Golden Sun Articles RSS Feed | Golden Sun RSS Feed on en Launch Media Network 6 Nintendo Franchises With Games That Somehow Aren't Switch Ports Tue, 01 Sep 2020 11:00:01 -0400 Ethan Anderson


Golden Sun


Surely, what Golden Sun fans want most is a sequel to the third game in the franchise. Sadly, that seems a bit unlikely at this point, even though fans haven't forgotten those games for even a second.


Golden Sun is an RPG series that started in 2001 on the Game Boy Advance. The second game came out the very next year on the very same handheld, while the third instalment launched on the DS in 2010.


The first two were made available on the Wii U, but it's time for all three to make their triumphant return on Nintendo Switch. If Nintendo started porting GBA and DS games to the Switch, they'd have an insane amount of classics to pull from.


Nintendo has so many beloved, older franchises tucked away, out of sight. It's time to bring the ones on this list, and so many others, back into the light. They've been slowly adding more games to the Switch's NES and SNES collection, but after three years, fans are looking for a bit more.


Which classic franchises would you like to see on the current-gen console? Let us know over on Twitter




It's honestly shocking that none of the past mainline Pokemon games have made it to the Nintendo Switch, even as ports.


The 3DS Virtual Console added Red, Blue, Yellow, Gold and Silver, and Crystal not too long ago, so mainline Pokemon ports aren't out of the question.


Even if Nintendo only brought back generations III to VI, fans would go wild. It's guaranteed money at this point.


With the portable nature of the Switch, those Pokemon classics could still be played on the go, just like the good old days. Except, in theory, they'd be able to have better online functionality if brought back today.


Fire Emblem


Currently, the only Fire Emblem games available on the Nintendo Switch are Fire Emblem Warriors, and Fire Emblem: Three Houses. For a franchise that includes over 15 games, spanning from 1990 to the present, that isn't much of a selection.


3DS titles such as Echoes, Awakening, and even the annoyingly disconnected Fates would feel right at home on the Switch thanks to their portable origins. It might be asking for too much, but a few Fire Emblem titles from the GBA could also be ported, just like they were on the Wii U. The GameCube installments seem too far out of the realm of possibility, though.


Regardless, the return Fire Emblem's tactical RPG action and loveable casts could create tons of new fans while still managing to please the current ones who just want to comfortably replay old favorites.




Metroid Prime 4 has had quite the rough development process, but it's being worked on as we speak. The team is even still in the process of bringing in various new artists and leads. 


It's probably safe to assume that, by the time it does launch, it'll be the first 3D Metroid game that some players can get their hands on without having to buy an older console. If the Wii U's Metroid Prime Trilogy bundle comes to the Switch, that issue will be solved.


The games in the trilogy supported both standard controllers and motion controls at different points, so the transition to the Switch's Pro Controller and Joy-Cons should be a smooth one.


New players will be able to catch up while returning fans get a much-needed refresher leading up to Metroid Prime 4.


Super Mario Galaxy


Super Mario Galaxy and its sequel are some of the very best Mario games of all time. It'd be hard to find any Nintendo fan that would be disappointed if both games returned on the Switch.


Just like The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, Super Mario Galaxy was rumored to be on its way to the console. Though, it was thought to be coming as a remaster, instead of just a port.


The two-part series first began in 2007, with the sequel coming out three years later. It's been a while. However, the games' motion control features would fit perfectly with the Joy-Cons when playing at home, and who wouldn't want the option to play Super Mario Galaxy on the go, too? It's a no-brainer.


The Legend of Zelda


The 3D Zeldas should have some kind of presence on the Switch by now, if we're being honest. The Wii U Virtual Console had an amazing selection of Nintendo classics that included titles from the NES, N64, Game Boy Advance, and more. Numerous Zelda games were among them.


We're talking masterpieces like Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask here — neither of which have made it to the Switch in its three years of being on the market.


Fans would no doubt pay to play those again on the Switch in a heartbeat. Let's not forget Wind Waker, Twilight Princess, and Skyward Sword as well. The latter even caused a stir when a port was rumored to be in the works.


A lot of the Nintendo franchises on this list are absolute no-brainers in terms of whether or not they should come to the Switch. If Nintendo decided to bring any of these older games forward to current-gen, it would likely be the same as printing money.


