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The GBA Golden Sun duology gets added to Nintendo Switch Online on January 17

Here comes the sun.

Nintendo has announced that Golden Sun and Golden Sun: The Lost Age will be added to the Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pack service on January 17.

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Back in the Game Boy Advance days, I was so into Golden Sun. It was released in 2001 – the same year that the Game Boy Advance was launched. I was still getting used to having such a powerful (for the time) handheld, and Golden Sun just felt like a massive production with some really impressive-looking graphics. I remember listening to the theme repeatedly with headphones in, just soaking in the grandeur.

I enjoyed The Lost Age even better, as you can use a password to carry over your progress from the first game. It’s a direct continuation of the narrative, but the whole game is just so much more massive and impressive. Not knowing what I was getting into at the time, I got absolutely sucked in. Much of the game is just a blur to me now, which implies to me that I completed it in a very short period of time.

I never really played the third game on the DS, though.

Since then, I haven’t had the gumption to play through the first game again. The introduction to that game is just so painfully long. It takes quite some time before you’re really let off the leash to do anything of substance. I know it gets better as it proceeds, but I just haven’t been able to get over that initial climb.

Will I finally be able to play through it again now that it’s on Switch? I’m not sure. I’d like to, but there’s so much precedent for me to give up early on. Maybe I’ll at least try.

Golden Sun and Golden Sun: The Lost Age will be added to the Game Boy Advance service of the Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pack on January 17.


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