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Video Game: Duck Hunt

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.

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alternative title(s): Duck Hunt
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