A.V. Club: "The Japanese-style role-playing game doesn’t lend itself well to direct sequels. Their entire premise depends on characters exploring the entire world to completion, so what’s supposed to happen next? The original Golden Sun and its 2003 sequel succeeded by telling a single story over two games. Failures include Final Fantasy X-2, which turned players into tourists in its old game world—then it made fun of tourists. Golden Sun: Dark Dawn manages to avoid most of the sequel issues by copying from its predecessors."