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www.xbox.com:
    Achtung! You are OSA super agent B.J. Blazkowicz. Your goal is to escape from Castle Wolfenstein and defeat the twisted Nazi regime in Wolfenstein 3D™. Fight all of the memorable enemies from Hans Grosse to Mecha-Hitler in the legendary game that launched the first-person shooter genre. Search classic levels for hidden secrets revealing stolen Nazi treasure, health packs, ammo and weapons, or even short cuts.

    • Great gameplay: Battle through all six unique episodes and 60 levels.
    • Customizable weapons: Earn gold and unlock customizable weapon upgrades.
    • Achievements: Conquer Wolfenstein achievements and add points to your Gamerscore.

    Contributed by havoc of smeg (15084) on Oct 12, 2010.

BAM! Entertainment Press Release (GBA):

    BAM! ENTERTAINMENT AND ID SOFTWARE BRING A CLASSIC TO THE GAME BOY® ADVANCE

    A Pioneer Of The Genre, Wolfenstein 3D® Enters The Handheld Market

    San Jose, Calif. (March 18, 2002)- BAM! Entertainment (Nasdaq: BFUN) today announced that it has obtained the rights to publish id Software’s™ Wolfenstein 3D for the Game Boy Advance. Originally developed and released for the PC in 1992, Wolfenstein 3D has become one of the most critically acclaimed and widely recognized gaming franchises ever, including a 1995 induction into Computer Gaming World’s Gaming Hall of Fame. Wolfenstein 3D for the Game Boy Advance is a joint development effort between id Software and Dallas-based studio Stalker Entertainment and will be available this April.

    "Wolfenstein 3D brought players into the action and for the first time ever, put them toe-to-toe with their enemies," Todd Hollenshead, CEO, id Software, said. "Now everyone can take this unforgettable battle through Castle Wolfenstein with them wherever they go."

    "Wolfenstein 3D is truly one of the classics and is widely recognized as the game that created the first-person shooter genre," said Alain Tascan, Vice President of Worldwide Development for BAM! Entertainment. "We are excited to bring this timeless and highly celebrated game to the handheld market."

    The year is 1943. You are William "B.J." Blazkowicz, the Allies' bad boy of espionage and a terminal action seeker on a reconnaissance mission of extreme importance. Your mission is to infiltrate the Nazi fortress and find the plans for Operation Eisenfaust, the Nazi's blueprint for building the perfect army. Captured in the attempt, you're taken to their prison where you await execution. However, you know where the plans are kept, and the Allies will face a great defeat if you don't escape and risk the horrors of the prison known as Wolfenstein.

    Playing as an escaped prisoner in a Nazi war prison, the player moves smoothly through a 3D world full of Nazi Guards, snarling canines, and rooms packed with Nazi treasure. With 60 action-packed levels full of secret passages and hidden rooms, Wolfenstein 3D for Game Boy Advance will appeal to audiences from the novice to the experienced.

    About id Software
    id - Freud's primal part of the human psyche and one of the hottest game shops on Earth - has been rocking the gaming world from Mesquite, Texas since 1991. As a renowned leader in the industry, id Software forged such frenetic titles as Wolfenstein 3D®, DOOM®, DOOM II™, QUAKE® and QUAKE II™. With intense graphics and mind-blowing action, id's games have helped redefine the modern video game, continually setting industry standards for technology and gameplay. And, in keeping with tradition, id Software has amplified the world of adrenaline pumping 3-D gaming with the release of their latest action titles, Return to Castle Wolfenstein™, QUAKE III Arena™ and QUAKE III: Team Arena™.

    id's advanced QUAKE III Arena engine is leading the next revolution in 3-D interactive games with both single and multiplayer technology. Check out more about id Software at www.idsoftware.com.

    About Stalker Entertainment
    Marcus Hopkins and Mike Danylchuk founded Stalker Entertainment in 2000 with an unrelenting passion to develop innovative, top selling games that embrace the world. Stalker Entertainment is a highly motivated and disciplined development studio that engages an array of entertainment media through the production of console and PC titles. Our core team has produced over 50 game titles for such companies as Electronic Arts, Fox Interactive, Activision, Interplay, and 3DO Interactive.

