Wolfenstein 3D

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Wolfenstein 3D
Developer iD Software
Alternate Worlds Technology (arcade VR)
Publisher iD Software
Alternate Worlds Technology (arcade VR)
Platforms Arcade, DOS, Jaguar, Mac OS, SNES
Released DOS
NA: May 5, 1992
Wolfenstein VR Arcade
NA: 1993
Super Nintendo Entertainment System
JP: February 10, 1994
WW: 1994
Atari Jaguar
NA: May 1994
Mac OS
NA: August 3, 1994
Acorn Archimedes
NA: November 1994
Apple IIGS
Shareware WW: November 17, 1996
Full version WW: February 13, 1998
Game Boy Advance
NA: April 2002
Linux
WW: August 3, 2007
iOS
NA: March 25, 2009
Xbox 360
NA: June 3, 2009
PlayStation 3
NA: June 4, 2009
Added to
Museum
DOS: January 25, 2023

Wolfenstein is a first-person shooter video game developed by iD Software.

Versions

It was originally published as shareware for DOS in 1992. The first ten levels were released as a free-to-distribute episode. Sixty levels, including the ten from the shareware release, could be purchased in two sets with three episodes each.

Twenty-one additional episodes that served as a prequel to Wolfenstein 3D were released in a stand-alone release for DOS in 1992. This release was titled Wolfenstein 3D: Spear of Destiny.

Alternate Worlds Technology released a head-mounted virtual reality version of Wolfenstein 3D as a coin-operated arcade game in 1993.

The sixty levels from the DOS version were ported to the PC-9801 in 1994.

A 1994 Super Nintendo Entertainment System version contained thirty levels that were remixed compared to the DOS version. It was commissioned by Imagineer with an advance of $100,000 USD. Due to the policies of Nintendo in the United States, the game needed to be censored. Nazi imagery, German voice clips, and blood were removed, and the dogs were changed to giant rats.

The 1994 Atari Jaguar version contained the levels from the Super Nintendo Entertainment System version as it was developed based on the source code from that release. However, the censored changes required by Nintendo were restored for the Atari Jaguar version.

The 1994 Mac OS port was also available in three releases, which together contained all of the levels released at the time. The free-to-distribute shareware release, with three levels, was released as Wolfenstein 3D: The First Encounter. The thirty levels from the Super Nintendo Entertainment System were released as Wolfenstein 3D: The Second Encounter. Wolfenstein 3D: The Third Encounter contained the sixty levels from the DOS version.

The sixty DOS levels were also ported to the Acorn Archimedes in 1994.

In August 1995 id Software uploaded the source code for the game to CompuServe. The visual and audio elements as well as the level design remained commercial.

The 1995 3DO version contained all of the levels from the DOS version as well as all of the levels from the Super Nintendo Entertainment System release.

The demo version of the Apple IIgs version, with three levels, was released in 1996. The full version was released for free with all of the levels from the Mac OS release in 1998. The Second Encounter from the Mac OS version was renamed The Original Encounter.

The sixty DOS levels were ported to the Game Boy Advance in 2002.

The 2007 Linux version contained the sixty DOS levels as well as the twenty-one levels from the Wolfenstein 3D: Spear of Destiny expansion pack.

The 2009 iOS version included the sixty levels from the DOS version.

The 2009 Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Windows versions contained all 60 DOS levels as well as those from the Wolfenstein 3D: Spear of Destiny expansion pack.