RPG Maker 2000 was released in Japan on April 5th, 2000. It has a “front view” (as in, you don’t see your character but you see the enemy) battle system & SNES-like graphics.
While there is a fan translation by Don Miguel floating around the web, you cannot legally sell your games with it, nor will they work on the most recent version of Windows. Edit: It has been brought to my attention that there IS an official translation to 2000, so for those craving the front view battle system, here you go. However, you can also make your game in 2000, then import it into the most recent version of 2003 as long as you’re not using 2000′s battle system.
- Wadanohara, The Gray Garden, Ib, Standstill Girl, & Mimicry Man
- Seraphic Blue
- Clock of Atonement
- Desert Nightmare
- The Longing Ribbon
- CHARON’s Games
- Sunset over Imdahl
- Run Time Package (RTP) if your download does not include a link
There are many more games out there, but I only picked a few well known ones so that they could associate something they’re already familiar with with the engine. Check out this thread where a bunch of people talk about their favorite games if you’d like more suggestions. RPGHUB is recommended for Mac users.