Illusion of Gaia, ActRaiser, and Soul Blazer. It was published in Japan in 1995 and Europe and Australia (PAL) in 1996, but it was never published for North America (NTSC).
Lately there have been quite a few NTSC versions showing up on ebay though. And the NTSC Terranigma sells for more than the PAL or Japanese Terranigma, about $160 vs $60 respectively. Where did these NTSC games come from?
Which Terranigma Is Which?First, which version is NTSC and which is PAL? It is pretty easy to tell with Super Nintendo games because PAL format games won't fit inside a North American console, they are shaped differently. Below is a picture of the NTSC version and the PAL version:
Where Did NTSC Terranigma Come FromThe game was never published in the United States or any other NTSC regions. But there is a company that makes reproductions of the game for NTSC consoles. Every NTSC version of this game is simply a reproduction.
Buyers on eBay are paying up to $160 for the game but they can buy it brand new for $60!
Editorial Sidenote: It bothers me that this company makes reproductions that look like the originals. I consider them "fakes" rather than reproductions because they confuse consumers. Reproductions should look obviously different like this SNES game. The bright colored cartridge makes it clear this is not an original. Otherwise the are more like counterfeits than reproductions.
What Kind of Game Is Terranigma?Terranigma is an action role-playing-game. Battles are action based and take place in real-time. Like most RPG's, the story revolves around a hero saving the world. Many reviews and forums posts say they think the game is on par with Chrono Trigger or Final Fantasy for the SNES. And some have even said it is their favorite game ever.
I have never played it myself, but would love to hear if any of our readers have played it and what they thought. Is it that good?