Fun Fact: An arcade follow-up to Duck Hunt allowed players to shoot the dog “accidentally' during a bonus round, much to the joy of gamers.
Duck Hunt was the first experience many players had with the NES light gun peripheral, the Zapper, as both came packaged together in a bundle with the console. Players could shoot down birds in One Duck or Two Duck mode, with only three shots per “wave,” and a Clay Shooting mode provided targets that were a little easier to hit.
The duck modes included a dog which popped up from the grass holding the dead ducks players shot, or the dog laughed at the player if they missed the ducks altogether. That dog, and how much gamers hated him, are reason enough to add Duck Hunt to a collection of NES games and preserve an important piece of video game history.