YMMV / Duck Hunt

  • Adaptation Displacement: The game is actually based off of clay pigeon shooting gallery toys Nintendo made in the 60's and 70's. Perhaps one of the most potent instances of this trope - not only do most people not realize this game was based on a toy Nintendo used to produce, most people aren't even aware Nintendo produced toys in the first place.
  • Catharsis Factor: Shooting the dog in Vs. bonus round will cut the round short, but is far more satisfying than the extra points you would have gotten from blasting ducks.
  • Ear Worm: The title screen and round start music.
  • It's Easy, So It Sucks!: In the Virtual Console release, a highly visible reticle is turned on by default, making it a point-and-click game rather than a shooting game; this tends to be the reaction from people who don't know you can turn the reticle off (specifically, by pressing any direction on the D-pad).
  • Memetic Mutation: The dog laughing at you.
  • Most Annoying Sound: The damn dog's laugh.
  • The Scrappy: The dog in this game has to be Scrappy's offspring. It's the only explanation. This CollegeHumor short sums up everyone's feeling towards the dog.
  • Sequel Displacement: While Wild Gunman was the first Zapper game released, most American players tend to associate the peripheral with Duck Hunt due to its inclusion in console bundles alongside Super Mario Bros..