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Where's Waldo? (NES)

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Title Screen

Where's Waldo?

Developer: Bethesda Softworks[1]
Publisher: T·HQ[1]
Platform: NES
Released in US: September 1991[1]

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

The NES Where's Waldo? is based on Martin Handford's popular series of books, where the goal is to find Waldo in various pictures. Unfortunately, in the case of this game that's easier said than done thanks to the NES' limitations - try finding an extremely specific jumble of pixels in one large jumble of pixels. Most of the time, the jumble of pixels doesn't even resemble Waldo's iconic red-and-white stripes, and on harder difficulties it seems like he changes the color of his clothes and even skin.

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 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. It was most likely supposed to be used as a pause tune, as Wayne Gretzky Hockey (which shares several songs with this game) plays the same song when paused. 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-game, where it cuts off after the first few beats. The full song can be heard in Wayne Gretzky Hockey.