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You CAN Shoot The Dog From Duck Hunt! Hallelujah!


One of the earliest Flash games I ever made was "Kill The Dog From Duck Hunt" - a simple game which allowed you to get sweet revenge over that damned dog for laughing at you whenever you missed your ducky targets in the classic NES game, Duck Hunt. I figured I was in the minority when it came to people who wanted to see that 8-bit dog die a painful death, but that silly little Flash game got a huge response and inspired me to keep making more games. The reason I made that little game is because the original NES version of Duck Hunt did not allow you to shoot that dog, despite there being some urban legends suggesting you could. While it's true that you can't shoot the dog on the NES game, I recently found out that there IS a way for you to legitimately gun down that cocky canine without having to resort to my homebrew Flash game to blow off some steam. Take a look:

Consider yourself lucky, dog... you deserve MUCH worse than that.

This is not a doctored pic, it's from the arcade version of Duck Hunt that was part of the Nintendo Vs. Series arcade games. What's interesting about the Vs. Series games is that they were ported from the NES home console system to the arcade, instead of the other way around. This being the case, additional graphics and functionalities were added to most of the games, as is the case with Duck Hunt. In the Vs. version of Duck Hunt, you could actually shoot the dog during the bonus round. It's a good thing too, because he even popped up during the clay pigeon games to laugh at you when you missed (he didn't do that in the original NES version). Granted, his fate isn't as bloody as my Flash version was, but you gotta admit... it's damned satisfying to see that dog using crutches and having his head blown off. On a related note, why did they have to make that little duck look so delicious? Seriously, it looks like a flying drumstick and I have a sudden craving for Popeye's chicken (screw any of you who say KFC is better).

That's not the only way you can shoot the dog though. Check this out:

Yeah, now who's laughing, you mangy mutt!

For those of you who want to be able to shoot the dog on your NES, however, there still is one other way that you can sort of do it. There's an obscure light zapper gun game for the NES called Barker Bill's Trick Shooting in which you just shoot a bunch o' balloons in a saloon (yay rhymes!). The Duck Hunt dog introduces each round of the game and he'll laugh at you if you fail to shoot enough balloons. However, in this game, he'll also pop up randomly during the rounds, giving you the perfect opportunity to blast that grin off his smug little face. He turns dark red and gets mad at you whenever you shoot him, but it's not like he's dead or anything. Yes, it may not be the biggest pay off, but it's nice to be able to do anything to him, especially since he does have the exact same laughing sound as the one that haunted us in the original NES Duck hunt. And hey, it's nice to see him angry at ME for a change, instead of it being the other way around as usual.

So there you have it, I've served up that damned dog on a silver platter for you. You now have THREE ways to shoot him. Today is indeed a good day!



Bobb-o (Guest) on 03/08/2008 3:45 pm

Excellent. The Chinese will be right on this.

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Coryjonc on 03/08/2008 4:52 pm

I hate that Dog.

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Ashmodai on 03/08/2008 5:35 pm

My day just got three times better. WHooo!!

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DarkAtheric on 03/08/2008 7:29 pm

As we all know, shooting dogs just makes the day brighter. ^^

Now id you'll excuse me, i'm gonna go relaxe on my throne of baby bones with a glass of kitten's blood.


penis_narcissist (Guest) on 03/08/2008 7:30 pm

Theres a dog on that game? I guess I never noticed because I'm such a great shot.

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Fluke on 03/08/2008 7:30 pm

Those poor, poor canines.


David Mortari (Guest) on 03/08/2008 7:31 pm

I'd rather throw that dog off a clif

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-RoG- on 03/08/2008 8:36 pm

penis_narcissist, if you were truly the "great shot" in Duck Hunt that you claim to be, then you would've seen plenty of that dog, because any time you shoot a duck, he holds it up to show you how well you did. You, my friend, have just been out-geeked.

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beatpole on 03/08/2008 8:58 pm

Now if there was only a way to consumate the victory by cooking the dog and feasting on his flesh, maybe by porting it to some kind of virtual reality cooking game. RoG, if this is giving you any ideas, I know from experience that dog meat has a beefy texture, but the taste is somewhere inbetween chicken and pork.


MSJ (Guest) on 03/08/2008 9:12 pm

This is better, actually. The dog don't deserve to die...

He deserves to suffer.

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BurntToShreds on 03/08/2008 9:36 pm

I really would like to Old Yeller that bastard.

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Jonny#5 on 03/08/2008 11:31 pm

Way to call that narcissist on that crap Rog. I bet he's never even touch a zapper in his life!

