2018 is shaping up to be a good year for Nintendo 64 fans.
Not only is the classic retro console rumoured to be in line for a revival thanks to Nintendo but at least one new game is set to arrive on the platform – and it’s been a long time coming.
Back in 1998, Eurocom and pubisher GT Interactive were at the forefront of games production for the 64-bit console and busy working on a 3D platformer to rival Super Mario 64.
The game was called 40 Winks and it sounds trippy as hell, with gamers invited to enter a world of dreams, where they could transform into a variety of imaginative characters.
40 Winks was on course to arrive on the N64 later that year and had already come out on the Playstation, where it was released under the name Ruff & Tumble in Europe.
The Nintendo 64 version represented the true crowning glory though with the console boasting superior gameplay and graphics thanks to its 64-bit engine – twice as powerful as the PS1.
Unfortunately, fate conspired to deny fans a look at the game. With GT Interactive in dire financial straits at the time, the N64 version of 40 Winks was scrapped.
Most fans probably assumed the game would never see the light of day again, particularly after the Playstation version failed to gain much traction, but Piko Interactive never gave up.
The company has garnered something of a reputation for resurrecting long lost titles and quickly set about making the Nintendo 64 version of 40 Winks a reality.
A Kickstarter fundraising page was set up to secure a physical release for Eurocom’s long-lost platformer.
After just a few days, the Kickstarter smashed its target of $20,000 and now, 20 years on from when the game was first developed it looks like fans may finally be able to get their hands on it.
Two versions of the game are set to go on sale: a regular grey edition with a standard cardboard box and maula and a special edition boasting a colourful cartridge, fancy box, poster and even a POG. Yes, a POG.
Piko Interactive are not done there either. The company has set another funding target of $60,000. Hit that and a special 40 Winkers N64 controller will be made available.
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