Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Nerdversity Reviews: Duck Hunt Duo Amiibo

Released in 1984 for the Famicom and 1985 for the NES, Duck Hunt was one of the first games released for the system and designed to work with the new Zapper accessory. The general gist of the game is that you play a hunter and it's your job to shoot the ducks that your dog scares from their hiding place. You get 2 shots to hit each duck and if you miss, the dog will laugh at you. It was based on a 1976 arcade game called Beam Series: Duck Hunt, in which a light gun was used to shoot projected images of ducks.

The Duck Hunt Dog's place in pop culture history cemented his place in the 2014 Super Smash Bros game for the WiiU and 3DS. Here's the amiibo they released. The card backing is brown and features the Smash logo in the background. The majority of the card is taken up by the large image of the Duck Hunt Duo, which is the dog and a purple headed duck. The left hand side of the card has the Smash Bros logo and the right side has the name of the figure. The large bubble houses the figure and underneath we have the NINTENDO AMIIBO tag.

The back of the card shows what amiibos do in general. Be it appearing in the game, unlocking new content or levelling up. To get this to work, simply tap it against the NFC reader in both the WiiU gamepad or the New 3DS. Or use the NFC reader for the older model 3DS. As this is primarily a Smash Amiibo, it will level up the more it's used in combat. 

The duo come mounted on the SMASH base, which is gold with the SMASH logo on it. It is basically a statue, so no articulation. However, it does have the dog walking and looking up at a duck which is flying overhead. It's not as detailed as the others in the series, but then, this is based on the flatter NES style sprites and how he appears in the Smash Bros game. The dog is glued in place with his front and rear left paws stretched outwards as if walking. The duck is attached to a clear support post with the appearance of flight.

Since this a difficult one to find in the wild, I was able to get one online for under £10 and it was carded. Yes, I do like this figure and the NES style works great with the other styles in the line and doesn't feel out of place among the mixture of other styles.