Nintendo NES Zapper (US)

The NES Zapper was an electronic light gun accessory for the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) and the Japanese Famicom. It was released alongside the launch of the NES in North America in October 1985.

The Zapper allows players to aim at the television set display and "shoot" various objects that appear on the screen such as ducks, clay pigeons, targets, cowboys, criminals or other objectives. The Zapper is used on supported NES games, such as Duck Hunt and Wild Gunman. The Zapper could also be used on the title screens of games to move the cursor—done by pointing the device away from the screen and pulling the trigger—or starting the game (pointing at the screen and pulling the trigger).

Unlike the European version, there was less concern about the lightgun being confused with a real firearm and the original grey colourscheme could be used.

Date : October 1985

Manufacturer : Nintendo

This exhibit has a reference ID of CH40337. Please quote this reference ID in any communication with the Centre for Computing History.

Scan of Document: Nintendo NES Zapper (US)

Click on the Image For Detail

Help support the museum by buying from the museum shop

View all items

Founding Sponsors
redgate Google ARM Real VNC Microsoft Research
Heritage Lottery Funded
Heritage Lottery Fund
Accredited Museum