Golden Sun, Golden Sun, Golden Sun. Where to begin? Golden Sun was a great franchise, shortly lived but still great, arguably one of the best GBA RPGs ever! Golden Sun is known for it’s great story, characters and visuals, so why did it disappear and is a new title on the Switch likely?
One of the arguements that usually pops up is that there’s no demand for Golden Sun, there’s too many similiar RPGs on the market and, yes, there is. Note the word “similiar” though, Golden Sun is similar to the other RPGs not a bland recreation of the other games, it brings a lot of new elements to the table. Saying Golden Sun is a blatant rip-off of, let’s say in this instance, Final Fantasy, is like saying Sonic is a blatant rip-off of Mario. Golden Sun and Final Fantasy are both RPGs but they are completely different!
Another arguement that crops up is that Golden Sun isn’t needed because we have Xenoblade now. No, that’s like saying we don’t need Kirby because we have Mario! Each of them have their own fanbases. They are completely different games, not just in terms of gameplay but story too! Some people don’t play games for the gameplay, some people play for the story, some people play for the aesthetics. People play games for a bunch of different reasons.
But what about me? What’s my connection with the franchise? Well, the first Golden Sun game I played was Golden Sun: Dark Dawn. I know it’s not the best installment and subsequently killed the franchise but I enjoyed it, it wasn’t the best but I enjoyed it. Of course, as I’m a curious person I looked into the series, seeing if there were any other installments and I found out about Golden Sun and Golden Sun: The Lost Age. Those installments were much better as many of you Golden Sun fans will know. That’s when I really got into the franchise, actually, the franchise properly got me into the RPG genre in general if you exclude Pokémon.
Now, is a Switch game possible? Yes, I would say so, Nintendo tends to be bringing back a lot of older and more obscure titles recently, even ones that didn’t orginally belong to them such as Chibi Robo. Maybe they could bring back Golden Sun like they did with Chibi Robo: Zip Lash! I think a remake is more of a possibility than a sequel though for a couple of reasons.
- It would help bring a lot of people into the franchise
- It won’t take up as much time to make so if it flops then they didn’t spend too much time on it anyway.
So, in conclusion, I think that a remake of Golden Sun is highly possible for an early 2019 release.