With Game Boy World on a bit of a hiatus while I work on the new book and play, you know, not puzzle games, Good Nintentions is back. That’s nice! I worry for the future, though. I’m afraid I’ll have a hard time topping this week’s episode.
There’s really quite a lot to say about Duck Hunt, it turns out. Lots of history, and lots of cultural politics as well. I’m really proud of this episode, which (I feel) really presents the NES launch within the context of its time… while also talking about the game, of course. It also includes what I feel fairly confident is the only clean, high-definition, non-emulated direct feed of the game on the Internet, played with an actual Zapper on an actual TV. It also includes a lot of original photography, both of NES peripherals for the inevitable Good Nintentions 1985 book as well as slides from Masayuki Uemura’s NYU presentation on designing the NES.
Speaking of politics, in a super weird coincidence, a few hours before this episode went live I was contacted by the National Rifle Association to appear on some TV show they do to talk about… Duck Hunt. Taking part in an NRA-hosted program about the thrills of shooting guns wouldn’t be a good look for me, so I declined, but man… talk about your bizarre coincidences.