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GoldenEye 007 Launches on Friday for Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Switch, and Game Pass

GoldenEye 007 Launches on Friday for Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Switch, and Game Pass - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 25 January 2023 / 3,498 Views

Microsoft and Nintendo have announced GoldenEye: 007 will launch for the Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and Xbox Game Pass this Friday, January 27.

The Nintendo Switch version will be available as part of the Nintendo 64 – Nintendo Switch Online collection that is included with a Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack subscription.

Read details on the Switch version below:

The situation is serious, agent, and time is ticking. To ensure you succeed in your latest mission, you are licensed to … have fun! The iconic secret agent 007 will soon be entering the Nintendo 64 library on the Nintendo Switch system. Starting Jan. 27, GoldenEye 007 will be available for everyone with a Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack membership as part of the Nintendo 64 – Nintendo Switch Online collection.

Enter a world of espionage as Bond in GoldenEye 007. Your covert operation to stop the GoldenEye weapon satellite spans the globe—you’ll infiltrate underground bases, charge through a military train and slink around the depths of a jungle. Along the way, M will brief you on your objectives and Q Branch will support your efforts with an array of gadgets, but the ultimate success of this mission is yours alone. Save the day, then go for the gold in spy-vs-spy action locally or online in the four-player multiplayer mode and enjoy round after round of first-person competitive action.

Read details on the Xbox version below:

Today we can announce a date for GoldenEye 007’s arrival on Xbox Game Pass, and you won’t have to wait long: the global launch date is January 27, 2023, just two days from now. In fact the rollout begins late on January 26 in some territories, becoming available to players all over the world by January 27.

The version of GoldenEye 007 set to appear on Xbox Game Pass is the classic game that made waves in 1997, based on the movie that introduced audiences to a thrilling new era of James Bond. It comes packed with objective-based stealth shooter gameplay and, of course, a legendary local multiplayer mode for split-screen showdowns with friends. It also offers a few key additions for a modern audience, including alternative control options, achievements to unlock and native 16:9 resolution up to 4K Ultra HD (where supported).

GoldenEye 007 will be available on Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S as part of Xbox Game Pass. Additionally, players who own a digital copy of Rare Replay, the 30-game compilation of Rare games made to celebrate the studio’s 30th anniversary, will be able to download and enjoy the game free of charge. Watch for it breaking cover on January 27!


A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012 and taking over the hardware estimates in 2017. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel. You can contact the author on Twitter @TrunksWD.


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23 Comments
Slownenberg (on 25 January 2023)

OMG yes so exciting! And suddenly every single person who complained about the Expansion Pack can never complain again because GoldenEye!!!!!

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Slownenberg Slownenberg (on 27 January 2023)

Dear god anyone else having huge problems with the controls? It used to feel so natural but its a different control scheme than the now standard dual-stick fps controls. I keep looking up at the sky or down at the ground lol, I died on the first level cuz I can't look in the right direction! Cuz instead of the left stick controlling movement and the right stick controlling looking around each does half movement and half looking. So hard to get used to!

Also a bit disappointed, I had never used online on the NSO retro games but I just assumed there would be matchmaking for GoldenEye but its the just got the built in NSO online which means you can only connect to friends on the N64 menu and then you choose the game to play. Still it'll be fun to play through the single player once I get used to the controls again, and I will on rare occasions get to play multiplayer in person or maybe online with a friend or two, but GoldenEye online matchmaking would have made the Expansion Pack a must have for lots of people and would have made this one of the 'killer apps' of the Switch.

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tsogud (on 29 January 2023)

Game aged like milk

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Slownenberg (on 28 January 2023)

I've seen people recently say GoldenEye has aged horribly and is no good to play these days. Now that this has come out on Switch, and after playing through the first few levels I can confidently say those people are total BS haha.

It is still a fantastic game. Controls take a while to get used to after not having played for 20+ years since it uses a really odd control scheme where each stick controls half movement and half looking around rather than the standard FPS controls where one stick controls movement and the other controls looking around. But after an hour or so of playing I started getting used to the controls again. And the graphics are of course terribly aged but that's no problem, it doesn't affect the playability at all. The gameplay is still just as incredible as it was 25 years ago.

