Nintendo, Microsoft and Rare have finally confirmed the long-rumoured remasters of the N64 classic FPS GoldenEye 007. The game will be coming soon to Nintendo Switch, Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One. It will be a part of Xbox Game Pass and Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack, and owners of the Rare Replay collection digitally will be able to download it for free.
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! Coming soon to @XboxGamePass. pic.twitter.com/kpBlJKqFR9
— Rare Ltd. (@RareLtd) September 13, 2022
The Switch port was made in collaboration with Rare, with varying perks depending on the platform. On Xbox the game will have dual analogue stick support, native 16:9 up to 4K Ultra HD, and come with Xbox achievements to unlock. There will also be local four player split-screen multiplayer.
The Switch version will be a more faithful version with a 4:3 resolution, but it gets a unique perk. Thanks to the way that Nintendo has been able to retrofit online multiplayer into their games on Nintendo Switch Online, the game will feature online play on Nintendo Switch.
GoldenEye 007 was the icing on the cake of a whole host of other N64 games being announced for Nintendo Switch Online. The Mario Party franchise, Pokémon Stadium and some extreme sports games are on the way over the coming year.
The games announced include three more in 2022:
- Pilotwings 64
- Mario Party
- Mario Party 2
And the following in 2023
- Mario Party 3
- Pokémon Stadium
- Pokémon Stadium 2
- 1080º Snowboarding
- Excitebike 64
There had been some very, very persistent rumours that Goldeneye would be revived for modern systems, but this is the first time that it’s been confirmed and publicly acknowledged. A playable version of an Xbox GoldenEye HD remaster actually leaked last year and was thrown up onto file sharing sites. Dating back to 2007/8, the remaster was intended for Xbox Live Arcade on the Xbox 360, but ended up being bogged down by licensing issues as Microsoft, Nintendo and the various screen rights holders couldn’t agree terms. In the end, it was Perfect Dark, Rare’s second N64 FPS, that was remastered and released to Xbox Live Arcade, before being included in the Rare Replay collection on Xbox One.
More recently, rumours suggested that a deal was being stuck that could see GoldenEye also coming to Nintendo Switch. It was reported that the announcement was delayed because of the invasion of Ukraine by Russia, but either way, it has now come true.