Long Lost Easter Egg Discovered In GoldenEye

GoldenEye, for the Nintendo 64, is one of the all-time classics of gaming. Recently, a fan uncovered an Easter egg Rare had buried in GoldenEye's code: a fully functional emlulator for the ZX Spectrum system, complete with 10 games.

Rare, the developer behind GoldenEye, developed a number of games in the early 1980s for the ZX Spectrum, a system similar to the Commodore 64 and primarily sold in the UK. (Rare is a UK-based company.)

The original post discussing how the emulator was found and how it can be accessed is fairly complex, outlining the process in heavily technical language. The gist of it all, however, is this: the emulator was designed as a side project, to see if such system emulation were possible on the N64. GoldenEye was the project in development at the time and so it was the game the emulator was tried with. Rather than being removed before the final game shipped, the code was instead only disabled and a recent fan-developed patch has re-enabled it.

The easiest way to apply the patch, according to the post's author, is in an N64 emulator. That makes this Easter egg something like the Inception of game systems. It's emulators all the way down.

GoldenEye Spectrum Emulation Unlocked [The RWP, via Reddit. Thanks Corey!]


    That is not an Easter Egg.

      Probably more copyright infringement than an Easter Egg.

      I understand the timing of this article though...

        Technically these were all Rare's own games from the ZX so it's not copyright infringement for them.

        Haha - funniest thing I have read in ages...

    Love how The RWP manages to keep finding new things more than ten years after the games have come out.

    Now where are the pushbutton codes for Perfect Dark...

    they put jetpac into donkey kong 64 man i loved playing that

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