24 years after its release, the GoldenEye N64 is no longer banned in Germany

007 as seen in the N64 classic GoldenEye

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GoldenEye 007 for the N64 was released in 1997 in most of the world. But in Germany, it was banned and described as “media harmful to young people.” But now someone has stepped in to help abolish the classic shooting game.

As seen by VGC, Rare’s beloved N64 game GoldenEye 007 is no longer prohibited from being sold, advertised or marketed to minors in Germany. This follows 24 years after it was on the list of banned media in the European country.

What’s interesting about this recent repeal of GoldenEye in Germany is that it should happen automatically next year, as media on that index is removed after 25 years according to. Eurogamer Germany. But some unit stepped in early to get the game canceled. We do not know who or what company decided it was time to release GoldenEye from this old banned media list, but there is a lot of speculation online that this may be a sign that the game will soon be released on the Nintendo Switch, possibly via N64 NSO Expansion Plan.

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The reason for getting the game out of the banned index in Germany most likely comes down to Nintendo and its partners wanting to sell the game digitally on Switch. But because Nintendo’s European headquarters are located in Germany, it means that its digital store in that part of the world must follow German laws. So any game banned in Germany—and for a long time many games were banned over therecannot be sold digitally on the European eShop.

It all means that if the speculations are true and GoldenEye is true comes to Switch via NSO expansion plan or through a more direct re-release, it must be removed from the ban list to allow a wider release throughout Europe.

In fact, just earlier in the month Dying light Change port encountered a problem with the European eShop headquartered in Germany and the game is on the list of banned media since its release in 2015. While the new port released on Switch digitally in North America and Asia just fine, it was unexpectedly delayed in Europe with Techland explaining in a statement that “Due to the nature of the content, the digital version of the game is currently banned in Germany, where the European e-Shop is officially registered.”

It seems very plausible that Nintendo el another company involved in the complex rights involved GoldenEye wanted to avoid problems that might arise as a result of the game still being on the banned index in Germany and decided to ask to have it removed a little early.

Until Nintendo gets notified, this is just a good but unofficial theory.

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