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Golden Sun: Dark Dawn Rises On November 29

Denim like a Djinn!

Fans of classic Game Boy Advance RPGs, get excited. Nintendo has announced that Golden Sun: Dark Dawn--the long-awaited followup to the two excellent Golden Sun games on the GBA--will be rising in retail stores on November 29th for the Nintendo DS.  
 
Dark Dawn begins 30 years after the events of The Lost Age and puts you in control of a new party of warriors. The world of Golden Sun was radically altered after the lighting of the Elemental Lighthouses, and the world has become harsher than ever before. Players will guide their party on a quest to stop a new magical apocalypse, once again seeking the aid of over 70 Djinn sprites for assistance in battle and in puzzles.


 I really want to make a Beatles reference here, but I don't think we can afford the rights.
 
I've always held the Golden Sun franchise in particularly high esteem, and with good reason: Both Golden Sun and Golden Sun: The Lost Age were loving throwbacks to the JRPGs of the Super Nintendo and Genesis, featuring a long, dense quest in a world brimming with secret weapons, powerful spells, and ridiculous sprite-based summons (all of which developer Camelot has in their blood, given that they created Shining Force). Best of all, the Golden Sun games melded that classic JRPG formula with a couple of neat twists that made the series more than just a Final Fantasy also-ran. I always appreciated that the techniques you were learning in combat could also be used out of battle to solve the game's various environmental puzzles.    
 
Of course, as good as those first two Golden Sun games were, they were still pretty traditional, especially in comparison to some of the other, more radical RPGs being released on the GBA at the time, like Mario and Luigi: Superstar Saga and Fire Emblem. And now, seven years after the release of Golden Sun: The Lost Age (you read that right. Seven years since the last Golden Sun. I couldn't feel older.), the RPG landscape has shifted even more dramatically, with a prioritization of action-oriented combat in favor of turn-based combat.
 
I've got enough nostalgia for this franchise that I'll buy this game on day one, but what about the rest of you? Does your familiarity with the Golden Sun franchise make this game appealing, or has it simply been too long since the series was relevant? Are you DS players who consumed all of Dragon Quest IX's content ready for more traditional RPG action? Or would you rather Camelot made another good Mario sports game?
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Posted by MattBodega

Fans of classic Game Boy Advance RPGs, get excited. Nintendo has announced that Golden Sun: Dark Dawn--the long-awaited followup to the two excellent Golden Sun games on the GBA--will be rising in retail stores on November 29th for the Nintendo DS.  
 
Dark Dawn begins 30 years after the events of The Lost Age and puts you in control of a new party of warriors. The world of Golden Sun was radically altered after the lighting of the Elemental Lighthouses, and the world has become harsher than ever before. Players will guide their party on a quest to stop a new magical apocalypse, once again seeking the aid of over 70 Djinn sprites for assistance in battle and in puzzles.


 I really want to make a Beatles reference here, but I don't think we can afford the rights.
 
I've always held the Golden Sun franchise in particularly high esteem, and with good reason: Both Golden Sun and Golden Sun: The Lost Age were loving throwbacks to the JRPGs of the Super Nintendo and Genesis, featuring a long, dense quest in a world brimming with secret weapons, powerful spells, and ridiculous sprite-based summons (all of which developer Camelot has in their blood, given that they created Shining Force). Best of all, the Golden Sun games melded that classic JRPG formula with a couple of neat twists that made the series more than just a Final Fantasy also-ran. I always appreciated that the techniques you were learning in combat could also be used out of battle to solve the game's various environmental puzzles.    
 
Of course, as good as those first two Golden Sun games were, they were still pretty traditional, especially in comparison to some of the other, more radical RPGs being released on the GBA at the time, like Mario and Luigi: Superstar Saga and Fire Emblem. And now, seven years after the release of Golden Sun: The Lost Age (you read that right. Seven years since the last Golden Sun. I couldn't feel older.), the RPG landscape has shifted even more dramatically, with a prioritization of action-oriented combat in favor of turn-based combat.
 
