Duck Hunt

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North American box art.

Duck Hunt is a light-gun game by Nintendo originally released on the NES in 1984 and then ported to the PlayChoice-10 and the VS. System. Strangely, in 2004, a company ported it to the long since obsolete MSX. This is the first game featuring the creative design of Hiroji Kiyotake who would later go on to create Metroid and several other Nintendo franchises. The dog and duck later showed up in Super Smash Bros. 4.

I first played this game when my brother and I bought the NES Action Set around 1988 which came with a Super Mario Bros. / Duck Hunt multicart and a Zapper. One day, just to see how far I could get with cheating, I played the game with the gun directly in front of the TV and played long enough that the game stopped becoming more difficult. When I learned that there was no end to it, I became bored with the game and stopped playing it.

One interesting thing I found while playing with a debugger is the programmers actually trapped the max level to give a game over if you reach level 100 rather than having infinite play or a bugged kill screen.

Status

I own the game in the Super Mario Bros. / Duck Hunt multi-cart. I can play indefinitely by getting extremely close to the television, but I'm not going to sit around until I reach level 100.

Review

  • Overall: 2/10
  • Best Version: VS. System

— This section contains spoilers! —

Good

  • For the first few minutes you play the game, you'll probably enjoy yourself.
  • The cartoon graphics are kind of nice, and there is a noticeable difference in tone between the silly duck shooting and the more serious clay pigeons.
  • The game has some nice memorable jingles.
  • The VS. System adds an additional type of game play and allows you to shoot the stupid giggling dog!

Bad

  • Although the game ends at round 100, the difficultly stops increasing after only a handful of rounds and then caps out and repeats itself where it becomes dull.

Ugly

  • All of the game is dully similar. Although there are three total modes, you're essentially doing the exact same thing in each. There just isn't much content.

Media

Box Art

Documentation

Screenshots

Gallery

Videos

Credits

Duck Hunt was released without credits, but dedicated fans have determined the majority of the staff.

Role Staff
Executive Producer Hiroshi Yamauchi
Producer Gunpei Yokoi
Director Satoru Okada
Designer Hiroji Kiyotake
Programmers Yasunari Soejima, Kenji Nakajima
Music, Sound Effects, Audio Programmer Hirokazu Tanaka

Titles

Language Native Transliteration Translation
English Duck Hunt
Japanese ダックハント Dakku Hanto Duck Hunt

Links

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