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Activision Defends GoldenEye Wii Exclusivity

Gaming industry analyst Michael Pachter said during E3 2010 that Activision's remake of GoldenEye: 007 would do better on the Xbox 360 than the Nintendo Wii. To be more specific, he said that the game would have a "better chance" if developed by Rare--the team behind the original Nintendo 64 classic--for the Microsoft console than the Eurocom rehash slated for the less-endowed Wii.

"It's a funny thought to resurrect a 10 year-old brand--maybe longer--and keep it a Nintendo exclusive," Pachter said. "It is unlike Activision to do an exclusive, and I am particularly surprised that they would do it with GoldenEye." He added that the original audience was hardcore, and that the game would fair better on a hardcore platform. He called the Wii exclusivity "odd."

Brian Pass, senior producer at Activision, fired back at the comments, claiming that there were many reasons for the partnership with Nintendo. One example was based on nostalgia, as the original Pierce Brosnan-based version was developed and published for the Nintendo 64 console. There's also the idea that Wii gamers really don't have first-person shooters to play that utilize something other than the Remote and Nunchuck. Activision saw this void as a great opportunity.

"Why are people not playing shooters on the Wii? I don't know," he said. "Maybe it's because people don't like using the Wii Remote and the Nunchuck. They don't like using the pointing device. Now they've got the Classic Pro Controller. This is dual analogue stick. It's got the exact same layout you find on PS3 or 360."

With that said, gamers should pick up on GoldenEye: 007 rather quickly. But does that mean the game will eventually head over to the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3? Pass said that he couldn't discuss those possibilities, however primary producer Dawn Pinkney of Eurocom said that the game is right where it belongs: on a Nintendo platform.

What's your take on the new GoldenEye: 007? With Classic Controller Pro support, will hardcore gamers flick to the new Bond remake? Did it arrive too late, unable to save the sinking Nintendo Wii ship?