20 February 2023

GoldenEye 007 is Back - Exciting News!

 I stopped playing console games but I did pre-order the Nintendo Switch a long time ago for Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. I have a few other games for the Switch like Farming Simulator, Splatoon 2, Mario Kart 8 and Animal Crossing. After the wife and I got pretty far in Animal Crossing, the Switch has pretty much just set on our mantle and done nothing. I may occasionally take it on trips with me but that's about it. I stopped paying for the Nintendo Online service last year.

I found out that Nintendo finally got the authorization to put the classic Nintendo 64 game onto the Switch. That is a complete story in and of itself given the complicated nature of the game's history involving Rareware, Nintendo, Microsoft and the owners of the 007 francize. The sad part is it's behind a paywall. Normally, the Switch Online service is about $20 for a full year but to access the free Nintendo 64 app on the Switch you need the Expansion Pack membership which adds an extra $30 a year for the service. The perk is that you get access to libraries for old platforms like the N64, SEGA Genesis and Game Boy Advance. 

The current title list for the N64 app is pretty meager at 22 titles from what I can see. There are several Mario and Pok√©mon games with both N64 Legend of Zelda games, Star Fox 64 and F-Zero X all of which I have memories of as a kid. The GBA app has even less. The SEGA Genesis app does the best with 36 titles listed. All the titles listed come from the site and I don't have access to the apps to confirm the actual numbers. 

The only update to the title I am aware of is that the game can be played full screen instead of the 4:3 ratio the game was originally. 

The N64 app has been out for a while and it looks like they keep adding more games. If you're wondering if it's worth your time, that's up to you. I have a near mint condition N64 and LoZ: OoT and GE007 and it's all I need to fill that fix. 

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