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Dinosaur Planet [N64 - Cancelled]

Dinosaur Planet [N64 - Cancelled]

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Dinosaur Planet was going to be Rare’s swan song on the Nintendo 64. However, the game was finally released in 2002 only on the Gamecube, and the title changed to Star Fox Adventures. According to many, in the porting Rare dropped some of the most interesting features, so we may never know if the Nintendo 64 version was better. Certainly much has been changed in the porting process: the main character, Saber, became Fox Mc Cloud, Crystal’s role was heavily cut (she should have been a fully playable character), and many scenes from the old Dinosaur Planet build are missing. Even more interesting are the pre-production artworks, which showed a more adult version of the characters, maybe because Saber was required to grow up during the adventure, or because there was a time traveling device like in Ocarina of Time.

For more info, check the Starfox Adventure GameCube Beta page too.

[English Translation by yota]
italian_flag.jpg [spoiler /Clicca qui per la versione in Italiano/ /Nascondi la versione in Italiano/]Doveva essere il canto del cigno di casa RARE sul Nintendo 64, ed invece magicamente si è trasformato in uno dei titoli di “lancio” del GameCube (secondo molti perdendo alcuni dei punti forti) Dinosaur Planet, oggi conosciuto come Starfox Adventures, non doveva essere solo un clone di Zelda, ma doveva essere quello che Banjo è stato per Mario 64, per chi mi sa capire. Fu annunciato un po’ di sorpresa ma subito apprezzato ed aspettato con ansia da molti. Sarebbe stato meglio su N64? non lo sapremo mai.Sicuramente molto è cambiato da questa sua versione per Nintendo 64, con il salto alla generazione successiva il gioco perse il suo originale brand, mutando in Star Fox, il protagonista Sabre divenne Fox Mc Cloud, il ruolo di Crystal venne pesantemente tagliato (doveva essere un altro personaggio completamente giocabile) e molte situazioni che possiamo vedere nelle immagini e video sono scomparse dalla deludente versione finale. Ancora più interessanti sono gli artwork pre-produzione del gioco, che mostrano personaggi più “adulti” rispetto alle loro versioni in-game, tanto che si credeva il protagonista capace di crescere durante il gioco, oppure che fosse presente qualcosa di simile ad Ocarina Of Time, dove si potesse fare un salto temporale in avanti di alcuni anni. [/spoiler]

Thanks to Karrunaniara and Ducky Wensel for the contributions! Huge props to IOnEIFalcon for sharing more than an hour of gameplay from Dinosaur Planet’s E3 1999 / 2000 (?) demo!

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56 thoughts on “Dinosaur Planet [N64 - Cancelled]

  1. WarS1337

    They didnt actually finish the game because a new console was coming out dead after, so it was the same reason as Starfox 2.

  2. Chrad

    Very weird seeing this…it really is exactly like Starfox Adventures but on N64. The hero even looks like Fox! Considering that this was a straight conversion from N64 to Gamecube reusing most of the visual and level designs, I’m surprised the final game looks so good graphically, as these sorts of projects often wind up with a dated look that reveals the history of their development.

  3. person

    oh yeah. and besides Kyte and Tricky do we know of any other dinosaurs that were going to be in the game?

    1. monokoma Post author

      Ops! :D Do you have a link to those wallpapers?

      imho they had just created 2 “sidekick” dinosaurs, one for Sabre (Fox) and one for Crystal

  4. person

    Also I just found out that at one point in development Tricky had a brother named Rocky that would accompany Krystal during the first part of her adventure

  5. Stephen

    This Game looks So Much Better Compared To The Nintendo Game Cube Version. Its a Real Shame That It Didnt Make It… I Wonder
    If Nintendo has a Cartridge Of It locked Away Somewhere?.

    1. monokoma Post author

      A playable demo of Dinosaur Planet does exist out there, in the hands of some collector, but it will still need more time before it could be safe to share it with the community.

