OUCH!! SHOOT THE DUCKS. NOT ME!!
— The Dog in Vs. Duck Hunt, the only time the dog speaks after the only time you actually get to shoot him
Not pictured: That goddamn dog you will definitely wish to shoot.Duck Hunt
is a shooting game for the Nintendo Entertainment System
; it came either on its own or as a two-fer with Super Mario Bros.
(or as a three-fer with Super Mario Bros.
and World Class Track Meet
, 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 Kill Screen
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 Nintendo Entertainment System
, 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 that... annoying... dog... twitch, twitch
. See, whenever you didn't
manage to hit a duck, the dog would snigger at you◊
in perhaps 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. However, the reactions that followed when people found out that he's a Secret Character
in the fourth Super Smash Bros.
game indicated a better future for him.
Like many early NES games, it had an expanded arcade version called Vs. Duck Hunt
that played a bit differently. For one, you don't have a quota to meet for each level. Instead, you have a number of lives, and failing to shoot one of the ducks results in a lost life. The stages also alternate between ducks and clay pigeons, and the game featured a bonus stage where you had unlimited bullets and simply had to shoot as many ducks as possible. The dog would occasionally appear as well and shooting him would prematurely end the stage (though most players shot him as soon as he appeared anyway).
Was announced for the Wii U's Virtual Console in a November 2014 Nintendo Direct after the unveiling of Duck Hunt's Super Smash Bros.
trailer. The port requires use of the Wii Remote to simulate the Zapper.
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