Before this year's Electronic Entertainment Expo, there had been rumors of a reboot of GoldenEye 007 and Nintendo put to bed speculation on whether it would be reviving the series, announcing that a reimaginging of Rare's Nintendo 64 classic would arrive for the Wii this November. However, Activision won't be limiting the game to just Nintendo's console.
As part of a grim earnings report this morning, Nintendo revealed that GoldenEye 007 is also in development for its 132 million-unit-selling handheld, the DS. Activision also confirmed the listing to GameSpot, noting that Call of Duty: Black Ops is prepping the title for launch alongside the Eurocom-developed Wii version in November.
Details on what can be expected from the handheld version remain under wraps. The Wii version will be a fairly direct translation of the highly acclaimed 1997 shooter, though it will also feature updated visuals, four-player split-screen multiplayer, and new game modes. GoldenEye 007 for the Wii will also include online multiplayer, a functionality its N64 cousin could not offer.
The thought that comes to my mind is why are they developing the game for the DS and not the new 3DS instead. We have already seen at E3 that the 3DS has a vast difference as far as quality of graphics, so why not do something right the FIRST time and make the game for the 3DS? Could you imagine playing through GoldenEye 007 in 3D? I sure could and now that I know it's possible, I see it as the only viable option for a handheld version of the game.