EXCLUSIVE: Rare Revisits- Windy

Hello, readers, and welcome to a brand new series on RareFanDaBase, entitled “Rare Revisits.” Virtually every couple of weeks or so, I will be discussing a specific location from Rare’s massive catalog. For this first editorial, why don’t we take a look at what is arguably the most recognizable locale from 2001’s Conker’s Bad Fur Day?


Simply dubbed “Windy,” this area acts as the game’s hub-world. At first glance, it comes across as a beautifully serene haven for all woodland critters. The lush grassland is complemented by a lengthy river, a choir of buzzing bees, and a not-particularly-robust windmill that overlooks most of the territory. Oh, and let’s not forget that rousing beat!

Just listen to that! Indeed, the front half of Windy feels like something straight out of an old-school Disney flick.

However, as hinted at by the Nasty/Nice sign near the entrance, there is a much seedier side to this overworld. Nowhere is this more strongly emphasized than by the aptly named Poo Mountain. Primarily occupied by dung beetles, this towering pillar of excrement is taller than the windmill itself. There are other dangers, too, though. Opposite to Mrs. Bee is the home of Wayne and the Wankas, a ruthless gang of hive-stealing, cigar-smoking wasps.

What I love about Windy is that it, more or less, sums up the tone of Conker’s Bad Fur Day as a whole. Juxtaposing upbeat music and a seemingly peaceful grassland with foul-mouthed characters and a mountain of feces, this is easily my favorite of the hub-worlds that Rare has crafted.

What about you, though? Did Windy leave a lasting impression on you, as well? Do you often find yourself humming its theme music? Whatever your thoughts are, be sure to share them in the comments below!