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Golden Sun DS
Developer(s) Camelot Software Planning
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Series Golden Sun
Platform(s) Nintendo DS
Release date(s) TBA 2010
Genre(s) Role-playing game
Mode(s) Single-player
Rating(s) Rating pending

Golden Sun DS is an upcoming role-playing game for the Nintendo DS developed by Camelot Software Planning.[1] It is the third title in the Golden Sun series.

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Story

The game takes place in the world of Weyard. The story follows the descendants of the series's original heroes.[2]

Development

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",[3], 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.[4]

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.[5] After this was decried as a hoax by official sources,[6] the hoax's author confessed he made it in order to generate more discussion about the series and a sequel.[7]

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.[8] 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..."[9]

Golden Sun DS was finally announced during Nintendo's press conference at E3 2009, with a release date set of 2010.[10] 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.[11]

References

  1. ^ http://uk.ds.ign.com/articles/100/1009568p1.html
  2. ^ "Nintendo Introduces New Social Entertainment Experiences at E3 Expo". Nintendo. 2009-06-02. http://www.nintendo.com/whatsnew/detail/7-fLfhscB6OCe9JeJaD0JlvaUkmMHXiB. Retrieved 2009-12-14. 
  3. ^ Varanini, Giancarlo (2003-06-02). "Next Golden Sun in the Works?". GameSpot. http://www.gamespot.com/gba/rpg/goldensun/news.html?sid=6029337/. Retrieved 2006-11-06. 
  4. ^ Louie the Cat (2004-06-30). "Rumor: Golden Sun for Gamecube?". Nintendo World Report. http://www.nintendoworldreport.com/rumorsArt.cfm?artid=4522. Retrieved 2007-10-09. 
  5. ^ Barndinelli, John (2007-06-11). "Golden Sun DS shown at small Nintendo gathering". Joystiq. http://www.joystiq.com/2007/07/11/golden-sun-ds-shown-at-small-nintendo-gathering/. Retrieved 2008-01-01. 
  6. ^ Caoili, Eric (2007-06-12). "NOT E307: Fake Golden Sun DS announced". DS Fanboy. http://www.dsfanboy.com/2007/07/12/not-e307-fake-golden-sun-ds-announced/. Retrieved 2008-01-12. 
  7. ^ Vuckovic, Daniel (2007-06-17). "Vooks.net Interview". http://www.vooks.net/modules.php?module=article&id=12036. Retrieved 2008-01-21. 
  8. ^ Berghammer, Billy (2007-10-09). "The Knights Of Camelot: The Camelot Planning Interview". Game Informer. http://www.gameinformer.com/News/Story/200710/N07.1009.1738.03309.htm?Page=1. Retrieved 2008-01-21. 
  9. ^ Staff (April 2008). "Interview with Shugo Takahashi". Nintendo Power 227: 63. 
  10. ^ "E3: Nintendo's Conference - All The New Games!". Official Nintendo Magazine. 2009-06-02. http://www.officialnintendomagazine.co.uk/article.php?id=9013. Retrieved 2009-06-02. 
  11. ^ "Previewing Golden Sun DS". Gaming Union. 2009-06-02. http://www.gamingunion.net/news/previewing-golden-sun-ds--130.html. Retrieved 2009-06-02. 

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