About The Game
Originally released as a launch title for the NES, Duck Hunt will really test your reflexes. Ready, aim...pow! If the ducks go down, you win. If the shots go wide, you’ll suffer your hunting dog’s sniggering!
Now played with the Wii Remote instead of the NES Zapper light gun, it’s otherwise exactly as you might remember it. Game A and Game B modes offer different difficulty levels - and a second player can even control the duck! - while Game C ups the challenge further with fast, small clay pigeons.
Believe it or not some Animal rights people have an issue with certain games and the images they portray or messages they send out.
I have been a vegetarian for 21 years (as of February 21st) Though I rarely ate any meat prior to that either.
Deep down I have an issue with duck hunt too!
No not the fact it's largely about shooting pixel ducks (I don't buy the you do something in a game you must do it in real life argument)
No my issue is far more serious!
When I shoot a duck with a brown or purple head the dog still always pops up with a green headed duck!
I think the dog just keeps popping up with the same duck over and over and never bothers to collect a single one!
The dog brings me the downed duck (or at least a duck that isn't the one I shot!
That small yet still genuinely slightly annoying thing aside I love duck hunt!
I find it to be a hugely addictive and entertaining experience.
High score chasers have 3 modes of play 1 duck, 2 ducks or clay pigeons.
In all 3 modes your given 10 targets to shoot and you must hit more than the blue bar at the bottom of the screen.
The target increases as your level advances.
In the 1 duck mode you'll encounter 10 single ducks, in 2 duck / clay pigeon mode mode you'll get 5 sets of 2 (they don't always fly out together)
The clay pigeon mode is suppose to be harder but I personally always found it the easiest.
Each release your given 3 bullets to hit the target(s) miss with all 3 and you'll have to await the next target before you can reload (in the duck modes the dog will also laugh at your misses)
The clay pigeon shooting for me is personally easier than the ducks *it's not suppose to be*
The Wii U Vc mode also features an on screen cursor something fans of the game back in the Nes days didn't have so it's definitely easier to play now than with the Zapper though it does take some of the sport away)
As Zappers aren't compatible with the Wii U (such a shame) you must use a Wii mote to play the game.
If you'd like a second player can take part in game mode A (the 1 duck at a time) and actually take control of the duck using the Wii U game pad's d-pad or pro controller.
I didn't especially give this much consideration early on but my kids certainly like messing with the duck while I try shoot them down.
So it at the very least adds a little fun without losing anything from the core game play.
As is always the case with high score games there will be a few competitive players hoping to post the highest scores on miiverse.
Unfortunately as I've said in the past (& will again in future) as all Wii U Vc games feature restore points it's hard to take most high scores seriously.
Nintendo should either disable restore points for score chasing games (which they won't) or have some sort of tag accompany any screen shots saying restore points have been used (which is even less likely as it would take time and money to put in place)
I don't use restore point's but way too many do making online scores redundant.
One of the best high score chasers of the Nes era.
No real ducks are harmed in the playing of this game.
All 3 game modes while basically the same offer subtle differences to game play and technique.
The 2 player control a duck option is a fun throw away for household gaming. (especially fun with the kids)
Two ducks down and the dog still can't get it right!
ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT
High scores posted to Miiverse are largely redundant due to restore points.
All 3 modes while having some variation are all a continuation of the same thing.
The dog keeps bringing me the same duck!
Duck Hunt dog just loves it when you miss, unfortunately shooting him isn't an option!
If you are of the opinion that games like this encourage people to go out in real life and hunt animals nothing I write will change your mind.
If you have little interest in pointing at a screen and shooting some 30 year old ducks then nothing I write will change your mind.
If you like high score chasing or just crave a game you can start up for a quick half an hour of game play now and again this is a fantastic choice.
It's a very old game but it's held up far better than many games released in the same period.
I'm vegetarian I don't especially like the killing of Animals as a food source (though I don't lecture on such things) and I have absolutely no desire to go out in the real world and shoot a duck or anything else.
But give me a cheeky dog, 10 targets and a Wii Mote and I could have fun for hours!
A review copy of the game was purchased by Video Game Legacy and reviewed in accordance with the review policy.