The most outrageous game Nintendo ever published could have been more outrageous if Nintendo hadn't nixed a couple of jokes, the game's creator, Chris Seavor, said in a recent interview.
The game is Conker's Bad Fur Day, which let Nintendo 64 owners control a foul-mouthed but cute squirrel through a series of adventures — many of them movie parodies — while fighting a giant pile of feces and sometimes urinating on a boulder to roll it along.
Chris Seavor directed the game at his former studio Rare, under Nintendo's supervision. He tells Juan Garcia of Gamikia which topics he wasn't allowed to make fun of:
Stuff in CBFD did get censored, whole cutscenes in fact, but on reflection i could see how some people might be offended. Pokemon had to come out, and i was annoyed about that one because it was quite a funny cutscene. Gone forever now. Pretty much 99.9% of the game remained however. Oh yeah, there was a joke at the expense of the KKK, which had to come out too. Hmm, never did understand why Nintendo were apprehensive about offending a group of curiously dressed racists, odd !!
Seavor's interview is all tongue-and-cheek and worth a read. And Conker's Bad Fur Day is worth a play-through on the N64 or on the Xbox where it was re-made, still without those jokes. For a game that was marketed for its toilet humour and parodies, it was surprisingly original and... emotional. Play it. You'll see.