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RECOMMENDED: GOLDEN SUN


AFTER a seven-year hiatus the cult Golden Sunseries is finally returning to the portable games market. Golden Sun: Dark Dawnis the first DS game in the range, following the Game Boy Advance originals. Along with the core fanbase that will no doubt be drawn to Dark Dawn, Nintendo is also opening the game up to a wider audience by targeting other RPG fans and DS owners who may not be aware of the franchise. “Action adventure and role-playing fans – whether they played the original Golden Sungames or not – will delight in the game’s strong storyline, intriguing plot twists, beautiful 3D graphics and exciting new gameplay features,” says Nintendo’s UK and Ireland marketing manager James Honeywell. “The franchise has always had a small but very dedicated following, and with the current installed base of Nintendo DS at over 11m, we hope to be able to widen the audience


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With the current DS installed base of 11m, we hope to widen the series’ audience. James Honeywell, Nintendo


slightly and attract people who have been playing similar RPG titles on DS such as those from the Legend of Zeldaseries.”


TURNING TO GOLD


Set 30 years after the events of the first two games, Dark Dawnputs players in the shoes of Matthew – son of the original’s protagonist Isaac. He is joined by a band of new heroes who must travel across the land and protect it from an evil threat. The in-game world of Weyard has changed considerably. Continents have moved, new countries have formed and creatures have evolved. As they travel across the land, players can level up, gain new skills and become stronger. The third in the series also adds upgraded 3D visuals, team attacks, emotional responses, upgradeable weaponry and more. It’s again developed by Camelot, which worked on the previous games (see ’Magic Formula’).


December 3rd 2010 Golden Sun: Dark MAGIC FORMULA Developer Camelot has produced a range of successful games MARIO GOLF


This popular sports series first landed on Nintendo 64 and Game Boy Colour in 1999, followed by GameCube and Game Boy Advance iterations. Camelot also developed We Love Golf!for the Wii in 2007.


MARIO POWER TENNIS As arguably one of Mario’s best sports spin-offs, the GameCube’s Mario Power Tenniswas a smash with critics, as was the original Mario Tennison Nintendo 64. It featured a range of Mario characters all with their own special moves.


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