What Are The Best Nintendo RPGs…That Aren’t Pokemon?

Final Fantasy, Shin Megami Tensei, Tales of, and Dragon Quest are some of the names you’d typically think of when you think of the RPG genre. Of course Nintendo themselves have a pretty strong foothold in the genre with the worlds highest grossing franchise, Pokemon; however, as Pokemon is its own juggernaut entirely, I want to exclude it from this list.

Whether it is Mario putting the platforming to the side in favour of leveling up and random critical hits or franchises that from their inception were RPGs, Nintendo has a lot under their belt all with varying success. So lets take a look at Nintendo’s history of RPGs and see which is the best.

What Are The Best Nintendo RPGs…That Aren’t Pokemon?

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Earthbound

Call me crazy, but whilst I have found joy with one of Nintendo’s most bizarre franchises, I certainly don’t think it is the pinnacle of the genre as some may claim. I mean how could I? It came out on the same system as Chrono Trigger.

Whilst I would say the titles battle system hasn’t aged well, I must take my hat off for Earthbound out of this world, world. Without a doubt Earthbound is one of the most unique RPGs to grace gamers. When your enemies are named: New Age Retro Hippie, Annoying Old Party Man and Handsome Tom you know the game is gonna be an “experience” to say the least and one I would love to see updated.

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    Jack
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    Final Fantasy, Shin Megami Tensei, Tales of and Dragon Quest are some of the names you’d typically think of when you think of the RPG genre. Of course
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    Odininja

    Xenoblade Chronicles X was a terrible game. Took everything great about the first Xenoblade and shat on it hard. Music was horrible. Gameplay could leave you stuck on a quest you are not the right level for and you can’t abandon the quest so you just have to grind for hours and days to do the quest so you can then have it happen again randomly at any time when you take a quest. There is an extreme lack of main story but tons of side story. The Nopon invade the game early on and are there to annoy you at all times. I loved Xenoblade. I guess that’s why Xenoblade X really pissed me off. They removed what I loved about Xeno. They also made the main character not matter because you craft him yourself and he is silent so you might as well not exist in this world. It fails entirely at the silent protagonist. So yeah… Your list got the number 1 right lol. But X should be replaced with 2.

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