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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. minerwilly
    Member
    Since: Feb 2009

    Oooh very cool , i loved Ultimate Play the Game . Cant say i was ever as big a fan of Rare.

    Comment posted on 30/03/2012 at 20:54.
  2. TSBonyman
    Member
    Since: Dec 2009

    Astounding that nobody discovered it until now. I’d wager a fair few attics will be attacked in order to try this out.

    Comment posted on 30/03/2012 at 21:17.

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