Goldeneye 007 Still Features My Favorite Video Game Design Failure

Goldeneye 007 box illustration

If you’re of a certain vintage, then the most exciting nugget among the many video game news announcements last night will have been the re-release of the classic N64 Goldeneye 007. Long tied up in legal wrangling, the retro favorite seemed doomed never to return – but he finally returns. And so does the mouthiest optical illusion ever.

Xbox and Nintendo Switch users will be able to have fun infuriating their friends by picking up Oddjob and Slappers Only in what is arguably the best multiplayer mode ever. And with the game itself comes the return of one of the biggest design failures. (Ready to start playing? Discover the best Nintendo Switch Deals available now.)

Goldeneye 007 box illustration

Goldeneye 007 box illustration

Ever since the game was released in 1997, players have been asking the eternal question: is it Pierce Brosnan’s hand, or is his mouth really wide? Over the years, the cover has fallen into oblivion – and it’s getting a facelift after yesterday’s announcement. I’m actually pretty glad developer Rare didn’t decide to fix it.

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Goldeneye 007 box art next to a photo of Pierce Brosnan with comically stretched mouth

Goldeneye 007 box art next to a photo of Pierce Brosnan with comically stretched mouth

Illustration of the Goldeneye box next to a picture of Pierce Brosnan with his mouth enlarged

Illustration of the Goldeneye box next to a picture of Pierce Brosnan with his mouth enlarged

So there we have it. If you’re new to Goldeneye, I’m sorry – this face isn’t going anywhere. But don’t worry, the game itself is absolutely brilliant. You will enjoy. For more design, check out our roundup of the best design fails all time.

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