It was announced at PAX, and now it's official. Launching October 2nd and 5th on PSN and XBLA respectively, two classic Sega titles get a digital rebirth: Nights Into Dreams
and Sonic Adventure 2
. Both will be $9.99 or 800 MS points. This is great news because both of these games are fan favorites, they're getting harder to find in their original versions, and the digital profits will probably go a long way to helping the financially beleaguered Sega.
Unless you're a nerd like me you probably don't own the original hardware and software for these titles, so the digital release is a good opportunity for old fans and newcomers alike to get these games easily and affordably. Nights Into Dreams was the big headliner for the Sega Saturn back in the day, after the console's flagship Sonic title fell apart and got cancelled. Nights was popular in the 90s but has gotten rather obscure, and hasn't seen many releases aside from a holiday expansion pack and a more recent sequel for the Wii. As the Saturn faltered and failed, Nights got harder to find.
Sonic Adventure 2 is the more readily available of the pair, because it not only got an original Dreamcast release but an updated port to the GameCube as Sonic Adventure Battle. Sonic Adventure 2 fixed a lot of the issues the original Sonic Adventure had, mainly the absolutely awful camera, but the multiplayer battle mode was updated on the gameCube and consequently, it's now separate DLC, running you about $3.00/240 MS points in the new digital versions. This is a little annoying in my opinion, but then again I can just go fire up my Saturn, Dreamcast or Cube and replay these classics like the curmudgeonly old retro nerd I am.
NiGHTS into dreams... and Sonic Adventure 2 Available for Digital Download this October
HD Remakes of Legendary SEGA Saturn Titles Priced at $9.99 / £6.49 / €7.99
SAN FRANCISCO & LONDON - September 17, 2012 - SEGA®of America Inc. and SEGA® Europe Ltd. today announced that the HD remakes of both NiGHTS into dreams...™ and Sonic Adventure 2™ will be coming to digital download platforms this October. On the PlayStation®Network, NiGHTS and Sonic Adventure 2 will be available on October 2 for $9.99 / £6.49 / €7.99 and available on October 5 for 800 Microsoft Points on Xbox 360® LIVE Arcade for the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft.
Sonic Fans will also be able to enhance their Sonic Adventure 2 experience with Battle Mode DLC for an additional $3.00 / 240 Microsoft Points. Battle Mode includes more maps and characters from the beloved Gamecube version of the title, including the popular Chao Karate.
As an added bonus for NiGHTS into dreams..., players who purchase the title will receive free access to the dreams from the original 1996 holiday-themed expansion, Christmas NiGHTS, previously only available through a Saturn holiday bundle or from special game and magazine promotions. For more information on NiGHTS into dreams... and Sonic Adventure 2, please visit www.sega.com.