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YouTube channel publishes footage of the cancelled GoldenEye 007 HD XBLA remake.

The footage – from Rare Thief – show five missions of the canned Xbox Live Arcade HD re-release of Rare’s classic James Bond game.

Originally published for the Nintendo 64 in 1997, the HD version of GoldenEye 007 was mooted for release in 2008 but apparently cancelled due to copyright issues.  Many hoped the game would have made to last year’s Rare Replay compilation but no luck there either. Rare Replay did put Nintendo in the embarrassing position of having more N64 games available on Xbox that Wii U, however.

An HD remake of Rare’s FPS follow-up, Perfect Dark, eventually came to Xbox 360 in 2010 via 4J Studios. If that port served any purpose it was to remind us that the memory can cheat and a 60fps frame-rate and sharper graphics can only go so far in making a game great.

That said, GoldenEye 007 was an important title and is fondly remembered by many players. It’s a shame we may never get to play it again on modern consoles.

Not to worry though, we got that great Activision-published version of GoldenEye instead, didn’t we?

Source: YouTube via Polygon.

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