Dinosaur Planet is an unreleased Nintendo 64 game by Rare that eventually evolved into Star Fox Adventures for GameCube. But thanks to the preservers of Forest of Illusion, it’s now possible to play the unfinished, original title. A version of the game from December 1, 2000 – well into the development cycle – was taken from a disc purchased from a private collector.
Screenshots of the game have Fox McCloud; as noted by Eurogamer, Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto was reportedly influential in forcing developers to switch the game to a Star Fox title. Digital foundry ̵
Forest of Illusion notes that “the game will not currently run 100 percent perfectly on any emulator. Expect a lot of graphic issues with shadows and lighting, and some faded. However, it should work just fine with flashcarts. Flashcarts allow games to run on original N64 console hardware
Impact of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time is clear, but it is very interesting to look at the moody atmosphere that Rare worked with before Dinosaur Planet became Star Fox Adventures on the GameCube. Forest of Illusion also uploaded the game to the Internet Archive.
February turns out to be a month of gems for Rare fans; Earlier in February, it canceled the Xbox 360 remake of GoldenEye 007 was leaked online. Like Dinosaur Planet, it is very playable despite being unfinished.