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Nintendo Game Review - Duck Hunt
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Duck Hunt is one of Nintendo’s oldest games, but it still has a huge fan base. It was first released in 1984 for consoles but was launched again in 2014 for the Wii U.
The imagery and animation of this game are pretty basic. It features generic green vegetation and blue sky background with very little detailing. They are, however, very smooth and clear, which is something worth appreciating. The birds to be hunted, on the other hand, are highly pixelated. The same applies to the animated hunting dog that tags along on all the hunting trips.
Duck Hunt is an action shooting video game. The player aims at shooting down as many ducks, and, in some cases, pigeons, as possible. Each round starts with a specific number of shooting chances. Ducks then fly out from the grass into the sky background, and you are supposed to shoot them down. You have three chances per bird after which it disappears, and another bird appears elsewhere. When you run out of shots, the game ends, and you have to start all over.
Every level has a specific number of birds you must take down to move to the next one. If you do not manage to do so by the time you run out of shots, then you will not be able to proceed to the subsequent levels.
Duck Hunt supports a multiplayer mode that supports up to 2 people simultaneously. It means that you can challenge a friend to a shooting showdown to see who is better regarding both speed and accuracy.
The 2014 release replaced the NES Zapper gun with a Wii Remote for controls. It uses the same motion and location-tracking technology to determine whether or not your shots are accurate. The controls are very simple to operate making the game easy to play. In spite of this, the game offers you very little regarding control options. Fortunately, this first-person action game does not call for multiple controls.
Replay Value: 5
Duck Hunt has high replay value. The reason is that every new level you open up gives you access to new challenges regarding the bird’s position and speed of appearance on the screen. The game also offers gameplay variety through three modes that allow you to have multiple targets on the screen at the same time. These constantly-changing challenges are what makes replaying the game fun even after unlocking all the levels.
Nintendo’s revival of this classic is something worth celebrating for sure. It is the true embodiment of the value of simplicity in video games. You get to try out your sharpshooter skills without all the hustle and drama of modern-day sniper combat games. You could also challenge yourself by attempting the multiple difficult game modes available. Whatever you end up choosing, you will have a lot of fun whether you play alone or with a friend.
Duck Hunt is worth the investment for a chance to remember the good old days of the video game simplicity.
Pros : Simple yet entertaining gameplay.
Multiple levels and play modes.
Cons : It has lowquality graphics.
Replay Value 5.0