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Nintendo’s Duck Hunt hits App Store


iPhone developer Lucas Manfield has released Duck Hunt, a $1 port of the classic Nintendo Entertainment System game. Unlike the original, which used the NES Zapper gun controller, this iPhone and iPod touch port uses an on-screen joystick and single “A” button for control, both taken from Nintendo controller designs. The developer notes that upcoming versions will also include sound, the dog from the original, and the clay shooting mode, also found in the 1984 release. Although the game has been approved by Apple, it likely infringes on Nintendo copyrights, making it highly possible that the game will be pulled from the App Store. We are awaiting comment from Nintendo regarding the title.

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When I first heard of this, I was hoping it was a game that was sanctioned by Nintendo, possibly leading to other Nintendo ports. Of course that was just wishful thinking, but I guess it shows that you can get a copyright infringing title through Apple, at least initially. Here’s hoping someone tries this with Super Mario, even if it’s only up for a few days.

Posted by jasonact on January 16, 2009 at 11:31 AM (CST)


Actually this isn’t copyright infringement.  Nintendo lost its copyrights on NES games because it expired.  All of the emulators are legal now for NES as well as this.

Posted by dbb on January 17, 2009 at 12:18 AM (CST)


#2: Actually, that’s not in any way true. As noted (correctly) on Nintendo’s web site:

“U.S. copyright laws state that copyrights owned by corporations are valid for 75 years from the date of first publication. Because video games have been around for less than three decades, the copyrights of all video games will not expire for many decades to come.”

Posted by Jeremy Horwitz on January 17, 2009 at 8:55 AM (CST)


All right yeah what I said earlier isn’t completely true.  However they did introduce a little loophole with the digital milennium act. I read about it on gamespot but ilounge won’t let me link to it. Grrr

It still is illegal though. I could have sworn I read something about nintendo expiring a patent and making something legal. Maybe it was emulators for nes?

Posted by Dbb on January 18, 2009 at 1:58 PM (CST)


Dbb you’re wrong.  Just deal with it and move on. Quit trying to make some truth out of something that is blatantly false. You really should look over the link Jeremy posted.  There is a whole section on their stance on emulators.  Here is one of many:

“How Does Nintendo Feel About the Emergence of Video Game Emulators?

The introduction of emulators created to play illegally copied Nintendo software represents the greatest threat to date to the intellectual property rights of video game developers. As is the case with any business or industry, when its products become available for free, the revenue stream supporting that industry is threatened. Such emulators have the potential to significantly damage a worldwide entertainment software industry which generates over $15 billion annually, and tens of thousands of jobs. “

Posted by steve on January 19, 2009 at 5:43 AM (CST)


Why use a controller when all you should need to to is tap to shoot?

Posted by Adrian von Gegerfelt on January 19, 2009 at 1:00 PM (CST)


I just wanted to give my 2 cents regarding this game.  Like many of you I was really excited when I heard that this game was available in the App store and only costs 99 cents.  Hopefully Super Mario Bros will be next….. 

However after playing the game a few times I was quickly disappointed.  My biggest problem is the fact that the controls are located in the upper left and right hand corners.  Developers should never place controls in these locations because your fingers interfere with game play.  Try shooting the ducks when they are in upper corners of the screen.  What they should do is relocate the controls to the bottom right and left hand corners and put the score and menu options at the top of the screen.  That would be a big improvement.  Also sound, and that little dog are going to be included in an update?  Why?  Seems like the developers only put in half the effort and tried to get this game on the App store as quickly as possible.  In my opinion you always need some type of sound to fully enjoy any game.  But then again for 99 cents it’s no big loss if an application doesn’t turn out to be as good as you thought…....

Posted by TC on January 20, 2009 at 8:54 AM (CST)

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