If you’re relatively new to gaming or not old enough to have lived through the 32-bit generation of the PlayStation, Saturn, and Nintendo 64; you may not have heard of or played Sega’s NiGHTS. In 1996 when Nintendo was releasing the Nintendo 64, the three battling companies were each putting out a mascot game to try to win over the hearts and minds of gamers. Nintendo had Mario, Sony had Crash Bandicoot, and Sega brought a strange game starring what looked like a jester called NiGHTS. Due to the N64 hype and Sony’s huge marketing blitz for Crash, NiGHTS fell to a distant third place with the Saturn, but it became a cult classic. Now sixteen years later, a whole new generation can experience one of the most imaginative and fun games ever created and it’s only ten bucks.
Sega has released NiGHTS for the PC, XBLA, and PSN as a digital download. It includes the complete original game, in both the original blocky Saturn graphics as well as a crisp new 16:9 HD overhaul. In addition to lots of extras such as picture and video galleries, the game also includes Christmas NiGHTS. That was originally a demo disc that came with certain magazines that year, and it became a valuable collector’s item as the magazines weren’t widely available (I think I still may have a couple polybagged copies…). The inclusion of Christmas NiGHTS is just icing on the cake as the original game was worth re-playing on its own.
If you never owned a Saturn, now’s your chance to play one of the true classics. If you have experienced NiGHTS again, replaying it in HD with all of the extras is pretty much worth the $10 asking price.