Duke Nukem 3D’s Bringing Pig Cops and Cheesy One-Liners to Switch Next Week

Duke Nukem 3D’s Bringing Pig Cops and Cheesy One-Liners to Switch Next Week

Damn, those alien bastards put a classic FPS on my Nintendo Switch.

Amongst the many ports and re-releases coming to the Nintendo Switch, the system is gradually building up a nice collection of classic first-person shooters. 1996's Duke Nukem 3D will be the latest to join the crop: the 20th Anniversary Edition World Tour, first released for consoles and PC in 2016, will launch for the Switch on June 23.

Duke Nukem 3D: 20th Anniversary Edition World Tour will be available for $9.99 through the Nintendo eShop, but starting today and lasting through July 7, it'll also be 50% off. That's not a bad deal considering the 2016 release is still $19.99 on Steam.

Developer SONKA Games is handling the port for Gearbox Publishing, and has gone the extra mile to add in some new Switch-specific features. Gyroscopic aiming, HD rumble support, and motion controls of some sort are all confirmed for the release, but the most interesting addition is surely added functionality for local wireless multiplayer. Gather up a few folks with Switches and you can do Duke deathmatch like it's a mid-nineties LAN party.

The Switch release will also carry over all the previous World Tour additions, such as a new episode with eight levels from original Duke 3D designers, in-game developer commentary, and an option to toggle between the original Build engine graphics and Gearbox's True3D renderer. Don't expect to see any of the changes made for Duke Nukem 3D's original Nintendo port, Duke Nukem 64, that developer Eurocom had to make to its content and rendering tech.

This will actually mark Duke's second adventure on the Switch, as last year's port of Bulletstorm also brought over its Duke Nukem add-on content. Between Duke 3D, the nineties Doom trilogy, and Turok, the line-up of old-school FPS titles on Switch is looking pretty solid. We're already spoiled, but is it too much to hold out hope for releases like Marathon and Perfect Dark, too?

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Mathew Olson


Mathew Olson is a writer formerly of Digg, where he blogged and reported about all things under the umbrella of internet culture (including games, of course). He lives in New York, grew up under rain clouds and the influence of numerous games studios in the Pacific Northwest, and will talk your ear off about Half-Life mods, Talking Heads or Twin Peaks if you let him.

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