Duck Hunt

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Duck Hunt
Developer Nintendo R&D1
Publisher Nintendo
System NES, Arcade, Wii U Virtual Console
Release Date NES
JP April 21, 1984
US October 18, 1985
EU August 15, 1987
Wiii U Virtual Console
JP December 24, 2014
US/EU/AU December 25, 2014
Rating ESRB: E

Duck Hunt is a hunting simulator for the NES. It came packed in with the NES for a period of time and required a NES Zapper to use.


In Duck Hunt, players use the NES Zapper to shoot ducks. Mode A only has one duck appear each round while Mode B has two ducks each round. Mode C features clay shooting. Clays are smaller and disappear quicker.

If the player hits all the ducks, a hunting dog congratulates the player and they move on to the next level. If not, the dog laughs at the player.


The ducks from Duck Hunt are unlockable as a trophy in Super Smash Bros. Melee and several of 9-Volt's microgames are based on Duck Hunt. Also, the dog from Duck Hunt can be shot in "Balloon Saloon" in Barker Bill's Trick Shooting.

Wii Play and Wii Play: Motion would later both feature shooting range minigames that seemed to be inspired by Duck Hunt in terms of gameplay. Additionally, the dog from Duck Hunt, joined by a friendly duck, is included in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U under the name of Duck Hunt. The Wii U version also has an unlockable stage based on the NES game.

Ports and Remakes

  • In 1985, Duck Hunt received an arcade release as part of Nintendo's Vs. series, which was modified to support two players. While gamers have gone decades joking about shooting the iconic dog, it is actually possible to do so in this version, although doing so will end the bonus round.
  • In 1988, Duck Hunt was packaged in the same cartridge as Super Mario Bros. as Super Mario Bros. + Duck Hunt.
  • Duck Hunt and Super Mario Bros. were also repackaged in the same cartridge with World Class Track Meet.
  • In 2014, the original Duck Hunt was released for download on the Wii U as part of the Wii U Virtual Console. The Wii Remote is required to be used as the controller in place of the NES Zapper.
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