan for the Famicom. It was a landmark in console strategy RPGs, establishing many of the genre's common gameplay elements.
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.