Fans are already clamoring for any bit of Direct news they can find that relates to Nintendo's first-party games. Just imagine what would happen if a port or remaster of anything on this list became a reality.


Read on to see six Nintendo franchises that need to come to the Switch ASAP.

10 of the Greatest RPG Normal Battle Themes Mon, 12 Sep 2016 05:01:17 -0400 ThndrMge

The RPG is a genre in which you spend a lot of time battling enemies as you adventure through some of the most fantastic worlds and inspiring stories. One way to make a battle more intense and more dynamic is to pump up your player with a great tune to get them into the fighting spirit.

Many games are praised for their soundtracks, and often times we lift up the composers who came up with the musical beats we're listening to throughout our journeys. Below are just a few of the greatest examples of RPG normal battle themes, the songs that play during the majority of mundane encounters with monsters and minions alike.

The Man With the Machine Gun

Final Fantasy VIII

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Final Fantasy VIII is one of the least popular entries in the series when you discuss gameplay and story. No one seems to enjoy the Draw system -- which had you spending hours in combat repeatedly using the same command to steal magic spells from enemies -- but there are two things players seem to agree Final Fantasy VIII did right: card games, and Nobuo Uematsu's music.

"Man with the Machine Gun" is the battle theme for the duration of the time which you play as Laguna, a secondary protagonist of sorts. It's upbeat and energetic, it matches well with the eternal optimist that Laguna tends to be. I remember spending hours battling enemies in the caves of the Centra Excavation Site just so I could listen to this fantastic battle theme.

The War Bell Tolls

Bravely Second: End Layer

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Random encounters are generally a lackluster event in an RPG, typically lasting no more than a minute late into the game. However, in Bravely Second you'll find that with this battle anthem at your back, you're going to want to spend a lot more time in battle. The quick tempo, wailing guitar, and operatic vocals give every battle a feeling of urgency and heroism. 

Spending time grinding EXP for your favorite jobs, or hunting for specific items is much less tedious when you have something great to listen to, and this song delivers. A small nod must be made to the amazing way the song will fade back in after using special attacks, which will cause a temporary song to play based on which character performed the attack. You may have the option to turn off Bravely Second's random encounters, but you might not want to if you really enjoy this song.

Battle! (Team Plasma)

Pokemon Black & White

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Pokemon games have a ton of different battle themes spanning generations of games. One of the best is when you encounter a Team Plasma Grunt in Pokemon Black or Pokemon White. The electronic style, the hyped-up intro, and the sinister tone of the song all give battles with Team Plasma a very villainous feeling.

From the moment you encounter a Grunt and that pulse-pounding intro begins, you'll be in it to win it against the enthusiastic yet misguided Pokemon Rights group who are attempting to "liberate" your Pokemon from you. I even used this song as my ringtone for a year or so, it was just that good. Next time you're adventuring in Black or White's Unova region crank up the volume and enjoy the music when you encounter Team Plasma.

Mass Destruction

Persona 3

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Baby baby baby baby! Persona 3's battle theme is sort of meme status among the fandom. The rock-pop tune that plays whenever you enter battle against generic shadows is one of the most enthusiastic and positive things in the game. The blaring horns and the driving vocals, particularly during the chorus and bridge, are memorable and after a few fights, you'll find yourself singing along and humming this tune for hours after it gets stuck in your head.

Series composer Shoji Meguro is well known for his thematic soundtracks, which are strikingly different with each game and constantly changing musical genres. This jazzy song just feels like it belongs in Persona 3 and quickly became one of the greatest and most well-known battle themes in RPG history.

The Arrow Was Shot

Tales of the Abyss

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In a game that has a lot to do with Hymns and music, this tune is an upbeat and inspirational romp as you battle your way through countless enemies. While the Tales series features a ton of great music from series composer Motoi Sakuraba, this one stands out a bit above the others.

The combination of electronic harmony over the rhythmic drums and low guitar gives it a very heroic feeling. Even listening to this I can hear the sounds of battle in the back of my head as the heroes perform their various Strike Artes and Magic Artes, calling out names and shouting one-liners. It's a particularly catchy tune that'll have you tapping your toes the entire time.