I've got enough nostalgia for this franchise that I'll buy this game on day one, but what about the rest of you? Does your familiarity with the Golden Sun franchise make this game appealing, or has it simply been too long since the series was relevant? Are you DS players who consumed all of Dragon Quest IX's content ready for more traditional RPG action? Or would you rather Camelot made another good Mario sports game?
Posted by WinterSnowblind

Loved the first two, but not so impressed by what we've seen of this one.

Posted by LiquidPenguins

I've been waiting for this for so long. Thank fuck it didn't slip into 2011.

Posted by AgentJ

Better news was never announced on Giantbomb.

Posted by ch13696

What? I gotta wait 2 more months. Well at least my money will be better spent than on the new Xbox Live price increase.

Posted by CL60

Awesome. I loved the first two.

Posted by Apathylad

I'm curious as to how deep this will tie to the first two games. I may need to brush up on my Golden Sun lore. I still have the first two games. 

Posted by Timing

Golden Sun will always be relevant. I'm eagerly awaiting an EU release date.

Posted by MasterOfPenguins_Zell

Can't wait!

Posted by Blair

In similar news; I will own Golden Sun:  Dark Dawn on November 29th.

Posted by dankempster
@MattBodega said:
" ...the Golden Sun games melded that classic JRPG formula with a few a couple of neat twists... "
 
" Have you DS players who consumed all of Dragon Quest IX's content ready for more traditional RPG action? "
A little proof reading goes a long way, Mr. Kessler. Seemingly little mistakes like this can really tear apart the professionalism of what is otherwise a well-written article. Not trying to be a total douche, although I realise I'm probably coming across as one. Sorry. 
 
Anyway, on topic, this is really great to hear. I loved both GBA games, so I guess I'm going to have to butter up the girlfriend in hopes of usurping her DS come November.
Posted by AgentJ
@Apathylad said:
" I'm curious as to how deep this will tie to the first two games. I may need to brush up on my Golden Sun lore. I still have the first two games.  "
Considering the new protagonists are the offspring of the original heroes, I'd say there will be a good amount of tie-in. I'd like to take some bets on whether or not Alex is back as the ringmaster. 
Posted by Tordah
@Timing said:
" Golden Sun will always be relevant. I'm eagerly awaiting an EU release date. "
This. The GBA games are classics.
Posted by amlabella

I loved the Golden Sun games. Like you mentioned, great throwbacks to the SNES RPG days. Even if it doesn't do too much to break new ground in the series I'll probably still enjoy it. Hopefully they'll introduce some interesting mechanics to the game though.

Posted by drumpsycho89

OH MY WORD!!!!  i can not wait for this game to come out!!!!!!

Posted by Althox

Can't wait!... No seriously, I just can't..

Posted by Simulacrum
@Althox said:
" Can't wait!... No seriously, I just can't.. "

Posted by Romination

This and NBA Jam are my greatest buys for this year.

Posted by Apathylad
@AgentJ said:
" @Apathylad said:
" I'm curious as to how deep this will tie to the first two games. I may need to brush up on my Golden Sun lore. I still have the first two games.  "
Considering the new protagonists are the offspring of the original heroes, I'd say there will be a good amount of tie-in. I'd like to take some bets on whether or not Alex is back as the ringmaster.  "
Okay, let's make some pairings while we're at it: 
 
Guys Girls 
 Felix  Mia
Isaac  Jenna
Garet  Sheba
Ivan 
Piers 
 
 Okay...who slept with who?
Posted by DaemonBlack

Been waiting seven years.

Edited by Timing
@Apathylad said:

" @AgentJ said:

" @Apathylad said:

" I'm curious as to how deep this will tie to the first two games. I may need to brush up on my Golden Sun lore. I still have the first two games.  "
Considering the new protagonists are the offspring of the original heroes, I'd say there will be a good amount of tie-in. I'd like to take some bets on whether or not Alex is back as the ringmaster.  "
Okay, let's make some pairings while we're at it: 
 
Guys Girls  
Felix  Mia
Isaac  Jenna
Garet  Sheba
Ivan 
Piers   
Okay...who slept with who? "
I'd say swap Felix and Garet and you're good. Also, have you guys seen the still unnamed, presumably older, raincoat guy? 

  
Assumptions to his identity would be easy to make, were it not that he holds his sword differently than that guy.
 
