How did you come across golden sun series?
Read an article for the original GS in Nintendo Power.
Saw the commercials wanted it even more. Then I got the NPAdvanced magazine that featured Player's Guide Coverage on the game.
Same here. I read both magazines, too. Nintendo power had a lot of articles from GS & TLA. DD announced at E3 by surprise after a long time. I expect the E3 brings the sequel to DD. I want to play what happens in the sequel with those black spheres at the end of DD.
We should keep this going; I found this topic interesting.
What about this series made you a fan?
Basically everything. I wasn't really into RPGs at all back then (not even Zelda, Final Fantasy, nothing), but this really changed how I both look at and play games. Nowadays, I'm into Fire Emblem, SOME Final Fantasy, Golden Sun of course, Mario & Luigi, DS Zelda games, and hopefully even more in the years to come.
It was spring of 2001. I was a sophomore in high school and had been anxiously awaiting the GBA to be released (I can't for the life of me say why though. The only game I got at launch was Tony Hawk's Pro Skater, a game I already had for Playstation). I picked up the GBA at launch and combed websites like IGN for upcoming games to get excited about.
As a big RPG fan, it was that genre that excited me the most. The early days of the GBA were pretty barren with regard to RPGs. There were only two that looked intriguing: Magical Vacation, an adventure RPG made by a new company called Brownie Brown that had been the driving force behind Secret of Mana, one of my favorite SNES games, and some game called Golden Sun. Of the two, Golden Sun had me more intrigued as it was a more traditional turn-based RPG.
Golden Sun wasn't slated for release for about six months, so I stalked out the GameFAQs board religiously, looking for any type of fix I could get. I remember thinking during the summer of 2001 that Golden Sun would have been a great game to pass the time with, while on break from school, but that didn't happen. Instead, to hold me over, I picked up Dragon Warrior III for Game Boy Color to play on my GBA (I never had a GBC).
I finally got Golden Sun for Christmas in 2001 and began playing it immediately. Great game, although I was thoroughly disappointed that the game didn't have a true ending and was more of a cliff-hanger for a Part 2. This had never been done in video games before (at least none that I had played; I don't count Sonic 3). Too disgusted with the developers attempt to get me to drop more money to find out how the story ends (you can guess my feelings toward DLC), I sort of lost interest. Never picked up TLA, although I did play it about eight years later through... other methods. Never played Dark Dawn either honestly (not as much of a gamer as I used to be).
So, in a nutshell, I went from rabidly obsessed with it to losing interest in the series, although I'll admit it was a great game and I really enjoyed the story and battle system. Very creative and well done.
Wow, that was a long post.
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It was always in the back of my mind until I saw my friend had TLA and I borrowed it. Got stuck searching for a way into Lemuria. Borrowed it again next summer and beat it. Mistook TLA in a store as being a used copy of the original. Eventually bought the first game used online.
Games to troll: A Link to the Past, Skyward Sword, Tales of Graces, Star Ocean series, Breath of Fire 2, Dragon Quest X
My parents didn't allow me to have video games growing up. My only real exposure was my friend's N64, through which I discovered my disdain for FPS games and my love for Zelda. This same friend (along with every kid at school) introduced me to Pokemon cards. When I learned that Pokemon was also a game, I went nuts. I convinced my parents to let me get at least a portable video game console. They agreed as long as I paid for everything myself, so I went out and sold all my rare Pokemon cards to buy a GameBoy Pocket and Pokemon Blue.
Fast forward a few years to the GBA coming out. I got one for Christmas, but didn't really know of any good games for it (since Pokemon R/S weren't announced yet). After buying a few crappy games, I eventually received Golden Sun for my birthday from my Grandma. At this point, Pokemon was still the only RPG I'd ever played (other than Ocarina of Time), so I wasn't very familiar with the genre. I was in a horror movie/Dracula phase, so I exchanged the game for Castlevania. I'm not sure why, maybe it was the awesome box art, but I ended up looking into Golden Sun online, and upon seeing more of it, I realized that I really wanted to try it.
So I went back to the store and bought Golden Sun back. I started playing it, and instantly fell in love. I played the hell out of the game, and it was my favorite game for years. I wrote fan fiction, made my own Golden Sun cities out of LEGOs, and scoured the internet for every fan site I could find. I still get a huge nostalgia kick just thinking about Golden Sun, and I of course played and loved The Lost Age and Dark Dawn.
I'll be honest, I'm more recent in terms of being a fan of Golden Sun.
It was back in '08 when Brawl came out. I, of course like many Smash fans, regularly checked the Smash Dojo website, and of course eventually found out that Isaac was to be an assist trophy. Now I had no idea who this Isaac character was, but when the game came out, I saw him a few times with his bad-ass "move" :P. I eventually unlocked his trophy and sounded very interesting, so I did a little looking up on Golden Sun and it sounded like a real promising franchise.
By the summer of '09 (aka one year later), I was at a Gamestop store and saw Lost Age in the used-game GBA section, so I bought it, and instantly loved it. A few months later after multiple attempts to find the original Golden Sun (which had all failed miserably D:), my friend used his credit card to get it for me to purchase it from ebay, and of course loved this game just as much.
Some games and series are just hard to love. Games like CT, FF (III) and DQ (IX) kicked me as I attempted to finish them. I have a saying...a game ends gracefully or risks alienating the gamer. Thankfully, the two GS games I've played so far did do that and I respect Camelot for not turning the heat up as their games ended.
King David, loved and forgiven, just like me!
Nintendo Power did it for me as well. They adored the GBA games and gave them numerous awards in their Game of the Year awards. I reread all the Lost Age articles and review they had multiple times.
I'm glad I did. Felix is my most-wanted character for SSB4
Games like CT, kicked me
Wow, must be a generation thing...
Maybe it's me but I like games actually getting difficult for the final boss. I often do all the optional stuff before I beat a game so I'll battle these tough optional bosses and stuff and then the final boss is a joke (which kinda kills the mystique of the final boss in general). GS does a decent job of making the final boss somewhat of a challenge.
my bro bought me the first game as a xmas present the year it was released. I completed it, then never touched it again or bothered to try the sequels... then I moved house last year and didn't have aTV for a while, so I replayed GS. Got so into it, that I ordered Lost Age and Dark Dawn and played them all in order. Kinda wished I'd stopped after Lost Age, though ;)