Normal Battle

Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne

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Despite having a simple name, this battle theme from Nocturne really has a strangely eerie vibe to it. It really does a great job of emphasizing the unusual and unnatural situation the protagonist is in, wandering a demon-infested version of his home, Tokyo. 

The strange lyrical chanting over the looped electronic buzzing in the song adds to the creepiness, but in contrast, the guitar and drums really pump you up for what is most certainly going to be a tough battle, considering the difficulty of the game. Get ready to engage in some odd conversations with the demonic entities you come across and bargain with them to join you or just leave you alone.

Fight Against Monsters

Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars

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Mario has a long line of RPGs to pick from now, between the Paper Mario series or his adventures on handhelds with his brother in the Mario & Luigi series. However, back in the Super Nintendo era the first Super Mario game to feature the mustached plumber in turn-based combat was aptly titled Super Mario RPG.

It was an instant classic, and this battle theme was born from it. It oozes that Mario vibe, from the drum roll at the beginning to the horns and melodic bridge. Each beat of this tune just feels right at home in the Mario series of games, and it has only gotten more iconic as time goes by.

Battle! (Isaac)

Golden Sun

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Another example of a battle theme that really makes you feel heroic as you battle your way through the various monsters and baddies you encounter. Golden Sun really hits the mark with this song, the instant a battle begins and you hear that build-up at the beginning of the song you're nodding along to the beat and eager to unleash your favorite attacks on whatever unsuspecting creature has challenged you.

Fluctuating from amped-up synth instruments over the drums to beautiful flute melody into low synth tones and finally mixing it up string instruments really gives this song variety and makes it memorable. Isaac's battle theme is easily one of the greatest in the series and the entire RPG genre.

Battle 1

Chrono Trigger

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This is another one of those songs with an unimaginative title, but are we really going to question Yasunori Mitsuda? If you're a fan of the game it's easy to see the mental image of Crono and the others bouncing in their combat stances to the smooth beat of the drums and bass in this song. 

The quick beat is sure to get you bouncing your head to the rhythm in seconds as you're selecting the various Tech commands in whatever age you might be adventuring through at the time. The timeless tune -- pun very much intended -- really accentuates the style of the game, feeling right at home no matter what kind of monsters you're fighting or what visual setting the game throws at you. Thanks for this gem, Yasunori Mitsuda.

Deep in Coma ~ Battle in Japan

Shadow Hearts: Covenant

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Like many of the other songs I've shared with you, Shadow Hearts: Covenant's "Deep in Coma" is a perfect example of thematic tune. The eerie chanting over the guttural bass guitar and hectic drums really gets you unnerved in this horror RPG.

The unusual rhythm and tribal beat are fitting for a game where you can transform into a demon at any given moment. Despite this, however, "Deep in Coma" does a great job of making battles feel exciting and breaks the norm at the same time, making it a very memorable song. As I wrote this article, I couldn't help but want to pop Shadow Hearts into my PlayStation 2.

These are just ten examples of great RPG battle music. There are plenty of other amazing tunes out there to discover and listen to. Did your favorite make the list? Let us know over on Twitter!

5 Best Fantasy RPG’s You’ve Never Heard of But Should Play Thu, 07 Jul 2016 05:14:15 -0400 Jack Einhorn (skullkid)

As gamers, many of us have played quite a few fantasy RPGs -- The Elder Scrolls, World of Warcraft, and Dark Souls to name a few. These epics are the front-and-center, the in-your-face, RPG options that anyone not living in a cave the past decade or so could probably tell you about.

But, these mainstream titles are not the only adventures this genre has to offer. There are tons of RPGs that are either glossed over by more popular titles or just never quite reach the limelight. So, if you’re looking for something a little less mainstream to play, pay attention to the following games.

1. Golden Sun

To ease you into the list, we’ll start with a rather popular title from the Gameboy Advance, Golden Sun. Well-known and well-loved in its prime when released in 2001, I’ve only included it here because of the fact that I just never hear about it anymore. People on the internet seem to have loved it, but I think the fanbase at this point is a cult-following if anything.

