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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 Global map
Golden Sun Game Boy Advance Golden Sun - Intro Screen
Golden Sun Game Boy Advance Naming the main character (japanese version)
Golden Sun Game Boy Advance Dialogue (japanese version)

Promo Images

Golden Sun Screenshot
Golden Sun Screenshot
Golden Sun Screenshot
Golden Sun Screenshot

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 (972)
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 (56)

Critic Reviews

GamePro (US) Game Boy Advance Nov 14, 2001 5 out of 5 100
Gaming Age Game Boy Advance Apr 25, 2003 A 100
The Next Level (USA) Game Boy Advance Feb 28, 2002 A 100
FNintendo Wii U May 13, 2014 9 out of 10 90 Game Boy Advance Aug, 2010 9 out of 10 90
Nintendo Life Game Boy Advance Jun 03, 2010 9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars 90
Armchair Empire, The Game Boy Advance Dec 08, 2001 9 out of 10 90
Game Informer Magazine Game Boy Advance Jan, 2002 8.5 out of 10 85
Retro Gamer Game Boy Advance Mar 02, 2006 82 out of 100 82
Legendra Game Boy Advance Apr 19, 2003 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70


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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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