Octopath Traveler is less of an RPG and more like eight mini RPGs rolled into one. It is an absolute masterpiece that everyone should play.
Secret of Mana takes the best of both turn-based and action RPGs and makes a game that feels like a unique experience.
It was only natural for Mario to transition into the world of RPGs as he did with every other genre, and what we got was Super Mario RPG.
Final Fantasy is not a perfect game by any means. However, when you play it, you can easily see how it began to inspire a classic franchise.