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40 Winks is a 3D action platformer for the PlayStation, released in 1999. A Nintendo 64 version was to be released that same year but was cancelled, despite it being almost complete and ready to be shipped. Nearly two decades later, the N64 version would resurface and receive a belated official release following a Kickstarter campaign.

N64 gamers lost more than 40 winks waiting for this game.

A near-final build was dumped onto the internet by gorgyrip on January 29, 2008 on The ASSEMbler Forums.


Nitekap, a magician of some kind, kidnaps all the Winks, which are responsible for good dreams. Siblings Ruff and Tumble must collect the last 40 Winks in the world before all the good dreams become nightmares.

Why It Was Cancelled

GT Interactive was not impressed by the PlayStation release sales, so they cancelled the game.

However, by the time they had cancelled it the major Nintendo magazines had reviewed the game. This led to rumours that the game was released somewhere somehow, which is not the case.


The N64 version was restored by Piko Interactive. They started a Kickstarter to help release the version with a $20,000 goal and was a success, current estimated amount funded is $130,000.

Official Nintendo Magazine issue 86 (November 1999)

N64 magazine issue 35 (December 1999)