Veteran Rare developer George Andreas who helped develop critically acclaimed games such as Donkey Kong 64 and GoldenEye 64 has announced that he is leaving Microsoft and has joined Sony this month as creative director of Sony Computer Entertainment Europe. Andreas also helped develop Kinect, Kinect Sports 1 and Kinect Sports: Season 2 as well as Xbox 360 launch games Kameo and Perfect Dark Zero.
Digital Spy, British entertainment and media news website, readers were asked to vote for their favorite local multiplayer game or franchise of all time. Nintendo’s Mario Kart series came out on top with over 40% of the votes. Mario Kart 7 for Nintendo 3DS was voted the best game of 2011 by the website’s followers.
Goldeneye 64 and the Super Smash Bros. franchise follow with about %10 of the votes for each. To those who don’t know – the first Mario Kart, Super Mario Kart, was launched in 1992 for the SNES and the original Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 64 was released in 1999. Which local multiplayer game or franchise do you enjoy most?
One of the initial changes that players will experience is that the original Cuban Jungle level that players encountered in GoldenEye 64 has now changed to a Nigerian Jungle to fit in with the revised storyline.
The games multiplayer experience was also shown off along with the special edition Golden Classic Controller Pro. The online aspect will allow eight players to slug it out in classic GoldenEye style but sadly won’t allow for voice chat.
“There are a number of different reasons,” said Activision’s Brian Pass as he explained the decision. “One is we have a partnership with Nintendo. It’s a great opportunity. This game was originally on the N64, so there’s the nostalgia factor for people that are Nintendo fans. So we wanted to partner with Nintendo for this.
“The opportunity on the Nintendo Wii platform is huge. There’s roughly 12 million Wiis in North America. But it’s not really a console that a lot of shooter fans are playing on. So we wanted to offer them their own first-person shooter, that’s unique and exclusive to that console.
“We really want to tap in to the nostalgia for Nintendo fans, and take advantage of the opportunity presented by the platform.”
– Activision’s Brian Pass, GoldenEye 007
A remake of the classic Nintendo 64 game GoldenEye is supposedly in the works at Activision and is heading to the Nintendo Wii.
The unfortunate news is that the original developer Rare has stated that it has absolutely nothing to do with the project. The news story itself comes straight from a source at CVG, but at present it should be treated entirely as rumour.
“GoldenEye for Nintendo 64 was a game that defined a genre. Now, after 13 years of gaming innovation, the legend is re-imagined. Developed from the ground up for the Wii, GoldenEye takes advantage of the latest technology to deliver the same intense experience with today’s graphics and physics.
“Play a modernized version of the classic story with the new Bond (Daniel Craig), more lethal and cunning than ever as you take on missions around the world. Relive all the legendary moments from the original game; St Petersburg, the Caribbean and numerous other levels.
“Leverage the classic arsenal of weapons and gadgets as you fight Onatopp, Trevelyan and their adversaries, from the classic PP7 to the high tech assault rifle, sniper rifles and even the tank.”
“The enhanced multiplayer experience offers 4 player splitscreen like the original and introduces 8-player online matches. GoldenEye is 13 years better, are you?”
According to the CV of Craig Peck, animator at Eurocom Entertainment Software, a new or possibly revamped GoldenEye game is in development for the Nintendo Wii.
Craig Pecks CV:
“Eurocom Entertainment Software, Derby, United Kingdom: July 09 – Sept 09 Animator – GoldenEye 2010 (Wii) – Animator on Activision’s James Bond series for the Nintendo Wii.”
Whilst he doesn’t believe we’re going to see the fabled first person shooter on the system due primarily to the ongoing battle between Microsoft and Nintendo, he’d still be absolutely overjoyed to see it happen.
There’s always someone with some exclusivity agreement, so there’s lots of lawyers… I’m not going to hold my breath. I’d love it to happen, but I can’t see it.
- Martin Hollis, GoldenEye 64