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Best Light Gun Game

Duck Hunt

When the NES was introduced in 1985, retailers cringed. After the Atari 2600 crashed, consoles were thought of as a thing of the past. So what did Nintendo do? They marketed it as toy and not as a console. An exotic (but useless) 'robot' named R.O.B. thrown in alongside a Zapper light gun. R.O.B. and its accompanying game Gyromite is nothing more than a historical footnote now, but the Zapper gun game, Duck Hunt, became an instant classic. From the way your dog laughs at you if you miss a duck, or the way the hound jumps out proudly from the bushes with a duck in its paw if you hit your mark, to the fact that a friend can control the flight of the ducks while you attempt to shoot them, this game is innovative, fun and loaded with personality. It popularized the console shooting game genre and would make Charlton Heston, Ted Nugent and all those card-carrying members of the N.R.A. proud. 

Hogan's Alley

Hogan's Alley was nothing more than an FBI/Police-style shooting practice, but it was done with style. Placards would scroll by with their thin side facing you. They would then quickly turn in your direction and reveal innocent bystanders, police officers, or Mafia gangsters. Shooting all of them was fun, but you only got points for shooting the criminals in an allotted time span. The gameplay was sparse, but it was purposely simple and to the point. It was a test of reflexes and recognition, and it gave millions of youngsters their first chance to shoot people on their NES instead of just animals or clay pigeons (oops, here come the Senators). 

Freedom Force

A shooting game with a plot? You better believe it. In fact, Die Hard 2 really should've been called Freedom Force: The Movie. A gang of terrorists has taken over an airport and it's up to you (and a buddy if you like) to take 'em down, Zapper-style. Kill the terrorists, don't kill the hostages (easier said than done), pick up first aid kits, free the airport, be the hero, feel like a gun-toting stud; you know, that macho killing machine uber-hero paradigm (just don't be a lady killer, if you know what I mean).

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The Rarest NES Cart
Barring unreleased prototype games like Airball, the toughest NES game to obtain is the competition cartridge used in the 1990 Nintendo World Championships tour. Only 116 carts were released, given to tournament finalists and winners of a Nintendo Power contest. Nowadays, it's been known to go for upwards of $500 in online auctions.

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