Golden Sun was released in 2001 during the GameBoy Advance's early days and was seen by many as a throwback to the role-playing games of the 16-bit era. A sequel followed in 2003 and enjoyed similar success to the first, but when the Nintendo DS came around, the franchise dropped off of the radar. It wasn't until 2009 Electronic Entertainment Expo that Nintendo announced that it was bringing the franchise back with Golden Sun: Dark Dawn for the DS.
Golden Sun: Dark Dawn has already been out in Japan for a month now, with Nintendo Australia confirming that it will be coming Down Under on December 2. Set 30 years after the first two games, Golden Sun: Dark Dawn sees a new generation of heroes rising to save the continents, which have literally drifted apart. Longtime fans of the series will be pleased to hear that developer Camelot, which started the franchise, is again responsible for development.
The release of Golden Sun: Dark Dawn marks the second big RPG to be released on the DS this half of 2010, with Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies releasing in Australia on August 19.