Problem with the NES Zapper

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  1. adamshinoda
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    Okay, so I got an NES, a Super Mario Bros/Duck Hunt cartridge and a flatscreen CRT TV (I repeat: it's a CRT TV). The first Zapper I used to play Duck Hunt didn't work. It did NOTHING AT ALL when I pulled the trigger: At the menu screen, I point the gun away from the TV to select the game mode and the cursor just stood still; it can't shoot the ducks in the game. I thought the gun was broken and get another one.

    This time, nothing changed ! The same exact thing happened with the second Zapper.

    Well, now I guess the problem is not the Zapper itself. Can somebody help me with this case?
     
  2. Zeliga

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    Im not really good with NES accessories but from what I heard you have to be in a dark room *not too dark* and then play?
    PS: Try it and tell me if it working or not :D
     
  3. raulpica

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    IIRC it doesn't work with flatscreen CRTs.

    Source: http://www.racketboy.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=12779
     
  4. trumpet-205

    trumpet-205 Embrace the darkness within

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    Only works for curved CRT.
     
  5. adamshinoda
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    The Nerd has a flatscreen CRT TV and his Zapper still works. :(
     
  6. adamshinoda
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    But when you point the gun away from the screen to select the menu, it should still work, right? It has nothing to do with the screen then.
     
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    Iirc, you could also point it at a lightbulb and it would work perfectly fine...
     
  8. javanni9972

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    The zapper doesn't work on HDTV's
     
  9. Foxi4

    Foxi4 On the hunt...

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    This is only partially correct - the "effectiveness" of this method depends on the logic used to detect hits in-game. Some games only check the gun diode once, others do some crazy intervals to check if you're "not cheating" and some make several checks across a few blanks to check which target you're actually shooting (and if it turns out that you're shooting all targets at once, as it would be the case with pointing at a lightbulb, the shot is deemed invalid) so some games will accept a lightbulb and some won't.
     
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    Well I only heard it working with Duckhunt.
    Then again, I never had a zapper so I never could test it out ;p
    Seeing I now finally got an HDTelly, I prolly will not ever get one (also complete lack of Zapper supported games)
     
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    It does work with duck hunt but 9 out of 10 times I couldn't shoot a duck by doing that