This is a shout out to Nintendo and Camelot. Why in the world haven’t you made Golden Sun 4? It has now been 6 years since Golden Sun: Dark Dawn was released on the Nintendo DS, and 14 years since the release of Golden Sun: The Lost Age on the GBA, so what gives?
The original games, Golden Sun and Golden Sun: The Lost Age, came out on the Game Boy Advance in 2001 and 2002. The game was originally planned as a Nintendo 64 title, but after the demise of that system, development shifted to Nintendo’s handheld juggernaut. It was then that it was split into two chapters, due both to the GBA’s hardware limitations and the massive scope of what Camelot wanted to make. It was really one of the first full-length epics on a handheld system, and the first two titles combined are one of the best RPGs on a Nintendo system.
After their release, 8 years passed, and everyone was pretty sure the series was over. Sure, there were some loose ends to the story, but there was a sense of finality, like the first two games told a complete one-two punch of a story. But then, we got Golden Sun: Dark Dawn on the DS.
Taking place decades after the ending of the original games, the story of Dark Dawn dealt with the long-term repercussions of the events that occurred in the first game. But the problem is, the game, like the original Golden Sun, ended on sudden cliffhanger, and to this day, it’s almost depressing to think about, since the series now feels unfinished after 6 years of waiting.
So, what’s the hold up? It’s not like Dark Dawn was a bad game. It was dated in the sense that it kept its early 2000s design philosophy pretty close to its vest, but it was a pretty meaty adventure, and it did a great job of expanding the lore of Weyard. Perhaps the main problem is that it didn’t really sell well, but recent years have seen a lot of enthusiasm for RPGs on Nintendo systems, with the release of games such as Bravely Default on the 3DS or Xenoblade Chronicles X on the Wii U. I think Camelot deserves another chance to shine outside of making yet another Mario sports shovelware title. But with the developers currently busy making Mario Sports Superstars, there’s really no hope of another game in this series in the near future.
So, my plea to Nintendo and Camelot is: make another Golden Sun! It’s not nice to keep fans waiting with a cliffhanger after more than half a decade. The upcoming release of the Nintendo Switch is the perfect opportunity to rekindle interest in the series, just how like the original Golden Sun showed that the GBA was capable of large, epic stories early in its lifecycle. Not investing more into a series that has such a rich lore-filled world should be a crime! Here’s hoping that there are plans to amend this in the upcoming years.
If you have not played these games, both Golden Sun and Golden Sun: The Lost Age are available for purchase on the Nintendo eShop.