Well, my #9 still needs guessing:
#9: This not that classic (10+ years old) japanese RPG has colorful NPCs joining your party, that you can subsequently control in combat. This game started a series with two sequels (but only one numbered) and a port and a remaster/remake of this original game.
No. They were both on my list earlier, and you are somewhat close, but neither is correct.
Is 7 Trails in the Sky 2?