Alundra was arguably one of the most underrated JRPG’s of the 90’s. For those who do not know Alundra was developed by Matrix Software and was released as a PS1 exclusive back in 1997. Since ’97 Alundra has looked back on favorably by many critics as one of the best RPG’s to have never appear on the SNES. The cool thing about Alundra is the fact that it was a game that looked like it belonged on a 16-bit console such as the Super NES; some speculate that Alundra could have been a bigger attraction than it was during the early 90’s since 2D JRPG’s were very popular during that time period. One of the most surprising things about Alundra was the fact that it was a high quality critically acclaimed 2D JRPG that was created by a video game developer other than Square Enix. It should also be noted that Alundra was released the same year as Square Enix’s legendary Final Fantasy VII game came out. Its quite possible that FFVII overshadowed Alundra on the PS1 especially considering the fact that it was the second best selling game for 32-bit console behind Gran Turismo.
Even though, the PS1 was very popular by the mid 90’s some would agree that Alundra was a game released a few years too late; to be honest Alundra was better suited for the Super NES or Sega Genesis back in the early 90’s. The art design, storyline and puzzles games included in Alundra were very impressive to a point where it surpassed the quality of 2D RPG games such as LandStalkers & Secret Of Evermore. There is no doubt that Alundra could have been a best seller on the Sega Genesis since the 16-bit console was lacking in high profile JRPG’s outside of the Shinning and Phantasy Star series. However, a Genesis version of Alundra would not have been on par with the PS1 release that we got in ’97 since the 32-bit console was far more superior. If anything Alundra could have been a bigger attraction than it was on the PS1 during ’95-’96 since FFVII had yet to appear on the 32-bit console. Its kinda strange that Alundra was never ported or remastered for any other game system outside of the PS1 since its release over 20 years ago. Either way, Alundra is still a legendary JRPG nonetheless that deserved more credit than it got since it had the potential to be more popular than it actually was.