Duke Nukem Forever delayed once again... in Japan

Poor Duke. Just when the troubled king of strip clubs and pig cops thought the negative press was behind him, now comes word the release of Duke Nukem Forever in Japan is suffering from the same old Duke delay blues.

As reported by Famitsu magazine (and later translated by Kotaku), Duke Nukem Forever will not be hitting its early March Japanese release, but instead arriving three weeks late on March 29. No reason was given for the delay, but we suspect it's taking longer than usual to localize “Operation: Cock Block” for the Japanese market.

For what it's worth, Duke Nukem Forever isn't the travesty many made it out to be. Sure, GR dedicated a whole feature to everything it did wrong, but we also gave it a review of 6 out 10 which – in a normal, even-tempered world – means the game is worth at least a rental. Who knows, maybe a journey east is what the King needs to recoup some of his street cred? Assuming he makes it there, of course.

Let us know if you're still playing Duke Nukem Forever, and if you think the franchise deserves a second (third?) chance in the comments below.


  • LindasBestMeat - May 26, 2012 7:53 a.m.

    Well i do not understand all the hub bub about dnf.. i am playing and totally enjoy it. going through my 3rd time now to fintsh achievements. ( can anybody tell me where to find the 3 helmets for bucket head ). ... any way why all the hate for it. DNF is the first one ive played but will be getting any others that are or will become avaliable
  • shinakuma20 - February 15, 2012 11:30 p.m.

    Ofcourse duke deserves a second chance! people forget that this was just a completed game that was in pieces, the team could only do so much with the half finished bits they were able to salvage and make it into something somewhat playable. Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford said it himself, "this isnt our duke, this is their duke, now that we have it we can make it our own and make it better.". The next duke will have the power of gearbox behind it to make it a much better title, and will have a team that is dedicated to the franchise as many at gearbox at some point worked at 3Drealms before leaving when they saw it wasnt going well. Give duke nukem a second chance, and maybe this time you can play a game meant to actually be finished, and is much more playable.
  • keigel - February 15, 2012 9:05 p.m.

    DNF isn't a great game, but it gets an unfair amount of hate, imo. Yes, it's unpolished, over-indulgent in sme of it's themes, and half a decade behind the industry at large; it's development was grossly mismanaged by George Broussard and the game reflects that. However, the Duke franchise CAN still be both relevent and successful in competent hands. Randy Pitchford and the Gearbox crew have shown clear enthusiasm for the brand (see: interviews, podcast, etc.), and have a great track record for releasing solid products. Now that the Duke Nukem franchise is in their hands, I'll bet the sequel (built from the ground up to their vision) could revitalize the brand in gamer's eyes. Still betting on Duke!
  • ThatGuyFromTV - February 15, 2012 6:11 p.m.

  • Larinah - February 15, 2012 2:23 p.m.

    I had a lot of fun with Forever. The only real problems I had with it was the lack of weapons and the loading screens. Everything else was good imo. I'd love to see him given another shot regardless.
  • ryangrutterink - February 15, 2012 12:50 p.m.

    I do not play DNF any more, but i would like to see another duke game, forever had a lot of problems but i still had fun with it, the overthetop and extreme action of the game kept it fun, just with some polishing the game could have been received a lot better. If a new one was produced from start to end with the same dev team theres potential for a very FUN game, and fun is exactly what they should aim for, nothing else.
  • radiodeaf - February 15, 2012 12:09 p.m.

    yes, let's ship a crappy game overseas, spending money on adverts and whatever else comes into play only to get a few sells. then let's blame those same consumers who bitch about price and the taking of the ability to sell used games, for any troubles we have financially! they didn't buy our games when we pushed all this money into it...why? WHY? 6/10 was generous at best for that filth. gameplay, story, and visuals all failed. the development of this game is by far the best ridiculous story in the history of gaming...unless Notch decides to quit the industry and become a pastry chef...then nothing will beat it.
  • FoxdenRacing - February 15, 2012 12:04 p.m.

    I still contend that DNF was one of the best Duke Nukem games ever made [animation quirks and lowbrow-even-for-Due bits aside], and did its job...closure, nostalgia, and a last hurrah...very well. The problem the game had, first and foremost, is nobody wanted a Duke Nukem game. They wanted a modern FPS (and all that implies) with Duke in it. I enjoyed it, it was worth what I paid for it, and I'd give future Duke games a chance.
  • KnowYourPokemon - February 15, 2012 12:16 p.m.

    Nobody was expecting a modern FPS... people were expecting a true Duke Nukem game. They took away Duke Nukem's levels and replaced them with hand holding horribly linear levels and made an "attempt" at puzzles. They took away our guns and designed the entire game around needing one or two specific guns at any given time. Sure they allowed more guns later on but it doesn't make a difference. Why? cause the game itself was still designed with you having specific weapons in mind. They even decided to use up every decent joke within the first bit fo the game and through a nice driving level. That's what I wanted from Duke Nukem... dull, lifeless, driving.
  • KnowYourPokemon - February 15, 2012 12:18 p.m.

    And don't get me started on the regen health, that just gave them an excuse to make the game linear.
  • Goldjit - February 15, 2012 12:04 p.m.

    So lucky, they can still live the dream!
  • Arucard04 - February 15, 2012 11:28 a.m.

    Lucky Japanese.
  • Japanaman - February 15, 2012 11:25 a.m.

    I just picked this game up for $5.98 at Target, Sunday, and you're telling me it isn't even out in Japan?

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