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Dinosaur Planet concept art revealed, Timber from Diddy Kong Racing was originally set to be the star

Timber gets the shaft again!

The secrets behind Dinosaur Planet keep coming! Just a few days back, a prototype version of the N64 build was leaked online, bringing us tons of gameplay footage. Today, we find out that another RARE character almost landed the starring role!

In a feature on VGC, former RARE dev Kev Bayliss reveals that Timber from Diddy Kong Racing was actually going to be the lead in the game. This is the second time Timber was meant to be the star character, as he was originally going to front Diddy Kong Racing. Once again Timber got the shaft though, as RARE went with a wolf character, and then transitioned to Fox McCloud.

Accord to Bayliss, Timber would have appeared as a time-travelling tiger with a rucksack, fingerless gloves, a baseball cap and a small dinosaur for a sidekick.

Along with that, Bayliss also shared a bunch of concept art from the original pitch for Dinosaur Planet/StarFox Adventures. You can see the gallery of art here.

Dinosaur Planet, RARE's cancelled N64 game that became StarFox Adventures, leaks online

A RARE piece of history

Back in the later days of the N64, RARE was working on an original title for the platform called Dinosaur Planet. That release was eventually cancelled, and RARE took what they had and reworked it into StarFox Adventures for the GameCube. Many have wondered just how far along that N64 version, and now we know, thanks to a new leak.

A playable build of Dinosaur Planet on the N64 has been leaked online, courtesy of the video game preservationists at Forest of Illusion. This build of the game comes from December 2000, two years before the game made its jump over to the GameCube. This build of the game was purchased from a private game collector in Sweden.

This version of the game isn't perfect, but it's good enough to run on actual N64 hardware, albeit with some issues. You can see gameplay footage from today's leak in the video above.

Thanks to CM30 and Enigmaxtreme for the heads up!

First 4 Figures The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask PVC (Exclusive Edition) Production Video

A not-so-terrible fate

The latest video from First 4 Figures shows off the production line for The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask PVC (Exclusive Edition). It looks like things are coming along quite well! The statue is set to launch sometime in the next few months, but there's still time to pre-order here.

Youtooz releasing official Banjo-Kazooie figurines

A figurine that doesn't break the bank

Youtooz has revealed that they're working on a new Banjo-Kazooie figurine, and it's set to launch on Feb. 26th, 2021. The figurine is just $30, and you can read the official description for it below.

Banjo and Kazooie are always getting swept up in adventures, whether it’s making music or stopping Grunty in her tracks. Standing 4.5 inches tall, this detailed collectible features Banjo in his classic yellow shorts and blue backpack (with pal Kazooie bursting out), ready to pluck up a tune on the banjo from his game’s memorable intro. The window box is illustrated to show Banjo and Kazooie’s home, using elements from the franchise. This collectible ships in a matte, embossed, protective outer sleeve.

Check out more pictures here

UPDATE - Turns out Tooty and Bottles are getting their own figurines on the same day!

Microsoft's Edge extensions store was hosting illegally copies of Mario Kart 64, Super Mario Bros., and more

Not a good look, Microsoft

People browsing the Microsoft Edge extensions store recently noticed some strange listings on the service. Downloads for Mario Kart 64, Super Mario Bros., Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Pac-Man, Tetris, Cut The Rope, and Minecraft had made their way to the store, and they obviously weren't listed by the rights holders for each property.

It seems these listings somehow slipped under the radar with Microsoft, which is how they got added to the store in the first place. Now that Microsoft is aware, they've removed almost all the illegal listings. Microsoft will no doubt be policing the situation much more closely as they move forward.

Fresh trademarks for The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Wind Waker, and Skyward Sword spotted

What are you up to, Nintendo?

Earlier this week, a new trademark for The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass surfaced. This led fans to wondering if Nintendo is putting together some sort of Legend of Zelda 35th anniversary collection of games. Today we get even more evidence of something like that.

One trademark update for a Zelda game is one thing, but a group of Zelda games getting trademark refreshes at the same time is awfully suspicious. Aussie trademarks for Ocarina of Time, Wind Waker, and Skyward Sword have all been tracked down as well. With four Zelda games getting trademark activity all around the same time, it sure does seem like Nintendo has something up their sleeve.

Mod adds ray tracing to Super Mario 64

Looking great after all these years

In today's day and age, ray tracing is the big talk in gaming. Everyone's eager to see more realistic reflections and lighting in games, and ray tracing helps make that a reality. There's sure to be plenty of amazing titles that make use of the tech, but why not step back in time and see how it spruces up the classics?

Modder Dario put ray tracing to the test with Super Mario 64 to see how much of a difference it makes, and the results are pretty gorgeous. The mix of Super Mario 64's basic geometry and the modern lighting/reflections makes it look pretty unique. It definitely goes to show how a few little touches can make a big difference!

Piko Interactive planning a new N64 cartridge release of Glover

Like a glove!

Back in December 2020, Piko Interactive was teasing a Kickstarter related to Glover. Today we have some new details on what to expect.

Piko Interactive has taken to Twitter to announce that they're planning to run a Kickstarter that would fund a new N64 cartridge release of Glover. Even better, this cartridge release would have updates and improvements over the original Glover cartridge, thanks to some fixes that were discovered via a ROM leak.

There's no start date yet for the Kickstarter, but we'll keep tabs and let you know once things go live.

The 2007 Xbox Live Arcade remake of GoldenEye was cancelled for many reasons, not just issues with Nintendo

No, mr. Bond...I expect you to die!

Discussion surrounding the never-released 2007 Xbox Live Arcade remake of GoldenEye has been swirling once again, as a full playthrough of the game has made its way to YouTube. Fans of the classic game have been going back-and-forth on why the title never saw release, and most believe Nintendo to be the biggest hurdle that was never vaulted. The truth is a lot more complex than that.

Those familiar with the situation have pointed to a bigger source of issues for the remake's release. It was actually the Bond license holders, MGM and Eon Productions, that caused the headaches. Despite the success of GoldenEye on the N64, the Bond license holders weren't happy with many things that were showcased in the game. Blood, Bond fighting other good guys in multiplayer, the killing of civilians, and so on. Following the release of GoldenEye on the N64, the rights holders were much more restrictive with their rules.

RARE even tried to release the GoldenEye remake as part of RARE Replay years later, but once again, both MGM and Eon Productions caused problems. By this time, Nintendo had almost nothing to do with the original GoldenEye release, as all their rights and deals had long since expired.

Wireless option for the Brawler64 N64 controller now available

Take control in a whole new way

Retro Fighters' Brawler64 controller for the N64 was a crowdfunding success, providing N64 fans with a more modern take on the classic N64 controller. When the controller first launched, the only option available was a wired unit. Now fans can pick up a wireless option for £39.49. There are gray, red, blue, and green options up for grabs, and you can find them all here.

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