Duck Hunt was released on April 21, 1984 in Japan.
It was a hugely popular video game title and was a launch title. In Duck Hunt, players had a special gun apparatus, the Nintendo Zapper Gun that they plugged into the console, and attempted to shoot down ducks or clay pigeons in mid-flight. Like many early video games, Duck Hunt is endless.
The player is also accompanied by a nameless dog which laughs whenever a duck is missed. The dog has passed into video gaming folklore, alongside 'All your base are belong to us' (from "Zero Wing
") and the various vocal messages from "Gauntlet
". Additionally, one of the more popular urban legends within the video game community claims that some players have found a way to shoot the dog. This is actually impossible for several game-play reasons and limitations, although it is possible to shoot the dog in the bonus round of the arcade version of the game, "Vs. Duck Hunt
" (possibly the origin of the urban legend).
Known export releases:
[US] "Duck Hunt [Model NES-DH-USA]
[CA] "Duck Hunt [Model NES-DH-CAN]
[SP] "Duck Hunt [Model NES-DH-ESP]
[EU] "Duck Hunt [Model NES-DH-EEC]