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GoldenEye 007 (Nintendo 64)

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www.nintendo.com – Nintendo 64:
    GoldenEye 007 brings the world's most famous secret agent, James Bond, to life on the Nintendo 64 -- complete with license to kill. Using the full power of the Nintendo 64, GoldenEye 007 puts you right into 007's tux and bow tie in a first-person action spectacular. But there's more to it than just blowing away bad guys-- you will have to accomplish a variety of espionage objectives, like planting covert modems, copying top secret documents, and diverting the destructive course of the rogue GoldenEye satellite system.

    GoldenEye 007 puts would-be double "O" operatives through the paces in 20 challenging missions, each with three different difficulty levels. With each difficulty level, the intelligence of your opponents increases and the complexity and number of objectives grows. Following and expanding on the story line of the hit movie, GoldenEye 007's missions span the globe; from a secret base in arctic Russia to the a giant satellite antenna cradle suspended over the steaming
    jungles of Cuba.

    While the actual game's budget is of course, Top Secret, Rare and Nintendo have spared no expense in creating one of the most immersive gaming experiences ever. To capture the atmosphere of the movie, the game's developers visited the movie sets several times during production to gather research materials. Rare's designers used photographs, movie footage and actual blueprints of the sets to create the complex level layouts. The result is one of the most
    realistic 3-D, first-person games ever.

    GoldenEye's detailed, realistic, three-dimensional environments dazzled gamers when this Pak first hit store shelves, and it continues to impress even today. Crawl through ventilation ducts, explore secret passages, even drive a tank-- you have full freedom to explore every location of each mission. If you're not stealthy enough, you'll end up in a fire-fight with motion-captured
    guards who react with deadly force to the threat of any intruder. No matter how you approach a mission, you can be sure that everyone will end up gunning for a piece of James Bond!

    While a single agent can enjoy GoldenEye 007, the excitement multiplies if you have more than one player involved. Grab a few extra N64 Controllers and hook up with some friends for some spy hunting action in GoldenEye 007's legendary multi-player mode. Up to four agents can enter one of 11 arenas for a spy-versus-spy duel to the finish. You'll have Q's entire arsenal of weaponry at your disposal as you attempt to terminate your adversaries. With a variety of different missions available even in multi-player mode, GoldenEye 007 has become the favorite party game for legions of video game fanatics.

    GoldenEye 007 began its quest for world video game domination on August 25th, 1997. After
    selling over a million copies, the game has earned the honor of becoming a Player's Choice title
    and now has a special Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price of $39.95.

    Contributed by Evil Ryu (53674) on May 15, 2005.

Press Release:
    AGENT 007 RETURNS IN GOLDENEYE 007 ON NINTENDO 64

    Blockbuster Title Combines Action, Suspense and Revolutionary Artificial Intelligence

    REDMOND, Wash., August 15, 1997 -- The name's Bond. James Bond. And this summer, Nintendo of America Inc. and U.K.-based Rare, Ltd., bring the world's most famous secret agent to Nintendo 64 (N64) in GoldenEye 007 slated to hit store shelves August 25, 1997. Based on the blockbuster movie of the same name, this first-person perspective, suspense/thriller action game puts the game player in the role of a lifetime: Agent 007.

    As part of the next wave of exclusive games in the Nintendo 64 "powerhouse series," GoldenEye raises the first-person perspective genre to another level with unparalleled graphics, sound effects, artificial intelligence and detailed character physical features, including faces. The design team at Rare has harnessed the power of Nintendo 64 to create heavily interactive 3-D environments, replicated from actual movie set blueprints.

    Unlike other games in the genre, GoldenEye features the ability for players to precisely and accurately target an enemy, in some situations from several hundred yards away. The game's mission-based play emphasizes strategy and action, especially in the multi-player mode where up to four people play a friendly game of search-and-destroy.

