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[[caption-width-right:256:Not pictured: [[TheScrappy That goddamn dog you will definitely wish to shoot]].]]

''Duck Hunt'' is a shooting game for the NintendoEntertainmentSystem; it came either on its own or as a two-fer with ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros'' (or as a three-fer with ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros'' and ''VideoGame/WorldClassTrackMeet'', though that version is rarer than the others.) It's a fairly simple game. You have two options. One was going to the target range and shooting at clay pigeons to improve your aim. You could shoot at one or two at a time, and could keep going until you didn't hit as many as the round target required. Almost nobody remembers, or cares, about this part.

No, the main attraction, as you can imagine, is hunting ducks with your trusty hunting dog. Depending on the mode, he would flush out one or two ducks at a time, and you had three shots to nail the ducks before they got away. Later rounds introduced faster ducks that tried to escape more quickly. Until, of course, they wouldn't even appear on the screen, resulting in a KillScreen.

This game overall is widely remembered for a few reasons. One of the most prominent is that it was a pack-in for most releases of the NintendoEntertainmentSystem, for even more versions than ''Super Mario Bros''. Eventually the two were combined into one cartridge to be the pack-in game. It was also remembered for the Zapper Light Gun that was required to play, being perhaps the most popular light gun created. It set the standard for making home light gun games for ages.

But most of all, it is remembered to this day because of [[TheScrappy that... annoying... dog...]] ''twitch, twitch''. See, whenever you ''didn't'' manage to hit a duck, the dog would [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/duckhuntdog.jpg snigger at you]] in perhaps [[MostAnnoyingSound the most annoying fashion possible]]. And it would repeat said sniggering if you didn't take out enough ducks to advance to the next level. There's an entire generation of gamers who hate the ''Duck Hunt'' dog more than Scrappy-Doo. Seriously. Nearly every single reference or parody that's been done at some point includes shooting the dog. [[spoiler:However the reactions that followed when people found out that he's a SecretCharacter in the fourth ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'' game might indicate [[RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap a better future for him.]].]]
!!This game has examples of:

* AnnoyingLaugh: The dog does this when you miss both ducks in a round, and at the Game Over screen.
* AsymmetricMultiplayer: In "Game A", the first player shoots ducks with the light gun and the second player can control the ducks with the normal controller.
* {{Cap}}: You get three bullets per target. Make them count.
* DifficultyByAcceleration: The ducks fly faster every level.
* EvenTheDogIsAshamed: Well, maybe "ashamed" isn't quite the right word...
* GameplayAllyImmortality: The dog is apparently bulletproof, to the disapointment of many a player.
* KillScreen: At Level 100, the ducks move so fast, they're impossible to hit. And the dog thinks it's funny. Averted with the clay pigeons that move really slow at that level. Why the duck moves so fast is up to speculation.
* LesserStar: Aside from the dog, this game is largely remembered for being the ''other'' game that came bundled with the NES, with ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros'' being the main star. Usually in the same cart.
* LightGunGame: One of the most iconic NES Zapper games.
* NoSympathy: The dog's laughter brings doubt on the title of "Man's Best Friend".
* ScoringPoints: But of course, the aim of the game is to get as many point as possible.
* ShaggyDogStory: Not the dog, but YOU. Keep on shooting ducks, but you will always meet a Game Over, with the dog laughing at you in the end. ALWAYS.
* SpiritualSuccessor: ''VideoGame/WiiPlay's'' target practice is obviously based on ''Duck Hunt''. Minus the dog.
* WhatTheHellPlayer: If you [[VideogameCrueltyPotential shoot the dog]] in the bonus round of ''Vs. Duck Hunt'', he'll chew you out for it.
* WildTake: Look at the ducks' eyes bug out when you shoot them.