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Celebrating 20 Outrageous Years of Conker’s Bad Fur Day

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It’s been twenty years since Rare published the totally bonkers Conker’s Bad Fur Day. Twenty years, and we’re wondering how on earth two decades have passed since our outrageous adventures with the cheeky red squirrel himself. That’s something we can’t quite wrap our heads around. And yet, watching Conker turn twenty today has given us a new urge to replay the Nintendo hit all over again.

Speaking of which, Rare Replay made its way to Xbox One in 2015 — which, thankfully, hosts Conker as part of its enormous ensemble. On top of this, the jam-packed collection homes the likes of Banjo-Kazooie, Perfect Dark, Viva Pinata and 27 other hits from Rare’s thirty-year reign. For as little as $10 — that’s quite an impressive selection of games. However, it’s Conker’s Bad Fur Day that stands out the most from our point of view.

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What is Conker’s Bad Fur Day?

Boy, where do we even start on this one? To be honest with you, Conker’s Bad Fur Day isn’t the most easily translatable stories in the world. Plus, with a mixture of genres playing unpredictable roles throughout the tale, it’s definitely one of those “see it to believe it” sorts of shows. However, we’ll do our best to try and explain the basic premise.

Conker’s Bad Fur Day follows the tale of rudely-spoken Conker, who’s only goal for the duration of the game is to reach home and sleep off his truly menacing hangover. However, with every step taken and new area slumped through, new characters introduce themselves and, in turn, make their small problems a major part of Conker’s agenda. From murderous dung beetles to sweetcorn-eating faeces, vampire squirrels to pompous catfish — Conker’s Bad Fur Day has a little piece of everything. And yes, it is ridiculously over the top.

This Rare icon takes influences from the likes of The Matrix, Alien and The Terminator — and then proceeds to cram them all into one hilarious journey with unforgettable moments. Of course, we wouldn’t pitch this one to anyone under the age of 18 — but apart from that, we can’t recommend this one enough. Here’s hoping a fully-fledged remaster comes our way in the future, eh?

Conker’s Bad Fur Day released on March 5th 2001 on Nintendo 64.