Excellent Japanese RPGs

Published on May 22, 2023
Last updated on May 22, 2023
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My favourite JRPGs from a range of consoles.
I only added my favourite one from each series so as not to flood the stack.
In no particular order.

There are many more games I intend to play so if your favourite isn't here, let me know about it!

Shin Megami Tensei: Digital Devil Saga

This game (and its sequel since they are an inseparable duo) has my all-time favourite storylines in a JRPG. Coupled with Shin Megami Tensei's perfected battle style, this game is, without a doubt, my number one JRPG.

Persona 4 Golden

Whilst not my favourite Persona soundtrack, Persona 4 was certainly when the series peaked in terms of story and gameplay. However, many of the Social Links I didn't care for. Only loses to Persona 3 FES because of improved playability. If they remaster Persona 3 FES, that will take the top spot.
Honourable mention: Persona 3 FES

Fire Emblem: Three Houses

An interesting story that does things a little differently from previous Fire Emblem games. Not a perfect cast but with so many characters, that would be hard to achieve.
Honourable Mention: Fire Emblem: Awakening

Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millennium Girl

The Etrian Odyssey series was already perfect in my eyes and then they added an all-new storyline and characters to it!
Honourable mention: Persona Q

Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King (2005)

I'll admit, I've not played any other Dragon Quest games but this game is what makes me want to play more of them!

Pokémon HeartGold

The original Pokémon Gold is a perfect game. Now imagine that but your Pokémon follows you around! I pray that one day we may have another Pokémon game with this feature.
Honourable mention: Pokémon Platinum; Pokémon Black


Yo-Kai Watch

A wonderful game with cute collectable monsters and a battle system that involves spinning a wheel. I really enjoyed the unique battle style and Yo-Kai designs even if the story itself was lacking (but it was made of children so I can't complain).

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