Dinosaur Planet

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Game: Dinosaur Planet
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Concept art for Dinosaur Planet along with its logo.
Name Dinosaur Planet
Consoles Nintendo 64
Release Date N/A
Developers Rare
Publisher N/A
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For the planet called Dinosaur Planet in Star Fox Adventures, see Sauria.

Dinosaur Planet was a video game to be created by Rare for the Nintendo 64, later turning into Star Fox Adventures for the Nintendo GameCube.


Development on the game began shortly after the release of Diddy Kong Racing, and went through several changes during development before the developers decided on making it an open world adventure game based around two interwoven stories. The story was to center around Sabre and Krystal, along with Tricky and Kyte, and Randorn, a wizard who was also Sabre's father and Krystal's adoptive father. One element featured in the game was the SwapStone, which allowed players to swap between playing as Sabre and Krystal. Its gameplay and cinematics were heavily influenced by The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. Intended to be Rare's last game on the Nintendo 64, Dinosaur Planet was initially going to use Nintendo 64's Expansion Pak and would've been housed in a 512-megabit (64 megabyte) cartridge, which would have placed it among the largest Nintendo 64 games by stored data.

It was revealed in an interview with Shigeru Miyamoto that he had reviewed Dinosaur Planet and noticed Sabre's design compared to Fox were strikingly similar, leading to him convincing the team to re-design the game to turn it into an official Star Fox game. According to lead software engineer Phil Tossell, the sudden change was not accepted willingly by all of the team, as the plot had to be entirely rewritten to accommodate the canon of Star Fox. Originally, the new game was intended to be called Star Fox Adventures: Dinosaur Planet, but was later shortened to just Star Fox Adventures. Later on, the team realized the potential of using the Star Fox license in hopes of boosting awareness, and moved development from the Nintendo 64 to the then-upcoming GameCube. Rare released downloadable, limited full length MP3s from the game before the change, many of which remained in the final release, to various video game websites, along with numerous trailers and screenshots of gameplay.

Among the many known changes between Dinosaur Planet and Star Fox Adventures include the lack of two playable characters, Sabre and Randorn's removal, and an entirely different endgame involving a fifth SpellStone.