The Return of GoldenEye 007
Well, it’s finally been officially confirmed after what feels like years of rumours and speculation that an HD remaster of probably the most iconic video game of the 90s is coming to both Nintendo Switch and Xbox Game Pass. That’s right the 1997 James Bond game for Nintendo 64, “GoldenEye 007” is coming back and better than ever in all its split-screen multiplayer glory.
In the game, players guide James Bond on a global espionage mission to prevent the devastating power of the GoldenEye satellite from being unleashed upon the world. The classic campaign mode, transformative difficulty levels and havoc-inducing cheats will all make their return – as will the iconic split-screen local multiplayer mode, allowing up to four players to take to the couch in a battle of wits and skill.
The original experience has been updated with improved control options (including dual analogue stick support), native 16:9 resolution and up to 4K Ultra HD (where supported), a consistent refresh rate and a full complement of achievements to unlock.
Developer Rare released the statement on Twitter: “25 years after its original release, experience GoldenEye 007 faithfully recreated for Xbox consoles. Includes achievements, 4K resolution and a smoother framerate – even in split-screen local multiplayer!”.
GoldenEye 007 will be on Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S through Game Pass and if you own a digital copy of the 30-game compilation pack “Rare Replay” it will be available to download for you free of charge.
This is a game that has been on the fan wishlist forever and seemed to be caught up in copyright red tape. But now it’s actually going to happen which will give retro gamers a chance to relive the ultimate multiplayer game way before “Call of Duty” and “Fortnite” were a twinkle in their creator’s eyes.
The Nintendo Switch version of the game will likely also include improvements and the addition of online multiplayer will make this game more accessible to everyone looking to recreate that feeling lost in the era of the Nintendo 64.
Memories of GoldenEye 007 on Nintendo 64
I recall that I was working in a video game store around the time of this game’s release and it was the driving force for selling Nintendo 64 consoles. More often than not when a person came in looking to buy a console it was because they’d played Goldeneye the night before on a friend’s console and had to own a piece of that fun for themselves. We’d also convince them to get Mario Kart while they were there, a memory card and a rumble pack, and extra controllers. Oh, those were the days.