N64’s Goldeneye 007, one of the most iconic multiplayer games ever released, was repealed in Germany, sparking speculation that this could be a sign that it could be on its way to Nintendo Switch Online or some other platform.
Goldeneye 007 has been part of Germany’s federal inspection agency for media harmful to minors for some time, but Schnittberichte.com reported that it was recently removed, which means that it is now legal to advertise and sell in stores in Germany.
This development becomes even more interesting because it typically automatically scans all media on the list after 25 years, but Goldeneye 007 wasn’t released until 24 years ago in 1997. This could mean someone advocating an early removal from the list.
Schnittberichte.com also points out that Stadlbauer Marketing – a toy manufacturer that also licenses Mario Kart for its Carrera slot car line – has the German rights to Goldeneye 007. This could be a big indication that someone might want to republish it in some form that is Microsoft-owned Rare-owned as an original developer on Nintendo Switch Online, on Xbox, or on licensed toys.
While this may seem like a promising sign, it will take a lot more to bring Goldeneye 007 to modern platforms. One of the main reasons is that Nintendo or another company would have to do its part to negotiate the rights to the James Bond license and possibly the faces of the actors who appear in it in digital form, like Pierce Brosnan.
Hopefully when Goldeneye 007 is added to Nintendo Switch Online it will be in slightly better shape than it is now. Players who have already upgraded to Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack to play N64 and SEGA games have reported issues with input lag, audio lag, frame rate issues, and incorrect controller layouts.
For more on Goldenye 007, check out a fan remake of Goldeneye in Far Cry 5, how a Goldeneye 007 remaster was abandoned by Nintendo with just a few bugs to fix, and how Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto wanted to make Goldeneye more family-friendly.
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