From Sega Retro

System(s): Sega Saturn, Sega Dreamcast
Publisher: Sega
Developer: Sega

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Air NiGHTS is the name of an unreleased sequel to NiGHTS into Dreams, once set for release on the Sega Saturn, then the Sega Dreamcast. The game never materialised, though a sequel to the game did eventually emerge in the form of NiGHTS: Journey of Dreams for the Wii.

From what can be understood from interviews with Sega employees, Air NiGHTS was conceived in the late 1990s while the company was developing improved Saturn and Dreamcast controllers. It was to use controllers which could detect motion (much like the Wii), though was scrapped when Sega opted for a more traditional controller setup. Initial plans were based around a Saturn pad with a built-in tilt sensor, though this later evolved into something completely separate when the Dreamcast project started.

It is rumoured this prototype Dreamcast controller may have been designed for Air NiGHTS (or vice versa).

It is also possible that the Saturn's 3D Control Pad ("Multi Controller" in Japan), with its detachable cable may have been influenced by Air NiGHTS in some way.

The motion sensing technology would later end up as part of Samba de Amigo and its accompanying maracas.

Magazine articles

Main article: Air NiGHTS/Magazine articles.


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)
i-mode 503i
NiGHTS (2001)
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)
NiGHTS Dream Wheel (2021)
Sampler Discs
Sega Saturn
NiGHTS into Dreams Sampler (1996)
NiGHTS into Dreams related media
(1996) | (1996) | (1997) | (2008) | (2008) | (2008) | (2024)
(1996) | (1996) | (1996) | (1996) | (1996) | (1996) | (?) | (2007) | (2007)
NiGHTS: Tsubasa ga Nakutemo Sora wa Toberu (1996)
(1996) | (2007)