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Christmas NiGHTS into Dreams
Publisher: Sega
Developer:
System(s): Sega Saturn
Sound driver: SCSP/CD-DA (18 tracks)
Peripherals supported: 3D Control Pad
Genre: Action































Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Saturn
JP
¥1,500 610-6431
Sega Saturn
US
$? 81067
Sega Saturn
UK
£2.75[1] MK81067-50
Sega Saturn
FR
?F MK81067-50
Sega Saturn
DE
DM ? MK81067-50
Sega Saturn
ES
?Ptas MK81067-50



Christmas NiGHTS into Dreams (クリスマスナイツ 冬季限定版) is a one level Christmas-themed "demo" of NiGHTS into Dreams. It was originally released in November 1996 for the Sega Saturn.

Gameplay

Due to its freebie nature, Christmas NiGHTS is a much smaller game than NiGHTS into Dreams - there is only one level (Spring Valley - almost identical to the level seen in regular NiGHTS) however unlike the original it is playable as Elliot as well as Claris. When playing as Elliot the stage is mirrored.

Christmas NiGHTS is Christmas-themed, and so its graphics and music have been replaced with winter-esque versions of the original stage (but only in winter). For example, Ideya Captures are now giant floating Christmas trees, and NiGHTS wears red attire rather than purple. Gameplay is largely identical to the original game, including the A-Life system altered by defeating enemies.

If not played over the winter months, Christmas NiGHTS defaults to "NiGHTS: Limited Edition" and essentially acts as a no-frills demo. Between November and January it is "Winter NiGHTS" and during December, "Christmas NiGHTS".

Clock Features

The visuals of Christmas NiGHTS change slightly depending on the time indicated by the Saturn's (or PlayStation 2's) internal clock.

The period between November and February is the most "active" part of the year, which scenery changing almost at an hourly rate.

Time Background Falling objects in foreground
00:00 Moon Hearts
01:00 Moon Snow
06:00 Northern Lights Snow
07:00 Sun Snow
08:00 Sun Moons
10:00 Sun Snow
12:00 Rainbow Purple gems
13:00 Sun Snow
15:00 Sun Candy
16:00 Sun Snow
18:00 Moon Snow (though less of it)
19:00 Moon Snow
21:00 Moon Stars
22:00 Moon Snow

The main part of the game is not unlocked until December, when Christmas NiGHTS mode is enabled. Here, the children wear Santa outfits, and defeating the boss (Gillwing) will lead to a credits screen.

On New Year's Day, there is a change of title screen, on Valentine's Day, hearts always fall, and on April Fools' Day, users can play as Reala instead of NiGHTS. Reala can be played at any point after the latter event is seen.

Unlockables

Christmas NiGHTS has many extra features unlocked by playing the game:

Link Attack

Music Box

Museum

Karaoke

Videos

Two trailers of the standard NiGHTS into Dreams can be unlocked, ths first being from the '96 Tokyo Toy Show (where the game first debuted) and the second a "summer special" trailer.

NiGHTS Goods

Nightopian Collection

Time Attack

Sonic the Hedgehog into Dreams

Perhaps the most notable extra is the ability to play Christmas NiGHTS as Sonic the Hedgehog. Under the "Sonic the Hedgehog into Dreams" mode, the player is restricted to traveling on foot, and instead of tackling the level's original boss, Gillwig, Sonic is put against an inflatable balloon version of Dr. Eggman in a battle similar to Puffy from the "full" game. The boss music is a mash-up of both Puffy's original theme, "She Had Long Ears", and "Final Fever", the final boss battle music from the Japanese version of Sonic CD.

Interestingly this qualifies as Sonic's first "true" 3D outing - Sonic Jam, Sonic R and the Saturn version of Sonic 3D were all released in 1997.

History

Release

Christmas NiGHTS was not sold in the same way as most Sega Saturn games, being initially bundled with issue #14 of the UK's Sega Saturn Magazine, before seeing limited distribution across the rest of the world.

In Japan, it was part of a Christmas-themed Sega Saturn console bundle and not sold separately, however it was packaged in a plastic jewel case like the majority of the Japanese Saturn library. In fact, the Japanese Christmas NiGHTS clearly states "only this winter" on the box, and has always been treated as a limited edition of the game.

In North America the game was given away with the purchase of select Saturn games such as Daytona USA: Championship Circuit Edition. These versions were distributed in a cardboard slip case to cut costs, much like many early Saturn bundles. The game was also available for rent at Blockbuster Video locations in America.

In addition to being a cover disc, Christmas NiGHTS was distributed in the UK as part of special console bundles[3] and as a gift with the first 200 subscriptions to Sega Saturn Magazine during the month of December[4]. It is currently unknown whether the game saw a release in other European countries.

Legacy

Christmas NiGHTS was also included in the PlayStation 2 version of NiGHTS into Dreams. The Saturn disc can also be accessed via a Windows PC for extra content, similar to other Sonic Team games.

