frivolous copyright claims and the cancellation of many prominent franchises, leading to many long-time fans turning their backs on the company for good. It's all a pity, really, as Suikoden II is a fantastic war epic with an enormous cast and gameplay that combines elements of turn-based war strategy games and traditional JRPGs, not to mention some surprisingly good characterizations and emotional writing throughout. Definitive proof that a large cast can be used in a JRPG's favor, and that storytelling in them can easily be on par with a good book or TV series.
9. Chrono Trigger (Squaresoft, 1995)
A rare example of a Square game that I actually agree with general concensus on, because Chrono Trigger is good. Really, really good. One of the games that got me into JRPGs in general, to be honest. It broke away from earlier games in the genre in many ways, placing much more emphasis on scripted battles, controlling the battlefield with spells, and of course teamwork between allies to unleash combination attacks that could wreak havoc like no other. There was even a great story and mechanics that perfectly utilizes its time travel gimmick, as well as some stellar visuals and one of the greatest gaming soundtracks of all time. Chrono Trigger is a masterpiece in the RPG genre and a true must-play.
8. Scorched Earth (Wendell Hicken, 1991)
7. Mega Man 3 (Capcom, 1990)
5. Ultima VII: The Black Gate (Origin Systems, 1992)
4. Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (Nintendo, 1993)
3. Super Mario All Stars + Super Mario World (Nintendo, 1994)
2. Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island (Nintendo, 1996)
1. EarthBound (Nintendo, 1995)