NES was the breakthrough console for RPGs, and Square spearheaded the movement. Nowadays, finding the classics is a tedious and expensive chore, which is why two Square classics, Final Fantasy IV (Final Fantasy II in the US) and Chrono Trigger, are being paired together and released on PlayStation.
Final Fantasy IV may be an antique, but that doesn't stop it from packing a gigantic, ever-changing quest. As a pawn of an increasingly cruel king, Cecil flees his homeland of Baron, and searches for the reasons behind its newfound bad attitude. He amasses a party of fellow outcasts and travels a huge universe, sometimes on Chocobo.
I've been waiting forever to see Chrono Trigger re-released. Its story is one of the best, with a sublime time-travel plot and characters designed by Dragon Ball's Akira Toriyama. CT stands up incredibly well to PS-X RPG competition, and features in-game decisions that impact the rest of the tale. Unfortunately, it also has longer than expected load times, especially if you're used to the cartridge.
Buying both SNES games on eBay would run you about $130. That's a little steep, but I order anyone with an affinity for RPGs to get this compilation. It's like suggesting that a punk fan listen to Black Flag, or having a hip-hop aficionado check out Eric B. and Rakim.