Anyone who calls themselves a gamer has to have played GoldenEye on Nintendo 64. It was one of the earliest first person shooters that had an impact, and is one of my favorite games because of that. The remake is even better, and while quite similar to the original, there are a few changes that make the experience what it is.

Don’t take my word for it though. Watch the pre-E3 teaser below, and check out the survey responses given by the gamers featured in it.

As excited as the people were in the survey portion of the video you just watched, they’re going to be even more excited when they get a chance to play GoldenEye 007 on the Wii, because the remake is even better. While quite similar to the original, there are a few changes that make the experience what it is.

The level design of the new GoldenEye 007 is better than the original, mostly because the capabilities of modern technology surpass those of the Nintendo 64. It’s now possible to vault over things, or climb atop a crate, or use your AK-47 for a melee attack.

Lovely weather for a stroll through the snow covered mountains, with a rifle.
Anyone got a light? Too soon?

The graphics are impressive for a Wii game, and definitely a step up from the first GoldenEye game. In the level I played, there were different colors of paint on the walls for each floor so it was easier to tell where I was.

For the multiplayer, I played as James Bond, my opponent played as Oddjob. We were unable to experiment with weapons since we were playing a demo with only AK-47s and grenades available, but we both put our weapons to good use in several ways.

Multiplayer video from the E3 2010 show floor

It will be possible to use the Wii remote and nunchuk in the retail version of GoldenEye, but when I played, the only available controller was a new classic controller. Controls were basic, very similar to any current first person shooter, and felt very natural. The perspective was easy to change with one analog stick, aiming was done with the other, and triggers were used to shoot or throw grenades.

GoldenEye 007 should be arriving in stores this holiday season, and is looking like a must-buy for anyone who owns a Wii or enjoyed the first version of the game.


  1. “A few changes that make the experience what it is” I hope they haven’t changed the slapping function! Always an amusing way to kill someone in multiplayer…