Duke Nukem 3D: 20th Anniversary World Tour seems Switch-bound

Duke Nukem 3D: 20th Anniversary World Tour Switch Gearbox ESRB

Duke Nukem 3D: 20th Anniversary World Tour released three years ago courtesy of Gearbox, so we’re actually on its 23rd anniversary. But issues of timeliness aside, it seems the game is heading to Nintendo Switch. This comes via an ESRB rating page that lists the game for Switch and unsurprisingly hands it an M rating.

Duke Nukem 3D was praised in 1996 for offering Doom-like thrills with its own corny, raunchy twist. Duke is an alpha male stereotype who singlehandedly wards off an alien invasion because that’s what alpha male stereotypes are for. The anniversary edition adds a brand new level 5 to the action, as well as new audio recordings from Duke’s voice actor, Jon St. John.

Incidentally, the game’s composer, Bobby Prince, is suing Gearbox, its CEO, and Valve over Duke Nukem 3D: 20th Anniversary World Tour because he claims Gearbox released the game with his score without providing any compensation whatsoever. Valve is included in the lawsuit for ignoring Prince’s notice that the game uses improper licensing. Will Prince update his lawsuit to include Nintendo as well? Almost certainly no, though if Prince’s claims are accurate, there should be a payday from Gearbox in his future.

There is no announced release date or even official Gearbox confirmation for Duke Nukem 3D: 20th Anniversary World Tour on Switch yet.


John Friscia
Head Copy Editor for Enthusiast Gaming, Managing Editor at The Escapist. I'm a writer who loves Super Nintendo and Japanese role-playing games to an impractical degree. I really miss living in South Korea. And I'm developing the game Boss Saga!