Inspired by Anand's 'choose your top 5' roundtable, I am curious to find out your opinion on another topic dear to my heart: what are your top 5 non-Square Enix RPGs on Nintendo systems? I decided to make it non-Square Enix to avoid the Chrono Triggers, Final Fantasies, and Dragon Quests that will surely pop up on many lists.
I'm still thinking about my list. It definitely has Xenoblade, Earthbound, perhaps Breath of Fire II. Maybe Last Story? I'm going to need a Pokemon game on there too (and a Mario RPG, for sure). There's also Tales of Symphonia, Baten Kaitos, Skies of Arcadia Legends...
Note: I'm considering strategy RPGs a different genre, so Fire Emblem won't be on my list.
I'll give it some thought; in the mean time, what about you?
I only stopped for Shocktoberfest. I'm like 30-40? hours into it and definitely not tired of it. I do sometimes get a bit tired of it but that is usually when I'm spending lots and lots of time running all over the damn place instead of doing what I'm supposed to. At those points I just say to myself "ok you're getting a bit worn down here... GET BACK ON TRACK!" and then it gets fun again.
Hmm. According to my NW ranks (strategy RPGs OUT):
1. Tales of Symphonia 2. Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World 3. Breath of Fire II 4. Skies of Arcadia Legends 5. Tecmo Secret of the Stars?? (huhhhhh?)
Unless I missed something.. Ogre Battles got blocked along with Fire Emblems. Haven't finished Xenoblade or started Last Story. Yet to play Illusion of Gaia (saw it here, but isn't that Square, too?). Didn't count Puzzle Quest or Muramasa yet I consider both of them to be RPGs of sorts. Very challenging. EDIT- I should also note that I love the Paper Mario games and Mario RPG, but I don't technically own them (Nikki does; she wanted them, and we weren't going to buy two copies) so I never rated them at all. Hmm.
Well, I think this is my list. Stache, I also used my NW ratings to help guide my ranking!
5) Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door 4) Xenoblade 3) Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story 2) Pokemon White 1) Earthbound
--The Last Story was awesome but ranks a little bit below these others. --Too bad I can't include The World Ends With You: it's quite a departure from Square's other games! --Some of my close calls were Breath of Fire II, Skies of Arcadia Legends, Tales of Symphonia, and Baten Kaitos. --I have yet to play Tales of the Abyss or Radiant Historia! --There wasn't as much Lufia on everyone's list as I had expected (except for @Zero of course, and @TriforceBun's runner-up.