If you ever played the Nintendo 64 title Conker’s Bad Fur Day as a child, WHERE WERE YOUR PARENTS!?
Conker’s Bad Fur Day was easily the raunchiest, crudest, and most sexual game I have ever played, and I loved every second of it. The amount of violence they put into the game was just what any kid deep into the video gaming world needed to escape from reality. Top that with levels that pay homage to the greatest films in history like Alien, A Clockwork Orange, The Matrix, Saving Private Ryan, and tons more and you have the game that basically controlled my childhood.
However, what some people might not know is that the game was originally supposed to be a family friendly game about two cute squirrels roaming through the dangerous world around them and performing equally dangerous tasks.
As the original game (titled Conker’s Quest then later renamed as Twelve Tales: Conker 64) was relatively early in its development stage, it garnered a lot of inside criticism for being too much like it’s sister game, Banjo Kazooie (another fantastic game). So the team decided to give Conker a new look and feel to avoid this critique. Only, this new look and feel included: a giant s**t monster, a redesigned Berri with the features of Scarlett Johansson and Lola Bunny (below), sailor-mouthed NPCs, one very horny bee, and enough blood and violence to satisfy Quentin Tarantino for the next year.
This is where I’d usually go on to write about the history of and differences between Conker’s Quest/Twelve Tales and Conker’s Bad Fur Day, but Louise O’Connor (RareWare Animator) does an amazing job in the sneak-peak video below:
I don’t know how Berri went from adorable, flower-picking, middle-school squirrel to the animated character that had me (and I’m sure many other players) thoroughly confused.