Duck Hunt

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This article is about the dog and duck from the game Duck Hunt. For other uses of the name "Duck Hunt", see Duck Hunt (disambiguation).
DuckHunt Emblem.png
Super Smash Bros. Character
Duck Hunt
Game Appearances
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U (unlockable)
Special Moves
Standard:  Trick Shot
Side:  Clay Shooting
Up:  Duck Jump
Down:  Wild Gunman
Final Smash:  NES Zapper Posse
Battle Entrance
The dog leaps into an 8-bit sprite of grass with the duck on his back before they both rise from the grass while the dog performs his signature laugh.

Duck Hunt (known as Duck Hunt Duo in the PAL localization[1], and individually referred to as Dog and Duck) is the name that refers to both the playable dog, duck and off-screen hunter in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U. True to their team name, all three characters hail from the NES video game Duck Hunt. In addition to their appearances in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U, the dog and variants of the duck have made other crossover guest appearances within the Mario franchise in other instances, mainly within the WarioWare series.


Super Mario Bros.[edit]

Though not appearing in the game itself, Super Mario Bros. was re-released multiple times, bundled with other games within the same cartridge. Two releases included a copy of Duck Hunt: 2-in-1 Super Mario Bros./Duck Hunt and 3-in-1 Super Mario Bros./Duck Hunt/World Class Track Meet.

WarioWare series[edit]

WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgame$![edit]

In WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgame$!, a microgame called Duck Hunt appears, and has overall the same gameplay as the original NES game, this time having the player uses the Game Boy Advance controller to shoot ducks.

WarioWare: Twisted![edit]

A Duck Hunt microgame similar to the one from WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgame$! appears in WarioWare: Twisted!, this time using the Game Boy Advance cartridge's tilt sensor to aim.

WarioWare: Touched![edit]

While the dog does not appear in WarioWare: Touched! at all, the original sprites of the ducks are occasionally released from the ball in the microgame Clawing for More after clearing it.

WarioWare: D.I.Y. Showcase[edit]

The Duck Hunt microgame returns in the WiiWare game WarioWare: D.I.Y. Showcase, and utilizes the Wii Remote's motion controls.

Tetris DS[edit]

Gameplay of Duck Hunt can be seen on the Nintendo DS' top screen in stage 19 of Standard Marathon mode in Tetris DS, where the dog and duck make a cameo. The dog also appears as a sprite on the touch screen during this stage.

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U[edit]

SmashWiki article: Duck Hunt (SSB4)

Duck Hunt appear as unlockable playable characters in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U. Unlike the other team-oriented fighters in the games, Duck Hunt are a trio, as they consist of the dog, a duck and the off-screen hunter who wields the NES Zapper. Other quirks that Duck Hunt possess include the dog's ability to wall jump, the duck having its own hurtbox due to remaining alongside the dog at all times, and the off-screen hunter participating in some of their attacks. Their moveset largely consists of moves based around the Zapper and games that use it, particularly Hogan's Alley and Wild Gunman.

Duck Hunt's neutral special move is Trick Shot, in which the dog kicks a metal can from Hogan's Alley before the hunter is able to subsequently fire at the can to propel it. Their side special move is Clay Shooting, in which the dog throws out a clay pigeon from Duck Hunt's Game C that will then explode upon being fired at by the hunter. Their up special is Duck Jump, in which the duck flies upward while carrying the dog. Their down special is Wild Gunman, which spawns one of the five titular gunmen to attack. Lastly, their Final Smash is NES Zapper Posse, which consists of a flock of ducks from Duck Hunt ramming the opponent into a field before the gunmen from Wild Gunmen fire at them and the cutouts from Hogan's Alley.

In regard to character customization, Duck Hunt are the only fighters who can use the Collar and Feather equipment to boost their defense and speed, respectively. The duo can also use the Zapper equipment to boost their attack strength, which is another reference their home game.

A Duck Hunt-themed stage simply called Duck Hunt also appears in both games. In the stage, the sprite versions of the dog and the ducks appear, even if Duck Hunt themselves are fighting on the stage.

In addition, Duck Hunt are the only playable characters in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U to break the fourth wall in their trailer.


