Uncommon’s Cancelled N64 Challenge Dinosaur Planet Initially Starred The “Cute Tiger” From Diddy Kong Racing


Kev’s preliminary sketch for Star Fox Adventures (Picture: Kevin Bayliss by way of VGC)

Final weekend, Uncommon’s cancelled Nintendo 64 venture Dinosaur Planet was leaked on-line. It shocked many, together with Kevin Bayliss – a former Uncommon worker who now works at Playtonic Video games.

With all of the reminiscences flooding again, in his phrases over on VGC, Kev has now revealed how the unique star of the sport was really supposed to be Timber the Tiger from Diddy Kong Racing. Timber was additionally meant to be the face of R.C. Professional-Am 64 (earlier than it was modified to DKR).

“After ending work on Diddy Kong Racing in 1998, I began work on a venture that was to turn out to be a 3D journey recreation based mostly in a fantasy type world, much like that of Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time however in a prehistoric surroundings.

“The primary character was initially going to be – imagine it or not – Timber, the lovable tiger from Diddy Kong Racing.”

Bayliss goes onto clarify how Timber would have been a “time travelling tiger with a rucksack, little fingerless gloves, [and] a baseball cap” in Dinosaur Planet, who had a small dinosaur for a sidekick.

Timber the Tiger as seen in Diddy Kong Racing
Timber the Tiger as seen in Diddy Kong Racing (Picture: Fandom)

This as a substitute adopted with Uncommon making the primary character a wolf often called Sabre (get it?) and ultimately talks with Nintendo led to it changing into a brand new entry in Star Fox collection – remodeling your complete recreation.

“After rethinking the design just a little, it was determined to alter Dinosaur Planet’s major character to a wolf (Sabre), and in addition to incorporate a 2nd playable character (Krystal), every with totally different talents. At this level, there have been no comparisons drawn with Fox Mcloud, and it by no means even crossed my thoughts that there was already a extremely popular “Star’ fox on the market in a universe of his personal.”

“Apparently, NCL have been very impressed with what they’d seen of the sport and so in the course of the present we met and mentioned the potential for a ‘marriage’ between the “Star Fox” and “Dinosaur Planet” IPs to create one thing actually particular. The concept was to create Star Fox Adventures: Dinosaur Planet (because it was initially recognized) for the N64, however in fact we ultimately ended up transferring to GameCube as that platform launched.”

If you need to be taught extra concerning the historical past of Dinosaur Planet, you may learn Kev’s full story over on VGC. We have additionally acquired our personal story that includes the Lead Software program Engineer.

How do you’re feeling about Timber lacking out? Would you’ve got been up for this character changing into the face of Dinosaur Planet? Depart a remark down under.

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