  6. Stephen

    For Those Of You Who Want To Know Why Dinosaur Planet Dropped Out It’s Because The New Sytem Was Coming Out & They Didn’t have
    Enough Time To Finish It. Like Unseen64 Said It Was Cancelled &
    The Game Was Made For The Nintendo Game Cube.

  7. Kai

    Wow, I want this game.

    Starfox never really caught my attention, but I think I would have played this if it was released.

  8. a guy

    i would have rlly liked to play this. i just beat star fox adventures and i wonder if they wouldnt have the lame andross boss at the end and you would rlly get to fight scales becuse that dissapointed me

  9. The Rock

    Do you guys think Rare will release this game on Xbox Live Arcade just like they did to Banjo-Kazooie and Perfect Dark?

  10. Britt

    Guys, Starfox Adventures, aside from 64 had to be the best Star Fox out there. This is my favorite one. However, I would’ve LOVED a sequel to it. Plus if it would’ve been on N64 that would’ve been another great game to cherish right next to my Nintendo 64

    The graphics is amazing I love the fur effect. The game, is amazing itself. However, I do agree with a guy I was a bit disappointed but lets not forget throughout the Star Fox series it was Andross who was the main antigonist.

  11. Lincoln

    I really hope that someone can find this game. Because I really would like to play it and I have been a great starfox fan of all the games.

  12. Arc

    I understand them changing systems and all, but why so drastically change the actual game?(half the awesome features here and levels seem to have vanished), more importantly, why did they have to make it Starfox? It was a great game, but as a Star Fox game it felt a little out of place. I seriously think they could’ve done a much grander job had they just kept the original idea.

  13. some1

    There was a cart on the e3 2000… anyone have one or know someone?

    if the game was near complete means that, If one gets the demo, could get more that the demo gives….maybe??

    Im goin to talk with the doc, get his time-traveling car and steal a cart 11 years before I post this

  14. LiKrySo

    Whew… i just finished reading ALL of the comments and i really wanted to point something out:

    it seems that krystal and sabre were in different areas of the planet, and the player could swap to any of them only with the “swapstone” (Not sure if that´s the name) for krystal, and his twin brother “Rocky” for sabre…

    I got this file, from some webpage of krystal fans (Krystal-archive… i think). It´s basically a bunch of dialogues from star fox adventures, but it also has a LOT of Dinosaur Planet dialogues, including:

    “Now, now … Don’t be scared. Krystal’s friend, Sabre, is on the other side of the planet. To complete the adventure you will have to guide both characters. To do this you must visit me, or my twin brother Rocky. Do you understand? Good, now let’s swap to Sabre.”

    there was also this one:

    “I wouldn’t do that. Give me the SpellStone Wait! Did the king earthwalker not tell you? If you shut down this temple how do think you are going to get back to your planet. The moment that it is placed, the power in the Communication Chamber will stop. You’ll be trapped here forever. Don’t listen to him he’s lying. You may speak the truth Scales, But I’d rather remain here and save this wonderful planet than watch you destroy it! NOOOOOOOooooooo! Close your eyes Kyte.”

    Notice that Kyte was the Cloudrunner (Pterodactyl) partner of krystal.

    The game Also needed the expansion Pak to work properly.

    Also, this one, it´s a bit long, and i don´t even know if it´s from Dinosaur Planet or SFA (I never Played SFA… T_T).

