For many people around the world, the golden age of video games didn’t arrive in the ’70s; It emerged in the 1980s. During that decade, the Sega Genesis, Nintendo Entertainment System, and Nintendo Gamy Boy were all released.
The arcade games of the 80’s produced some of the best arcade games, many of which continued to produce sequels decades later. These 10 games are among the most important games of all time because their influence didn’t just affect the ’80s; It built the video game industry.
On the surface, Duck Hunt isn’t an incredibly detailed or complicated game. Sure, it’s fun, but other than infuriating the player every time the dog pops up to laugh at their poor aim, what did it do for the industry? As it happens, Duck Hunt did a lot, but not because it was the first video game shooter (it wasn’t).
Duck Hunt proved that shooters could work in the home, which was something nobody thought was possible before Nintendo released the NES Zapper. Before Duck Hunt, the only way a player could interact with their games at home was through a joystick or keyboard, but that all changed in 1984.
The Zapper offered up something new by giving players a way to immerse themselves in the games they were playing. There were other games released on the NES that used it, including Hogan’s Alley and Wild Gunman, but none have the legacy or lasting impact as Duck Hunt.
The game also offered up a two-player mode of sorts by giving control of the duck’s flight to the person holding the controller. Duck Hunt and the Zapper’s success led to numerous innovations, resulting in gaming platforms like the Nintendo Wii.