N64 Classic Perfect Dark Has Been Decompiled, Paving The Way For PC Ports

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Cited as one of the greatest video games of all time, Perfect Dark is unfortunately rather difficult to find these days. Unless you’re lucky enough to own an N64 console and have a copy of the original game, or have access to the remastered port on Xbox Live Arcade, then chances are you might never have played Rare’s spiritual successor to GoldenEye 007.

Thanks to coder Ryan Dwyer, however, it looks like the classic FPS title may well be receiving unofficial PC ports in the future (thanks, VGC). Dwyer has successfully decompiled both NTSC versions of Perfect Dark, including the launch version and a later re-release that stamped out a number of bugs.

Full details can be viewed over on the project page on GitLab, but the decompilation will effectively allow modders to legally port the game over to PC along with additional features like higher frame rate and resolution. The same was recently achieved with The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, which itself received a PC port back in March of this year, complete with subsequent mods and refinements.

It’s early days, of course, but a potential PC port of Perfect Dark is music to our ears. If nothing else, it will theoretically introduce a new audience to the seminal title, complete with all sorts of quality-of-life adjustments. We’ll be keeping a close eye on how this one develops.

Are you up for a potential PC port of Perfect Dark, or would you rather just see it on the Switch? Share your thoughts in the usual place.