Conker the Squirrel

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Species Squirrel


Powers/Abilities Kart racing
Games Diddy Kong Racing
Conker's Pocket Tales
Conker's Bad Fur Day
Conker: Live and Reloaded
Project Spark

Conker the Squirrel is a red squirrel who first appeared in Diddy Kong Racing. He went on to have three games of his own: Conker's Pocket Tales, Conker's Bad Fur Day, and Conker: Live and Reloaded.

First appearance[edit]

In Diddy Kong Racing, Conker the Squirrel is a playable character. He is presented as a kindhearted and free-spirited squirrel, not unlike Diddy and Timber. Like Banjo, he earned great reception from fans who wondered if he would get his own game like Banjo-Kazooie.

In other games[edit]

Conker starred in his own game for the first time in Conker's Pocket Tales for the Game Boy, where the player is taken to a colored world similar to that of the Banjo-Kazooie universe. Conker;s goal in this game is to rescue his girlfriend Berri from the Evil Acorn.

Years later, Conker was announced to appear in his own Nintendo 64 game titled Conker's Quest, following the same platform style as Banjo and Mario. As development progressed, it was seen as too childlike and similar to Banjo-Kazooie and the recently released Donkey Kong 64. Due to the mixed reception of Conker's Pocket Tales, the game was completely remade, changing the personality and traits of Conker the Squirrel along with the appearance of Berri, his girlfriend, among many other things.

The original title of Conker's Quest was not used, and it was renamed to Conker's Bad Fur Day. Despite possessing the same art style as many of Rare's previous family-friendly titles, it contained a much more mature atmosphere. This included satirical humor with references to many movies, excessive violence, blood and gore, foul language, and sexual themes. The previous characters were retconned and the formerly carefree squirrel, Conker, was a slacker and alcoholic materialist who was introduced lying to his girlfriend in order to stick around with his friends drinking at a pub. Likewise, Berri was introduced as a materialistic girl with a slender physique (similar to Candy Kong) and revealing attire. Despite this extreme makeover the game was praised for its graphics, animations, original style and storytelling. However, due to its late release in the console cycle, the game was overshadowed by anticipation of the Nintendo GameCube.

After Rare became a subsidiary of Microsoft in 2002, the game was remade for the Xbox with the title Conker: Live and Reloaded. The game was praised by critics but heavily criticized by fans of the initial Conker's Bad Fur Day for its more strict censorship, which was seen as ironic by many as the Xbox was deemed the more "mature" console which was home to a vast number of Mature-rated games, almost all of which were released uncensored. Microsoft's acquisition of Rare was also the reason for Conker's absence in Diddy Kong Racing DS.

According to Rare, a sequel to Conker's Bad Fur Day was in development but scrapped for unknown reasons.

Since the release of Conker: Live and Reloaded, the Conker franchise has not been developed, and its fate is uncertain. Conker did appear in Project Spark, a game-creation engine, as part of a campaign called "Conker's Big Reunion".

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Trivia[edit]

  • Conker's name comes from the horse-chestnut which is known in Britain as a conker and is the typical food of squirrels.