My Wii U Game of the Month for April is actually a Virtual Console title. It was the first Game Boy Advance game I ever owned, bought together with a platinum Game Boy Advance with my birthday money. The game itself was originally released in Europe in 2002, and was released on the Wii U’s Virtual Console on April 17, 2014.
Golden Sun is the game which I refer to. Currently, there are three games in the Golden Sun series. The first two are Golden Sun and Golden Sun: The Lost Age, both Game Boy Advance games. The third title, Golden Sun: Dark Dawn is a DS title, and set thirty years after the second game.
Anyway, the focus here is on the first game.
Golden Sun is a fantasy role playing game that focuses on a band of four “Adepts” who are charged with protecting the world from the power of alchemy. The four main characters are Isaac, Garet, Ivan and Mia.
Adepts use magic known as Psynergy, which allows them to do battle or just move rocks and other such menial tasks. There are four attributes of Psynergy: Venus (Earth), Mars (Fire), Jupiter (Wind) and Mercury (Water).
The game starts with Isaac and Garet’s hometown of Vale under threat of a huge boulder rolling down from Mt. Aleph and destroying the place. Through the events that unfold there, Isaac and Garet meet the antagonists Saturos and Menardi.
Three years after those events, Isaac and Garet climb Mt. Aleph to investigate a place called Sol Sanctum. They go together with Jenna and the scholar Kraden.
Events unfold in Sol Sanctum that leave the fate of the world in the hands of Isaac and Garet, so they set out after listening to the advice of the Wise One.
Interestingly, there is the option to refuse such a heavy burden, which gets you a non-standard game over.
During their journey, Isaac and Garet meet Jupiter Adept Ivan and Mercury Adept Mia. They also enlist the aid of creatures known as Djinn.
By giving characters different Djinn, you can alter their classes and the types of Psynergy they can use. Putting Djinn on standby (either using them in battle or just doing it manually outside of battle) allows the characters to use summon magic.
Oh, and it is also worth mentioning the person responsible for composing the music for the entire series is Motoi Sakuraba.
Golden Sun only covers two of the four elemental lighthouses; the other two are covered in The Lost Age. I, and many others, are hoping to see the sequel released on the Wii U Virtual Console as well. Of course, a fourth game in the series would be much appreciated too, since Dark Dawn ended on a sequel hook.