I've now reached the point where FF6 came out. It's amazing to me how far ahead of everything else it was. I knew it would be better than other games but it's almost like Square was on another plane altogether -- what other companies were doing wasn't even coming close.
I've also always considered FF6 a late SNES game but in fact it's rather early; I'm only a bit past the 1/3 mark. I think it's because FF6 is the last SNES game I played new when it came out. After that I was more interested in computer RPGs and didn't play Chrono Trigger until much later on emulator.
Now on to Dark Kingdom.