Press Screenshots

January Batch

These screenshots marked as "January" were presumably distributed to select press outlets earlier than the E3 screenshots below, but were never officially released directly to the public. Several of them were published in Nintendo Power magazine and on IGN64.

Notably, several screenshots appear to have been captured in the Nintendo 64's high-resolution mode. In the extant prototype, only the startup menus run in high-res mode, with the in-game graphics exclusively displaying at the standard, lower N64 resolution. This is causing some HUD issues in these screens, where the low-res HUD appears much smaller than it does when running at the normal resolution. Another visible issue is the Queen Earthwalker's eye textures not being applied in dplan16.jpg.

These screenshots were eventually published in the major release of behind the scenes Dinosaur Planet assets by RareMinion.

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Pre-E3 Batch

These screenshots were distributed to press and published on Rare's defunct Dinosaur Planet web site shortly before E3 2000. Several of these screenshots are close to or the same as the January batch: Shots 1, 4 and 10 appear to be the same as in January, while shot 6, the Galadon fight, has been touched up with a photo editor's clone tool to cover up the HUD with parts of the image from just below its position.

The image of Krystal on a log at Discovery Falls, dpshot5.jpg, is noticeably different from the others. It appears to date from a much earlier build, given Krystal's appearance is extremely dissimilar from all other screens and footage, and it is blurrier than the other screenshots, possibly indicating it was resized from the image in the E3 press kit, seen further down the page.

These images are presented here in their original layout from Rare's official web site.

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E3 Press Kit

The E3 press kit included a set of 8 screenshots, some new and others reused from previous batches. It's unclear when these images became public, as they were originally intended only for press use. N64_din2.jpg is a different resolution to all of the others. For reasons unknown, N64_din8.jpg appears to have been mirrored after capture, with the Sabre textures and area layout suggesting a post-production flip rather than a design change.

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Magazine Coverage

Nintendo Power

Nintendo Power was the official Nintendo magazine for North America, operating from August 1988 until December 2012.

June 2000, Vol. 133

Nintendo Power spread their E3 2000 coverage over across three parts, spanning Vols. 132, 133 and 134. In the previous issue, part 1 covered games announced in the lead-up to E3. Part 2 in this issue kicks off with a full-page report on Dinosaur Planet.
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July 2000, Vol. 134

Part 3 of Nintendo Power's E3 2000 report was a wrap up of the entire event, featuring some more facts and impressions, and some deeper dives into some games and developers. Dinosaur Planet was covered briefly in their section on games they were able to get hands-on time with.

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Nintendo Magazine System

Nintendo Magazine System was the official Nintendo magazine in Australia from April 1993 to August 2000, running for 89 issues. Its final three issues all featured coverage of Dinosaur Planet.

June 2000, Issue #87

Issue #87's News section featured the announcement of Dinosaur Planet as its lead story, speculating that it could be "the greatest and biggest adventure of all time."

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July 2000, Issue #88

Issue #88 features coverage of the year's Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3 2000), where Dinosaur Planet was shown for the first time by Rare, alongside a statue of Sabre and Krystal riding a T. rex. The NMS preview concludes with the observation that "there's only one thing wrong with Dinosaur Planet and that's the amount of time we have to wait until we can play the finished version."

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In addition to the preview, there is a multiple-page collage of photographs the NMS team took at E3, including one of the Dinosaur Planet statue.

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August 2000, Issue #89

Issue #89 included a full-page preview of Dinosaur Planet full of the latest Rare promo screens, describing the game as "full of big surprises."

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