New Old Duke Nukem XBLA Game Gets Rated In Australia

New Old Duke Nukem XBLA Game Gets Rated In Australia

Duke Nukem: Manhattan Project is an eight year old side-scrolling shooter/platformer for the PC. It’s now getting released on Xbox Live Arcade, according to Australia’s Classification Board website.

We had heard rumours of the unannounced title late last year when 3D Realms’ George Broussard promised a “resurgence” for the Duke. And just over a week ago, it emerged that a game called Duke Nukem: Manhattan Project was classified in Korea.

Now, it’s been confirmed that a game called Duke Nukem: Manhattan Project on the Xbox 360 has been rated M for Animated Violence in Australia. See?

The Board doesn’t distinguish between disc-based Xbox 360 games and downloadable Xbox Live Arcade games, so don’t let that platform notation confuse you. It’s surely coming to XBLA. And, we suspect, it’s coming quite soon.

I never played the original Manhattan Project (pictured). If you did, was it any good?

[Thanks Paul J for the tip!]


  • Yeah, I played through it a few times. It’s awesome with the right mix of 2D and 3D elements while maintaining the classic platformer feel. If I had an xBox I’d get this for sure.

  • It was okay. Very Duke in look and feel, but obviously a side shooter instead of a true 3D FPS. If it’s cheap then it’s definitely worth picking up.

    An aside though – if it’s the same game (on a different platform), why would it need to be re-rated? Couldn’t it be sold with the original rating?

  • This reminds me of the time I turned up five days late to a houseparty with a bottle of vodka, and just pretended I was starting the new weekend early.

  • I played it around the time it was released. It’s been a couple of years since I last played it, but I remember it felt like I was playing the original Duke games again, in a good way.
    I was a big fan of the 2d Duke platformers, especially 2, so I really enjoyed playing through Manhattan Project.
    It’s no a graphical marvel, but it carries alot of the Duke attitude of the first games, the pig cops from 3D return and guns like gold-plated pistols, rocket launchers and pipe bombs pay the Duke his dues.
    The game feels distinctly old school, with many of the features of 2D platformers like hidden rooms making an appearance.
    While not revolutionary by any stretch, this is a fun game that is worth a run through, if only to remind you why platformers were fun in 2D.

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