Nintendo has officially announced that Duck Hunt will be arriving on the Wii U eShop in North America on 25th December 2014. We've known that the title was coming to the West ever since it was revealed alongside the Duck Hunt character present in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS, but until now we only knew the Japanese release details.

The game will function as many people have assumed, by using a Wii Remote to point at the screen in the same way as the original NES Zapper light gun. This time around due to the limitations of modern screens, a crosshair will appear on the screen. From the official press release:

Grab your Wii Remote controller! It’s duck season and your trusty hunting dog is ready to scour the open fields. Test your sharp-shooting skills as your targets take flight in this legendary NES classic. Be quick to knock them out of the skies, or your canine companion won’t hesitate to make you the laughing stock of hunters. Need a change in scenery? Best your score against clay pigeon targets instead. Duck Hunt will be available on Dec. 25.

There's no word as of yet as to when it will arrive in Europe, but we'd be very surprised if we didn't get a similar release date in the near future. This is pure speculation though, so don't be upset if it doesn't happen!

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