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GoldenEye Is Finally Unbanned In Germany, 24 Years Later

GoldenEye is finally allowed to be sold in Germany, almost 25 years after it’s initial release. 

VGC noticed the update on the GoldenEye 007’s status. The game was on the countries “Media Harmful to Young Persons” list, a list that has included Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. 

The ban didn’t just include ineligibility to be sold, but advertised or marketed to minors as well. What’s important to note is that the ban was set to be lifted next year, as it only lasts for 25 years from release. This has led to some speculation that GoldenEye will be receiving some kind of re-release. The recent announcement of Nintendo’s Online Expansion Pack could be where the title is headed.

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Nintendo’s eShop is based in Germany in Europe. So for the game to be sold in the continent digitally, it would need to be able to receive a release in Germany. 

GoldenEye 007 was originally developed by Rare, a studio now owned by Microsoft. But Banjo-Kazooie, another game made by Rare, is coming to the Expansion Pack. So it isn’t too hard to believe GoldenEye 007 could be making it’s way there as well.

There’s always the chance the game could be receiving some kind of remaster or remake as well. Hitman developers IO Interactive are working on their own James Bond game. It’s possible MGM, the rights holder of the Bond series, is looking to expand beyond film. Though it is more likely that the original game will be making its way to Nintendo Switch.

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