By Nadia Oxford
Square-Enix's Dragon Quest V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride is a stellar remake of a classic RPG title that appeared exclusively in Japan on the Super Famicom (called the “Super Nintendo” in America). You fill the shoes of a boy hero who tags along on his father's quest to slay a demon. The quest is eventually passed on to you as you grow, get married, and produce children who fight alongside you. You can even tame and recruit enemy monsters to aid you on your journey. It never hurts to have a two-headed dragon on your side when you're up against a the Lord of the Underworld.
Mario and Luigi have long been associated with hopping around and saving a Princess who can never seem to avoid being captured, but they've starred in their share of role-playing games, too. Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time by Alpha Dream and Nintendo mixes traditional RPG gameplay with action elements commonly found in Mario games: the brothers execute traditional attacks, like stomping on enemies and clobbering them with fireballs. The in-game writing and script is hilarious, with plenty of quotable moments.