    “I can taste your fear animal It is very sweet Do not believe everything the Krazoa have told you. We Kamerians did not start the Great War. But now it is time to end it. But by defeating the Krazoa You will destroy Dinosaur Planet. Why should I, Drakor be concerned With the fate of a pitiful race of dinosaurs? I will not stop even If I must obliterate this planet and all that live here. Nothing is more important!
    Even though the Dinosaurs believe in the Kamerian Dragon? They worshipped this heart as a god AAahh ..Yes, The great Kamerian Heart Though haven’t you just destroyed their God? Even If I believed that the Krazoa were an evil race, Why would the Quan Ata Lachu be asking us to complete the alignment? They talk only of peace in the universe.
    You are more foolish than I thought The Quan Ata Lachu are a rare life form of pure evil Each individual spirit holds no powers But when combined they become The most deadly weapon in the Universe It will be focused through Warlock Mountain, creating the ultimate weapon of destruction
    You talk of destruction and evil without once mentioning yourself My Father lies dying of wounds inflicted by you You do not understand! I understand the Krazoa have done nothing to harm us They built everything on this world Which the Dinosaurs use for peace The Quan Ata Lachu are not what you say
    The alignment will finally bring peace to this Universe Your only wish is to continue the Great War The Krazoa only started the war to stop YOU from destroying us all As you wish If you will not see the truth then you must DIE!

  15. choas666

    To anyone who would like too buy a copy of Dinosaur Planet i have two copies left i am selling only one

    if interested call (281)867-1742

    games is for the 64

    i use to work for rare company when the games was being made

    $200.00

  16. WayCool64

    I really wish we could see Dinosaur Planet in its full form. That’s why I’m developing an animated fanfilm based off DP.

  17. Geneviève

    Bonjour! I bring some awesome news from DeviantaART! An fan group of Dinosaur Planet found the old voice recording of the first (probably) cutscene of Dinosaur Planet (When Krystal first meet General Scales) deep between StarFox Adventures. The scene was seen in a extended trailer in E3, but the sound was cut after the two first dialogues. So we can finally heard the mysterious dialogue that where taking place between the two! Let me just say it’s not at all like the one we heard in StarFox Adventures!

    http://imageshack.us/clip/my-videos/828/tl0w.mp4/

    Here’s a writing of what we can heard! Sorry if it’s not completely accurate (my English is not perfect, but feel free to correct!

    (GS = General Scales, Kr = Krystal and K = Kyte)
    ” – (GS) General Scales, ruler, tyrant and dictator of the SharpClaw tribe. And who might you be animal girl?
    - (Kr) My name is Krystal and I’ve come for the princess!
    (End of the dialogue we usually heard in trailers, but here it continue!)
    - (GS) You seem a long way from home, Krystal. I can’t believe the wizard asked a girl to do it’s dirty work.
    - (Kr) Who do you know the wizard?
    - (GS) Let’s just say, we had a nice little chat. And he’s agreed to take a rest for a while. At least, until I’ve taken over the planet.
    - (K) You coward Scales! My mother will send an army against you!
    - (GS) Ah! Yes, princess Kyte. Your mother. Once I’ve deal with this… animal, then we’ll pay your mother a visit. (Krystal try to interfere between the two by engaging General Scales) Haha. Nice try. But you’ll have to kill me before you could save the princess. (The lighting hits General Scales because his claw/hook was stuck on the metal cage, as seen in the extended trailers.) Ahh!! ”

    Voilà! We also ust bought Starfox Adventures… and my gosh it’s… erm special? Well, you really have to ignore it’s past to enjoy it haha!

  18. Gilgamesh

    Hi

    I made this clip because I recognized this dialog galleon. There are many others.

    I research a tool that could do a better division of voices.

    I am looking for someone who had the tools to dissect GC files.

    There must be data that I can not see. Perhaps part of the data is compressed using a particular method of the game developer.

  19. Camille

    Hi! I follow Dinosaur Planet very closely and this morning, this tumblr Fyeahdinosaurplanet made an uptade with a other deleted dialog.

    It’s incredibly interesting because it make the time device true; in the conversation a person tell Krystal if she wants to save Sabre, she must get back into past and change the current time line.

    http://fyeahdinosaurplanet.tumblr.com/post/18127406084/conversation-between-randorn-and-krystal-from

    I can work out to write it out, but my English isn’t the best. ^^

  20. Geneviève

    Here’s the transcription of the unused dialogue! Oh my, this is so exciting! :> Though this is not a dialogue between RANDORN, because the mysterious character mentions RANDORN, that’d be surprizing RANDORN speaking in a third person manner. x) Maybe this is one of the sidekicks SABRE had to help him fight the KAMERIAN DRAGON? (Though probably not KRADOR since he’s the final boss, but I could be wrong here!) Like the dinosaur he ride with KRYSTAL in the E3 expo or a Earthwalker?

