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Nintendo Download: Playing the Golden Oldies

If you somehow missed it, N64 legend Goldeneye is back, and a part of the Switch’s Online catalog. It arrived today, along with a selection of other titles.

Bond, James Bond

Is Goldeneye 007 the best Bond game ever? It might be, as the Rare FPS brought one of the best-loved 007 adventures to Nintendo’s classic console right at the height of its popularity. And while the developer could have mailed it in with a license that big, the end result was far from that.

Sure some PC gamers like to poo-poo the console classic, but Goldeneye was a legit great shooter. And on top of that, it also pushed the genre along in a big way on consoles. But beyond all that, it’s just fun, and if you can get past the now-dated looks, it’s still a multiplayer gem too.

While Goldeneye is pretty plainly the spotlight arrival this week though, there are a few others worth noting. One of those is the Colossal Cave remake, from adventure game icon Roberta Williams. Past that there’s the stylish Trek to Yomi, and a massive drop of smaller launches.

So scroll down and check ’em all out.

Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack

  • GoldenEye 007 – Enter a world of espionage as Bond when GoldenEye 007 sneaks into the Nintendo 64 – Nintendo Switch Online library. Your covert operation to stop the GoldenEye weapon satellite spans the globe – you’ll infiltrate underground bases, charge through a military train and slink around the depths of a jungle. Along the way, M will brief you on your objectives and Q Branch will support your efforts with an array of gadgets, but the ultimate success of this mission is yours alone. Save the day, then go for the gold in spy-vs-spy action locally* or online in the four-player multiplayer mode and enjoy round after round of first-person competitive action. GoldenEye 007 begins its mission on Nintendo Switch for players with a Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack membership on Jan. 27.
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  • SpongeBob SquarePants: The Cosmic Shake – Wish-granting Mermaid’s Tears are in the hands of SpongeBob and Patrick. What could possibly go wrong? Sure, the very fabric holding the very universe very together could come very undone, opening portals into Wishworlds full of knights, cowboys, pirates and prehistoric snails. But that’s nothing everyone’s favorite sponge can’t handle – with the right cosmic costume! Everybody do the Cosmic Shake! SpongeBob SquarePants: The Cosmic Shake will be available on Jan. 31.
  • OddBallers – Bend your knees, thrust your hips and gather your best frenemies – it’s time for an intense dose of hard-hitting, multiplayer dodgeball action! OddBallers is a hilariously charming and totally bonkers party game where each round is a different absurd type of dodgeball. Embrace the absurd! Every arena comes with its own rules and features various frantic minigames where anything can happen! From last-one-standing games to even wilder ones. OddBallers is available to play now.

Nintendo Mobile:

  • Claim Free In-Game Fire Emblem Content With My Nintendo Rewards – If you play the Fire Emblem Heroes game on your smart device, you can obtain a special in-game Order of Heroes item set that can be used in the Fire Emblem Engage game on the Nintendo Switch system. You’ll also receive five Orbs in Fire Emblem Heroes! Please note that you must link your Nintendo Account in Fire Emblem Heroes in order to receive these rewards. For detailed instructions and more information, please see the official website.

Game Trials:

  • If You Know, You Know – UNO, the classic card game, is available on the Nintendo Switch system with a suite of new features, like challenges and live leaderboards! Race against friends to see who can empty their hand first in Classic Play or customize your experience with a variety of exciting House Rules. Until Jan. 29 at 11:59 pm PT, Nintendo Switch Online and Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack members can try the full game for free! Plus, save 60% on UNO and 40% on the game’s DLC in Nintendo eShop until Feb. 6 at 11:59 p.m. PT.


  • Double Gold Point Promotion for Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack Members – Until Jan. 31 at 11:59 p.m. PT, active Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack members can get double My Nintendo Gold Points** on the purchase of eligible digital games and DLC*** in Nintendo eShop and My Nintendo Store. That means members can earn 10% in Gold Points, which can then be used toward their next eligible purchase. For more information, please visit https://www.nintendo.com/whatsnew/.

Nintendo eShop sales:

Also new this week in Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch:

* Additional accessories may be required for multiplayer mode. Sold separately.

** Offer valid 11/1/22 – 1/31/23. Paid Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack membership required by Jan. 31, 2023, at 11:59 p.m. PT to be eligible for promotional My Nintendo Gold Points. Promotional My Nintendo Gold Points will be distributed in February 2023.

*** Full version of game required to use DLC for that game. Sold separately.

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Jason's been knee deep in videogames since he was but a lad. Cutting his teeth on the pixely glory that was the Atari 2600, he's been hack'n'slashing and shoot'em'uping ever since. Mainly an FPS and action guy, Jason enjoys the occasional well crafted title from every genre.

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