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E3: Perfect Dark N64 for Xbox Live

This winter, says Major Nelson.

Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb has announced that the original Perfect Dark will be released on Xbox Live Arcade this winter.

His Twitter says the N64 game will be playable in 1080p and that we'll see a free theme added to Live Marketplace today so we can celebrate.

Developed by Rare, Perfect Dark earned top marks back in 2000, and is remembered by many as a spiritual successor to the iconic GoldenEye 007.

That was followed five years later by Perfect Dark Zero on Xbox 360, a launch title that underwhelmed given the surrounding expectation.

Perfect Dark follows Banjo-Kazooie and Banjo-Tooie revamps for XBLA, neither of which has been particularly good. They're highly priced too at 1200 Microsoft Points (GBP 10.20 / EUR 14.40).

Rare has otherwise been quiet, as we've been left to guess at what full-scale project the team is tackling, despite heavy Killer Instinct hints in the past. Whatever the game it'll need to sell well, as, despite critical acclaim, Viva Pinata and its sequel didn't.