    ” – (?????) [...] T’was the dragon. After you entered the TIME RIP, he completed his task and then unleashed the power of the ANCIEN KAMERIAN HEART — (deep, elaborate breathing) SABER had tried to stop him, but he was… destroyed.

    - (Kr) SABER is dead?

    - (?????) We fought our final battle here — The palace — The KRAZOA are — no more. The — dinosaures are no more… Dinosaur Planet has been destroyed. Somewhere within the remains of the palace, RANDORN left a SPELLCAGE. Find this, return to the past and stop the SPELLSTONES from ever being taken. Maybe then, this future will never happen. Find the SPELLCAGE and return to the past…

    - (Kr) I must [...] ”

    Also, on SFA forums, theses discoveries where also found:

    (Unused dialogue?)

    ” I Can Feel Something Strange !
    Randorn… Are You There ??
    Be Careful..Skeetas Everywhere !
    Stay Close to a Torch!
    Light Kills Them
    Krystal! How Is My Son?
    Sabre Is Just Glad Your Alive
    When His Brother Died I blamed Myself
    I Couldn’t Face Being A Father
    Until I Found You My Dear Girl
    He Understands Why You Left Him
    He Is A Good Son
    I’ve Yet To See Him To Apologise
    He Has Already Forgiven You
    When This Is Over You Shall Be Reunited!
    What’s happening to you Randorn?
    There’s not much energy left in this Mountain
    I’m dying..I need food
    Do You Remember How We Got Here?
    Of Course I Remember…
    Back On Our Own Planet We Found A
    Strange Room In The Lost City..
    There We Uncovered A Message From The
    King EarthWalker, Begging Us To Help Him.
    And Then I Entered A Wormhole
    And Arrived On Dinosaur Planet
    You Followed Later With Sabre
    Yes, We Ended Up In A Chamber Beneath
    One Of The Earthwalker Temples
    Unless You Can Find A Cure For Me
    I’m Not Going To Last Much Longer
    But What Can We Do
    There Must Be A Similiar Room Here
    That Will Allow Us To Return
    Either You Or Sabre Must Find It ”

    (Dinosaur Planet WAS Diddy Kong Racing II at some point)

