Sega Master System / Mark III / Game Gear
Sega's first real role-playing game was this one which gives you the heroic task of scouring fantastic worlds for the lost books of Y's. On the journey you come across an assortment of other characters, all of whom you can communicate with or fight against. Magic spells and mystical weapons are your only defence.
This really is a huge game, but luckily, there is a battery game save option to make things easier. The graphics are slightly better than Ultima's character sprites, making this look a bit like Nintendo's first Zelda game. The emphasis is heavily on the role-playing though, so it doesn't really have the same universal appeal.
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