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Duck Hunt - NES

Written by Jazzking2001 - Owner on .

{tab=Story} In Duck Hunt, players utilize the Nintendo Zapper Light Gun that must be plugged into their NES consoles, and attempt to shoot down either ducks or clay pigeons in mid-flight. Duck Hunt was also released as an arcade game in 1984, and is included in the Play Choice-10 arcade console.

Duck Hunt is a NES classic. This old school game was released in North American in the 80's. Duck Hunt was also included as a combination cartridge with the famed Super Mario Bros game. What really set Duck Hunt apart was its utilization of NES Zapper.


With the Zapper a player can chose between three modes of game play: Game A - 1 Duck, Game B - 2 Ducks, and Game C - Clay Shooting. The point of the game is simple, just shoot whatever flies across the screen. This game is very repetitive. You get 3 tries or 3 bullets for a target whether it is one duck, two ducks, or a couple of clay disks. Your target depends on which game mode you select at the main menu. If you do not hit the required amount of targets to pass to the next round then the game is over. Not to mention when you miss a target that the hound dog in the game laughs you to shame. I'm quite sure almost every player of the game has wanted to reserve a bullet or two just special for that annoying dog.

Duck Hunt's graphics are vibrant but basic. The game may be over 20 years old but visually it is still appealing. The game’s audio matches nicely with the repetitive game play. If you win a round then a certain melody is played and if you loose a round then slightly different melody played. The only complaint I have with the audio is that the gun shot does not sound at all like a gun shot. It sounds more like a bag of marbles being dropped on a block of ice (sorry but that’s the best analogy I could think of XD).

In the end, Duck Hunt is simply one of those retro arcade style games you play with a couple of friends when you are stuck in the house and bored out of your mind. And sadly if you no longer own an NES then Duck Hunt is a game which takes you back to simpler childhood memories. Either way Duck Hunt ranks at the top with some of the truly great Nintendo classics of all time.

Score: 8/10