Best of ND 2013: Top Ten: Rare Games

Rare made a lot of hits for Nintendo over their time together. Which game reigns supreme?

By Robert Marrujo. Posted 01/02/2014 09:00 Comment on this     ShareThis

7) Conker’s Bad Fur Day


Platform: Nintendo 64 (2001)

Vulgarity and Nintendo seldom go hand-in-hand, so it’s quite surprising that the all-inclusive company let Rare make a game like Conker’s Bad Fur Day. Conker started out as a family-friendly action-platformer in the same vein as Banjo-Kazooie, but during the course of development, Rare took the game in a completely different direction. Though the genre remained the same, Conker‘s world became littered with extreme violence, sexual themes, and outlandish potty humor. Seriously, at one point in the game the player has to battle living feces! All this obscenity would be meaningless if the game wasn’t any fun, but luckily Rare provided Conker with solid controls and employed a unique system of context sensitive buttons that granted the squirrel a range of different attacks and abilities. Rare’s decision to skew towards an older audience with Conker resulted in one of its most creative efforts on N64. Rather than churn out another cookie cutter animal mascot, Rare’s efforts with Conker asserted the squirrel’s worth through some of the most crude and memorable antics in any video game, ever.

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