Will GoldenEye 007 come to Switch? Classic Bond game finally unbanned in Europe

Sam Comrie
Goldeneye Switch
MGM, Nintendo

Classic James Bond game Goldeneye 007, originally released on the Nintendo 64, has finally been unbanned in Germany. So, could a re-release be coming to the Nintendo Switch in the future? 

Released back in 1997, Goldeneye 007 defined an entire generation of gaming, with its influential multiplayer modes and refinements to the first-person-shooter genre.

An adaptation of the titular 1995 James Bond film, marking the debut of Pierce Brosnan in the role, acclaimed developers Rare brought the film to life in an incredible new light.

Now, after canceled fan projects and divisive remakes, the title could be getting the Nintendo Switch treatment following an exciting new development.

Goldeneye Reloaded
Activision, Eurocom
Goldeneye Reloaded re-imagined the iconic game with Daniel Craig as Bond instead.

Goldeneye 007 finally unbanned in Germany

Despite garnering critical success around the world, Goldeneye 007 has actually been banned in Germany for the last 25 years. Fans of the masterful James Bond title will be glad to know the game is possibly set for a new lease of life. According to the German trade journal BPjM-Aktuell, following changes within the Federal Center for Child and Youth Media Protection, Goldeneye 007 is no longer classified under the “Media Harmful to Young Persons” list.

The review process for titles in this category is automatically looked into after 25 years, yet it is speculated that representatives of Nintendo have been pursuing action on the title over the years.

As a result, it’s quickly led to fan hopes that Goldeneye might become a part of the N64 library on the Switch. Though, there has been nothing official yet. It is purely speculation at this point.

Featuring the likes of Starfox 64 and Super Mario 64, the addition of a select line of iconic Nintendo 64 titles comes at the heft cost of an extra $50 per year on top of ongoing online subscriptions.

The addition of GoldenEye would, no doubt, bring added attention to the service, but the price tag could keep some players from wanting to take the nostalgia trip.

A screenshot of Pierce Brosnan from Goldeneye 007 on the N64.
Rare, Nintendo
Will we be seeing a pixelated Bond in 4K?

Does the GoldenEye remake have a release date?

VentureBeat reporter Jeff Grubb has claimed that the GoldenEye remaster could release in the next few weeks.

On an episode of his GrubbSnax show, Grubb revealed that the title is likely to be published by Microsoft and not Nintendo. Of course, the original GoldenEye was released on the NG4 while the remake first arrived on the Wii before being ported to other platforms.

The title allegedly coming to Xbox platforms is apparently a remastered version of the original GoldenEye, not the remake. If true, then the game could end up looking a lot like the Perfect Dark remaster that released as part of the Rare Reply collection, an Xbox One launch compilation.

On his show, Grubb said: “I think that Microsoft is going to be the one to announce that first.  This game is probably coming pretty soon, I’m thinking next couple of weeks.”

In the past, the rights to the game have been a battleground between Nintendo, Microsoft, and original movie producer MGM, but it appears the three companies have come to an agreement. It’s also been speculated that the 60th anniversary of James Bond has also helped make the remaster possible.

Of course, while we know from VGC that a GoldenEye remaster was developed, it was never released. However, this may all be about to change. Take this all with a pinch of salt though, at least until Microsoft provides some solid evidence.