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Goldeneye On The Virtual Console

Posted by James "Cockburn" White

Things are looking up for fans of Goldeneye on the Nintendo 64, this might actually see a release on the Wii's Virtual Console

MTV has recently had the chance to interview Nintendo of Americas president Reggie and they grilled up on a few facts about the console.

One of the questions asked was whether Goldeneye will see the light of day on the Wii's Virtual Console Reggie seemed happy to show that he would like to see the game back on a Nintendo platform. Revealing to Totilo "Suffice it to say we would love to see [Goldeneye on Virtual Console], so we're exploring all the rights issues."

There is much speculation about what rights Nintendo need to acquire to publish the game. Nintendo did own the rights at the time of development, however they handed over development to Rare which is now a first party developer for Microsoft. As well as this Nintendo have to deal with the current license holders - Activision. Then of course there are the guys that actually own the James Bond IP which is MGM. Now those of you that pay attention will know MGM is owned by Sony.

From the looks of things this could be tough for Nintendo. They are dealing with both of their competitors here and may need to pay out a serious amount of cash to get this thing released. Judging by Reggie's comments "the pain is worth the gain" Nintendo may be willing to cut those cheques.


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User Comments (10)



Nanaki said:

If this happens then the Wii will truly be the best console ever!!!

Hopefully the Banjo games will make it onto the Wii as well



RED said:

try being positive... i'm sure this game will eventually see the light of day, one way or another



Damo said:

The point about MGM being owned by Sony shouldn't make any difference - the Spiderman licence is owned by Sony too, yet Spiderman games appear on Nintendo consoles. Sony are too savvy to miss out on making money - even if it is by selling games on a rival console.



Damo said:

If it can't happen then I'm surprised Reg has mentioned it. Nintendo must think it's possible otherwise he wouldn't have said anything, surely?

I'm sure a deal can be put together where the game is sublicenced by Activision, they're not going to refuse Nintendo and as a result turn down the chance to make money on every Goldeneye VC download. This is a no-brainer for them, they don't have to program or publish the game, and they will still make cash!



Nanaki said:

Well there is always the possibility that Reggie mentioned it to spark more interest and demand for the Wii... clever marketing really.



Kyloctopus said:

I don't see why not have the coolest shooter ever. With VC sales being slow, they need more N64 games like GE 007

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