Actually, I just want to mention how incredible Monster World IV is. I’ve already made bold claims about it that you’ll hear whenever I post the podcast that I just recorded with Joe Shieh, but it really is a phenomenal piece of work, and I can’t believe that it was never released outside of Japan.
Think Metroid, or a similarly exploratory platformer/adventure that conveys a real sense of progression in the powers that you get throughout. Everything is stellar; the graphics, enemies, music… oh man, the music. Buy it. ROM it up. Whatever. Just play the damn thing.