Microsoft Studios (2005-)
|Platforms||Game Boy Color, Nintendo 64, Xbox|
|First release||Conker's Pocket Tales
8 June 1999
|Latest release||Conker: Live & Reloaded
21 June 2005
Conker is a series of platform video games created by Rare. It chronicles the events of Conker the Squirrel, a fictional red squirrel that made his debut as a playable character in Diddy Kong Racing. Although the first game in the series was family friendly and geared towards children, the series is noted for its later games which includes strong bloody graphic violence, sexual innuendo, strong language, toilet humor, and several film parodies.
|Conker's Pocket Tales||(GBC) 55.00%||–|
|Conker's Bad Fur Day||(N64) 89.28%||(N64) 92|
|Conker: Live & Reloaded||(Xbox) 78.98%||(Xbox) 78|
Conker's Pocket Tales (1999)
Conker's Bad Fur Day (2001)
Conker: Live & Reloaded (2005)
Conker was introduced to the world for the first time at the Electronic Entertainment Expo in 1997. His game Conker's Quest was presented by Rare as another 3D platformer aimed at a young audience for the Nintendo 64. Later the same year, this fact was confirmed with Conker's inclusion in Diddy Kong Racing for the Nintendo 64, thus promoting his future games. In the spring of 1998, Conker's Quest was renamed Twelve Tales: Conker 64. In 1999, Conker made his first solo debut in Conker's Pocket Tales for the Game Boy Color.
Before its release, the Nintendo 64 game was deemed too similar to Banjo-Kazooie, another platformer from Rare, and its release date was pushed back almost a year while it underwent a complete transformation, eventually being released in 2001 as Conker's Bad Fur Day. The redesigned game was geared towards a mature audience and featured sexual content, foul language, drug and alcohol usage, and excessive violence. According to Rare co-founder Chris Stamper, "When people grow up on games, they don't stop playing. There aren't games for people who grew up on the early systems", explaining the change. The game suffered from relatively poor sales, but received a cult following with its unique brand of humor.
After the release of Conker's Bad Fur Day, Rare began development of a new Conker game referred to as Conker's Other Bad Day. Designer Chris Seavor said that it was to be a direct sequel dealing with "Conker's somewhat unsuccessful tenure as King. He spends all the treasury money on beer, parties and hookers. Thrown into prison, Conker is faced with the prospect of execution and the game starts with his escape, ball and chain attached, from the Castles highest tower." It was never confirmed which console Conker's Other Bad Day was for though it was most likely meant for the Nintendo Gamecube just like Donkey Kong Racing and Banjo Threeie. In 2002, Microsoft purchased Rare from Nintendo, so instead of finishing and releasing the game, Rare remade Conker's Bad Fur Day for the Xbox in 2005, renaming it Conker: Live & Reloaded. It features improved graphics and minor alterations to gameplay. Also included was a new multiplayer adaptation that was available for use over Xbox Live. After Live & Reloaded, Rare started development on Conker: Gettin' Medieval, an online multiplayer third-person shooter game, but it was ultimately cancelled.
At E3 2014, Conker was announced as a character in Project Spark. In 2015, it was announced that Conker will return in a new episodic campaign for Project Spark. The campaign, titled Conker's Big Reunion, is set ten years after the events of Bad Fur Day and Seavor reprises his voice role. The first episode was released on 23 April 2015 for Project Spark. In 2015, Conker's Bad Fur Day was included in the Rare Replay video game compilation for Xbox One.
Despite receiving many fan requests, director Chris Seavor stated in 2015 that a sequel to Bad Fur Day was very unlikely to happen if he and the old team were the only ones to make it; the reason being because he was somewhat embarrassed with the game's shock value.
In 2016, Microsoft announced Young Conker as the next installment into the series, released exclusively for the Microsoft HoloLens. The trailer was released in February. By the trailer's release it received extremely negative reviews from the public. Many complaining how it lacked the humour and overall style of its three predecessors. The trailer received over 30,000 dislikes against just over 1,000 likes. A petition has been created to cancel the game's release. Some video game critics and general YouTube reactors have opted to boycotting the game.
- Conker the Squirrel is the main protagonist and titular character of the Conker series. In the newer games, Conker is an ill-tempered, greedy, heavy drinking, pessimistic, and cynical red squirrel. Conker, though highly materialistic and never afraid to insult, always approaches new characters with a positive outlook. Conker's adventures occur because he gets drunk and wanders in the opposite direction to his home. In the Xbox Live Arcade version of Banjo-Kazooie, his picture is seen in the Rusty Bucket Bay level where Berri's beta old appearance originally was in the Nintendo 64 version. In Conker's Pocket Tales, he has to rescue his girlfriend, Berri, from the Evil Acorn; the same version of Conker appears in Diddy Kong Racing, where he is a playable character and that game marks his first appearance. He is voiced by Chris Seavor.
- Berri is Conker's girlfriend, she began as an orange/brown-furred chipmunk the same approximate size as Conker in Conker's Pocket Tales but since Conker's Bad Fur Day she is thin and curvaceous, grey-furred, and more than twice Conker's height. Conker and Berri form a close relationship, though she is frustrated by his regular drinking. Berri gets abducted by a rock man to dance at a nightclub. Conker saves her, but the Bouncer takes him to the mafia boss Don Weaso, who later murders her at the orders of the Panther King. Berri is a stereotypical valley girl with entirely pink possessions and a naive but no-nonsense attitude. She (or at least, a beta version of her from Conker's Twelve Tales) makes a minor cameo in Banjo-Kazooie; a bunk bed in a cabin in Rusty Bucket Bay has a poster of her hanging above it. Berri is voiced by Louise O'Connor (credited as Louise Ridgeway).
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