|Wally Bear and the NO! Gang|
|Developer(s)||American Game Cartridges|
|Release date(s)|| NA 1992|
|Rating(s)|| ESRB: n/a (not rated)|
|Input methods||NES game controller|
Wally Bear and the NO! Gang is an educational Nintendo Entertainment System game that teaches children to say no to potentially harmful drugs like tobacco, alcohol and marijuana. It is notable for being one of the many NES games that were not licensed by Nintendo, most likely because the game's content did not comply with Nintendo's Content Guidelines that were in effect at the time of the game's release. The game was designed in cooperation with the American Medical Association and the National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information. Like in most early platform games, even getting hit once meant losing a "chance" to beat the game.
The game was originally going to be called Wally Bear and the Just Say No Gang, but this phrase had been trademarked by Nancy Reagan. The Wally Bear Hotline provided by this game, 1-800-HI-WALLY, was still active as of 2006. However, it was finally disconnected by October 2007, 15 years after the game was released.
When a person calls the "Wally Bear" hotline a strange voice is heard saying "The number you have reached is not in service" before hanging up." The quality of the recorder is rather cheap compared to things nowadays.
- ↑ "Publisher information". Game Spot. http://www.gamespot.com/nes/action/wallybearandthenogang/index.html. Retrieved 2008-11-03.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Release information". GameFAQs. http://www.gamefaqs.com/console/nes/data/587755.html. Retrieved 2008-10-07.
- ↑ Mike Snider (July 22, 1991). "Video game gives kids 'Bear'-able drug lesson". USA Today.
- ↑ Florian Eckhardt (2006-09-11). "Wally Bear And The No Gang: Call 1-800-HI-WALLY". Archived from the original on 2012-06-29. http://archive.is/wF3V. Retrieved 2008-03-21.
- Wally Bear and the NO! Gang Review at Seanbaby.com