Wally Bear and the NO! Gang

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Wally Bear and the NO! Gang
Wally Bear and the NO! Gang
Cover art
Developer(s) American Game Cartridges
Publisher(s) AVE[1]
Platform(s) NES
Release date(s)
Genre(s) Side-scroller
Mode(s) Single-player
Multiplayer
Distribution NES cartridge

Wally Bear and the NO! Gang is an educational Nintendo Entertainment System game that was released in 1992 exclusively for a North American audience. The game teaches children to say no to potentially harmful drugs like tobacco, alcohol and marijuana. It was not licensed by Nintendo. The game was designed in cooperation with the American Medical Association and the National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information.[3]

The game was originally going to be called Wally Bear and the Just Say No Gang, but this phrase had been trademarked already. The Wally Bear Hotline provided by this game, 1-800-HI-WALLY, was still active as of 2006. However, it was disconnected by October 2007, 15 years after the game was released.[4]

Reception[edit]

The game received mixed reviews. GamePro gave Wally Bear a 5 out of 5 rating in its May 1992 issue.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Publisher information". GameSpot. Retrieved 2008-11-03. 
  2. ^ "Release information". GameFAQs. Retrieved 2008-10-07. 
  3. ^ Mike Snider (July 22, 1991). "Video game gives kids 'Bear'-able drug lesson". USA Today. 
  4. ^ Florian Eckhardt (2006-09-11). "Wally Bear And The No Gang: Call 1-800-HI-WALLY". Retrieved 2008-03-21. 
  5. ^ "Publisher information". MobyGames. Retrieved 2011-03-30.