    About BAM! Entertainment, Inc.
    Founded in 1999 and based in San Jose, California, BAM! Entertainment, Inc. is a developer, publisher and marketer of interactive entertainment software in North America and Europe. The company develops, obtains, or licenses properties from a wide variety of sources, including global entertainment and media companies, and publishes software for video game systems, wireless devices, and personal computers. The company's common stock is publicly traded on Nasdaq under the symbol BFUN. More information about BAM! and its products can be found at the company's web site located at www.bam4fun.com.

    Contributed by Jeanne (75605) on Jan 20, 2010.

Back of Box - DOS (UK):

    ANOTHER FANTASTIC GAME FROM
    APOGEE

    THE FASTEST SMOOTH-SCROLLING 3D GAME EVER DEVISED!

    Under the Iron-fist grip of Nazi German Rule, the evil Dr. Schabbs is suspected of cultivating a project for building a mighty mutant Nazi German Army. Your mission, as William "B.J." Blazkowicz, is to steal the secret plans, make your escape and sabotage their evil plot. But captured in your attempt, you are hauled from Castle Hollehammer to the cells of Castle Wolfenstein - there to be questioned and await your certain execution.

    A lucky break gives you the chance to make your escape, only to find that Castle Wolfenstein is a maze of passages, bristling with trigger happy Nazi guards. Each level you break through brings you face to face with death. There's no time now to hold fire, it's kill or be killed . . .

    WOLFENSTEIN FEATURES...

    • Six Fantastic Episodes each with 10 Levels to Conquer
    • Rapid 360 Smooth Scrolling 3D Action
    • Incredible Digitised Effects for Sound Blaster and Disney Sound Source
    • Devised for IBM PC AT (Not XT) with 256 Colour VGA Monitor
    • Play with Keyboard, Mouse, Joystick or Gravis Game Pad
    • Save and Restore Game Hot Keys

    Contributed by JudgeDeadd (12363) on Jul 10, 2009.

Back of Keep Case - DOS (Xplosiv budget release) (UK):

    It started a revolution in gaming. It's far from finished!

    You're William J. "B.J." Blazkowicz. the Allies' bad boy of espionage and a terminal action seeker. Your mission was to infiltrate the Nazi fortress Castle Hollehammer and find the plans for Operation Eisenfaust, the Nazi's blueprint for building the perfect army. Rumors are that deep within the castle the diabolical Dr. Schabbs has perfected a technique for building a fierce army from the bodies of the dead. It's so far removed from reality that it would seem silly if it wasn't so sick. But what if it were true?

    As an escaped prisoner in a Nazi war prison, you will move smoothly through a 3D world full of amazing detail and animation Unlike other 3D games, you'll run through a sensational and realistic 3-D environment, with intelligent moving guards and opponents.

    Contributed by JudgeDeadd (12363) on Jul 10, 2009.

Back of Box - DOS (Australia):

    Wolfenstein 3-D is a technological breakthrough in animation and graphics that let's YOU make the action happen. You will see everything through your own eyes as you move smoothly through a world of amazing detail, battling Nazis and their evil minions as you fight to stop their sinister plans.

    Wolfenstein is a high-action, first person adventure that lets you move around castles and dungeon complexes with speed or stealth. Armed with weapons ranging from a knife to an awesome chain-gun, you must take out guards, fierce dogs and more gruesome opponents to reach your objectives.

    Wolfenstein is ranked as one of the best games ever produced for the IBM PC. It features outstanding graphics and, for sound card owners, an exceptional sound track with room-shaking special effects. Players can use either keyboard, mouse, joystick or Gravis GamePad - even in combination!

    Contributed by JudgeDeadd (12363) on Jul 10, 2009.

Back of Box - DOS (GT Software/GT Interactive release) (US):
    This masterpiece of wild action and unbelievable graphics brings you virtual reality at its best, as you move though a sensationally realistic 3-D world of amazing detail. It's World War II, and you are B.J. Blazkowicz - the Allies' bad boy of espionage, a terminal action seeker built for abuse with an attitude to match. There's just one small problem: you've been captured by the Nazis, tortured, and imprisoned beneath the Castle Wolfenstein where you await execution. Bummer. Now, you must do anything to escape from the belly of a Nazi dungeon - or die trying.

