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GoldenEye 64 Has A Speccy Emulator Inside It

The N64! It could have been saved!

Five people will read this.  And four of them will be me.  I don’t care – to me, this is mindblowing and I’ve got a little button called ‘publish’ that means I can spew out any old nonsense and it just appears on the site.  Magic.

So what’s up?  Well, remember Goldeneye – the best first person shooter that’s not Halo (or whatever your game of choice is)?  It had a fully functional ZX Spectrum emulator hidden inside it – and it’s just been discovered.  Rare – I love you even more now.

“By feeding it a proper Spectrum monitor program and calling menu 25 to load a snapshot, any Spectrum 48x program can be run,” says the dude that found it.

“The emulator started life as a side project to see if Spectrum emulation was possible on N64 and was hooked into GE, the current game in development. It was supposed to be removed before release but was only made inaccessible and inoperable. All the registers, dependancies, and script required to run the emulator still reside in retail GoldenEye carts.”

Looks like there’s a few embedded games in there – they’re all Ultimate (Rare’s earlier life) titles too.  Sabre Wulf, Atic Atac, Jetpac, Lunar Jetman, Alien 8, Gun Fright, Underwurlde, Knight Lore, Pssst, Cookie, a 16k ‘monitor program’ and Mire Mare.

I’m kidding.  Knight Lore’s not in there.

Boom!  Or whatever it is you’re supposed to say.

Via TheRWP.

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40 Comments
  1. colossalblue
    Team TSA: Editor
    Since: Forever

    And it’s only just been discovered?! And people thought that Rocksteady hid their stuff well in Arkham Asylum!

    Comment posted on 30/03/2012 at 11:25.
    • nofi
      One for all.
      Since: Forever

      Looks like it. Kinda explains how they got Jetpac to run on the 360, too.

      Comment posted on 30/03/2012 at 11:26.
      • teflon
        Community Team
        Since: May 2009

        Astounding.

        Comment posted on 30/03/2012 at 12:05.
  2. The Lone Steven
    Never heard of him.
    Since: May 2010

    Goddamit Nofi, stop hijacking people’s accounts! ;)

    I wonder if Rare actually remebers putting this in as it’s been a while since they have worked on Goldeneye and have probably been busy with a lot of titles. I can see them rereleasing it on the virtual store with the emulation unlocked.

    Comment posted on 30/03/2012 at 11:26.
    • Rabid-Coot
      Member
      Since: Oct 2009

      It’s been a long time since this was done, the people responsible for this may not be working at Rare now.

      Comment posted on 30/03/2012 at 12:54.
  3. Cutter.T
    Member
    Since: Jun 2009

    I love these little nuggets in old games.

    Comment posted on 30/03/2012 at 11:26.
  4. Kevatron400
    Drake, baby.
    Since: Dec 2008

    I don’t remember the graphics on the N64 being that bad.

    Comment posted on 30/03/2012 at 11:26.
  5. Wilbossman
    Member
    Since: Sep 2008

    This has made me all happy and nostalgic. I loved my Spectrum…

    Comment posted on 30/03/2012 at 11:28.
  6. AcidCrashX
    Member
    Since: Jun 2009

    that’s a pretty awesome little find. I love when things like this are found years after release

    Comment posted on 30/03/2012 at 11:29.
  7. Tuffcub
    On the naughty step.
    Since: Dec 2008

    Next week Alex moves in to a cave and renames himself as “Ug” – he’s THAT retro.

    Comment posted on 30/03/2012 at 11:32.
  8. KeRaSh
    Member
    Since: Nov 2009

    Homebrew on the N64. Who would have guessed it?
    If this was Sony related news people would be all over it. :P

    Comment posted on 30/03/2012 at 11:32.
    • TheDemocrodile
      Member
      Since: May 2010

      was just thinking that lol

      Comment posted on 30/03/2012 at 14:02.
  9. BrendanCalls
    Post Hoc, Ergo Propter Hoc - YOHIMBÉ!!!
    Since: Forever

    How did this fly under the radar for a decade or more, amazing. This is usually the type of thing that comes out a few months after release and then I read about it on wikipedia 3 years after it was actually news.

    Comment posted on 30/03/2012 at 11:50.
  10. Forrest_01
    Member
    Since: Jun 2009

    “By feeding it a proper Spectrum monitor program and calling menu 25 to load a snapshot, any Spectrum 48x program can be run”

    I have no idea what this actually means, but it sounds awesome… Even if just for the last statement.

    I wonder if any part of the code ended up in the Goldeneye remake from last year??

    Comment posted on 30/03/2012 at 11:58.
    • nofi
      One for all.
      Since: Forever

      No, not a chance.

      Comment posted on 30/03/2012 at 12:01.
      • blackredyellow
        Member
        Since: Mar 2009

        Maybe that’s why the remake was so turd in comparison.

        Comment posted on 30/03/2012 at 22:43.

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