Big news from Nintendo: Duke Nukem 3D: 20th Anniversary World Tour Switch release announced via the Entertainment Software Rating Board. The ESRB is the usual suspect when it comes to leaks and rumors before important releases, but this is really a guaranteed announcement according to the publication, and they say Gearbox Publishing is bringing in the 2016’s Duke 3D version to the most advanced portable console of our time. They’ve got the rating and summary already hanging on some online sources, but the Switch eShop is still not showcasing the upcoming release, so no one is the wiser…
Those online sources all agree that this ESRB rating means that the release is guaranteed and that Duke Nukem 3D Switch is happening, but it’s still officially unannounced. Things look even better if you look at the Bulletstorm: Duke of Switch Edition, released on August 30, 2019, published by Gearbox and developed by People Can Fly. Gearbox Publishing is definitely involved again, but thus far the original iconic 3D Realms is signed as the developer.
The 1996 FPS 3D outing, which had its 20th anniversary in 2016, was out on Steam for PC that year. It was developed by 3D Realms, who had a team of eight people (later 12 or 13) and a tight budget of $300K. The game came out in several versions for PC and then it got ported on various consoles, like SEGA, PlayStation 1, and others popular at that time in the ‘90s. It was a commercial hit and spawned many expansions and editions later on, like the 2016’s anniversary revival.
On Steam, Duke Nukem 3D: 20th Anniversary World Tour PC got very positive reviews and a 9/10 rating. Its price is at $19.99, which can be considered quite high for an anniversary edition, with no special remastering involved. However, the original game was so well done in 1996 that it still holds its appeal to audiences today. Naturally, some enhancements happened on their own, but it still remains to be seen how porting it to Switch will look like and what it will entail…and what price tag will it have.
Other than that, the info offered by ESRB just comes in a pretty accurate description of the game, where they say: “Firefights are accompanied by realistic gunfire, large explosions, and blood-splatter effects. Enemies occasionally break apart into bloody fragments as they are killed.” Well, that is definitely true. It still remains to be seen if and how this port is to happen, but high hopes go out for the Duke Nukem 3D Nintendo Switch edition.