    • Experience a state-of-the-art graphic environment featuring 256-color, smooth scrolling virtual reality.
    • Hear professionally composed music with AdLib, Sound Blaster or 100% compatible sound board.
    • Enjoy four levels of difficulty for the novice to experienced player.
    • Battle Nazis, evil scientists, mutants and more with knives, pistols and machine guns.
    • Start play easily and be instantly immersed in the sights and sounds of all six incredible missions, with 60 action-packed levels of play.

    AMAZING 3-D ACTION!


    Contributed by JudgeDeadd (12363) on Jul 10, 2009.

www.nintendo.com - Game Boy Advance:
    Wolfenstein 3D is the granddaddy of all first-person shooters. This PC classic from the early '90s still packs a punch on the Game Boy Advance.

    Before the gadgetry of GoldenEye 007, before the multiplayer mayhem of Quake and even before the demonic carnage of Doom, Captain B.J. Blazkowicz was blasting his way through a Nazi fortress in Wolfenstein 3D.

    You begin with only a pistol and few rounds of ammo, but as you plow through Castle Hollehammer you become a one-man army. Straightforward as a Louisville slugger, Wolfenstein 3D maintains only two basic goals in each of its 60 levels: eliminate the baddies and find the exit. Fortunately, there are tons of secrets and treasures to collect and you will get a status report between levels.

    Wolfenstein 3D is a picture-perfect port of the PC classic. Progress is saved to the Game Pak in one of four save files.

    Available now, Wolfenstein 3D has been rated "M" (Mature) by the independent Entertainment Software Rating Board.

    Contributed by Xoleras (66217) on Apr 13, 2005.

3D Realms website:
    Due to the game content, this game may not be ordered by residents of Germany.

    The story: You're William J. "B.J." Blazkowicz, the Allies' bad boy of espionage and a terminal action seeker. Your mission was to infiltrate the Nazi fortress Castle Hollehammer and find the plans for Operation Eisenfaust, the Nazi's blueprint for building the perfect army. Rumors are that deep within the castle the diabolical Dr. Schabbs has perfected a technique for building a fierce army from the bodies of the dead. It's so far removed from reality that it would seem silly if it wasn't so sick. But what if it were true?

    As an escaped prisoner in a Nazi war prison, you will move smoothly through a 3D world full of amazing detail and animation. Unlike other 3D games, you'll run through a sensational and realistic 3-D environment, with intelligent moving guards and opponents.

    WINNER OF 3 SHAREWARE INDUSTRY AWARDS, INCLUDING PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARD!

    Wolfenstein 3-D has won these RETAIL industry awards in 1992:

  • "One of the eight most important games ever created" -- PC Gamer
  • "Best Arcade/Action Game" -- Software Publishers Association "Codie" Award
  • "Best Arcade/Action Game" -- Compute magazine
  • "Most Popular Game" -- PC World magazine (reader's poll)
  • "Best Action Game" -- Video Games & Computer Entertainment magazine
  • "Most Innovative Game" -- Video Games & Computer Entertainment magazine
  • "Editor's Choice Award" -- Shareware Magazine
  • "Best Entertainment Software (Finalist)" -- PC/Computing

    COOL FEATURES

  • Intense and mood-setting Ad Lib music throughout the entire game.
  • Incredible digitized effects for Sound Blaster and Disney Sound Source.
  • Fastest 3D VGA animated full-screen wide game available for IBM PC!
  • Play with keyboard, joystick, mouse or Gravis Gamepad.
  • Save and restore games, plus quick-save and quick-load hot keys.
  • Must be played on an 80286 or better machine. Does not run on XT systems.
  • ...and much, MUCH MORE!

    Play the game that spawned an entire genre!

    Originally released May 5, 1992.

    Contributed by Xoleras (66217) on Jun 13, 2004.

