Rare’s unreleased Dinosaur Planet for Nintendo 64 is now in the wild, and gameplay of it running on the console is available.
The video game preservationists at Forest of Illusion announced they had released a build of the game dated December 2000. Dinosaur Planet eventually launched as Star Fox Adventures for the GameCube in 2002.
Digital Foundry’s John Linneman has confirmed the validity of the build, and managed to get it running on an actual Nintendo 64. The video below is gameplay he captured:
This build of the game does not appear to originate from the Nintendo gigaleak that recently helped fans restore the Super Mario World soundtrack. Rather, it appears the preservationists bought a disc with work-in-progress code of Dinosaur Planet on it.
Dinosaur Planet was a 3D adventure game along the lines of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time that was originally unrelated to the Star Fox series. So the legend goes, Shigeru Miyamoto himself suggested it be retooled to incorporate Fox McCloud and co, and release not on the N64 but the GameCube.