E3 2010: Golden Sun: Dark Dawn Preview

By Shawn Collier on June 17, 2010, 1:45AM EDT

When Nintendo revealed Golden Sun: Dark Dawn (previously known as Golden Sun DS) at E3 2009, fans of the series were ecstatic. But as the year progressed and no information about the title was released, people wondered what was going on with the title. At Nintendo's E3 2010 press conference Nintendo revealed the official subtitle as well as showing off more of the gameplay. A playable demo was on the show floor at E3, and Gaming Union was there to take a look at how the game has progressed since the short demo that was available last year.

Golden Sun: Dusk Dawn takes place 30 years after the events of Golden Sun: The Lost Age, in which the heroes succeeded in bringing the world-healing powers of the Golden Sun back to the world of Weyard. Since then, the power of the Golden Sun has changed almost everything. Continents have shifted, new countries have emerged and new species have emerged. However, the world is under a new threat in the form of Psynergy Vortexes, which suck the elemental Psynergy from both the land and the Adepts who wield the power of Psynergy. A new generation of heroes, who descend from the heroes of the first two games, are drawn into the mystery of why the vortexes came to be and to find out how to bring calm to a world that is being succumbed to a new evil.

The demo is split into two parts: exploring and battles. The former allows players to play with the game's Psynergy system outside of battles in puzzles, while the latter gives a taste of the game's battle system, which is very similar to the GBA games except that the graphics are polygonal instead of being a faux-3D like in the original titles. All the same Psynergy, Djinn and Summons are available, although it wasn't seen in the demo if new Psynergy, Djinn or Summons would be available, as only the existing ones were included.

Nintendo currently has Golden Sun: Dark Dawn pegged for a Holiday 2010 release in North America.

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