Flashback Fridays: Super Mario Bros./ Duck Hunt

Hello everybody, welcome to another installment of Flashback Fridays. For those of you who are unfamiliar with what’s going on here, please refer to previous articles for more information. Today we are going to take a look at what is more than likely the first video game that I ever remember playing, Mario Bros./ Duck Hunt.

As many of these articles have explained before, almost every system from my past was either purchased by my parents or my brother, and the NES (Nintendo Entertainment System) was no different. Back in the early 90’s, a day never seemed to go by where I didn’t ask my mom and dad about buying one of these for me. After driving them to the point of insanity by using the best weapon in a kid’s arsenal, complaining, they finally decided to go ahead and buy me what ended up being the first video game console I have ever owned, the NES. This article isn’t about the console itself though, it’s about the first game that I ever played on it, Mario Bros./ Duck Hunt.

Going on and on about each of these titles’ specific features would be a dumb thing to do, as I’m sure you’ve heard about each one  countless times already, so what I’m going to is share my experiences with each game instead. Before anybody starts complaining, the first game I actually tried out was Duck Hunt, primarily because it came with the Light Gun accessory, which was called the Zapper.  This game was a lot of fun, but extremely annoying at the same time. No matter what I did onscreen, somehow, every round ended with that stupid dog popping up from behind the bushes and annoying the hell out of me. Still, for what it’s worth, the title was an instant classic, and is one of the more memorable target shooting experiences ever made for a home console.

Once my trigger finger was done itching, my interest started to lean towards the other game in this collection, Super Mario Bros. Not knowing what to expect, I hit the start button, and what came after that was an experience that is about as memorable as they come. The sheer level of challenge alone was insane, especially for first timers, but after awhile, I started to settle into a groove. Each stage presented a new challenge that really forced me to pay attention to everything that was taking place onscreen. In the end, this was the definitive title that turned me into the gamer I am today, and that’s a huge accomplishment.

Super Mario Bros./ Duck Hunt is a unique combination that ended up being one of my favorite games of all time. If anybody out there needs a reminder of the good old days then go ahead and play this game right now.

That concludes my story on Super Mario Bros./ Duck Hunt, but if you have any fond memories of this game please feel free to share them with us in the comments below.

Here is a gameplay video that I found for it, enjoy!