Conker’s Quest / Twelve Tales [N64 – Cancelled]

Conker’s Quest / Twelve Tales [N64 – Cancelled]


We all remember Conker Bad Fur Day as one of the most original (at least conceptually) games ever released on Nintendo 64. But we also remember how it looked before, when it was called Conker: Twelve Tales or Conker’s Quest: the quintessential cute-looking platform. However, apart from the graphic style, the first version of Conker had some interesting features not found in released version. The overworld was probably bigger and there were more levels, like, as you can seen from the screenshots on this page, a Toy and an Ice stage, more bosses,more moves and gadgets (including vehicles) for Conker. Also, the game was slightly different if played with Berry, the cute friend of Conkey, because she would have had to raise monsters in order to fight the enemies. The most significant feature was however the co-op mode, which allowed two players to cooperate in the adventure mode. Unfortunately, only some places and characters were ported to BFD, although with heavy changes, like the Scarecrow, the Cyclops (that became the giant boss of the prehistoric world), the windmill, many locations and gameplay ideas of the phehistoric world, etc. We can only hope that in the future a proto of this game will be leaked for everyone to enjoy.

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18 thoughts on “Conker’s Quest / Twelve Tales [N64 – Cancelled]

  1. Linkx111

    conker bad fur day was a gem, and the peak of technology on the nintendo 64: perfect lip synch, great graphics, incredible sound, orchestral musics, wonderful textures and great gameplay ideas.. it was clearly a ripoff of a typical south park stiled cartoon, but at any rate it was great and very entertaining (the big boobed flower was top notch!)

    This said.. i would like to play this version too.. a pic of the actual barry, the girlfriend of conker in this beta rom, can be viewed in banjo kazooie, on the Boat lvl (can’t recall the name), inside one of the cabins that can be accessed breaking the mirrors.

  2. Linkx111

    In my opinion, conker bad fur day was the peak reached technically and on a gameplay base, on the nintendo 64… tho i would like to play this version of the game too, it shows quite a lot of great ideas! and.. to me, the polygonal engine is different. this one resembles more the banjo kazooie one.

    A picture of the Beta Barry, the girlfriend of conker in twelve tales, can be seen inside the Boar level, the one with the poisoned sea (can’t recall the name), in banjo kazooie, inside one of the cabins that can be accessed breaking the windows.

  3. Hubacchris, ElvisDitto

    I loved the originality of CBFD. But this also looks like a fun adventure.
    Still, I myself have played a million games. And sometimes, it is fun to play a game that has loveable characters who sware and are vulga.
    Although not something I’d recommend, but it just adds to the individuality of it. Not every single character is totaly perfect.

    Can you imagine Wario drinking Whisky? I bet you he would.
    Can you imagine Pokemon injury each other? It’s been seen in Fan fics so many times.

    Sometimes detering from the child freindly style of things makes the characters more believable.

    No doubt this would of been fun, but the screenshots them selvs look far to birght. Almost like MS Paint default colours :_:

  4. Jack

    I guess the Killer Instinct team–having developed a brawler and Jet-Force-Gemini–couldn’t quite stomach the saccharine-poisoning of Conker 64, and decided to pull a volte-face.

    I would’ve loved Conker 64, mind. He looked like such a versatile little ferret-thing: just look at his acrobatic display. Seems a far more mobile and free creature than Mario or Banjo.

  5. gumerload

    nobody realizes that this beta was more child conker has no voice, the graphics are more primitive, character models are rare, berry is not a rabbit, you see more children, but I think the final version is much better,I do not deny it could have been a good game.

  6. CTTFan


    This was a beta, and yes it was (obviously) a more child-friendly Conker, which I personally don’t mind.

