3. Ogre Battle: March of the Black Queen
Ogre Battle is one of a kind, a strategy game with a tarot them layered in. It’s not a game for everybody. Essentially you take the role of a military strategist and give loose direction to units who behave on their own. You build your army with class changing similar to something like Final Fantasy Tactics with the goal of forming strong units who can take care of themselves. The whole thing is slow paced and very esoteric. If you like getting lost in a giant systems puzzle, this is the perfect game. I remember first playing this game when I was 9 and playing it every summer until I was 12 until I got stuck (yes, you can get stuck. Try to recruit every character and get the best ending — good luck). It took me 3 years to beat it with the good ending.
2. Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3
Everyone knows Mortal Kombat, and its SNES entries are the reason why. Personally, my favorite thing about Mortal Kombat of this era was the cool rotoscoping of greenscreened actors they did to accomplish the art style. Mortal Kombat 3 was the last entry in the Mortal Kombat series before it went off the rails for a number of years until NetherRealm picked it up for Mortal Kombat 9. This one has everything you would expect, plus maybe ten different palette swapped ninjas and bizarre fatalities like “Babalities” where you turn your opponent into a baby and “Animalities” where you shapeshift into your character’s spirit animal and put your opponent through a gruesome murder. Still not sure even the new Mortal Kombats measure up to this over-the-topness of this entry.