The Best in the Wonderful World of SNES RPGs has kicked up an article that explores some of the better role-playing games available on the Super Nintendo in the early 90’s. I prefer the Genesis version, but Data East’s Shadowrun on the SNES was pretty good too:

Based on the popular pen and paper role playing game, Shadowrun is a cyberpunk RPG set in Seattle in the year 2050. The player follows Jake Armitage, a courier and shadowrunner, who suffers amnesia after an attempted hit on his life. So now he has to find out who he is, found out why people want him dead, and get them back. The game is an Action RPG with battles and assassination attempts occurring in real time.

It does feature a leveling up of sorts. As Jake kills enemies he gains Karma, which can be spent to boost stats, power up abilities, or unlock new ones. Jake can also speak with NPCs through a large database of terms that gets added to every time someone says a new keyword to him. But finally, in a hark back to its roots and the novel Neuromancer, Jake can enter cyberspace to hack computers. This gets him money and key information, though if you die in cyberspace, you die in the game.

While it did release in all three regions and English was the main language in all three, the Japanese version featured subtitles, a longer intro, and some small graphical differences. The game didn’t sell very well despite it being considered pretty good.

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