Duck Hunt

Duck Hunt

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Duck Hunt is a light-gun video game originally released on the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) in 1984. In the game, the player is tasked with shooting ducks that fly across the screen with a peripheral known as the NES Zapper.

Since its release, Duck Hunt has received generally positive reviews[1] from critics, and has garnered a cult following, as well as a significant cultural impact on the gaming world. Recently the Duck Hunt dog and bird has paired up to become playable fighter in for the Wii U and 3ds Super Smash Bros 4.


Duck Hunt was developed for the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) and released in Japan on April 21, 1984, America on October 18th, 1985, and Europe on August 15th, 1987.

In the late 1980s, Duck Hunt was packaged along with Super Mario Bros as part of Nintendo's "Action Series".[2]


The Dog

One of the most popular features of Duck Hunt is the dog which assists you while playing. The dog is supposed to scare the ducks out of the tall grass, and catch them when you hit one. If you miss a duck, the dog will proceed to pop out of the tall grass and laugh at you. Many players have grown to hate for the dog for this reason.Screw Attack has gone to calling him the number 1 'douche bag' of all videogames.[3]

The Duck Hunt dog has been referenced several times in popular culture, making cameo appearances in some modern hunting games such as Barker Bill's Trick Shooting and Remington Great American Bird Hunt. UGO Entertainment listed the ability to kill the dog using a special in-game method as #7 in a list of the top 14 video game urban legends.[4]

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