Retro Arcade Game of the Day – Duck Hunt

Many modern video games today center around blasting the bajeezus out of some poor soul, be it human or zombie. Back in 1984, Nintendo released Duck Hunt that had players blasting the bajeezus out of ducks. Same bajeezus, different targets.

Duck Hunt was released for the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) and players used a NES Zapper which was basically a light rifle. Ducks appeared one or two at a time and players shot them for points and the admiration of their faithful canine which for some reason was officially nameless. They name plumbers, hedgehogs, ghosts, goblins and countless other mind numbingly dumb characters but a cute dog with an annoying laugh……….nada. Can’t think of a thing. I’m sure nobody noticed. Players also had the option of shooting clay pigeons in another mode that got increasingly difficult as you moved up the levels.

Today’s retro arcade classic won’t be a popular one amongst PETA pals though I can say no video ducks were actually hurt during the making or playing of this game. Enjoy.


Retro Arcade Game of the Day – Super Mario Brothers

Before Wii Sports became the best selling console game in the history of video games, there was Super Mario Brothers that was released by Nintendo in 1985. This game was the sequel to the very popular Mario Bros. game and has sold over 40 million copies worldwide.

This game helped put Nintendo’s gaming console on the map and was a major factor in the recovery of the video game industry after the crash of 1983. It’s inspired many clones, sequels, cartoons and spin offs but Mario remains one of the most popular and recognizable video game characters ever created. Many non gamers also know who Mario is – not too many characters can make that claim. Italian plumbers everywhere burst with pride on that thought.

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