Nights into Dreams (Yes, The Saturn Platformer) Getting HD Remake This Fall

By Ishaan . July 5, 2012 . 9:30am

Despite their financial problems, it appears as though Sega aren’t giving up on all of their classic I.P. after all. This morning, the publisher announce an HD remake of Sega Saturn platformer, Nights into Dreams, for PC, Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network. Here’s a trailer for the updated HD version of the game:



The HD version of Nights into Dreams will contain leaderboards, trophy and achievement support, and an optional Saturn mode that will let you play the game with its original graphics.


Nights into Dreams will be released this fall.


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  • I’d have probably screamed right now if I were alone.

    I guess I don’t need to get a Saturn now.

    • Anime10121

       Yep I can finally retire the old planet now.  My Saturn’s memory was screwed anyway and wouldnt save anything, Nights was the only game I still played on the thing, and now I dont need it anymore.

    • cj_iwakura

      Yes you do, for Dragon Force, Magic Knight Rayearth, Albert Odyssey, Shining The Holy Ark, Shining Wisdom…

      • Well, yes, there are a bunch of other games too, but NiGHTS was my main motivating factor. XD;

      • Testsubject909

        That said.

        I doubt we’ll ever see an HD remake of Magic Knight Rayearth or a re-release of it.

        edit: PS. for those wondering. No, the Sega consoles were never my main ones. As a kid, I was mainly on the Nintendo like most, but I grew up as a multi-platform user. Just saiyin.

  • CirnoLakes

    For PC?

    FOR PC?

    For PC, you say?

    Oh, my~. Well, SEGA, you may take my money. Oh wait, this is SEGA, I shouldn’t be surprised it is coming to the PC. It’s still nice, though. Thank you for loving the PC, SEGA.

  • Anime10121

    OK I must have died last night because there is NO WAY all of this
    great stuff is happening/being announced today! This is better than
    E3!!! This game is a jewel and I cant wait to play it again on my ps3:)

    Sega you have regained my love (and thusly my money:P)

  • Zonic505

    How I’ve waited so long for a XBLA/PSN version of this. Along with the news of the new JoJo fighting game & MvC Origins, this is one of the best mornings ever.

  • João Madalena

    From the title i was expecting a total remake, but from the trailer it’s just a remaster from the ps2 version, still good anyway.

    • Anime10121

      Either way its still awesome as its coming out in the US!

  • z_merquise

    I first read it at NeoGAF and it just started as a rumor and it seems to be true then. I may check this game.

    There was also a rumor (also found at NeoGAF) for an HD port of Skies of Arcadia. I wish it’s true because I really wanted to play that game.

    I hope they put Panzer Dragoon Orta next for their HD remake.

  • NeoAthanasius

    Sweet! It seems like Sega has finally figured out Saturn emulation. Let the floodgates open! I was scared that Treasure was going to be the only developer who ported their Saturn games.  

    • João Madalena

       This isn’t a port from the saturn, it’s a remaster from the ps2 version that was released only on japan.

      • NeoAthanasius

        Oh yeah, I forgot about the PS2 port. Did version also contain the original Saturn game as well?

        • João Madalena

           Yes, and and the christmas demo as well, so it’s easier to remaster

  • MrSirFeatherFang

    Great news!

  • Crevox

    I heard it was a great game. I might have to try it.

    • Anime10121

      Please do, I guarantee you wont regret it (it is sadly kinda short though)!  The game is awesome and with leaderboards score attack will be even better!

      • Testsubject909

        The final stage always felt like magic to me since I was a little kid. Mind you there’s also a lot of nostalgia playing in it, but the imagery for it was just breathtaking.

        • Anime10121

           Yep, I agree it was magical to fly through that stage.  It was also a extremely nice embodiment of what the kids were doing and their character development.  I dont think there was anything I didnt like about Nights Into Dreams,  Sega did an excellent job keeping this a surprise, as I dont think anybody ever expected this.

          This fall I am going to be broke.

  • Nice nice, definitely does look better.  Happy for all you Nights fans!

  • This is great news. I wonder if it will do the Christmas Nights thing when that holiday rolls around.

  • Carlos Escalante

    Hope Skies of Arcadia, Shining Force III, Dragon Force (which will be released for PS3) and Panzer Dragoon Saga get ports. Always wanted to play those games.

  • Luis Camargo

    Next HD re-release: Skies of Arcadia Legends please.

  • Now the wait is on for a Nights HD collection with:

    Nights Into Dreams (Saturn)
    Nights Into Dreams (PS2 remaster)
    Christmas Nights (Saturn)
    Nights: Journey of Dreams (Wii)
    Nights Advance (GBA)

    And some extras like the Nights Archie comic book series.