    GoldenEye also will use the recently launched Nintendo 64 Rumble Pak which ensures this James Bond experience is shaken, not stirred. The Nintendo 64 Rumble Pak is a revolutionary motion device which plugs directly into the Nintendo 64 controller. Responding to specific actions on the screen , such as firing a weapon or being hit by an enemy , the unit will vibrate the controller for a short period of time, further pulling the player into the gaming experience.

    "Nintendo 64, with its superior advanced technology, is the only machine capable of producing a game of this magnitude -- combining brilliant graphics with the strategy, intrigue, humor and sophistication for which James Bond is famous," says Howard Lincoln, chairman, Nintendo of America. "This game will be a mega hit, as it's a rare opportunity to control the fate of the infamous James Bond."

    GoldenEye puts players in the role of the ace agent of Her Majesty's Secret Service, as he ventures through 18 missions spread through four different levels of increasing difficulty. The game allows players to expand on the original GoldenEye story, in essence creating an entirely new Bond adventure. The character movements are fluid and players can employ 19 different special weapons and 11 different gadgets. For example, players can ignite remote mines and other explosives with a touch of the Bond wristwatch.

    Nintendo of America Inc. of Redmond, Wash., sells Nintendo video game products in the United States and throughout North America and Latin America and is a subsidiary of Nintendo Co., Ltd., of Kyoto, Japan, the world's largest producer of video game products.

    Adding to the realism of the game are the digitized faces of characters from the GoldenEye movie, including that of the current Bond, Pierce Brosnan. The game skillfully utilizes the advanced artificial intelligence capabilities of Nintendo 64, to produce highly intelligent, life-like enemies whose numerous animated movements are dictated by game play actions. The attention to detail is further evident in some of the game's sound effects, such as the sound of enemies sneezing.

    GoldenEye features eight different types of split-screen multi-player games, including strategic, thrilling Team: 2 vs. 2 and Team: 2 vs. 1 modes. The game play progress and best times from the single-player mode are saved directly to the Nintendo 64 video game cartridge. It will have a manufacturer's suggested retail price of $69.95.

    Additionally, Nintendo Power Magazine will be publishing a GoldenEye Player's Guide to coincide with the release of the game. Nintendo Power Source, Nintendo of America's offical Web site, will establish a special area for GoldenEye 007 at www.nintendo.com/goldeneye007.

    The Rare Partnership is comprised of Rare, Ltd. and Rare Toys & Games. Rare Ltd. has offices in the United Kingdom, and The Rare Partnership has offices in Miami. Rare Toys & Games has offices in Connecticut. Rare Ltd.'s artists, designers and programmers are located in a 300-year-old farm house in the British midlands.

    Nintendo Co., Ltd., of Kyoto, Japan, is the leader in the worldwide $15 billion retail video game industry. Nintendo manufactures and markets hardware and software for its best-selling home video game systems, including the hand-held Game Boy, the 16-bit Super Nintendo Entertainment System, and the 64-bit Nintendo 64, the fastest selling video game system in history. As a wholly owned subsidiary, Nintendo of America Inc., based in Redmond, Wash., serves as headquarters for Nintendo's operations in the Western Hemisphere, where more than 40 percent of American households own a Nintendo game system. For more information about GoldenEye 007, Nintendo 64, or any other Nintendo product, log on to Nintendo's Web site on the Internet, www.nintendo.com.

    Contributed by skl (1142) on Feb 17, 2004.

Back Cover:
    You are Bond. James Bond.

    You are assigned to covert operations connected with the GoldenEye weapons satellite. M will brief you on your mission and objectives from London. Q Branch will support your efforts with a plentiful supply of weapons and gadgets. Moneypenny offers you light-hearted best wishes, and you're off!

    Your mission begins in the heavily guarded chemical warfare facility at the Byelomorye Dam in the USSR. Look and shoot in any direction as you navigate 12 interactive 3-D environments. Use stealth and force as you see fit in matters of international security. Consider the military personnel expendable. You are licensed to kill!

    Exciting 3-D environments!

    Highly intelligent enemies!

    Numerous Q gadgets and weapons!

    Battery-backed memory saves game progress!

    Contributed by J. Michael Bottorff (1797) on Feb 11, 2002.