Dude, did you play every Final Fantasy before you played VI? Just let the early LoH games go. Prioritize the stuff that is worth your time.
And to answer your question about not being overwhelmed, just craft a realistic and varied list that prioritizes games that are worth playing. For some people that may mean 5 games (and no RPGs) for 2022. For some it might be 50+ games.
My own backlog of JRPGs includes multiple Dragon Quests, Final Fantasys, Megatens, Trails, Personas, Tales, Manas, Bravelys, Suikidens, Etrians, Grandias and on and on. I accept I can only do a few a year, and that some may never happen