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The lists must go on. I mainly went with games structured like the early Zeldas, so no Last Ninja, D/Generation or Tomb Raider (with maybe a few exceptions as I haven't played all of these games yet). The other exclusion was sidescrolling games (platform adventure or metroidvania), besides hybrid ones like Rygar. I have made separate templates for those earlier.

Basic definition (a game should meet most if not all of these criteria):
-Exploration of an interconnected world (including ones with a hub area or hub map) with some persistent elements like unlocked doors staying open. If level-based there should be a reason to backtrack to previous ones at some point
-Some degree of non-linearity
-Character upgrades. In ARPGs, there's experience point or use-based leveling of the player char or their gear
-Puzzle and/or tactical combat elements
-Some degree of story focus, be it interactive or not, environmental or narrated
-Non-key tool/ability gating. See for example the hookshot, boots, feather, ladder or bombs in Zelda. I know bombs are basically keys but they're also weapons and there tends to be an exploration aspect to where you use them

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Here are some games I can think of off the top of my head. I can't think by year. I can only think by console.


Legend Of Zelda
Zelda 2: The Adventure Of Link
The Battle of Olympus


Legend Of Zelda: A Link To The Past
Chrono Trigger
Illusion Of Gaia
Secret Of Mana
Final Fantasy 4, 5, & 6
Castlevania: Bloodlines


Out Of this World
Shining Force 2
Castlevania: Bloodlines


Final Fantasy 7
Chono Cross
Legend Of Legaia
Legend Of Dragoon
Blood Omen: Legacy Of Kain
Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver
Castlevania: Symphony Of The Night
Resident Evil 1, 2, & 3


Shining The Holy Ark
Shining Force 3
Panzer Dragoon Saga
Burning Rangers
Guardian Heroes

Nintendo 64

Paper Mario
Legend Of Zelda: The Ocarina of Time
Legend Of Zelda: Majora's Mask

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You don't have to think by year since the templates to that for you. :)

"Chrono Trigger
Final Fantasy 4, 5, & 6

Shining Force 2

Final Fantasy 7
Chono Cross"

These are JRPGs or turn-based RPGs, so they're not included. Only exception I made off the top of my head was for Mario RPG since it's a hybrid with prominent timing-based elements in battle.

A few of mine:

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