    1. If you listen in the background in some of the beta footage (when Conker is talking to a bird creature) you can hear that there was, in fact, voice acting

    2. The graphics were not that much more “primitive” at all (and once again, this was a beta)

    3. Many character models are clearly abundant and apparent in the beta screenshots, and let me remind you that BFD, too, had many textures, just by the look of it not at all as much content (once again though, I must add, this was A BETA)

    4. Berry was never a rabbit, not even in BFD

    5. I have no idea what you’re talking about when you say “you see more children”, although that obviously falls within your first complaint that this is a more child-friendly game, and that honestly doesn’t matter to me because I’m not some eleven year old who thirsts for crudeness for the sole reason of it being crude.

    By the looks of it, even in its beta stage IMO Conker’s Twelve Tales looks like the superior game in terms of open world gameplay, amount of content, and yes, even the universe appeals to me more. BFD is a good game and I don’t care if its the game you personally like more out of the two because you like the type of unverse BFD has more, but statistically Twelve Tales, as a game, looks just as good if not better. I would have personally taken Twelve Tales over BFD any day.

  7. Conker's Quest

    I’ve heard a guy that had one copy of the Conker’s Quest Prototype.
    He showed a picture of the game that I have never seen before (a new picture, Conker walked on clouds. Didn’t look fake to be honest. And I know because I’ve used Photoshop in 14 years from now. I can tell if a picture’s fake or not, this picture was very detailed. Not a smeared one).
    He wanted 2.400 dollar for it. So I started a foundraiser (and I already had 1.500 dollar. I needed 900 dollar), but nobody believed me, so I didn’t get anything. But I got to be honest, it was a lot of money he wanted for it. I emailed him if he could sell it to me for 1.500 dollar. And he never answered. And there it ended. It was 2,5 years from now it happened.

    Believe me or not, but I’ve told it now and I don’t lie. And I know there’s a copy of it somewhere. You don’t have to believe me though. I did my best to get it, but I failed.

  8. Geneviève

    The last screenshot “unknowconkervillainr” (the one with the strange magician) looks almost exactly like Waldorf from Conker’s Pocket Tales! I also found an render of him:

    So could this mean a lot of Conker’s Pocket Tales was in Conker’s Twelve Tales? This makes me also remember the Swamp Fiend from CPT, he was a strange hand coming out of the swamp and tries to slam you… this is really something like the first portion of the fight with the Great Mighty Poo! And plus their hands really looks alike, the music in the Claw Swamp is quite alike the song in Poo Land!

    I also have two related new screenshots of Conker’s Twelve Tales, here: (The render of Conker just before they made it look so furry with angry eyes) and (the exact game boxart from Conker’s Pocket Tales but in rendering of the models of the N64 version! Could this mean they were like game twins? (One for the portable system and one for the N64)

    1. monokoma

      Thanks a lot for the info Geneviève Geneviève! The final boss from Pocket Tales could have been in the N64 game too, but it was completely removed when they changed the tone

  9. Geneviève

    Forgot to say this is an incredibly interesting article!

    And also I remember seeing a YT video in which the game select screen was a bit different and the “flotting hand”was not of Conker or Berri, it lookes like a hand with a glove and purple handle. (Sorry my english is not so good) Now it makes me thinks of Waldorf or K.O. the Kat hand. (Could this means a option “battle the bosses again”?)

    I just adore the little sunflowers with the happy faces on the boxart or Conker’s Pocket Tales… they are in Windy in Conker’s Bad Fur Day! (End of the chapiter Hungover)

  10. eSPy

    Nintendo press release


    Twelve Tales: Conker 64: First Free-Roaming Adventure Game To Offer Two Playable Characters, Two-Player Simultaneous Action And A Four-Player Battle Mode

    ATLANTA, May 27, 1998 – Close your eyes. Imagine yourself in a free-roaming, 3-D, action/adventure video game for Nintendo 64 featuring two different playable characters, allowing you and a friend to explore and complete objectives together. Next, imagine you and your new game have jumped into a brilliantly colored, highly detailed animated movie with characters that gesture and change facial expressions according to the conditions that confront them. Now, open your eyes and witness the reality of Twelve Tales: Conker 64™ – a revolutionary new video game developed and published by U.K.-based Rare Ltd. and distributed by Nintendo of America Inc.

