Duck Hunt


Duck Hunt
System Famicom / NES
Developer Nintendo
Genre Light Gun

Duck Hunt is a shooting game that requires the NES Zapper. Shoot the ducks out of the sky and your faithful hunting dog will fetch them for you. Alternatively, why not take part in a spot of clay pigeon shooting?

A second player can join in by controlling the ducks while the first player tries to shoot them down.

Alternate Versions

VS. Duck Hunt

VS. Duck Hunt

The arcade version of Duck Hunt is played in three-stage rounds:

  • Stage 1

    The classic Duck Hunt stage. Two ducks will fly out of the grass and you have to shoot them out of the sky Clear 12 ducks to move to the next stage.

  • Stage 2

    Shoot down the two clay pigeons before they land. Clear 12 to move on to the Bonus Stage.

  • Bonus Stage

    Exclusive to the arcade version, ducks fly out of the grass and straight off screen. Shoot as many out of the air as you can for bonus points. Be careful not to shoot your dog who is jumping around in the grass.

Release Information

Duck Hunt

Region Date Name System
Japan 21 Apr 1984 ダックハント Duck Hunt Famicom/NES
US Oct 1985 Duck Hunt Famicom/NES
Europe 15 Aug 1987 Duck Hunt Famicom/NES

VS. Duck Hunt

Region Date Name System
Japan 1984 VSダックハント VS. Duck Hunt Arcade
US 1984 VS. Duck Hunt Arcade

Game Modes

Game A

Duck Hunt Game A

A duck flies around in the sky and you have to shoot it down. You only have three shots for each duck, and a limited time to hit it before it flies away. The bullets you have remaining at the end of a round will be tallied up for bonus points. Different coloured ducks move at different speeds.

Game B

Duck Hunt Game B

The rules are the same as Game A, only there are two ducks you have to shoot down. You still only have three bullets to clear them both.

Clay Shooting

Clay Shooting

Clay Pigeons are fired over your head into the distance, and you have to hit them out of the sky with three shots. In later rounds the clay pigeons move faster.