‘GoldenEye 007’ is coming to Nintendo Switch and Xbox

‘GoldenEye 007’ is coming to Nintendo Switch and Xbox


James Bond fans may be waiting for the next actor to play the British spy on screen, but a beloved Bond adventure from yesteryear returns.

“GoldenEye 007”, a classic first-person shooter created for Nintendo 64 in 1997, is being revived for Nintendo Switch and Xbox more than 25 years later. For fans who subscribe to additional content on both systems, the game will be available on Friday.

Based on the 1995 movie “GoldenEye”, the game follows a blocky version of Pierce Brosnan’s 007 as he makes his way through various locations, while a synthy version of the signature Bond theme plays. The Xbox version is “faithfully recreated and enhanced”, said one ad for the re-release, while the Switch game has an online multiplayer mode.

“GoldenEye 007” was a hit upon release: IGN gave it a 9.7/10 in 1997, praising the graphics as “superb”. Today’s players accustomed to the lifelike visuals of popular games like “The Last of Us” and “Red Dead Redemption” might disagree, but the game still has a nostalgic appeal for fans who spent their childhood lasering surfaces with Bond’s watch. Not to mention, it is soundtrack remains iconic.

To access the game, Switch users must subscribe to the online membership plus the expansion pack, which includes some Nintendo 64 games and downloadable content for popular games such as “Mario Kart 8 Deluxe” and “Animal Crossing: New Horizons” contains. Xbox players must subscribe to Xbox Game Pass, a service that allows players to access hundreds of games from the server.

The return of “GoldenEye 007”, often called one of the greatest video games of all time, has been in the making for years. The Verge reported last year that rights issues have kept developers from releasing it on newer consoles, including Xbox, since at least 2008. Intrepid N64 fans even tried several times to recreate the game themselves, though the original rights holders usually shut them down. Now Rare, the game’s original developer, has remade it for Xbox with “a few modern touches,” while Nintendo is re-releasing the original on its Switch console.

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