    “Game developers are discovering the incredible depth and technological advantages of Nintendo 64,” says Peter Main, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president, sales and marketing. “With Twelve Tales: Conker 64, Rare has created a game that will force people to rethink what can be done with video games – from creating characters with emotional responses to expanding multi-player options.”

    Scheduled for release in 1998, Twelve Tales: Conker 64 is the first action/adventure game ever that allows two people to play simultaneously in free-roaming, 3-D environments. There’s a choice of two main characters, Conker a male squirrel or Berri a female chipmunk, each with a different style of game play. The game also includes a four-player battle mode, also a first for an action/adventure game.

    The game introduces two unique character design technologies available only with Nintendo 64: real-time character emotion animation and character environment awareness. With the former, the characters’ moods change and react to various stimuli depending on the action in the game. With environment awareness, the character is conscious of its immediate surroundings and reacts accordingly. These reactions provide valuable game play hints, thus making the character’s reactions an integral part of the game.

    Twelve Tales: Conker 64 features additional technological advancements, such as intelligent enemy behavior, including reinforcements that will be employed during battle, and as many as 30 moving characters on the screen at one time, all with swift, fluid movement.


    The objective of the game is to find and collect more than 100 house-warming presents that have been stolen by a gang of animal hoodlums.

    There are two separate styles of play available, depending on which character is selected. If a player chooses to play with Conker, the game play is more action-oriented with Conker battling enemies directly. If a player picks Berri, the game play becomes more strategic, because she has a monster companion who fights for her. Throughout the game, she will need to instruct the monster on the type of attack to use, be aware of its health level and feed it when necessary.

    Players will have unique battle weapons, including a catapult to deal with enemies from a distance. There are several unique, fun methods of transportation in Twelve Tales: Conker 64, among them a hook-and-wire roller coaster and a jet-powered surfboard. The game includes complete interaction with all of the objects in each environment, such as the ability to climb and shake trees and open crates.


    With the two-player simultaneous split-screen option, one player will control Conker, and another player will control his owl friend as they work together in the same environment to complete the objectives at hand. Another industry first for Twelve Tales: Conker 64 is the inclusion of a four-player battle mode – unheard of in an action/adventure game.


    Rare is a developer and publisher of games for Nintendo video game systems. Rare Ltd. has offices in the United Kingdom, and Rare, Inc., its wholly owned subsidiary, has offices in Miami, Fla. For more information about Twelve Tales: Conker 64, Rare or any other Rare product, visit Rare’s web site on the Internet,

    Nintendo Co., Ltd., of Kyoto, Japan, is the leader in the worldwide $15 billion retail video game industry. Nintendo manufactures and markets hardware and software for its best-selling home video game systems, including the hand-held Game Boy, the 16-bit Super Nintendo Entertainment System, and the 64-bit Nintendo 64, the fastest-selling video game system in history. As a wholly owned subsidiary, Nintendo of America Inc., based in Redmond, Washington, serves as headquarters for Nintendo’s operations in the Western Hemisphere, where more than 40 percent of American households own a Nintendo game system.

  11. Bunny

    To the person who said BFS was better as well as mentioning the flowers tits, you sound like a stupid pervert who is on rule34paheal WAYYYYY too much. tits don’t make a character sexy. It’s stupid and unnecessary. a female shouldn’t have big breasts in a game. It’s a shame that sex sells these days.

    1. Anon98


      I understand it’s not your thing but you have no right to kinkshame! Please understand that this is a website for prototype and cancelled game enthusiasts and NOT for big whiney brats who think flat chests are better than big you say? Don’t be ridiculous man! treat this site with better care and find something good to update this dead page at least! The least you can do is hack through the ECTS version and see what you can find there. Someone found more hidden unused stuff in the game but didn’t bother bringing it up here yet!

      Please do all of us Conker fan a BIG favor! Find something you can use and look inside the ECTS! There must be more interesting stuff there! I bet there could be more stuff from 12 Tales and Quest in this build!

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