6. The Secret of Mana 2 (Seiken Densetsu 3)
We've been waiting for Seiken Densetsu 3 (or Secret of Mana 2, as it would be called) to come to North America since the 16-bit days, when we heard there was a direct sequel to Secret of Mana in Japan. As of now, the only way to get your hands on it is by hunting down the fan-translated version through less-than-legal means.
Seiken Densetsu 3 is a dense action-RPG that lets players choose their three-character party from a list of six heroes and embark on a quest to save the Mana Tree. Each character (which includes an orphaned mercenary, a beastman, a princess from a kingdom of magicians, a cleric, and a thief) has a unique origin story, combat abilities, and class progression. Between the multitude of class options, character paths, and hidden secrets, every playthrough can be a different sequence of events, making every player's adventure distinctive. Sadly, we haven’t gotten to experience any of these options, paths, secrets, or playthroughs--on the up-and-up, at least.