Surprising news this morning. The archival group Forest of Illusion announced that they had obtained a copy of Dinosaur Planet. The build of the game is clearly in a much different state than the E3 demo version. This one has Fox McCloud partially implemented, but other characters still call him Sabre and Krystal is still playable for large parts of the game. The build file lists a creation date of December 1st, 2000.
They had obtained a disc from a private game collector in Sweden which contained the build of the game.
The build is playable. Streamers are already starting to play through the build on their channels. It has glitches and issues, and many hackers will no-doubt work on it to fix and complete the game as they have time to look at it.
All this news caused Dinosaur Planet to briefly trend on Twitter.
Obviously, this is huge news. Dedicated fans and archivists have been waiting for something like this to happen. People are excited. Unfortunately, I must throw a little bit of cold water on this and say that these files aren't authorized and possibly stolen. Nintendo, Rare, or maybe even Microsoft might come down hard on people distributing or streaming the game. Please exercise caution. It is for this reason that I can't even link to the original post because it contains a download link.
For now, though, I'm still in shock that something like this happened after all these years. This is kinda like the Playable Krystal Mod for Star Fox Adventures that was released just a few months ago. So much interesting stuff is happening now, of all times.
Artist Jonas created this epic Krystal fanart straight out of the 80's. Think He-Man, muscled up warriors on alien worlds with giant swords. Now add Krystal. Like I said, epic. The Arwings in the background is a nice touch.
It's been quite a while, but here it is! The next Nintendo Direct. This one is certain to have Smash Bros info, and that probably means a new character. We always cross our fingers that the beloved blue vixen will make her debut, of course, but I'm also excited to see what Nintendo has up its sleeves for the new year.
Unlike the previous post, this is an animation you can actually watch!
Krystal gets a message from Kat Monroe about a new Soap Opera special about to be broadcast. She has to get to her room quickly to catch it. Unfortunately, she's gonna have a hard time getting there.
In a commissioned animation, TheIronGauntlet does his visual gags and puns, as we've seen in previous animations. Krystal is voice acted in this one. We get to see her Staff again, and Fox McCloud gets involved too. Fun little animation.
As reported by pretty much everyone...
TV personality Adam Conover was interviewed on a political podcast and he brought up a tidbit from his past. Around 2014, he was working at CollegeHumor and there was a project in collaboration with Nintendo to create a Star Fox claymation/puppet type show. Apparently it was very similar to their existing Fantastic Mr. Starfox animation, which you can watch below.
As the story goes, a live action Legend of Zelda show was being produced by Netflix at the same time via a program for Nintendo to slowly allow their IP to be used in outside projects like TV shows. Unfortunately (or fortunately), someone at Netflix leaked information about the show, and Nintendo shut down the entire program, canceling this Star Fox show as well.
You can listen to the discussion here. Language warning.
Personally, I'm not broken up about it. I REALLY didn't like the Fantastic Mr. Starfox animation they had already done, and the idea that they would take something as painful to watch as that trailer and extend it out into a full-length show is probably going to haunt my nightmares for the next few days. It's just... not funny, which is pretty bad when your supposedly producing a comedy.
On the other hand, there's a new Star Fox animation (with Krystal!) that actually did release today! See the next post...
Small post today, but I couldn't let the day go by without mentioning it. Wow! It's been a long time!
Due to illness and travel over the holidays, I'm not yet in a position to record a year-in-review podcast like I usually do. I will probably do that early next week. Sorry for all the delays! We're still active and chatting every day on Discord. I have a lot of news to cover and will as soon as I can.
Until then, let me know in the comments what you'd like to see more (or less) of in the coming year.
Select New Game: Hard Mode
Sorry I was a little late. Those of you on the Discord server know that I have been sick as a dog all week, spending most of my days asleep. Don't worry, it seems to be a mild flu that caused a sinus infection, not COVID. And I'm already feeling much better.
I have a lot to post now, a HUGE backlog. Thank you all for your patience. As usual, I want to resolve this year to post here more and get my backlog smaller. I hope you all had a great Christmas and New Years, and I hope you have interesting plans of your own for 2021.
One of my biggest surprises this Christmas was when I received a Christmas card in the mail. It was from a close friend of mine in real life who I won't name to respect her privacy (unless she's cool with it). Anyway, she told me she would be sending me a Christmas card, but I never expected what was contained within. Check this out!
I didn't even know she was an artist! She told me since then that she only draws very rarely. What a sweet gift, and a wonderful drawing I just had to share.
Merry Krystmas! This year has been tricky and busy, but I wanted to do something special for you on this special day. It's not much, but it's something that's been needed for a long time.
We've had the voice acting clips of Krystal since the beginning of the Krystal Archive. However, there were some harder-to-extract sound effects like grunts, groans, and breathing sounds still in the game. I've finally pulled them out for your listening pleasure. I'm certainly not the first person to extract these, but to my knowledge this is the first time they've all been available in one place.
- Large Groan
- Groan 1
- Groan 2
- Jump 1
- Jump 2
- Jump 3
- Breathing 1
- Breathing 2
- Hard Strain
- Ugh 1
- Ugh 2
- Ugh 3
- Ugh 4
Special thanks to Gagnetar and Hugo Peters for assistance with these.
The Final Fantasy 7 update to Super Smash Bros Ultimate has officially launched as of December 22nd. It features new fighter Sephiroth and a bunch of other Final Fantasy things like songs, stages, and spirits. One of these is a new Spirit Battle Board, which contains a fight with Shiva, an ice elemental summon character. Given her looks and ice-affinity, in her spirit battle, she is played by a giant Zero Suit Samus and fights on an ice stage full of Freezie items. More importantly to us, Krystal is summoned as an Assist Trophy almost immediately, probably because of her Ice Blast Staff attack.
According to Dinoman96, this is the first Spirit Battle that features Krystal other than her own Spirit Battle. Can't verify that one, but nice to see Krystal popping up in unexpected places. Watch the video to see her in action.
Thanks to Dinoman96 for finding this and memer55 for letting me know. Video by bdcool213.
Forget about Sephiroth, there's a new fighter in town!
We talked about this mod a few months back. ShadowSnake is finally making a dream come true for both himself and all Krystal fans. In what is surely the most comprehensive Krystal mod for any Smash game to date, ShadowSnake's mod features a ton of detail work.
Based on the Dark Pit fighter, ShadowSnake's mod adds a Krystal model, new textures, Krystal's staff weapon, custom end screens, UI updates, a Kirby hat, Assault and Adventures outfits, and multiple color alts. There's even brand new voice acting and sound effects using clips from Assault and Adventures. (I helped!)
ShadowSnake says that this is only version 1, and future updates will further improve things. The goals include custom animations and attacks, more Krystal-like shields, and other stuff. In the meantime, you can download the mod and instructions from GameBanana.