Golden Sun takes you on a fantastical adventure as a group of young “Adepts” whose goal is to defend the world from “alchemy”, a destructive magical force that knows no bounds. One of the most memorable parts of the game were the quirky little creatures that you adventured with, called “Djinns.” These cute little guys were elementals, and so you have your air Djinn, your fire Djinn, etc. Djinns were effective for both combat and maneuvering environments, so they were truly a unique mechanic.

Golden Sun is a unique and exciting adventure that, at least to me, seems to be a little on the forgotten side. If you’ve got a GBA lying around, try to snag yourself a copy!

2. Baten Kaitos

Although still not the most obscure I could muster, Baten Kaitos: Eternal Wings and the Lost Ocean was a relatively well-known JRPG released on the Nintendo Gamecube. Set in the sky amongst a floating island-city, Baten Kaitos is incredibly unique in its gameplay mechanics, meaning that you don’t actually play as the main character, named Kalas. Nay, you actually play as a guardian spirit who guides Kalas through the adventure, even maintaining a relationship with him for the sake of your quest.

The game also makes use of a game card mechanic for things like items, combat, and quests. These cards are called “Magnus”, and are integral to both the lore and the gameplay. For instance, combat is based on the drawing of these cards.

Baiten Kaitos has an incredibly complex story, something that is not all too uncommon for JRPG’s. Like I said for Golden Sun: if you have the hardware to run the game I would seriously recommend doing so. I mean come on, who doesn’t have a Gamecube?

3. Dragon’s Dogma

Ah, Dragon’s Dogma, a game I consider to be one of the most overlooked action RPG of our time. Released in 2012, it came out just a few short months after our beloved Skyrim, and its fate was sealed. This poor release timing coupled with a console-only release (until this past Winter) unfortunately led to Dragon’s Dogma being all but completely overshadowed. Well, I’m un...overshadowing it? That works.

If you’re not a fan of the more formulaic route the Elder Scrolls series has taken, then you might want to consider giving Dragon’s Dogma a go. The combat controls similarly to Dark Souls, and the game’s camera is exclusively third-person as well. You play as “The Arisen”, a fated hero whose heart has been removed by a nefarious dragon. In your quest to get it back you explore, battle, and uncover secret magics. Pretty standard for an RPG, however, there are two major things that make Dragon’s Dogma stand out from most other action role-playing games.

The first of these is the Pawn system. Pawns are non-human entities that inhabit the world around you, they serve no other purpose than being hired mercenaries. You can round up a bunch of them and they travel with you and fight with you in battle. The really cool thing about Pawns is that they are player-made, and operate similarly to the creatures in Spore. Other players’ Pawns will appear in your game, and you can hire them to work for you. The money you spend on them then goes back to the player who created them. It’s all pretty neat.

The other really cool thing that sets Dragon’s Dogma apart is the combat system, which combines Dark Souls with Shadow of the Colossus. Much like the bosses in SoC, you can jump and latch on to larger enemies and climb around their hides, hacking at weak points. It’s incredibly satisfying to climb up an ogre’s back to chop at his neck. The way they worked this into regular combat, and not just boss battles, is pretty damn cool.

Dragon’s Dogma saw a PC release this past winter -- go buy it on Steam! Or don’t, I mean, I’m not your mom.

4. Aidyn Chronicles

I know we jumped forward with Dragon’s Dogma, but now we’re going way back, before the Gamecube, before the Gameboy Advance -- because who cares about chronological order. Aidyn’s Chronicles: The Last Mage was a lesser-known fantasy RPG on the Nintendo 64, focusing on strategic combat rather than straight action.

The game focuses on Alaron, a squire who finds himself wrapped up in a classic fantasy adventure after being poisoned by goblins. Despite mixed reviews, Aidyn’s Chronicles is a worthwhile foray into the olden days of console RPGing, (well, not NES or SNES old) and if you can get past the less-than-stellar graphics it will be worth your time. 

5. Grim Dawn

And, we’re back to the future again! Grim Dawn is a brand-spanking-new action roleplayer from some ex-developers of Titan Quest.

Released only on PC, Grim Dawn has the same kind of top-down camera as Titan Quest, or even the more notable Diablo series. Set in a dark, victorian backdrop, Grim Dawn tells a story of two otherworldly entities both intent on destroying the human race. Well, the Aetherials intend to use humans as a resource, with the Chthonians just wanting to destroy humanity. In the wake of this, small groups of surviving humans lay scattered across the grim landscape, as surviving these supernatural beings has naturally become the top priority.

