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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 Welcome to the Village of Vault!
Golden Sun Game Boy Advance Japanese title screen
Golden Sun Game Boy Advance Inside
Golden Sun Game Boy Advance Venus Djinn in action!

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 Game Boy Advance Jan 29, 2006 5 out of 5 100
IGN Game Boy Advance Nov 09, 2001 9.7 out of 10 97
NintendoWorldReport Game Boy Advance Nov 24, 2001 9.5 out of 10 95
GameSpot Game Boy Advance Nov 12, 2001 8.6 out of 10 86
Advance Game Boy Advance 2002 85 out of 100 85 Game Boy Advance Feb 21, 2002 17 out of 20 85 (GAF) Game Boy Advance Jan 27, 2005 8 out of 10 80
RPG Kingdom Game Boy Advance Dec 10, 2006 13 out of 20 65 Game Boy Advance May, 2004 4.3 out of 10 43


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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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