Edit: Also yes, I'd bet it's highly likely Alex will return in some way, seeing how deliberately ambiguous his 'ending' was.
Posted by Claude

This is going to make some people very happy.

Posted by TheFreeMan

I've been waiting for a proper sequel/ending to Golden Sun for so long I feel like it can't possibly be coming out this year. Very exciting.

Posted by Aeterna

Dude, that was 7 years ago!? I loved those games.

Posted by MMkain

My hands still hurt from entering that 12 page password....

Posted by august

If you tell me there's less goddamn interminable inane dialogue than the first two, I might be interested.

Posted by JJWeatherman

Big fan of the series. Can't wait for this one.

Posted by blaakmawf

I loved the first two. Definitely enough nostalgia to merit a day one buy.

Posted by Afroman269
@MMkain said:
" My hands still hurt from entering that 12 page password.... "
lol this. Hated that so much and damn has it been that long ago? I was worried that this would be pushed to 2011. Can't wait now!
Posted by Cornman89

Golden Sun? That was my childhood, man!

Posted by Devz

Oh damn can't believe its been 7 years haha I'm getting old, I have very fond memories of those games so definitely looking forward to this.

Posted by JackSukeru

Man I never played more than a few minutes of the second one, I did type in the password I had though, effing longest password evar! 
 
I don't know if I want this game, even though I really liked the original, that was a while ago and I was pretty unexperienced with RPG's. I'll have to wait and see with this one.

Posted by Mystyr_E

<Sees screenshot and caption>
"Here comes the sun, doo-doo doo doo, here comes the sun and I say, it's alright..."

Posted by MisterMouse

I remember playing both those games and I would probably pick it up if I had a DS. I might get a 3DS when that comes out and then I could pick this game up then.

Posted by ViciousAnchovy
@AgentJ said:
" @Apathylad said:
" I'm curious as to how deep this will tie to the first two games. I may need to brush up on my Golden Sun lore. I still have the first two games.  "
Considering the new protagonists are the offspring of the original heroes, I'd say there will be a good amount of tie-in. I'd like to take some bets on whether or not Alex is back as the ringmaster.  "
He'd better be.
Posted by Det1

MY BODY IS READY
THIS AND WARHAMMER 40K SPACE MUHREEN
FUCK YEAR

Posted by ViciousAnchovy
@Mystyr_E:  I feel stupid for not being able to think of that song after reading the caption.
Posted by Turambar

70 djinns this time round?  Jesus christ.  If there isn't a summon that uses at least 10 djinns of an element, I will be disappointed.

Posted by zitosilva

I really want to play this, but I hope they offer some form of recap, because I don't remember anything from the first two. What I do remember is that the second didn't have a proper end, right? I wasn't as a cliffhanger as the first, but it still ended pretty abruplty, with a lot of things unanswered (the weirder thing that comes to my mind is Garet, I believed, that scream at something holding his arm, even though there was nothing there). I hope this turns out good.

Posted by The_Hiro_Abides

I loved the first two. I'm fairly certain I bought a GBA SP because all the reviews were stellar about them. Anyway, I hate and miss the 20 page code to transfer your stats. I'm sure the new one won't carry over anything from Lost Age... but it'd be cool if it did!

Posted by yoshimitz707

YES!

Posted by Malakhii

This is good news, I was expecting a long delay after there had been no news for a while. 

Posted by SatelliteOfLove
JENNA! JENNA! JENNA!!!
Posted by wh1terav3n

Oh Gawd. I need this game. Now is good.

Posted by Mars_Cleric

I loved the first two games but for some reason I don't know if this will live up to my expectations. 
Please be good... 
7 years?! Fuck I feel old
Edited by CitizenJP

One of my favorite RPGs of all time! For sure! 
edit: The Golden Sun franchise of course...duh. :P

Posted by Rio

I shall be grabbing that, Golden Sun is quite awesome.  Excitement ensues.  

Posted by Toxin066

These might have been my favorite GBA games. So, I'm with ya Matt. Day 1 pick up for me too.

Posted by pewpewlazer

Lol, "Rises into stores?" Didn't the normal bomb crew make fun of these cheesy taglines awhile back? lol 
 
I can't wait for the next Metal Gear to sneak into stores...

Posted by Mattatoofeld19

I will be purchasing this day one

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