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Jumpin (on 26 January 2023)

I can still hear all its music coursing through my brain tubules.

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Teriol (on 25 January 2023)

Nintendo Switch Golden Eye 64 online exclusive, Xbox version is only offline multiplayer.

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scrapking Teriol (on 31 January 2023)

But vastly better controls on Xbox, since it supports both analogue sticks. So it's a trade-off.

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Amnesia (on 25 January 2023)

640x480 and no anti-aliasing ? The Switch needed to do this to suppress the frame drops in multiplayer at four players with explosions ?

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SecondWar (on 25 January 2023)

Hooray! This was what got me into gaming as a kid. Have to see if I have as much trouble unlocking all the cheats as I did back on the N64.

My only gripe is its an enhanced port rather than the remaster/remake that the original announcement had implied, but oh well.

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SecondWar SecondWar (on 25 January 2023)

Now I’ve remembered the 7th Gen ‘remake’, maybe it’s a good thing my suggested 9th Gen remake didn’t come to pass.

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Slownenberg SecondWar (on 25 January 2023)

I don't think there was ever any suggestion that this would be anything other than a straight port. Otherwise it'd be selling as a separate game rather than be on NSO.

Anyway I'm glad its a port rather than a remaster, cuz that allows it to be on NSO and also I want that original experience that was THE game to play during the N64 generation. Always potential to change things for the worse in a remaster or remake.

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SecondWar Slownenberg (on 25 January 2023)

That wasn’t the impression I got, and the internet consensus seemed to be a remaster for the xbox, but a moot point now.

And I take you point about the quality risk on a remaster, given how the Wii, PS360 remaster turned out.

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DonFerrari (on 25 January 2023)

So MS had a document saying it can release anywhere but Playstation?

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smroadkill15 DonFerrari (on 25 January 2023)

Yes. It's a collab between Nintendo and Xbox. Sony isn't involves.

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gtotheunit91 DonFerrari (on 25 January 2023)

MS owns Rare and Goldeneye was originally published by Nintendo. So other than the family that owns the James Bond IP and MGM, no other parties are involved. All parties had to agree on platforms.

Hell, Nintendo didn't even allow MS to have online multiplayer lol

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SecondWar DonFerrari (on 25 January 2023)

No because its not on PC either.

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DonFerrari SecondWar (on 26 January 2023)

There were games that weren't on Switch as well but was claimed that they were under a NO XBOX only clause.

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scrapking DonFerrari (on 31 January 2023)

I thought the allegation wasn't "no Xbox" clauses, I thought the allegation was "no Game Pass" clauses? Or were both alleged?

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DonFerrari scrapking (6 days ago)

We saw allegations that Sony had put clauses that said the game could release anywhere but Xbox. And yes there were claims (and for this there was one document leaked) of not on GP, which was tied with some contract that would favor PS+ (so it would just be a natural development of these exclusivity deals).
The biggest point that was being used by fanbase was something along the lines of "although exclusivity deals are common this is the first time a company made deals that were specifically excluding a single platform" and others were trying to also spin the No GP clause as something that was done just to damage GP instead of being just the exclusivity deals that were already common for a long time.

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scrapking DonFerrari (3 days ago)

That's my reading of it. Exclusivity deals are common in the industry, whereas deals to exclude a specific platform are not. The former is a tried-and-true tactic, the latter feels like a total dick move. :P

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And one we haven't seem any proof so far (not saying it doesn't exist), and I can see why it would be less expensive to single one out instead of keeping just one platform for release. What I believe was something more like "day one on PS, after one year on PC" (like FFVIIR) or "console exclusive" (allowing PS and PC) with Switch already being out by default making it look like in some cases only PS is out and in others only Xbox.

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Agreed, it'll be interesting to see if document backing up the assertion ever come out.

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will be funny indeed

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