Well put my friend. Transtrekkie, I'm glad you have discovered the joy of console RPGs. Dragon Warrior was the very first (before Final Fantasy IIRC) so it's kind of primitive now, but it was revolutionary at the time. If you want a similar battle system in a more contemporary game, try Dragon Quest VIII. That's one of my favorites. Same "discovery" happened to me with open-world RPGs like the Elder Scrolls series and Fallout. I found them boring until I finally played Fallout 3 beyond the first hour, and I was hooked. Got Skyrim and have 120 hrs into it. Found some great decor for my gaming area at the con I went to last weekend... The guy took photos of his own NES game boxes and made them into posters. Works great for what I wanted to do. Also wanted to be sure to have a more obscure game included, so that's why I got the Shadow of the Ninja one.