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After Microsoft had purchased Rareware and the British developer exited Nintendo’s grasp at the turn of the century, many of the company’s games during the following two console generations would receive various ports and remasters across both the original Xbox and Xbox 360. While some Nintendo 64 titles like Conker’s Bad Fur Day received full-blown remakes, some games such as Banjo-Kazooie and Banjo-Tooie simply got high-definition remastered versions exclusive to the latter system’s digital-only service titled Xbox Live Arcade.

In 2009, GoldenEye 007 briefly appeared on Microsoft’s PartnerNet service as an upcoming digital-only title part of their new service alongside a few other various Rare classics. However, the title had never been seen again after its initial mention. Likely due to the licensing mess the game has faced between its multiple rights holders, the remaster had been silently cancelled before it could reach the public’s eye. 13 years later, the Xbox Live Arcade version of the iconic James Bond first-person shooter has finally resurfaced.



As can be seen in the video above, YouTuber Modern Vintage Gamer takes a deeper dive into analyzing the history of the long-awaited version of GoldenEye 007 before playing the game that has finally leaked online.

If more information regarding the GoldenEye 007 Xbox Live Arcade version makes the rounds, we’ll be sure to let you all know!


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Written by Marc Kaliroff

Ever since owning a cobalt blue Game Boy Advance, Nintendo is his preferred way of gaming. Marc is a journalist, creative writer, and video producer. While his focus may be on providing news, he spends his days preparing reviews for games of the present and past.