    • Anime10121

      If this truly is the Ps2 version (which seems very likely having watched the trailer), Christmas Nights and the Saturn original (you can see the Saturn version in the trailer) will already be on it. 

      Journey of Dreams would probably control better with full circular analogues, that I agree with completely, but Nights GBA? They can keep it.

      • The original is in it, but not Christmas Nights, which happens to be my favorite game in the series despite it being considered a demo.

        • Anime10121

          We dont know that for sure yet.  Like I was saying if its the PS2 version Christmas Nights was included in that version.  They may just not be advertising that yet.

        • Testsubject909

          It’s all that snow and festive feel ain’t it? And the song…

    • Prithivi

      Is there a Nights for GBA??? Fist time I’ve ever heard of it, and I call myself a Sega fan :(

      • Anime10121

        Yeah there is one, but in my opinion its not very good.

      • Zonic505

        Yes & no. It was never actually released on a cartridge. You had to have that GBA to GCN connector and somehow unlock it in Billy Hatcher & The Giant Egg or Phantasy Star Online Episode 1 & 2. You can could download the game to the GBA (which was only one stage & it was a Time Attack mode) and play it until you shut the system off.

        So yeah, there WAS one, but it was only available as a downloadable mini-game.

        • Prithivi

          OK! Now I remember! In fact I’ve played it through PSO I+II, thank you very much!

    • Testsubject909

      Christmas Nights! Thanks, I was struggling with remembering the title for it.

  • Godmars

    That they failed to further the franchise, when people were even asking for it at the time, just says how far Sega if not the whole industry has fallen.   

    And still I’m buying the damn thing…

  • Vampiric

    seems like a cash grab

    • Anime10121

      How might I ask?  It looks to be the full PS2 remake (that included the original Saturn version) that was Japan only when it came out.  It retailed there for almost $70, we’re getting it for $15.  Nights is a classic, and the fact that its getting trophies/achievements, leaderboards, etc. I think its very worthy of the price of admission.

      • Vampiric

         any game thats re released for a 3rd or 4th time, there is no reason for it

        • Anime10121

          How do you figure Nights has been re released 3 or 4 times?  This game has been re released ONCE and only in Japan.  This game has never recieved a western re release even though fans have been begging for it for years.

          It has however had a sequel that wasn’t recieved to well because its controls were atrocious.

  • WyattEpp

    I’m totally okay with this, actually.  Such a good soundtrack…

  • SirRichard

    It’s been quite a day for news, hasn’t it? Never got to play this the first time around, definitely going to give it a shot.

  • Shadowman

    Alright! This is awesome! Next up should be Power Stone HD remake. But we still need capcom to sigh off on it. But hey if that don’t work out we can see if we can get Shenmue.

    • Testsubject909

      Power Stone HD with online support.


  • cj_iwakura

    I still own the original, but I hope everyone supports this. It’s a wonderful game, and the Wii version was a very lacking(if decent) successor.

    • Testsubject909

      Do you also have the Christmas game of Nights into Dream? It was sort of like a demo since it was really just two stages I think. Memory fails me, but it’s basically just a Christmas themed Nights game.

  • ivanchu77

    ABOUT TIME!!! 

    I only played the wii version, and despite its flaws i enjoyed that game a lot, so eager to play the original version!

    • Anime10121

      The original was far better.  Its a better built game and the controls were better.  Nights Journey of Dreams for the Wii would have controlled better had it not been for Nintendo’s horrible analogue configuration (I mean the analogues on everything they made pre3DS were octagonal and not circular like the Saturn original, Playstation, and Xbox controllers).

      Nights into Dreams (the original) is by far a better game, but Journey of Dreams would have been a little better with circular analogue motions.  Nights requires fluid circles to be fun, and fluid circles did not the classic controller make.

      Oh and the music is much better in the 1rst game too (not to say its bad in Journey of Dreams, just wasnt memorable).

      • SirTeffy

         Sky Concert, Growing Wings, and Cruising Together say hi. Also the game was more marred by the minigame stages, the LONG LONG LONG loading, and the tutorial explaining the HORRID, HORRID wiimote-only controls regardless of your control configuration. I had no problems whatsoever with the notched Nunchuk, just don’t tilt the analog stick ALL THE WAY into a groove and it’s fine.

        • Anime10121

          Yeah but each one of those tracks you listed are just remixes/arrangements of songs from the first game (and I’d say the originals are still much better, although The Sky Concert was a very nice mix).  And yes I’m well aware of the other issues, but the analogue thing is the biggest for me. 

          You shouldnt have to use the joystiq a “certain way” to be able to get proper usage out of the game, especially when every other console has complete circular analogues.  Never did understand Nintendo’s need to be different in that particular regard. 

