DescriptionDuke Nukem consists of three episodes which were also released separately:
- Duke Nukem: Episode 1 - Shrapnel City
- Duke Nukem: Episode 2 - Mission: Moonbase
- Duke Nukem: Episode 3 - Trapped in the Future
- "Metal Force" -- Working title
- "Duke Nukum" -- Version 2.0 title
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Duke Nukem 3DDuke Nukem for DOS (full version, all three episodes) was included on the Duke Nukem 3D for DOS CD.
EditorWhile it would later become a standard matter of course that companies would form solely to sell new level packs to iD Software's first-person shooters, a couple of enterprising individuals led the vanguard as early as Duke Nukem 1, before there was the same calibre of groundbreaking excellence to co-opt. One Tony Kamin of Green Bay, WI seems to have reverse-engineered the DN map format and gotten a level editor together as early as 1992, shopping around two alternate level sets under the name "Duke Nukem Extension Set" for only five dollars' registration a piece. It would look like a coincidental case of parallel evolution when Larry Shanker of Salem, OH began selling his map pack, "Duke's Next Adventure", the following year for the same price... but suspiciously much of the legal boilerplate and installation instructions in their respective README.TXT files are identical! There's no word on the record as to how Apogee responded to these cats turning a quick buck off of their product.
SalesThe trilogy was rated the best selling shareware software (of all categories) for 1991 and 1992.
SoundtrackEven the world of Duke Nukem got its own soundtrack to establish the realm. Soundtrack was released in 1999.
- Duke Nukem Theme - Megadeth
- Cinnamon Girl - Type O Negative (previously unreleased in U.S.)
- What U See Is What U Get - Xzibit
- Blisters - Coal Chamber (previously unreleased in U.S.)
- Song 10 - Zebrahead
- The Thing I Hate - Stabbing Westwards
- It's Yourz - Wu-Tang Clan
- Screaming from the Sky - Slayer
- New World Order - Megadeth (previously unreleased)
- Stone Crazy - The Beatnuts
- Land of the Free Disease - Corrosion of Conformity (previously unreleased)
SpritesImitation is the sincerest form of flattery! Keen-eyed gaming enthusiasts might notice through the first Duke Nukem series occasional level sprites as having been adapted or lifted wholesale without credit from PC ports of Mega Man and Turrican.
TitleFrom the Apogee FAQ:
There is frequently a great deal of confusion over the correct spelling of one of Apogee's most prized characters, Duke Nukem. The original spelling for the name was "Duke Nukem"; however, during the code fix stage between v1.0 and v2.0 of the original game, Apogee found a character overseas named "Duke Nukem" that was thought to be copyrighted. So, for v2.0 of the original Duke game, the name was changed to "Duke Nukum." Then, during the programming of the next Duke Nukem game (Duke Nukem II), it was discovered that the character they found overseas was not copyrighted after all -- and so the original name was reinstated. "Duke Nukem" is also the spelling used in all successive games that featured the character.
The spellings "Duke Nuke 'em," "Duke Nuke'um," "Duke Nuke'm," "Duke Nuk'em" or other variations are not, and were never, correct. The correct spelling of the game is "Duke Nukem".
- Issue #4 - #39 in the " Top 100 Video Games of All-Time" list
Related Web Sites
- Crap Shoot (A humorous review on PC Gamer)
- Duke Central (Everything you'll need to know about Duke Nukem 1 and 2.)
- DukeNukem.Com (Apogee/3D Realms Official Website (Alternate URL))
- S&F Prod.'s Duke Nukum (1) Page (Here you'll find a sound-player and more.)
- Wikipedia: Duke Nukem (Information about Duke Nukem at Wikipedia)