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Jonny#5 on 03/08/2008 11:33 pm

Your game still rules,even to this day. I'm looking forwards to your new secret project whenever it comes out.

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Doctor_Who on 03/09/2008 12:49 am

If I should ever go to hell, my punishment will be to play duck hunt for eternity with a gun full of blanks.

The dog... will not... SHUT UP!!! Argh!

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Magic Flyin’ Lemur on 03/09/2008 3:46 am

Beatpole: They could make "Cook the Dog from Duckhunt" for the Wii and DS and it'd fit perfectly! I think you're onto something!

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Magic Flyin’ Lemur on 03/09/2008 3:48 am

Jonny#5: I bet he "plings the zapper" every day, if ya knowhatimean...

Sorry for the double post, hit submit too early.

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incognit000 on 03/09/2008 8:29 am

Man, I got sick of him and his stupid laughter.

Getting past level 30 is really hard, god dammit! Lay off!

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Pentegarn on 03/09/2008 9:53 am

You are right Popeye's chicken is better. I get sick of having to argue that less grease and more flavor is superior to the greasy flavorless crud that KFC spoons out.

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Fufuless on 03/09/2008 10:08 am

At least I've got chicken.

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Brunbb on 03/09/2008 10:34 am

Popeyes is awesome. Too bad the one around here is dirty and the service is terrible.


Eric (Guest) on 03/09/2008 12:44 pm

lol i hated that dog!


Keith (Guest) on 03/09/2008 6:56 pm

Um... every Popeyes is dirty and the service is terrible everywhere. But if you want things like cleanliness and chirpy service, go to a California Pizza Kitchen. God, I hate that place.

What made the dog's laughter worse was when it was combined with that of a younger brother who just flew the duck to safety.

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ElPila666 on 03/09/2008 7:34 pm

I'm gonna report this to PETA!


DonGze (Guest) on 03/10/2008 5:35 am

I loved duck hunt, I remember I always used to cheat though by holding the zapper right next to my tv screen. good times.

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0dd1 on 03/10/2008 6:55 am

Well, at least the ducks get to live!


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mew barios on 03/10/2008 8:23 pm

i spent a lot of time on vs system cabinets cuz i didn't have an nes of my own til a lil later in its lifetime. i played vs duckhunt before the nes version, and for a long time i thought i'd just imagined shooting the dog in some fever dream


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thecatillaccat on 03/11/2008 12:32 pm

"To sit in solemn silence on a dull dark dock, in a pestilential prison, with a lifelong lock. Awaiting the sensation of a short, sharp shock, from a cheap and chippy chopper on a big, black block." *kaTHUNK! And the Dog's head rolls.*

Oh, if only real life was like my fantasies. And while I'm at it, I'll bring Colonel Sanders back as a zombie and chop off his head, too!


Jimbob Jones (Guest) on 03/11/2008 3:00 pm

"Now id you’ll excuse me, i’m gonna go relaxe on my throne of baby bones with a glass of kitten’s blood."

Damn. I'm losing weight. Only Diet Kitten's Blood for me.

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Count Mek on 03/11/2008 10:09 pm

When my Dad used to play this, (the only game he could play) he tried to shoot that dog so goddamn much that sometimes he wasted to shots in the next round because of it.


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Nibbins (Guest) on 03/12/2008 6:11 am

i gotta say i like popeyes chicken alot more too


Clayman (Guest) on 03/12/2008 9:24 am

Nice one -RoG-,over geekness prevails in all situations,even against web-liar XD

I like chicken...shame they closed all the chicken joints here in Swiss


Jim Harbaugh Scramble (Guest) on 03/12/2008 7:37 pm


The terrible service at Popeyes rivals only White Castle for ineptitude. I love both of those places though. Anyone who thinks KFC is better than Pops is just plain wrong.

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TheDoomThing on 03/14/2008 3:46 pm

Ah, so refreshing to see that dog get blown up.
and crunch? i think your formatting thing backfired on you.

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Invisible on 03/16/2008 11:16 pm

Oh my god I HATED that dog!!


Justin (Guest) on 03/17/2008 6:42 pm

I heard Nintendo just canceled Nintendogs - Michael Vick edition.


Muchos Peos (Guest) on 03/23/2008 9:09 am

Maybe it should be called "Dog Hunt".


Ananymous (Guest) on 04/07/2008 6:50 pm

Now why would you want to shoot the dog? I always liked him.........


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deathcrush (Guest) on 11/21/2009 3:50 pm

wing heaven rules compared to kfc and popeyes


deathcrush (Guest) on 11/21/2009 3:52 pm

i might add we dont have popeyes chicken in grand rapids michigan


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