    • Testsubject909

      I hope you’ll be able to enjoy it.

      One thing I love about Nights into Dreams is that… it tells a story without saying a single word.

      Something I felt spoiled a lot of the atmosphere in the Wii version.

      I wanted them to shut up half the time…

      edit: Also, Nights was pretty damn ambiguous about Nights gender… And I felt that helped with the whole dream world feel.

  • Long live Saturn. It’s kinda funny how the one console they sorta gave up on in the US may help them out nowadays when they’re struggling. I’ll definitely check it out since I never had the chance to get a Saturn.

  • ToshiChan

     time to shamelessly sing “in the nightssss, dream delight” alone in my room once again

  • Alphabet Soup

    Glad to see they’re re-releasing the original to consoles with better control schemes than the Wii had.  I’m grateful for the Wii sequel, but the fun of Nights was always that fluid feeling of flying as you navigated him through levels.  Will definitely give this a purchase!

  • malek86

    Uhm, this is one of those games I could never get into. It felt too confusing. It probably doesn’t help that I hate the Saturn analog controller with a passion, and thus played with the digital one… probably not very indicated, considering the kind of game.

    But current consoles have better analog sticks, so I might give it another try when it comes out.

    • Testsubject909

      It is true that a lot of what’s in the game is never explained or conveyed in any way, though for those who’re reading and don’t know.

      Gather the orbs, take them to those large metroid-esque orby collector things to liberate your positive emotions (yeah that’s how I explain those things, I always forget what they represent), and that’s it…

      Spin around in a circle and you’ll create a sort of magnetic vacuum that both defeats enemies and absorbs orbs into you. There are power ups, but just experiment to figure them out, a bit like if you play Sonic for the first time.

      And the bosses… Well, they’re sort of like puzzle games… part of the game really is to figure out how to defeat every bosses.

      edit: Anyways, an analog would definitely help with the controls, so would the widescreen view to be able to see more ahead. In any case, I hope you enjoy.

  • Göran Isacson

    Nights was one of those titles that I, a poor Saturn-less child, missed out on while growing up. I do believe that it is time to rectify that situation. Only question I have is which format would be best- my PC can probably handle this, but I don’t know how this controls or plays, and as such it might be for the best to buy it for console… anyone out there who knows if this game could work on a keyboard?

    • Anime10121

      No, go for console, its not the type of game to use with a keyboard.  You will be making a lot of circular motions in the game and a keyboard would really complicate the game (a mouse may work, but even then I doubt it would work well).  

      • CirnoLakes

        Keyboard versus console is a false dichotomy. Yes, there are some silly PC elitists that hate the controller. But most games are fairly keyboard friendly, especially the recent SEGA titles.

        You can be fairly certain this upcoming title will have fairly good controller support, especially for the XBOX 360 controller. If you own a PlayStation 3 controller, XBOX 360 controller, or even any decent USB controller, getting it on the PC is just fine. That’s what I’m doing, and that doesn’t mean I’m playing it on the keyboard.

        • Anime10121

           I know that you can use controllers on PC, but he specifically asked whether this game would be good for a keyboard.  There are lots of circles and curves to be made on this game, and you can not make fluid circles with the arrows on a keyboard.  There are plenty of games that do fit keyboards, however I dont think Nights is one of them.

    • In my opinion, it doesn’t work quite well on a keyboard. The game requires a lot of spins and turns which cannot be done on keys. You can do it, though, if you’re good at doing that. But I’m not so good with using the keys so if you can manage, go ahead. But as the people below me say, the controller is the better option.

  •   I got the game as a gift from my grandmother…and i never even had a Saturn so it just sat on my shelf…So i’m really happy!

  • Solomon_Kano

    Sweet. I have a bunch of comics I got from my uncle that had ads for the original, but I never got to play it. Now I’ll definitely get this.

  • Wow :D When I finally play Nights into Dreams in an emulator, this one comes up. 
    ;) Hmmmm… definitelu getting this one. I wanna support SEGA! :DDDD

  • DarkWaterClone

    This is great news. I will be picking this up on the 360. I do wish there was a Vita version though. I would gladly get in on that system too.

  • Testsubject909

    Money. Take. Gimme Game…

    Man, so many good memories about Nights into Dreams… That said though, will they also be giving us an HD version of the Christmas themed Nights into Dream game? I know it wasn’t a full game, if memory serves me well, but it was certainly nice… Or as DLC maybe?

    • Anime10121

      If this is the PS2 version (which seems likely given the trailer) it “should” already be included.  However the way they handled Sonic Adventure DX, im inclined to believe it may be a dlc add on.

  • Yes yes yes yes!

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