UPDATE: The world's first GoldenEye 007 review is in. Can it recapture a passionate Nintendo 64 fanbase with a healthy dose of nostalgia - and create a whole new group of fans with modern FPS conventions at the same time?
Judging from IGN's review, it looks like developer Eurocom has succeeded.
IGN has awarded the game a 9/10 score, calling the game "a fantastic retelling of a familiar Bond story".
The review addresses skeptics by saying "GoldenEye 007 on Wii is anything but a cash-in for Activision", instead it is "one of the best Wii games of the year".
The multiplayer is "more than just a wink and a nod to the classic N64 experience", it features "brilliant maps designed specifically for the Wii edition" and "four-player, split-screen deathmatch and team-focused modes on a single system", giving it an "old-school" charm.
However, the second review to hit the 'net, GameInformer's 6.5/10, doesn't pull any punches.
It reads: "Activision's re-imagining of Rare's GoldenEye is an attempt to scrub the tarnished franchise clean, but what we're left with is a lackluster game that fails to hit the same high notes of the original, or keep pace with modern shooters." Ouch.
GoldenEye Wii producer Julian Widdows has said the original GoldenEye story 'doesn't stand the test of time'.
Keep an eye out for CVG's upcoming interview with GoldenEye 007 Wii producer Dawn Pinkney.