Leaked GoldenEye 007 achievement list hint at possible new port
GoldenEye 007 on the Nintendo 64 is one of the most popular shooters of its day, and remains one of the most popular games on the N64. Unfortunately, it's always been trapped on that console as the numerous rights issues surrounding it have made it difficult to re-release. It was developed by Rare, who are now owned by Microsoft, but was published by Nintendo. It also stars the literary character James Bond, and is based on a specific movie, meaning it uses the likenesses of the actors in those movies. A remaster was planned back in 2008, but was never released due to issues regarding licenses. “Microsoft, Nintendo and EON [owners of the Bond license] could never agree on terms, and that’s before you even start to consider getting all the original movie actors to agree to have their likenesses used again," said composer Grant Kirkhope when news of the remaster came to light last year.
However, it's looking as if those issues may have been worked out, as a new listing on TrueAchievements.com, which scrapes Microsoft's servers for achievements, has been put up for GoldenEye 007 on the Xbox. While no official word has come yet, this indicates a strong possibility that the re-release could be coming soon, especially with Microsoft and Nintendo working together more closely in recent years.