Back of Box - Game Boy Advance:
    IT BEGAN AS A GAME. IT CONTINUES AS A LEGEND.

    A Nazi stronghold awaits, and only you can smash your way into its hidden depths, blowing away enemy scum as you go. Ammo up - this is the game the Computer Gaming World Hall of Fame credits as helping shape the computer gaming industry! Id Software's classic powerhouse is back - and now in the palm of your hand! Let the carnage begin.

    Armed with serious firepower you blast deep into the enemy's stronghold.

    Classic gameplay, classic characters, classic action - the original FPS hit.

    Nazis engage you at every turn, defending the castle's ruthless secrets.

    Contributed by Corn Popper (69754) on Dec 12, 2002.

Back of Wiz Shareware Release:
    Provides amazing detail and animation for your mission as an escaped prisoner of war to save the world from Dr. Schabbs. Digitized sound and first person perspective game play provides the fastest animated full-screen game available for your IBM PC. (Parental guidance recommended due to violence)

    Contributed by PCGamer77 (3026) on Jun 06, 2002.

Box Cover (CD-ROM 1998 release for DOS & Windows 95):
    IT STARTED A REVOLUTION IN GAMING. IT'S FAR FROM FINISHED.

    Maybe it was the fact that people got to blow away Nazis. Maybe it was the sheer challenge of it all. For whatever reason, Wolfenstein 3D and Spear of Destiny, pioneered the first-person shooter genre and brought its legendary creators, id Software, worldwide notoriety and numerous awards. In fact, The Computer Gaming World Hall of Fame recognized Wolfenstein 3D as helping to shape the overall direction of the computer gaming industry. Now these classics are available together, along with demos of two games that are leading the charge in first-person shooters today: Hexen II and Quake II.

    Wolfenstein 3D and Spear of Destiny - Play the DOS classics that are recognized for helping shape the overall direction of the computer gaming industry. Available for the first time on Win 95.

    SPA: CODIE AWARD - Best Arcade Action Game

    PC GAMES - Best Action / Arcade Game

    GAME PLAYERS - Best PC Action Game

    Contributed by コナン (76849) on Apr 01, 2001.

Unknown Source:
    Wolfenstein 3-D is simply a technology breakthrough! The first person perspective 3-D gameplay you'll be viewing is the fastest of any PC game game--much faster than that seen in Origin System's The Stygian Abyss!

    Incredible Sound Blaster digitized sound effects are used throughout the game. Note: The shareware version has just a limited sampling of digitized effects. To get ALL of the digitized effects, you must buy the full trilogy. Sound Blaster Pro owners will hear the digitized effects in STEREO!

    The story: You're William J. "B.J." Blazkowicz, the Allies' bad boy of espionage and a terminal action seeker. Your mission was to infiltrate the Nazi fortress Castle Hollehammer and find the plans for Operation Eisenfaust, the Nazi's blueprint for building the perfect army. Rumors are that deep within the castle the diabolical Dr. Schabbs has perfected a technique for building a fierce army from the bodies of the dead. It's so far removed from reality that it would seem silly if it wasn't so sick. But what if it were true?

    You were never given the chance to find out! Captured in your attempt to grab the secret plans, you were taken to the Nazi prison, Castle Wolfenstein, for questioning and eventual execution. Will you be able to escape and finish your world-saving mission?

    As an escaped prisoner in a Nazi war prison, you will move smoothly through a 3-D world full of amazing detail and animation. Unlike other 3-D games, you'll move SMOOTHLY through a sensational and realistic 3-D environment, with intelligent moving guards and opponents.

    This is a high-action game. Use your rapid fire machine gun to mow down a line of enemies, or sneak up on a guard with your knife so you don't waste your limited ammunition. Id Software, the creators of Commander Keen, have broken new ground with their all-new Wolfenstein 3-D.

    So impressive is this game that several of the TOP retail game publishers wanted to publish Wolfenstein 3-D commercially. We're talking the "biggies"--like Sierra Online, Electronic Arts, Origin Systems, and others!

    Contributed by Andy Voss (1635) on Oct 07, 1999.