Rare’s N64 game Dinosaur Planet’s leak

Dinosaur Planet is a Nintendo 64 of Rare that didn’t get a release and eventually developed for GameCube into Star Fox Adventures. However, we are thankful to the preservationists at Forest of Illusion; it’s currently possible to play that incomplete, original title. From December 1st, 2000, a build of the game, also into its development cycle, was recovered from a disc bought from a private collector.

As noted by Eurogamer, the game feature Fox McCloud’s screenshots, and Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto was reportedly influential in driving the developers to move the game into a Star Fox title.

John Linneman from Digital Foundry uploaded gameplay of 20 minutes, and one can also see Fox replacing Sabre, who’s one of the original game’s planned protagonists.

Forest of Illusion notes that the game presently will not run 100 % exact or perfect on any of the emulators. Expect multiple graphical problems with lighting and shadows and a few slowdowns. However, it should work perfectly great with flashcarts where Flashcarts lets gamers running on original N64 console hardware.

The impact of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time is apparent, however, it’s too much interesting to get a look at the surly climate that Rare was working on before Dinosaur Planet on the GameCube became Star Fox Adventures. Additionally, to the Internet Archive, Forest of Illusion uploaded the game.

Dinosaur Planet was a 3D adventure experience game close to the lines of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. It was initially not so related to the Star Fox series. So, Shigeru Miyamoto, the legend goes himself recommended it be retooled to join Fox McCloud and co, and launch not on the N64 but rather the GameCube.

Earlier in February, the Xbox 360 (that was canceled) remake of GoldenEye 007 was leaked on the internet, and so February is ending up being a month of diamonds for Rare’s fans. Similar as Dinosaur Planet, it’s entirely playable despite being incomplete.