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Nintendo Shows Off Duck Hunt Dog in New Super Smash Bros. Trailer

A new trailer from Nintendo gives us a peek at the moveset one of Super Smash Bros.' newest (and oddest) characters, Duck Hunt Dog. The game's signature controller also makes an appearance.

It might be time to take that orange NES Light Gun out of storage.

During Nintendo's Nintendo Direct online presentation this Wednesday, the company revealed a Super Smash Bros. trailer for one of its new additions to the series, Duck Hunt Dog. After an adorable cross-platform introduction to the character, the video showcases his moveset and gives us a better idea of how the character will work in gameplay. (See below for the full trailer.)

A Dog, a Duck, and an NES Zapper

We've known for some time that the character (officially called "Duck Hunt Duo" because of his feathered companion) would be unlockable in the upcoming Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U title. Duck Hunt Dog, the endlessly frustrating hunting dog from the classic Duck Hunt NES shooter game, seemed to be an unusual addition to Super Smash Bros. Yet the Nintendo trailer shows some innovative moveset choices, suggesting the character won't be another pushover akin to Ice Climbers (apologies to all diehard Ice Climbers players).

Yet the Nintendo trailer shows some innovative moveset choices, suggesting the character won't be another pushover akin to Ice Climbers

The duck's ability to carry the dog away is a creative double-jump solution, but the real move of note will be the use of the NES Zapper. The player will be able to aid Duck Hunt Dog by firing rounds at an opponent, either by using the Wii Remote or the touch screens on the Wii U or 3DS.

As well, the appearance of the NES Zapper at the end of the trailer hints at a future release of another game for the Wii U.

Published Nov. 7th 2014

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