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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.


VS. Duck Hunt Arcade Clay shooting.
VS. Duck Hunt Arcade Two ducks to shoot.
VS. Duck Hunt NES Your dog retrieves the ducks, or laughs if you miss
VS. Duck Hunt Arcade Round 1.

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VS. Duck Hunt Screenshot
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Alternate Titles

  • "Duck Hunt" -- NES title
  • "ダックハント" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

On the hunt NES Matt Neuteboom (989)
A great NES game except for this annoying mutt NES Kadeem Gomez (38)
Ruff ruff ruff! NES GAMEBOY COLOR! (2002)
Ducks Beware NES Big C (58)

Critic Reviews NES Jun 02, 2011 14 out of 20 70
Thunderbolt Games NES Mar 26, 2009 7 out of 10 70
GamesCollection NES Jan 16, 2008 7 out of 10 70
HonestGamers (Staff reviews only) NES Nov 13, 2014 7 out of 10 70
Retro Game Reviews NES Dec 29, 2014 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 50
Game Freaks 365 NES Nov 01, 2007 4.9 out of 10 49
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) NES Jan, 1988 5.8 out of 12 48
1UP! NES Jul 12, 2001 47 out of 100 47
All Game Guide Arcade 1998 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40
Cubed3 NES May 08, 2004 4 out of 10 40


Topic # Posts Last Post
Arcade or FC release first? 5 Alaka (81490)
Jan 01, 2020
MSX port - unofficial? 3 雷堂嬢太朗 -raido.jotaro- (60636)
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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