If we are talking about all type of RPGs the very first one was Zelda II ( My mom was a sadist for buying me this one, lol). If we are talking about first turn by turn RPG it's Final Fantasy on NES and I had no idea where to go and what to do, I was way to young, so I was just fighting stuff, lol.
The first? Wow. I am not sure, but I think it was Ultima II for the C64 (1983) or probably one of the Atari 2600 games that I used to play with a friend of mine. We always did that when we came to his place after school.
I think my first rpg (and first jrpg) MAY have been Final Fantasy Mystic Quest which I remember playing when I was like really, really, really little (and indeed I would have been really really really little when it came out) but I don't remember getting the rpgness of it, necessarily, as much as I did with Shadowrun, also for the SNES. The first time I really grokked or "got" the JRPGness (specifically) of something it wasn't much later and it was with FFVII. But I don't think I ever thought of FFVII and MQ as even related until I had, been, well, making my own videogames for several years. Weird.
To whoever said Symphony of the Night, I was TERRIFIED of Vigo the Carpathian from Ghostbusters II which was one of my two favorite movies approximately age 5-11. I may have played that before some of my "firsts" above, but I didn't consider it an RPG (nor do I now, for that matter, it's a metroidvania platformer with rpg elements). I think I played Wanderers from Y's III (literally the only Ys game I have ever played and the source of 100% of what I know about the Ys franchise) ALSO ALSO for the SNES before ANY of the games I've mentioned here, but I didn't consider that an RPG either. I thought of it as a "side-scrolly sword jump shooty game kind of like Zelda".
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Pokemon Yellow, I have so many good memories with that game.
However, the first RPG I played that really transported me to a magical place was Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars. I was really young, and that game just filled me with a joy that was just so amazing.
Y'know, I think my first was technically Pokemon, although I wasn't allowed and was just playing on borrowed systems/times.
First ones I ever got to really dive into were FF VII/VIII (borrowed games again, but was my dad's roommate's and my dad didn't ban me from playing like my mom did). Later got to play IX, then got Pokemon Gold and a special GBC for my birthday.
im 30 now so me and all my friend took the day off from our jobs to get together at my place for the remake on may 10th, of course we were crushed when the delay announcement came smh, we all had to do new paper work for april