Duck Hunt (NES)

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Duck Hunt is a shooting simulation where the player goes out with his faithful dogs to hunt ducks. It requires the use of the Zapper light gun. In game modes A and B, players view a swampland from a first-person perspective. The dog scares the ducks out of the swamp, one at a time in mode A or two at a time in mode B. The ducks go flying around in the air and the player has three shots and a limited amount of time to shoot the ducks before they fly away. Each round only allows a limited number of misses in order to move on successfully. As the rounds progress, the ducks begin flying faster and faster, and fewer misses are allowed. In game mode A, a second player can control the movement of the duck using a controller plugged into port 2.

Mode C features target practice on clay pigeons rather than ducks. The perspective and rules here are the same, with only three shots to destroy two clay pigeons before they disappear off the horizon. Destroy enough clay pigeons to move on to the next, tougher round.


Duck Hunt NES Title screen
Duck Hunt NES Shooting clay pigeons
Duck Hunt NES The dog thinks that's funny.
Duck Hunt NES Your dog retrieves the ducks, or laughs if you miss

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Duck Hunt Screenshot
Duck Hunt Screenshot
Duck Hunt Screenshot
Duck Hunt Screenshot

Alternate Titles

  • "ダックハント" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

On the hunt Matt Neuteboom (989) 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars
A great NES game except for this annoying mutt Kadeem Gomez (38) 3.75 Stars3.75 Stars3.75 Stars3.75 Stars3.75 Stars
Ruff ruff ruff! GAMEBOY COLOR! (2002) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
Ducks Beware Big C (58) unrated

Critic Reviews

Génération 4 1987 60 out of 100 60 Nov, 2011 C+ 58
NES Archives Mar 24, 2009 C+ 58
The Game Hoard Jul 23, 2018 4 out of 7 57
Game Freaks 365 Nov 01, 2007 4.9 out of 10 49
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Jan, 1988 5.8 out of 12 48
1UP! Jul 12, 2001 47 out of 100 47
The Video Game Critic Jun 15, 2007 C- 42
Cubed3 May 08, 2004 4 out of 10 40
Power Play Mar, 1988 2.5 out of 10 25


Topic # Posts Last Post
MSX port - unofficial? 3 雷堂嬢太朗 -raido.jotaro- (60748)
Oct 30, 2010
Don't just play it... wear it! 3 Responsible Pyromaniac
Jun 14, 2007



The Dog is one of the most infamous characters in videogame history. Why?

Well, at the start of a round he sniffs around the grass before diving in. When you're successful, he triumphantly holds your kill. But when you miss..........he laughs. At you. He stands up, points at you and chuckles. There are games on the internet devoted entirely to killing him.

References to the game

In the movie Boyz N The Hood, at Ricky and Doughboy's home, one of DoughBoy's homeboys is playing Duck Hunt with their NES sitting on top of the TV.

But the twist is, he first holds up a pistol, acting like he's gonna kill someone. When he fires, it sounds like it's real, but then in a second, Duck Hunt pops up, showing he's just playing a game. The problem is he didn't use a Zapper, just a real pistol.

Unofficial DOS port

In July of 1996, the underground ANSI art group Creators of Intense Art (CiA) released an unauthorized mouse-controlled MS-DOS port of this game in their 26th pack, downloadable at

All game graphics were re-rendered as ANSI art by group founder/leader "Napalm", with programming duties falling to "Wizard of Id".

"Coders Information:
  þ 884 Lines Compiled
  þ 57k of Code Compiled
  þ 15k of Data Size
  þ 16k of Stack Size
  þ 100k of Heap"

Unofficial iPhone port

A version for the iPhone, based on the NES version, was made available on 5th January 2009 for $0.99. Ported to the platform through an emulator known as iPES, Lucas Manfield (LawlMart) was able to recreate most of the game. The first version had no sound and recreated the N64 analog stick and NES A-button to control the game. Sound and touch controls were promised for an updated 1.1 version, but Nintendo had the game pulled on 30th January 2009.


    • #1 in the "Top Ten Videogame Douchebags" list (for the dog
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Servo (57393) added Duck Hunt (NES) on Sep 28, 2002
Other platforms contributed by Michael Cassidy (21009)