You Should Play This! explains why this first-generation SNES Adventure/Simulation title still holds up nearly 25 years later!
Even though the SNES era was rather brief, there was a noticable jump in quality from the games that came out in 1991/2 compared with those that came out in 1994/5. For example, think about how great a leap in quality there was between Final Fantasy II and Final Fantasy III.
SNES Drunk takes a look at some SNES games he wishes got a proper sequel on Nintendo’s 16-bit console. They are ActRaiser, Demon’s Crest, Super Ghouls ‘n Ghosts, Gradius III, Super Tennis, F-Zero, Sparkster, Yoshi’s Island, Illusion of Gaia, and Chrono Trigger…
If you’re a fan of more light-hearted RPGs, then check out Robotrek for the SNES.
I don’t know if this is true but I’ve read in a few places that while Enix thought ActRaiser sold well, they felt it would have sold better in the US if not for the god-mode aspect of the game. So, when it came time to do a sequel, they wanted more platforming, more great music, and none of that town-building stuff.