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Where's Waldo?

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Title Screen

Where's Waldo?

Developer: Bethesda Softworks
Publisher: T·HQ
Platform: NES
Released in US: September 1991


CopyrightIcon.png This game has hidden developer credits.
MusicIcon.png This game has unused music.


Where's Waldo? is an NES game based on the popular series of books, where your goal is to find Waldo in various pictures in order to progress through the game. This is easier said than done thanks to tiny sprites, a usually-limited color palette, and Waldo sometimes being in colors other than his usual look. It also doesn't help that the cursor flies far past where you want it thanks to the sensitivity, and it gets smaller depending on the difficulty selected.

Other flaws include (but are not limited to): timer continues to count down while Waldo is taking the slowest route possible to the next stage, the programmers not putting a colon between the numbers of the time limit, putting players into a false sense of security, and Waldo changing his clothes and even skin color on harder difficulties.

Secret Screen

"Thank you all for not sending me to the funny farm."

At the copyright text screen, press Up + Left + A + B + Select, then Down + Right + A + B + Start. This special screen will appear.

This code can be entered with either controller, and can also be done in Bethesda's other NES games (Home Alone and Wayne Gretzky Hockey) to bring up a similar screen.

Unused Song

Track 4 on the NSF is a short, looping tune that isn't heard in-game. This song was most likely supposed to be used as a pause tune, as Wayne Gretzky Hockey plays the same song when you pause the game. However, Where's Waldo? does not have an option to pause the game.

Also, the Found Waldo jingle is much longer than what is heard in the game, but after the first few beats, the game cuts off the song. The full song can be heard in Wayne Gretzky Hockey (NES), which shares a few of the same songs.