Profiles and statistics[edit]

Super Smash Bros. Melee trophy information[edit]

Name Image Game Description
Ducks Trophy277.PNG Duck Hunt
These friendly fowl are the targets in the game Duck Hunt, which utilizes the Nintendo Zapper Light Gun. They appear and randomly fly about trying to escape after your faithful (if slightly clamorous) hunting dog flushes them out. Once you drop the ducks, your dog dutifully fetches them by the napes of their necks and grins at you.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl sticker information[edit]

Name Image Artwork from Effect in The Subspace Emissary
Duck Duck Sticker.png Duck Hunt Launch Resistance +20
Usable by: Ice Climbers, Pit, Mr. Game & Watch, R.O.B.

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U Trophy information[edit]

Name 3DS Image Wii U Image Appears in NTSC-U Description PAL Description
Duck Hunt DuckHuntTrophy3DS.png DuckHuntTrophyWiiU.png NES Duck Hunt (10/1985) You could call these two the stars of the NES 1985 launch title Duck Hunt. The goofy dog would chase down any ducks hit by the Zapper. In Smash Bros., these two work as a team to fight. When a can or a clay pigeon is in play, hit the button again to fire at it. Show your foes how the ducks felt! Back in 1987, when Duck Hunt came out, these two might not have had the best relationship. That all seems to have changed now, and this unlikely pair are here to fight together. After throwing a can or a clay pigeon, press the button again to have a little helper fire the NES Zapper for extra damage!
Duck Hunt (Alt.) DuckHuntAllStarTrophy3DS.png DuckHunt(alt)TrophyWiiU.png NES Duck Hunt (10/1985) Duck Jump, an up special, has the charming twosome float up in an adorable fashion. It also makes getting back to the stage much easier. Their side smash can hit up to three times at close range, depending on your shooting skills. By charging up the attack, you can increase the range even further! Duck Jump Duo, an up special, has the charming twosome float up in an adorable fashion. It also makes getting back to the stage much easier. Their side smash can hit up to three times at close range, depending on your shooting skills and by charging up the attack, you can increase the range even further!
NES Zapper Posse N/A NESZapperPosseTrophyWiiU.png N/A In this Final Smash, three games from the Light Gun Series team up: Duck Hunt, Hogan's Alley, and Wild Gunman. A flock of ducks fly by, warping anyone they hit to the Wild West. There, a posse of gunmen will use foes for target practice! If the ducks don't hit anyone, though, nothing happens besides some birds passing through.
Dog N/A DogTrophyWiiU.png NES Duck Hunt (10/1985) In the NES game Duck Hunt, the dog is your trusty hunting partner. He scares the ducks and then picks up the ones you hit. If you don't hit any, though, he'll laugh at you. So much for man's best friend... In the Duck Hunt stage in this game, he'll occasionally pop up in his 8-bit glory and let you use him as a platform!
Duck N/A DuckTrophyWiiU.png NES Duck Hunt (10/1985) In the classic NES game Duck Hunt, you hunt, er...ducks. The dog flushes them into the air, and then you aim and fire. Taking down ducks get you points in the Duck Hunt stage in this game too. It has no effect on the battle, but the alternative Duck Hunt action might be a refreshing change from constantly punching your friends in the face.

Blue indicates exclusive to the Wii U version.

Palutena's Guidance[edit]

  • Pit: I don't want to fight that cute dog!
  • Palutena: Oh, you won't. You'll be fighting the dog AND the duck.
  • Pit: So...if I win...
  • Pit: is duck on the menu for dinner?!
  • Palutena: Let's take things one step at a time, Pit. These two may seem like a duo, but they're actually a trio! Together, they're known as "Duck Hunt."
  • Pit: So where's the third team member?
  • Palutena: Listen, just be careful. You could get shot out of nowhere.
  • Pit: A mysterious sharpshooter, eh? Well, that does make things more exciting!


  • These two were the stars of the NES launch title Duck Hunt, way back in 1985. This goofy dog would chase down any ducks hit by the Zapper accessory, but wasn’t shy about laughing at missed shots. In Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS, these two work as a team to fight. Quack! Bark? Both!

Name in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ダックハント
Dakku Hanto
Spanish (NOE) Dúo Duck Hunt Duck Hunt Duo
French (NOE) Duo Duck Hunt Duck Hunt Duo
Dutch Duck Hunt-duo Duck Hunt Duo
Russian Дуэт Duck Hunt
Duet Duck Hunt
Duck Hunt Duo
Korean 덕 헌트
Deok Heonteu
Chinese 獵鴨狗
Lièyā Gǒu
Duck-hunting Dog



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