One of my main reasons for getting a Wii is to play the Gamecube games I missed out on by being a PS2 owner. I know a lot of people here had/have Gamecubes and many are RPG fans.
On PS2, I've played and enjoyed Final Fantasy, Dragon Quest, Star Ocean, Suikoden, and Kingdom Hearts. I'm already planning on getting a Zelda game or two (which are the best??). And I've heard that I should get Tales of Symphonia. Anybody have some more suggestions for me?
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For Zelda games, people tend to like Ocarina of Time (which was technically available for the N64, but was available on the 'cube as a pre-order special. You might be able to find it in a used bin. It may also be available for download through the Wii's Virtual Console at some point as well.) I enjoyed Windwaker, but some people didn't because that was the cell-shaded Zelda game. There's also Twilight Princess coming out with the Wii at launch, and so far the reviews for that have been pretty good.
If you've enjoyed Final Fantasy, and you have some friends with GBA's and the link cable, you might be able to enjoy FF: Crystal Chronicles. I could never get enough people together for long enough to really get into the game, though.
Skies of Arcadia is a rerelease of a Dreamcast game that is available for the Gamecube. The graphics look a bit aged, but my brother HIGHLY recommends it.
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For the hardcore RPG fan, it doesn't get any better than Fire Emblem. Not as good as the GBA games, but awesome nonetheless.
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I second the mentions of Tales of Symphonia and Skies of Arcadia. I also really like Baten Kaitos, with its crazy collectible card-driven combat system. Just make sure you turn off the voices, the actors are painfully bad. And how could anyone not have said Paper Mario 2: The Thousand Year Door? That game is a on of fun to play and gave me a serious case of the giggles.
I just started playing Tales of Symphonia myself, and I am enjoying it muchly. Paper Mario 2 is also really good. Aside from that, I can't think of anything else. Oh, I guess there's a couple of Pokemon games if you get desperate or like Pokemon, and some ports of that Lord of the Rings game and X-Men Legends.
I have a Gamecube and I'm a hardcore RPGer. I love FF, Dragon Quest, Suikoden etc. Unfortunately my Gamecube collected dust because i honestly didn't find much good as far as RPGs go. The only one i'd really recommend is Paper Mario 2. I tried both Tales of Symphonia and Skies of Arcadia but couldn't get into them. Playing them after all the PS RPGs was like watching an Ashton Kutcher movie after a Cary Grant movie. Never got around to playing Fire Emblem though.
Although I loved Wind Waker and hated Ocarina of Time which probably puts me in the minority so it might be better to go by the opposite of my tastes.
(edited by Quezzy on 17.11.06 1239) Lance's Response:
If you're expecting something to the tune of a Final Fantasy, don't. Nothing on the GC really lives up to that, at least from the standpoint of being a pure RPG. Paper Mario 2 was great, but for every bit of being entertaining it was not challenging.
However, you CAN download EarthBound on the Wii, which was A) on the SNES and B) the greatest game ever made.
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Can you? I'd assume they'd eventually add that to the Virtual Console, but I had no idea it was scheduled to be on there this soon. But, umm, yeah, the Gamecube was mostly over-looked as a platform for RPG's. I don't know of any that are scheduled for release on the Wii. Although the DS is starting to pick up the slack on the RPG front with Magical Starsign, FF3, Contact, Children of Mana, and more on the way.
This game has been in development now for around 10 years and they have managed to get to a stage that a single developer could have done in around two weeks. It's a great example of the perils of Early Access.