The Duke on XBLA

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Yes, that’s right, the original Duke Nukem 3D (from waaaay back in 1996) is coming to Xbox Live Arcade “soon”. To quote the announcement from 3D Realms:

…we can confirm that the game has indeed passed final certification with Microsoft on Friday the 15th of August (on our first try, no less). That means the game is done – it is now in the hands of Microsoft. At this time we cannot give you details on release date or points cost, as we do not have that information. There’s plenty of really cool stuff in this new update to a classic title.

So, the game is done and the release date is in the hands of Microsoft. While it’s good to see classic Duke doing the rounds again (despite my lamentations a while back), you can’t help but wonder when 3D Realms are going to, you know, release a new game or IP any time soon. Still, the promise of “really cool stuff” has got us intrigued – some new addition to the multiplayer perhaps, or a graphical spiffing up? We can but hope.

A list of the game’s Achievements has popped up on Achieve360Points.com. The game packs a total of 200 points and we’ve listed the achievements below.

  1. Piece of Cake – 25 Points
    Complete “L.A. Meltdown” on any difficulty or in co-op.
  2. Let’s Rock – 25 Points
    Complete “Lunar Apocalypse” on any difficulty or in co-op.
  3. Come Get Some – 25 Points
    Complete “Shrapnel City” on any difficulty or in co-op.
  4. Game Over – 25 Points
    Complete “The Birth” on any difficulty or in co-op.
  5. Duke’s Mighty Foot – 10 Points
    Step on 40 enemies after using the Shrinker on them.
  6. Looks Like Cleanup on Aisle 4 – 10 Points
    Step in a pile of excrement.
  7. Shake It Baby – 10 Points
    Tip an exotic dancer.
  8. Oomph, Uugh, Where is it? – 10 Points
    Find 70 secret areas.
  9. Alien Maggots are Gonna Pay – 10 Points
    Finish the “Hollywood Holocaust” level in under 3 minutes.
  10. Gonna Rip Em’ a New One – 10 Points
    Get 100 total kills in ranked Dukematch games (Online).
  11. See You in Hell – 15 Points
    Get 250 total kills in ranked Dukematch games (Online).
  12. Hail to the King, Baby – 25 Points
    Earn respect and get 500 total kills in ranked Dukematch games (Online).
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