Anniversary: Duck Hunt Is 40 Years Old 1
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Nintendo's iconic NES light gun shooter Duck Hunt turns 40 today.

Inspired by Nintendo's 1976 Duck Hunt electro-mechanical arcade game, it was first released on the Famicom in Japan on April 21st, 1984.

It would first be released in North America as an arcade game before becoming a launch title for the NES when it was released in the West in October 1985.

Built around the NES Zapper – arguably one of the most famous light gun accessories of all time – Duck Hunt sold a staggering 28 million copies worldwide.

Amazingly, Nintendo never released a sequel, but it has paid tribute to Duck Hunt over the years via franchises such as Smash Bros. and WarioWare.