Great Moments In Gaming Humour: A Squirrel In A World Of S**t

The funniest thing about Conker's Bad Fur Day isn't the boozing, sexual situations, drug use or foul language. It's not even the boss fight against a living mound of feces with teeth made of corn kernels. It's the fact that this Nintendo 64 classic started out a kid's game.

Bad Fur Day isn't the first game in the Conker series. In 1999 developer Rare first released a title called Conker's Pocket Tales for the Game Boy colour, a cutesy singleplayer adventure in which our hero has to rescue his girlfriend Berri from the Evil Acorn. It's exactly as boring and derivative as it sounds.

And so would have been Twelve Tales: Conker 64, the original title for the Nintendo 64 game introduced at E3 in 1997. Another cute 3D platformer along the same lines as Rare's own Banjo-Kazooie. It had the same look, the same feel, and absolutely no one was looking forward to it.

In an all-too-rare burst of self-awareness, the developers realised the game they had would be a failure, so they changed it.

In 2000 Rare revealed Conker's Bad Fur Day, a nasty, dirty, filthy piece of video game, littered with video games and animal waste. It was so horrible that many retailers decided not to carry it. Warnings were splash all over the box in case parents, mistaking this for a cute and cuddly animal game, scarred their children for life.

It was also brilliant, tight, and widely considered one of the best 3D platformers of the generation, maintaining a 92 average review score on Metacritic.

So yeah, shit jokes. More please?


    This is the shit (oh so phuny) that I want to see. If Luke could learn how to tie a title to the content like Mike does.. we may see some change.

    One of the many reasons why Rare were once the best games development house in the world.

    What a fun game this was. Everything Rareware touched back in those days turned to gold.....*sigh* I miss those days...

    And the game ended on a cliffhanger.

    Where the shit (ehehe!) is my sequel?

    Brilliant game. Can't believe they butchered/censored the dialogue in the Xbox version though. Very disappoint.

      The botching of the multiplayer's what really got me. All it needed was just more player slots. Instead it became a bad third person class based shooter. :/

        I quite liked the new multiplayer. Was it as good as the original? Naw. But it was very fun.

        And the xbox version worked better as a companion than a remake, which I thought was brilliant.

        Anyway, this game was so amazing!

    Another awesome game developed by Rare. I miss those days.

    What a great game, such a shame Rare aren't around nowadays as they were, (for all intents and purposes their talents were flushed when the brothers left the company).

    Still one of my favorite games, and still my favorite overall studio. I miss you Rare :(

    N64 one of the greatest consoles of all time, so much quality!

      I think PSOne had the best RPGS, but the N64 games haven't dated nearly as much. There's a lot of awesome on that system.

    This game, in my honest opinion, is second only to Ocarina of Time as one of the best games ever made for the Nintendo 64, and is quite easily a strong contender in my personal list of best games of all time.

    An absolute classic, and an indictment on the current standards being churned out by a Rare that doesn't even deserve to bear the name.

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