Ultra-rare retro Nintendo ‘duck hunting’ game being flogged on eBay for £41k

An ultra-rare piece of Nintendo gaming history is currently being flogged on auction site eBay for an eye-watering amount.

Duck Hunt was released on the NES in Japan in April 1984, before making its way to Europe in August 1987. The game sees the player try to shoot ducks – or heavily pixelated duck shapes – attempting to hit a specific amount of targets before moving on to harder levels.

It also featured a smug laughing dog that became a bit of an icon for gamers over the years. Development of it started in 1976, and it scored three out of five on average upon released, and was even ranked as the 77th best NES game of all time by IGN.

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However, it is not one that many gamers would know of today, despite it being sold on eBay for the huge amount. The game, with a price of £41,750, is being sold by llelitegamesll, and is the 1984 version, sealed and given an 80+ score by official graders.

But for those of you who are not familiar with games such as this, there is a very good reason why the price is so high. A spokesman for the seller said: “This is the only Duck Hunt of this kind – it is the only new (non qualified) Hong Kong Nintendo print that's ever been graded.

“In Hong Kong, NES games were released in short blue boxes – no black boxes as we know them. This is a unique one-of-a-kind gem, which was released there prior to landing in North America. The Hong Kong release also uses the Famicom box art. A beautiful relic from days gone by.”

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The images snapped by the store do show that it is pretty much prefect condition, except for a few marks on the top where the blue colouring has worn away. The item is being sold in Canada, and will cost another £41.74 on top to post to the UK . . . but given the asking price, we doubt the shipping cost will worry any potential buyers.

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