Traversing the terrible world and surviving numerous attacks will prove to be challenging, but Grim Dawn’s DOTA-inspired crafting system will help you along the way. If you like dark fantasy, and especially if you’re a fan of Diablo or Titan Quest, you should probably check out Grim Dawn.


Well, that’s all of 'em. I hope this list turned you on to a couple of new old games; even if you’re a hardcore RPG-er, I hope you can at least find one or two things here that are new to you. For those of us that love a good story, may we continue role-playing.

Top 8 Characters We Want to See Added to Super Smash Bros. for 3DS/Wii U Tue, 25 Nov 2014 02:42:48 -0500 Adam Koziol




Splatoon may not be released yet but it's clear that Nintendo is betting big on this new franchise. The game's characters are proving to be very popular and there's already a lot of fan art depicting them. Releasing the Inklings as playable characters in Smash Bros. would be a great way to help spread the word about Spatoon. Plus, Smash Bros. has a clear lack of squid characters.


I hope you enjoyed my list. If there are any characters I've included that you disagree with, feel free to comment and offer suggestions of your own!




This next fighter may not be from Nintendo but the company has already shown that they are willing to include third party characters. Having already added Sonic, Pac Man and Mega Man, Bomberman deserves his place in Smash Bros. as one of gaming's most recognised icons.




The protagonist of Pandora's Tower is a veteran of the War of Independence. Aeron wields the Oraclos Chain in battle which would give him a very unique fighting style as a melee character with a very long range. Pandora's Tower was a strong action game that deserves more recognition and what better way than to include its main character in one of Nintendo's most popular games.


Elite Beat Agents


One of the DS's best recieved games was Elite Beat Agents, a new IP about suited men who help people through the power of dance. Their fighting style would all be about linking their attacks in rhythm to create powerful dance move combos. Using palette swaps, players would be able to fight as any of the Elite Beat Agents or Elite Beat Divas.


Raymond Bryce


Disaster: Day or Crisis may be one of Nintendo's least successful games but it's also one of my favourites. Protagonist Raymond Bryce is a former US Marine who's proved that he has what it takes to handle himself in a fight. With Snake removed from the roster, Ray would make a good replacement as one of the very few Nintendo characters to come from the modern world.




Dillon is one of Nintendo's more recent characters. While his début game was only a downloadable title, it was successful enough to spawn a sequel, which doesn't often happen with modern Nintendo IPs. His character design is unlike any other fighter in Smash; plus his rolling and claw attacks would give him a great combination of speed and power.




Issac has already appeared in the Smash Bros. series as an assist trophy. Yet Golden Sun was one of the best games on the Game Boy Advance so it's only fair that its main protagonist be upgraded to a full fighter. Smash Bros. already has a lot of magic users but Issac has power over the Earth element, which sets him apart from the other fighters.  His final smash would summon Judgement, a winged knight that wields a sword and a cannon shaped as a lion's head.




The first character in my list is the most obvious. Now that Bayonetta has appeared in a Nintendo published title, it makes sense to include her in the company's biggest fighting game. Not only has she shown herself to be incredibly skilled in combat but her hair-based summoning moves would make for a great final smash.


Super Smash Bros. for 3DS/Wii U/ is a game steeped in Nintendo history. There are a huge number of franchises included in the game and with 49 different characters available, there's a lot of choice in how to play.


However, we gamers always want more and there are still several Nintendo IP that are are not represented at all in the game. Whilst Nintendo will surely include more characters in the game's inevitable sequel, gamers may not want to wait another six or seen years just to get extra fighters.


We already know that Nintendo is planning to add Mewtwo to the roster post-release, so why not go all the way and add DLC to the game?  Many gamers are wary of DLC and rightly so, but Nintendo has shown with Mario Kart 8 that they can handle downloadable content in a way which does not annoy consumers.


If they do chose to go down this route, I have a few suggestions for who they should include. While many people want to play as Ridley or King K. Rool, I'm going to go off the beaten path and only include characters from unrepresented franchises. Here are my Top 8 characters that should be added to Super Smash Bros. for 3DS/Wii U.