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Golden Sun

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Original Release Date: 22/02/2002

Platforms: Gameboy Advance.

Genre: Role Playing.



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Golden Sun (黄金の太陽 開かれし封印 Ōgon no Taiyō: Hirakareshi Fūin / Golden Sun: The Broken Seal in Japan), is the first instalment of a series of role-playing video games developed by Camelot Software Planning and published by Nintendo. It was released in November 2001 for Nintendo’s Game Boy Advance, with a Game Boy Advance sequel, Golden Sun: The Lost Age, in 2003. The game is notable for certain unique game elements, such as the use of special “Djinn” that empower the player and can be used against enemies.

The story follows a band of psynergy-attuned “Adepts” who are sent from their home town into the wide world of Weyard to prevent the destructive power of Alchemy from being released as it was in the past. Along the way the Adepts gain new abilities, help out the local populations, and learn more about why Alchemy was sealed away. Upon its release, the game was highly praised; IGN said that Golden Sun could “arguably be one of the best 2D-based Japanese RPGs created for any system.”

The game was released in August 1, 2001 for Japan, November 11, 2001 for North America, and February 22, 2002 for Europe. Additionally, it was released on the Nintendo Wii U’s Virtual console on April 3rd, 2014 in Japan and on April 17, 2014 elsewhere (North America, Europe and Australia).

Golden Sun, in terms of its plot and setting, takes place in a fantasy setting that may be considered fairly typical of classic-style RPGs. It is the world of “Weyard”, a massive earth-like environment with several major continents and many oceans. Weyard is revealed by the game’s sequel, Golden Sun: The Lost Age, to be a setting modeled off the flat Earth ideal of the world; it is a flat, vaguely circular plane whose oceans perpetually spill off the edge of the world’s entire perimeter into an endless abyss. The huge waterfall at the edge of the world is known as Gaia Falls. The plot progression of Golden Sun spans the two largest continents in the world’s central region: The Eurasian-themed main continent of Angara to the north and the more African and Middle Eastern-inspired continent of Gondowan to the south.

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