Dynasty Wars. Finished it in one sitting last night. Leveled up Portor/Guan Yu to 8, & credit fed my HP into the 900s.
Not that it's impossible to collect enough food to survive; however, having massive HP let's you spam tactics w/out worry.
Not sure where I want to visit in xrombox land after this: Warriors of Fate (to stay w/in a theme) or Willow (to play CPS games in order by year of release).
Prolly Warriors of Fate, as from Willow's attract screen it seems more like a "zap 'em up" than beat 'em up.