Wii U eShop Spotlight – Duck Hunt

Who made it?

Nintendo R&D1 and Smart Systems.

What is the premise?

Initially, you’ll use the NES Zapper to shoot 8-bit ducks on your CRT TV as they run away from your hound.

It’s a bundled title for many NES consoles and will get some callbacks in pointer-based shooter minigames in Play Wii – and the dog/duck duo will appear ultimate damof course — but Duck Hunt was officially re-released just once on non-8-bit hardware, for reasons we’ll cover below.

Why should you play it?

Because external hardware OG NES/Famicom is connected to the CRT TV, this is the only official way to play. The NES Zapper only works in parallel with cathode ray tube displays and does not work on modern monitors.

The Wii U VC release converts Duck Hunt to work with the Wii Remote’s pointer, with a pointer displayed to help you aim. Sure, it’s a compromise — having the pointer always visible makes ducking much easier than Zapper — but for a game that’s not only ‘stuck’ on original hardware, but depends on screen technology that the vast majority of gamers no longer have access to, this release is, for many, the easiest way to play Duck Hunt in the 21st century.

how much is this?

$4.99 / £3.49 / €4.99.

We’ll be back soon with another 3DS or Wii U eShop recommendation as part of the this String ‘Countdown’. Let us know below if you already have this in your collection and share your thoughts.


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