The dog and duck are characters of the old game Duck Hunt, where players use a real-world toy gun to shoot targets. Later, these two united to become a Smash fighter. Duck Hunt is light and fast, has quite good KO options, and demonstrates an effective aerial game. It's a two-in-one character.Know more
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Nintendo is well-known for its brave innovations in gaming — both software and hardware. Back in the 1980s, the company came up with lots of brilliant ideas. Some of them defined the gaming culture we know now, and some remained in the past. The game Duck Hunt is of both types.
It was one of the super innovative shooters. OK, it doesn’t look like this for modern gamers. But imagine sitting in front of a CRT TV (those huge ancient boxes) with a plastic gun, shooting ducks on the screen, and seeing your “bullets” actually reaching the targets. That was a mind-blowing experience.
By modern standards, Duck Hunt is pretty clumsy — in many aspects. The visuals are obviously old. The gameplay is of the retro style. And even hunting ducks seems to be awful (what did those poor birds do to you, monster!) On the other hand, this game is a predecessor of many advanced technologies, such as shooting VR games.
The Duck Hunt game was released for the NES consoles and the Nintendo arcade machine Vs. System. Much later, it became available for Wii U via the Virtual Console.
It’s one of the examples of Nintendo treasuring its legacy. The game contains an unplayable character - a dog that brings ducks to the hunter. This pair (dog and duck) became a two-in-one Smash fighter.
The first mention of the Duck Hunt game happens in Super Smash Bros. Melee — players could get the Ducks trophy. SSB Brawl contains a sticker with the Duck.
As a playable character, the dog and the duck join the roster in Super Smash Bros. 4 (for 3DS and Wii U). Masahiro Sakurai said that such a decision was influenced by the impressive sales numbers of the original game.
Considering that “everyone is here,” it’s natural to see Duck Hunt in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as well.
The abilities of this character were significantly changed for the Smash Ultimate release. In general, Duck Hunt has become a much more viable fighter with some reliable KO options.
Duck Hunt has decent mobility and quite a solid aerial game. It’s a lightweight character, so powerful blows can easily cause KO.