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Golden Sun: Dark Dawn
File:Golden Sun Dark
North American box art
Developer(s) Camelot Software Planning
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Composer(s) Motoi Sakuraba
Series Golden Sun
Platform(s) Nintendo DS
Release date(s)
Genre(s) Role-playing game
Mode(s) Single-player

Golden Sun: Dark Dawn is an upcoming role-playing game for the Nintendo DS developed by Camelot Software Planning.[4] It is the third title in the Golden Sun series, and is set 30 years after the events of the first two games. It was featured in Nintendo's E3 2010 presentation,[5] where its official name and release window were revealed. It is scheduled for release in North America on November 29, 2010.[6]





The game picks up 30 years after the first two games in the series left off. At the end of Golden Sun: The Lost Age, the heroes succeeded in bringing the world-healing power of the Golden Sun back to the world of Weyard. In the years since, the immense power of the Golden Sun has changed nearly everything. Continents have shifted. New countries have emerged. New species have appeared. But the world is now imperiled by a new threat. Psynergy Vortexes, which suck the elemental Psynergy from both the land and power-wielding Adepts alike, are spreading across the world. The new generation of heroes - the children of those from the previous games - are drawn into the mystery behind the vortexes, as they cross a chaotic world that is succumbing to a new evil.[7]


Matthew is the new protagonist players will take control of in Dark Dawn. Matthew is a Venus Adept like his father, Isaac, the protagonist from the first Golden Sun.

Tyrell is a Mars Adept. He is the son of Garet, Isaac's closest companion from the first two games.

Karis is a female Jupiter Adept.

Rief[8] is a male Mercury Adept.

Eoleo is another Mars Adept, even though he got hit by a Psynergy Stone when he was a baby. He is the son of Briggs and the prince and leader of Champa, now a pirate kingdom.

Players will also be joined by other characters at some point during their journeys, including Isaac and Garet.

Antagonists include two characters called Spade and Heart that are part of a secret group.


The same 72 Djinn from the first two games return in Dark Dawn. All Djinn now have a distinct look. [9]


Talk of a third entry in the Golden Sun series began as soon as the second title was released. In 2003, Camelot stated that "the current status of a third game ... is still up in the air",[10] while the studio's founding brothers Hiroyuki and Shugo Takahashi stated in a 2004 interview that the scenarios of the first two games were intended as "prologues to the real event yet to come", with rumours at the time suggesting a third title might surface on the Nintendo GameCube.[11]

The lack of updates on any new releases following The Lost Age propagated several hoaxes. This included the unveiling of a Nintendo DS game called Golden Sun: The Solar Soothsayer, which was reportedly shown off at a small pre-E3 2007 gathering.[12] After this was decried as a hoax by official sources,[13] the hoax's author confessed he made it in order to generate more discussion about the series and a sequel.[14]

Speculation about a third Golden Sun title persisted, as the Takahashi brothers commented in October of 2007 that they still wanted to make a third game, going so far as to say that they "have to" and that Nintendo had indeed asked them to make another. They claimed that they had not already as they simply wished to give the title the development time it deserved.[15] In April 2008, Nintendo Power magazine interviewed Shugo Takahashi on one of his latest games. When questioned regarding a third Golden Sun, Takahashi replied "A new Golden Sun? Well, I personally think that I want to play a new RPG, too..."[16]

Golden Sun DS was finally announced during Nintendo's press conference at E3 2009, with a release date set for the 2010 holiday season.[17] Ensuing media from the conference shows that elemental Djinn (representing earth, fire, wind, and water, which in the series universe are referred to as Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Mercury respectively) and certain summons will return from the previous games in the series. [18] At E3 2010, the title's name was announced as Golden Sun: Dark Dawn.


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  10. ^ Varanini, Giancarlo (2003-06-02). "Next Golden Sun in the Works?". GameSpot. Retrieved 2006-11-06. 
  11. ^ Louie the Cat (2004-06-30). "Rumor: Golden Sun for Gamecube?". Nintendo World Report. Retrieved 2007-10-09. 
  12. ^ Barndinelli, John (2007-06-11). "Golden Sun DS shown at small Nintendo gathering". Joystiq. Retrieved 2008-01-01. 
  13. ^ Caoili, Eric (2007-06-12). "NOT E307: Fake Golden Sun DS announced". DS Fanboy. Retrieved 2008-01-12. 
  14. ^ Vuckovic, Daniel (2007-06-17). " Interview". Retrieved 2008-01-21. 
  15. ^ Berghammer, Billy (2007-10-09). "The Knights Of Camelot: The Camelot Planning Interview". Game Informer. Retrieved 2008-01-21. 
  16. ^ Staff (April 2008). [Expression error: Unexpected < operator "Interview with Shugo Takahashi"]. Nintendo Power 227: 63. 
  17. ^ "E3: Nintendo's Conference - All The New Games!". Official Nintendo Magazine. 2009-06-02. Retrieved 2009-06-02. 
  18. ^ "Previewing Golden Sun DS". Gaming Union. 2009-06-02. Retrieved 2009-06-02. 

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