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Essential Japanese RPGs (Or So They Say)

CronoI may not enjoy RPGs much as I as do, say, platformer games or action/adventure epics, but I consider myself a fan of the genre.  At least, I did until I read Gamasutra's latest feature article in which Kurt Kalata lays out the twenty most essential RPGs from Japan.  I started reading with enthusiasm, but as I flipped from page to page and scanned the titles being praised, I found myself thinking "Overrated, overrated, overrated... ooh, Chrono Trigger... overrated, overrated... yay, Earthbound!... overrated, overrated..."  So maybe I'm not as much of an RPG fan as I thought.  Still, you may get something more out of the list of games that includes such wonders as, well, Chrono Trigger and Earthbound.  Oh, and there's also Final Fantasy, Dragon Quest, and Phantasy Star if you're into those sorts of things for some reason.  What, why are you looking at me like that?  It's unnerving.