Ah! The good old 90s! The editors here at RPGFan have fond memories of that decade because it was the period that most of us really got into the RPG genre. It was a time when RPGs were a "niche" genre, and we sometimes had to wait months before we saw the release of another on our favorite console.
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RPG titles back then weren't big blockbuster sellers like the Mass Effects, Dragon Ages, Fables and Fallouts of today. We counted ourselves lucky when an RPG made its way into our shores from Japan. Of course, we were denied many RPGs from that period like two of the first five Final Fantasy games, the two Super Nintendo Dragon Quest games, and some gems like Seiken Densetsu 3 (sequel to Secret of Mana) and Bahamut Lagoon. Our patience paid off, however, and we eventually saw a more steady flow of releases as RPGs became more and more popular over the decade.
The 90s saw the last half of the 8-bit era, the entire 16-bit era, and a good chunk of the 32-bit era. Despite the fact that there were fewer RPGs in the 90s than in the decade that would follow, we can certainly say that there wasn't a lack of quality.
To commemorate this decade of great RPGs, we here at RPGFan decided to compile a list of the Top 20 RPGs of the 90s. Of course we didn't take this task lightly, and we worked pretty hard for the last couple of months to poll the various RPGFan editors about their favorite RPGs, make them grade every RPG they played, compile the results, and find a way to rank them so that the results reflected the overall opinion of our combined staff: no easy task.
In the end, we're pretty happy with the result and we're proud to present you with the official RPGFan Top 20 RPGs of the 90s. We hope you enjoy!