Yesterday we looked at the best RPGs for mobile. You might have noticed that there were some pretty obvious omissions in that list. And that's because today we're going to look at the very best JRPGs for mobile. If you don't know, that J is for Japanese.
These games are pretty different to their Western counterparts, and you could consider this list both a history lesson in JRPG gaming, and a break down of all the games you should be playing if you really want to understand the genre.
Sure, it's a Square-heavy list, but since the master of the genre is releasing so many games on the App Store, that was always going to be the way. We'd love to hear your suggestions, especially if you think we've missed anything, so let us know in the comments below.
Final Fantasy IX - download for iOS
Of the three main-series Final Fantasy releases that came out during the heady days of the PlayStation, this one is the best. It's lighter than VII, less like a precursor to Twilight than VIII, and harks back to the golden days of the series. It's also absolutely massive, and this mobile port is a cut above the FF7 port you can get on the App Store.
Fire Emblem Heroes - download for iOS
Not strictly a true JRPG, but I had to put something in here to break up the Square monopoly. It's set in the same universe as Nintendo's beloved franchise and features characters from a huge number of different games. It's also the only game on this list that's truly free to play, so it might be a good place to start your journey.
Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition - download for iOS
It was a tough choice between this one and Final Fantasy Tactics, but in the end XV Pocket Edition got the nod because it's such an impressive achievement. Square has taken its massively successful triple-A sequel and made it fit into the palm of your hand. It might not look as impressive, but its story is every bit as engrossing with fewer polygons.
Chaos Rings 3 - download for iOS
Alongside all the ports, Square has also released some new games on the App Store. This is probably the best of them, mixing elements from games like Kingdom Hearts and the more recent entries into the Final Fantasy canon. It's huge, it's got some impressive boss fights, and it's always nice to explore somewhere you've never been before.
Dragon Quest VIII - download for iOS
Square's other massive franchise is also well represented on mobile, and this portrait-version of the PS2 classic is a great way to get into the series. It's a different beast to the brooding, chest-beating FF games, but don't let that lightness fool you. This is as difficult a JRPG challenge as you're likely to find.