Production credits

Cybersound™, Sega Digital Studio
Produced by SEGA

Track list


1. [data track 1] ({{{time}}})


2. [data track 2] ({{{time}}})


3. <JINGLE> Acrobat Time (00:12)
Composed by: Naofumi Hataya


4. <JINGLE> Time Up (00:12)
Composed by: Naofumi Hataya


5. <JINGLE> Pia Over (00:13)
Composed by: Naofumi Hataya


6. <JINGLE> Mare Over (00:16)
Composed by: Fumie Kumagai


7. Dream Bells (02:11)
Composed by: Tomoko Sasaki


8. The Dragon Gave a Loud Scream : In Holy Night (02:05)
Composed by: Naofumi Hataya


9. The Dragon Gave a Loud Scream (02:08)
Composed by: Naofumi Hataya


10. Rolling Eggman (02:05)
Composed by: Naofumi Hataya


11. Message From Nightopia (Christmas NiGHTS) (01:52)
Composed by: Tomoko Sasaki


12. Dreams Dreams : In Silent Memory (01:29)
Composed by: Tomoko Sasaki


13. Welcome to Christmas NiGHTS (01:02)
Composed by: Naofumi Hataya


14. Winter Sleep (00:57)
Composed by: Tomoko Sasaki


15. New Year's '9TH' (00:57)
Composed by: Naofumi Hataya


16. NiGHTS (00:50)
Composed by: Tomoko Sasaki


17. Gate of Your Dream (01:28)
Composed by: Tomoko Sasaki


18. Dreams, Dreams (05:17)
Composed by: Tomoko Sasaki
Vocals: Dana Calitri & Curtis King Jr.


19. Dreams, Dreams: Karaoke Version (05:15)
Composed by: Tomoko Sasaki


20. Dreams, Dreams: A Cappella Version (04:25)
Composed by: Tomoko Sasaki
Vocals: Issa Clemon, Gabriel Morris & Marlon Saunders
Running time: 32:54

Magazine articles

Main article: Christmas NiGHTS into Dreams/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
78 №417, p31
89 №, p9Media:SnGwSISDRZK Book JP.pdf[5]Media:SnGwSISDRZK Book JP.pdf
Sega Saturn
84
Based on
2 reviews

Saturn, US
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Cover
ChristmasNiGHTSIntoDreams us disc.jpg
Disc
Saturn, EU
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Cover
ChristmasNiGHTsIntoDreams saturn eu cd.jpg
Disc
Saturn, JP
ChristmasNights Saturn JP Box Back.jpgChistmasNightsBox jp.jpg
Cover
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Disc
ChristmasNiGHTS SS jp manual.pdf
Manual

Technical information

Save data

The game makes use of the Saturn's internal battery back-up as well as the Saturn Backup Memory cartridge to save progress and unlockable content. In addition, you can link save data of Christmas NiGHTS with the retail version of NiGHTS into Dreams and see in-depth information of save data from the retail version.

Christmas NiGHTS into Dreams Save Data
Name Comment File Size
NIGHTS_XMAS NiGHTS dat 55
NiGHTS into Dreams Save Data
Name Comment File Size
NIGHTS___## Score data 30
NIGHTS___## A-life 197

References

  1. File:SSM UK 14.pdf, page 1
  2. File:SSM UK 13.pdf, page 98
  3. File:SSM UK 15.pdf, page 55
  4. File:SSM UK 15.pdf, page 64
  5. File:SnGwSISDRZK Book JP.pdf, page 11


Games in the NiGHTS into Dreams Series
Sega Saturn
NiGHTS into Dreams (1996) | Christmas NiGHTS into Dreams (1996)
LCD handheld game
NiGHTS into Dreams (1997)
Sega Dreamcast
Air NiGHTS (Canceled)
Nintendo Wii
NiGHTS: Journey of Dreams (2007)
Sony PlayStation 2
NiGHTS into Dreams (2008)
Windows PC
Xbox Live Arcade
PlayStation 3 PlayStation Network
NiGHTS into Dreams (2012)
Sampler Discs
Sega Saturn
NiGHTS into Dreams Sampler (1996)
NiGHTS into Dreams related media
Music
NiGHTS Theme Song: Dreams Dreams (1996) | NiGHTS Original Soundtrack (1996) | A NiGHTS Remix: Another Dreams (1997) | NiGHTS: Hoshi Furu Yoru no Monogatari Original Soundtrack (2008) | NiGHTS into Dreams: Perfect Album (2008) | NiGHTS: Journey of Dreams Game Soundtrack (2008)
Book
NiGHTS Nice Night Tours (1996) | NiGHTS Kouryaku Guide (1996) | NiGHTS Koushiki Guide Book (1996) | NiGHTS Hisshou Kouryaku Hou‏‎ (1996) | NiGHTS: Tsubasa ga Nakute mo Sora wa Toberu (1996) | Prima's Secrets of the Games: NiGHTS into Dreams: The Official Strategy Guide (1996) | NiGHTS: Journey of Dreams Official Strategy Guide (2007) | NiGHTS: Hoshi Furu Yoru no Monogatari Dream Flight Guide (2007)
Template:FILM Sega Official Video Library Vol. 6: NiGHTS into Dreams (1996) | NiGHTS: Journey of Dreams: Behind the Scenes DVD (2007)