It's taken seven years for the franchise to return, but last year saw the announcement of Golden Sun DS. Today at Nintendo's E3 press conference we saw plenty more on the game, now officially titled Golden Sun: Dark Dawn.
Following the heroes Matthew, Kans and Terrell, it looks set to deliver more of the puzzle, battle and town-based gameplay that the series is known for. We saw new stylus-controlled Psynergies used outside of battle, classic RPG towns and stunning 3D battles with new summons and attacks.
Here's the fact sheet to chow down on, followed by more delicious screenshots:
It’s Always Darkest Before the Dawn
A classic role-playing game branches out with a new look, countless adventures and heroic battles. The game picks up 30 years after the first twogames 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.
- Amazing graphics and beautifully animated summoning abilities that span both Nintendo DS screens let players experience the game like never before.
- The story takes place 30 years after the final events of the second game, when the Golden Sun Effect occurred. The main characters are the descendants of the previous game’s heroes.
- Intuitive touch-screen control has been implemented throughout the game, controlling character movements and the release of Psynergy – magical abilities with powerful effects over people and the environment. Touch control also streamlines battle commands and gives players a stronger tactile connection to the action on the
- Players will explore a vast and beautifully rendered world where they will find many treasures, encounter dangerous creatures and manipulate objects blocking their path. Players will also hunt for and collect Djinn, mysterious elemental creatures used to summon powerful spirits in battle.
Any fact sheet that uses the word "imperiled" gets a thumbs-up.