One of the most beloved video games of all time is being re-released, and gamers are mostly overjoyed at the prospect of playing it again.
Developer Rare announced in a tweet this morning that the Nintendo 64 classic “GoldenEye 007” will make its triumphant return later this week — and it will be fully playable on both Xbox Game Pass and Nintendo Switch Online.
This marks the first time that the game will appear on a non-Nintendo service since its original release in 1997.
Fans Get Nostalgic Over GoldenEye
GoldenEye 007 took the video game world by storm in 1997 with its frenetic split-screen multiplayer gameplay. In many ways, it is the spiritual predecessor to current hit games like Call of Duty, Halo, and Apex Legends. Rare has also announced the game will be remastered for all platforms with improved graphics and gameplay features.
This particular Twitter account argues that it's not the game itself that many are nostalgic for, but rather the feeling of friends being in a room playing a video game together:
It’s going to be sad when everyone fires up Goldeneye and they realize they were actually nostalgic for the days of being jammed in a room with a bunch of friends and playing four player split screen on a 32 inch TV.— IVPvideos (@IVPvideos) January 25, 2023
Even the official Xbox Game Pass account got in a celebratory mood, already suggesting a fun throwback sleepover party for whoever is interested:
sleepover on friday, you bring the snack cakes, i'll ask my mom to get chips and sodie— Xbox Game Pass (@XboxGamePass) January 25, 2023
GoldenEye Finally Free of N64
It's been a long road for GoldenEye in its quest to be released for a platform other than the Nintendo 64, as user Chris_Dring points out:
This Friday will mark the first time GoldenEye 007 has officially been released on a platform that isn't the N64. A game stuck in licensing hell for so long. Credit to the folks at Rare and @Gamerboss for not giving up and making it happen— Christopher Dring (@Chris_Dring) January 25, 2023
Twitter user BrokenGamezHDR_ claims that gamers may a have rude awakening playing a game from 1997 in the year 2023:
I cant wait for GoldenEye to come out and ppl realize the game from 1997 dont hit the same in 2023 and its only your Nostalgia that has you hype.— Beta Tester Broken (@BrokenGamezHDR_) January 25, 2023
Nostalgia has been a common theme over this news, as this user relayed a story from his college days that many gamers can relate to:
In college me and four friends played Goldeneye constantly, so much so that we didn’t realize how good at it we had become until we invited someone new and they got absolutely demolished lmao— Jay Dunnah, Esq. (@JDunnah) January 25, 2023
Fans Predict How GoldenEye Will Update For 2023
Video games have changed a lot since 1997, the year of the original GoldenEye's release, and user zhandlen said he's looking forward to gamers being “utterly horrified by the controls.”
looking forward to a bunch of people picking up Goldeneye for the first time and being utterly horrified by the controls.— Zack Handlen (@zhandlen) January 25, 2023
Improvements in the gameplay and display options for re-released games are always appreciated, as you can tell by LuigiBlood's tweet:
Wow. Widescreen support in Goldeneye. I'm actually legit surprised.— Yakumono (@LuigiBlood) January 25, 2023
However, not all gamers grew up playing the original GoldenEye, and thus feel left out of this bout of nostalgia:
OK… its taken a lot of courage to admit this…….. I've never played Golden Eye… pic.twitter.com/1nUQUFjJiM— BehavingBeardly (@BehavingBeardly) January 25, 2023
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