Believe it or not, but there was a time before social media and the Internet as we know it today. Information was slow and, for the most part, strictly local. It was this time when I remember school kids claiming you could pull off all sorts of video game secrets. In the case of Duck Hunt, I suppose that now includes information found in the game’s instruction booklet.
Yesterday, actor Seth Rogen mentioned in a tweet that a second player can control the ducks in the NES game Duck Hunt if a controller is plugged into that slot. This quickly went viral as a healthy amount of people expressed disbelief over this supposed revelation. Responses even came from fellow entertainers such as Ronald Funches who simply exclaimed the following.
— Ronald Funches (@RonFunches) September 17, 2018
That wasn’t the only “bombshell” to be discovered, though. Within the sea of comments, ESPN personality Matt Schick discovered that Duck Hunt can’t be played on modern televisions. This surprised a fair number of responders, but it’s not difficult to understand why if you know how television sets have evolved recently.
Let’s start with the peripheral itself – the NES Zapper. Being a light gun, it worked by making the CRT televisions at the time go black for a frame except for a white square denoting your target. Firing at this hidden white square would then record a hit. The lack of a cathode ray tube would, therefore, make modern televisions useless if you’re looking to scratch that light gun itch. Matt found this out rather quickly.
Biggest letdown of life is finding out Duck Hunt doesn’t work on flat screen TVs.
— Matt Schick (@ESPN_Schick) September 17, 2018
Did you already know about the second player “secret” in Duck Hunt? If so, would you screw with your friends with this trick? Have you tried to play Duck Hunt on a flatscreen TV or monitor? Let us know in the comments below!
David has been involved in games media since 2012 running his own blog, YouTube channel, being a founding member of RETRO Magazine, and now as host/producer of ARGcast – Another Retro Gaming Podcast. He also dabbles in voiceover and is occasionally a stunt double for Jude Law.