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Nintendo Game Boy James Bond 007

handheld video game

Before widespread video games existed to capture the imagination, Ian Fleming published twelve novels and two short story collections featuring the British Secret Service agent James Bond. Between 1953 and 1966, the public waited eagerly for the next installment featuring the charming and elusive spy. Today, James Bond continues to captivate the world through film, books, and video games that present the opportunity for players to step into 007’s shoes and try their own hand at going undercover with MI6. Parker Brothers released the first James Bond video came in 1983 for Atari 2600. Entitled "James Bond 007," this side-scrolling platformer features four missions, each based off a Bond film. Players must control James Bond’s car, jump over obstacles and dodge attacks to gain points. While this simple game served as a stepping stone for many future installments featuring secret agent James Bond, the Bond video games did not become popular until Rare released "GoldenEye 007" in 1997. After "GoldenEye" proved successful, Nintendo released "James Bond 007" for the Game Boy in 1998. This single-player action game drew its plot and antagonists from multiple Bond movies and featured many different minigames. Gamers play as Bond and use different items and fighting skills to complete their mission and win the game. "007" received mixed reviews from critics, who found the game too short as well as lacking in depth. Monica Wilbur of IGN wrote, "Playing the game will leave you stirred, maybe shaken, and quite reasonably entertained," and found that the game provided insight into the world of high-tech espionage. The James Bond novels and movies stimulate imaginations everywhere, and 007 continues to amuse audiences through the medium of gaming.

  • Manufacturer: Nintendo
  • Material: plastic | printed paper
  • Origin: Japan
  • Object ID: 111.3914
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