    STEREO
    MONO
    HEADPHONES
    SFX VOLUME
    MUSIC VOLUME
    RETURN AUDIO OPTIONS
    MUSIC TEST 00
    ENTER YOUR INITIALS
    BEST TIME
    BEST LAP
    SILVER COIN
    GOLD COIN
    CHALLENGE
    ENTER CODE
    CLEAR ALL CODES
    CODE LIST
    MAGIC CODES
    Sorry, the code was incorrect
    All cheats have been deleted
    MAGIC CODES LIST
    ON OFF
    TRY AGAIN
    SELECT TRACK
    RETURN TO LOBBY
    SELECT CHARACTER
    SAVE GHOST
    QUIT LAP
    TIMES OVERALL
    TIME RACE
    ORDER RECORD
    TIMES RANKINGS
    ENGLISH
    CONTROLLER PAK
    OPTIONS CHANGE
    VEHICLE
    HELP
    CHALLENGES VEHICLE
    SELECT CAR
    HOVERCRAFT
    PLANE
    MAIN MENU
    CHALLENGE
    SELECT CAR
    CHALLENGE HOVER
    CHALLENGE PLANE
    CHALLENGE
    BETTER LUCK NEXT TIME!
    EXIT
    HI, I’M TT.
    YOU CAN ASK ME ABOUT YOUR GAME STATUS OR SELECT MY TIME TRIAL MODE TO PRACTICE A LEVEL.
    I CAN ALSO SAVE YOUR BEST GHOSTS.
    PAK ERROR
    TIME TRIAL ON
    TIME TRIAL OFF
    NO CONTROLLER PAK
    CONTROLLER PAK FULL
    BAD CONTROLLER PAK
    TROPHY RACE STATUS
    GAME A
    GAME B
    GAME C
    NEW GAME SELECT
    SELECT GAME TO COPY
    CHOOSE GAME TO COPY
    TO SELECT GAME
    TO ERASE COPY
    ERASE GHOST DATA
    NO GHOSTS SAVED
    ERASE GHOST CANCEL
    CONTROLLER PAK 1
    CONTROLLER PAK 2
    CONTROLLER PAK 3
    CONTROLLER PAK 4
    CONTROLLER PAK ~ IS NOT PRESENT.
    REPLACE PAK AND RETRY CONTAINS CORRUPT DATA.
    ATTEMPT TO REPAIR IRREPARABLY DAMAGED.
    REFORMAT PAK FULL.
    CONTINUE DOES NOT CONTAIN THE REQUESTED FILE.
    RETRY CANNOT STORE ANY MORE GHOSTS.
    SORRY, BUT YOU CAN’T LOAD GAMES FOR THE SECOND ADVENTURE UNTIL YOU HAVE COMPLETED THE FIRST.
    PAK NOTES
    DELETE NOTE ~ ?
    DELETE
    CANCEL
    FREE PAGES: ~ NOTE
    FILENAME
    PAGES
    MORE
    GAME PAK
    TIMES GHOSTS
    EMPTY SLOT
    VIEW GHOSTS
    PLEASE WAIT
    GAME ERROR
    RESTART RACE
    RESTART CHALLENGE
    ABANDON CHALLENGE
    QUIT TROPHY RACE
    QUIT TROPHY RACE?
    QUIT GAME
    QUIT GAME?
    PAUSE
    OPTIONS
    OK
    PLAYER
    SELECT NUMBER OF RACERS START
    ROUND ONE
    ROUND TWO
    ROUND THREE
    ROUND FOUR
    ADVENTURE
    ADVENTURE TWO
    TRACKS TROPHY
    CEREMONY ADVENTURE
    ADVENTURE TWO
    CLEAR ALL CODES?
    OK
    CANCEL
    NO CONTROLLERS
    CAUTION
    Rumble Pak Detected
    Insert any Controller Paks you wish to use now!
    If you wish to use any Rumble Paks then please insert them now.
    If you wish to use the Controller Pak the Rumble Pak insert it now!
    Switch off the N64 and remove the controller pak.
    SAVE OPTIONS
    Please do not change Rumble Pak or Controller Pak during gameplay.
    Controller Pak is required to save and load ghost data in Time Trial mode.
    If Controller Pak has limited capacity, you will be unable to save ghost data.
    If you wish to change Controller Pak or Rumble Pak, please do so now.
    Cannot save Ghost Data
    ENTER TROPHY RACE
    GAME PAK BONUSES
    SUBTITLES ON
    SUBTITLES OFF
    CORRUPT DATA.
    TRY AGAIN!

    (Levels and various events found)

    LEVEL NOT AVAILABLE

    NEW GAME
    LOAD GAME

    SWAPSTONE HOLLOW
    SWAPSTONE CIRCLE

    DARKICE MINES
    DARKICE MINES TWO
    WALLED CITY
    DRAGON ROCK
    CLOUDRUNNER FORTRESS
    KRAZOA PALACE
    BLACKWATER CANYON

    NORTHERN WASTES
    EARTHWALKER TEMPLE
    WILLOW GROVE
    DIAMOND BAY
    DISCOVERY FALLS
    MOON MOUNTAIN PASS
    CAPE CLAW
    GOLDEN PLAINS

    TEST OF COMBAT
    TEST OF STRENGTH
    TEST OF FEAR
    TEST OF CHARACTER
    TEST OF KNOWLEDGE
    TEST OF SACRIFICE
    TEST OF SKILL
    TEST OF MAGIC

