Back in 1998, Eurocom began work on a 3D platformer called 40 Winks which allowed you to enter a world of dreams and transform into a wide range of different characters. Sadly, when publisher GT Interactive began to haemorrhage cash the N64 version of 40 Winks - which was eventually released on PlayStation and is known in Europe as Ruff and Tumble - was one of the many projects to get the axe.
Fast forward to the present, and Piko Interactive - which has a history of reviving lost video games - has taken to Kickstarter to secure a physical release for Eurocom's lost platformer. After a day it has already smashed its modest goal of $20,000, meaning a physical launch has been secured.
Two versions of the game are on offer, with the regular edition containing a grey game pack, colour cardboard box and insert and colour manual. The special edition has a colour game pack, special edition box and inset, colour manual, poster and a POG (Hey, remember those? Well they're back!) featuring special artwork.
With over $28,000 already raised, the first stretch goal is in sight - a special 40 Winks N64 controller, which is unlocked at $60,000.
Let us know if you'll be pledging your cash to this venture by posting a comment below.
Looks better than most Switch games
And here I am, dreaming of a port/virtual console Jet Forge Gemini on Switch.
@Rhaoulos Keep dreaming, it's on Xbox One.
I remember this made the cover of Official Nintendo Magazine one month, and then it ended up not even coming out on the N64! In fact, didn't the PlayStation version have a quote from ONM on the box? What a weird period of time!
Kind of tempted to back this, but I remember at the time not actually being interested in the game, so I'd only be doing it out of curiosity to own a rare game...
@BigKing I plan to keep dreaming. I know Microsoft acquired Rare, but there is always hope! Like MS going 3rd party dev, or selling some licenses/studios, or a partnership. Let me dream!
Ill buy it, being an N64 collector it can go with my 200+ cib N64 games.
Well better late than never, i suppose...
I can not find if it will play on pal systems🤔
Oh this game terrifies me to this day for some reason. Had it on PSX, I wasn't aware it was planned for a N64 release
Wow, that video was VERY 90s. XD
The Wii had an entire virtual console shelf dedicated to N64 games. Why didn't they use that when the Wii was still popular?
40 Winks? It's name is very ironic. It woke up after sleeping for 40 winks.
They should remake it with updated graphics. They're not limited by technology anymore and N64 3D games haven't aged well at all.
Thing is, what people are getting is an actual cartridge for the actual N64.
So while I'm sure modern graphics artists could do more with the N64 than was possible at the time, they still do have the same technical limitation.
How does this work? Do they have the code to the n64 one? Are the converting the psx one to the n64? Is it a reimagining with the original game as the template?
It's not really explained in full on their KS page.
They only write that N64 production was coming along nicely by the time the game got the axe, so maybe they're just releasing the original code?
Fund allocation mentions nothing about buying the original code or the IP, or having any programmers finish anything. And likewise, risks and challenges mention nothing about difficulties in working on long outdated hardware, or any potential licensing issues.
Now, this could either mean that all of it is already taken care of, or that they aren't doing it the legal way. A bit more transparency in this regard would be nice.
@GVIL You're in luck. It says it's playable on both PAL and NTSC systems on the box art.
@Rhaoulos you’re not missing much these days. Played it on Xbox one in the Rare Replay collection ... it plays like arse nowadays!!
40 Winks is a bit souless game but still interesting
I'm a big fan of the N64, in fact just getting mine RGB modded lately, but I'll give this game a big pass. More a scalpers wet dream than anything for a legitimate N64 fan.
Man, Jet Force Gemini. The one N64 game I actually went out and re-bought used because I'd lost a stack of games.
Such a tight design and challenge.
It's in (or used to be) Rare's licensing agreement that they could still develop games for Nintendo handhelds. That' how we got Diddy Kong Racing on the DS... So I wonder where that leaves Nintendo's little hybrid console?
Wasn't Rare's last game for Nintendo a DS port of Viva Piñata?
That's a while ago, and certainly now with the Switch already threatening to make the Xbox One look bad what sales are concerned, I'm certain Microsoft wouldn't allow it.
But I've been surprised in the past.
Glad I'm not the only one. I still have the original game, probably burried somewhere deep in a loft. I need to look for it now
I remember that game and have completely forgot about it. Stuff like this is very cool.
@Rhaoulos @Pod @Rhaoulos Always liked Jet Force Gemini. Bought it a bit after its time used from Blockbuster Video, I think. That and Pokemon Snap. My wife and I had SO much fun with those two games.
Jet Force Gemini was such a surprise, too. The box art and CGI versions of the characters were so unbelievably ugly and strange.
The game play was inspired, I thought. Sort of a Sh'm'up meets action adventure. Music was some of Rare's best. It did suffer a bit from bloat like all the post Banjo Kazooie games making the final stages a bit of a slog, but I wish it had gotten more recognition and/or a sequel.
I had this on PS1 back in the day, it was kinda awful tbh.
A lot of what Rare made deserved sequels. They were an IP powerhouse at the time.
I kept hoping for a Blast Corps. sequel with realistic bulding destruction and more sci-fi hillbilly music.
"which was eventually released on PlayStation and is known in Europe as Ruff and Tumble"
It was released on PlayStation in Europe as 40 Winks. Ruff and Tumble is a very difficult 2D run and gun on the Amiga released in 1994.
@TossedLlama I just looked at an actual N64 box I have lying around (Perfect Dark) and they're not there either.
I don't know why I felt compelled to, but I backed the special edition tier. I guess the idea of a new, lost game seeing "official" release really got to me, lol.
And at this rate, it looks like it'll hit the 60,000USD level, so I'll get that controller too. Cool.
I really want to play this.
Sweet as mate
I'll back this 😊
This is very cool and I’m usually all over this sort of nostalgia, but it’s for the one Nintendo console I don’t own...so I hope a tier for a Switch download option materializes.
Are Pogs really making a comeback? Is so, awesome! Now if slap braclets and scratch and sniff stickers would do the same!
It has a review of 4.1 from gamespot and it looks terrible... "move over mario" has to be the most arrogant strapline of all time.
I wonder if this is just the same as the leaked N64 prototype ROM leaked some years ago, just put on a cart for N64 users? I understand that though a prototype, it was mostly complete. Someone asked a couple times on the Kickstarter thread, but wasn't answered.
I found this strange too since I remember playing this at the local supermarket 19 years ago. I especially remember the strange name this game had.
@Rhaoulos Jet Force Gemini was my favorite N64 game... never beat it because of the grind fest at the end...
@djtwenty9 I remember beating it but that was almost 18 years ago. I remember the grind at the end as a sort of 2nd run with hidden places and new enemies. Never saw it as a grind and loved rediscovering the game.
@Qun_Mang No answer is as good as a confirmation then.
Anyone else remember the Nintendo Power feature on this game? As a kid, I wanted to play this, and I didn't realize until a decade and a half later that this game never actually came to the N64 haha.
Even tho I just hooked up my N64 the other day as a permanent feature in my living room, I'm personally not interested in this one. I mean, if I was reeeally interested, I woulda picked it up on PS1 long before!
I just had a flashback about Rocket: Robot On Wheels suddenly. What a unique and pleasant surprise rental back in the day. I'd like to see that get a re-release.
I thought I read a review once in the N64 magazine. Guess I was wrong?
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