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On This Day: Duke Nukem 3D

On this day, January 29, back in 1996, Duke Nukem 3D was unleashed on the world. 

Duke Nukem 3D was the third title in the main series of Duke Nukem games, preceded by Duke Nukem and Duke Nukem II.

Duke Nukem 3D was featured in many compilations and was one of the most ported games in history, arriving on many different consoles. It also received several expansions, an atomic edition upgrade with a new episode, and massive level packs. Other Duke games include Duke Nukem: Manhattan Project and the elusive direct sequel, Duke Nukem Forever.

The first time I ever got my hands on it was back in 1996 towards the end of the year when my friend was given it as a reward for a good school report (he was a bit of a dunce). For the next three years, I played it to death.

It is still very much alive to this day, with many fan sites and communities still active across the net, and modding teams dedicated to developing new and improved features like source ports, high resolution packs, and fan mixes of the iconic soundtrack, especially the theme song, Grabbag.

I’ve recently written an article on Duke Nukem 3D under my Classic Games Resurrected series if you haven’t had a look yet. There are plenty of links to resources that will see you digging out your copy or perhaps buying it, and playing it again in awe.

Happy thirteenth, Duke!

Other notable games that were released this month in gaming history:

Ken's Labyrinth

January 1, 1993

Alien Trilogy

January 1, 1996


January 2, 1997


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