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Isaac is from the town of Vale, on the island of Angara. He is an Adept, meaning he is skilled in Psynergy, the technique of moving objects without touching them. Mages from the rival island of Gondowan plan to destroy Angara by using four Elemental Stones, so Isaac has assembled a team to snatch the stones.

In the universe of this role-playing game, four different types of elements (fire, water, wind and earth) are combined to create spells. Combat often involves facing multiple monsters at each time.

Djinni creatures can be captured and used to give one of your characters extra strengths. Energy is needed to cast spells, but this constantly replenishes while you are not using one. A two-player link-up game exists.


Golden Sun Game Boy Advance Select your Psynergy talent here...
Golden Sun Game Boy Advance Dialogue (japanese version)
Golden Sun Game Boy Advance Golden Sun - Intro Screen
Golden Sun Game Boy Advance Inside

Alternate Titles

  • "黄金の太陽 開かれし封印" -- Japanese spelling
  • "Ougon no Taiyou" -- Japanese title
  • "Golden Sun: The Broken Seal " -- Japanese title

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User Reviews

Like RPG's? This'll cook your bacon. Game Boy Advance Kain Ceverus (34)
A great RPG with classic game play and original aspects Game Boy Advance Bregalad (938)
Bottom line: Golden Sun is the best handheld RPG ever, and one of the greatest of all time. Game Boy Advance pocketgamer2000 (22)
One of the best original RPGs on the GBA. Game Boy Advance Lucas Schippers (59)
A fantastic old school RPG that demonstrates the power of the Gameboy Advance Game Boy Advance Ryu (50)

Critic Reviews

GamePro (US) Game Boy Advance Nov 14, 2001 5 out of 5 100
The Next Level Game Boy Advance Feb 28, 2002 A 100
UOL Jogos Game Boy Advance Feb 01, 2002 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
RPGFan Game Boy Advance Jan 28, 2002 92 out of 100 92
Armchair Empire, The Game Boy Advance Dec 08, 2001 9 out of 10 90
Game Vortex Game Boy Advance 2001 90 out of 100 90 (UK) Game Boy Advance Feb 21, 2002 9 out of 10 90
RPGFan Game Boy Advance Apr 26, 2003 87 out of 100 87
Christ Centered Game Reviews Game Boy Advance Nov 20, 2005 87 out of 100 87
WiiDSFrance Wii U Apr 24, 2014 6 out of 10 60


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1001 Video Games

The Game Boy Advance version of Golden Sun appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.


  • GameSpy
    • 2001 – Game Boy Advance RPG/Strategy Game of the Year

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