is a light gun
game created by Nintendo
The original version was one of Nintendo's early electro-mechanical arcade games released in 1974. It consisted of a light gun connected to a 16mm projection screen. An image of a Wild West gunslinger was projected onto the screen and when his eyes flashed, the player needed to draw and shoot. If the player was fast enough the projection would change to that of the shot gunman falling down, otherwise it would show the gunman drawing and firing his gun. The second version had a plastic gunman figure mounted on top of a plastic battery box called Custom Gunman, which later became one of the microgames in the Nintendo Game Boy Advance title, WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgame$!.
An updated video game
version of the game was released in the arcades in 1984
, replacing photographic images with cartoon-style video game sprites. In this version the player also waited for the opponent's eyes to flash (accompanied by a speech bubble
reading "FIRE!!") before shooting. This was the first NES game that used voice synthesis
. It also featured a shooting gallery
where opponents had to be shot from the windows of a saloon
. It was available on the PlayChoice 10
system, and also as a two-player Vs. Series
version. The Famicom
version for use with the Zapper
peripheral was released in Japan the same year, and in the US
on the Nintendo Entertainment System
. The Famicom version was also available packaged with a plastic, western-style revolver accessory that could be used instead of the Zapper.
The NES port of the game will be available for Nintendo's Wii console by way of the Virtual Console.
- Front and Back side of the flyer of the original 1974 Wild Gunman movie game (from Arcade Flyer Archive) as well as two pictures #1and #2 of this version (from an AOL member homepage).