    DARKICE BOSS
    GENERAL SCALES BOSS
    BLACKWATER BOSS
    CLOUDRUNNER RACE
    KAMERIA DRAGON BOSS
    DRAKOR FINAL BOSS
    ICE MOUNTAIN

    DESERT FORCE POINT
    VOLCANO FORCE POINT

    EARTHWALKER ACT TWO
    ENERGY DEMO

    WARLOCK ACT ONE
    WARLOCK ACT TWO
    WARLOCK ACT THREE
    WARLOCK ACT FOUR
    WARLOCK ACT FIVE
    WARLOCK ACT SIX

    CONTINUE SWAP TO WARLOCK

    And finally a interesting bit of an interview:

    ” Could you tell us a little bit about the differences between Dinosaur Planet and Star Fox Adventures?

    We ported DP from the N64, cut about 1/3 of the levels, and then changed the main character to make SFA. The biggest difference was that Krystal was intended to be as prominent as the male character Sabre. The game was divided equally between them. 1/2 the game was Krystal, 1/2 the game Sabre. But when it became Star Fox, all Krystal’s levels were either switched to Fox or cut. There was a beautiful level called “Discovery Falls.” I was very sad to see it go. There were originally two Swapstones “Rocky and Rubble” (not Warpstones) and you swapped between the two characters. The very earliest pitch for the game was for an adventure/racing game. Each level was intended to have a race track. You can still see this on the ice level track and the mines race track. The last project the director had worked on was “Diddy Kong Racing” so its not that surprising really. ”

    Voilà! Oh god this is so fantastic! I’d really wish even more DINOSAUR PLANET came out! This would have been one heck of a game! Cheers and a big thanks for everyone that found new and interesting infos!

  21. Dere

    I’m getting sick of Nintendo’s obsession with milking their characters. They’re scared of starting new franchises that might not become as as successful the other ones, so whenever their developers want to make a original game, they’re forced by their higher ups to shoehorn Nintendo characters into them so that Nintendo can keep milking their old franchises. If you read interviews, you probably know that Iwata and Miyamoto hate the concept of producing original games that don’t feature Nintendo’s already overused characters. SFA, Mario Sunshine and Kirby’s Epic Yarn all started as original games before being shoved into one of Nintendo’s cash cow franchises each one. And Nintendo fanboys wonder why people complain about Nintendo milking their IPs rather than starting new ones -_-

  22. tlak

    I wish this game hadn’t been smothered by Star Fox. It was unnecessary to add Fox in. To me, it seems they wanted to use this to try and save a very dated space shooter, and all they did was destroy a game that could have been amazing on either the N64 or GC. Hopefully they’ll come to their senses and fix this one day, giving us a game we deserve.

  23. JXN01

    if seen by its own right Adventures was a great game and the franchise doe¨snt deserve to be called dated. Scales fight at end would been awesome tought but Dinosaur planet was cancelled before it was changed to begin with! sadly.

  24. Martin

    Yuriofwind released this video two weeks ago, not much new information but it could be worthwhile to add. This is a very minor note of no big importance but a user called “Shaun Read” (http://uk.linkedin.com/pub/shaun-read/7/7b2/b10) posted this:

    “Very well informed video, from someone who spent 5 years of his life making the bloody thing! :)”

    If nothing else the research done by the community/internet have been “confirmed” by people in the know. If it’s the genuine guy, we may never know. ;)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gfQbUWLKje0

  25. Karruna Niara

    KarrunaNiara/the artist formerly known as diablosIntellect/that bloke who runs FYeahDP here.

    I’d like to point out that the hour-long footage of DP might be from an early alpha build of the game (could be from 1999, I dunno), seeing as there’s some changes from the E3 version (some of which including Sabre having Krystal’s sounds and interface, Warlock Mountain’s textures/modeling being less defined, and the Sharpclaws’ ship in Ice Mountain). Still a good deal of info noneoftheless.

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