A Letter To NiGHTS Fans – 15 Years & 2 Heroes Rewarded

Dear Visitors (NiGHTS fans),

Yes you. I’d like to talk to you for a minute so stop pulling funny faces at images of Will’s dad (hoot, terrible) and touching NiGHTS (if you like that sort of thing) and listen, as I want to tell you a quick little personal tale.

One of my best experiences when at SEGA was working on NiGHTS Journey Of Dreams because I got to interact with you guys. You’re perhaps one of the most loyal group of video game fans I’ve come across. I’ve always had a very good relationship with you lot and I’ve always been keen to try and help out NiGHTS where possible and keep NiGHTS alive. Be it a reference here, a nod there.

Which is why Summer Of Sonic will be paying tribute to NiGHTS’ own anniversary in a few very special ways. The merchandise cabinet will include NiGHTS stuff this year for a start, we will have a special community related reveal amongst other little flourishes here and there. SEGA may not be celebrating it (I’ve no idea why Puyo Puyo gets the anniversary treatment but NiGHTS does not) but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t.

What’s that? Have I heard about the NiD15 campaign? Why… yes, yes I have.

 

Of course that brings me neatly onto my next subject and the main point of this letter. No one, but NO ONE has helped keep NiGHTS going more and fought harder than TRiPPY and DiGi over at NiGHTSintoDreams.com have. In recent years they have become known perhaps for more campaigns such as “Don’t Forget NiGHTS” for Sonic & SEGA All-Star Racing and the aforementioned NiD15 campaign, but people forget because of this just how long they’ve been in the community and how long they (and perhaps TRiPPY more specifically on this point) have been leading it. Celebrating a video game series that hasn’t had a game for a decade is HARD but they still kept things going.

 

They live NiGHTS, he is part of them. It has shaped them as people, inspiring both through art, music and their philosophy on life and they celebrate the fact it has done so. To dream,  be free and be true to yourself. If you cut them they’d bleed purple – except on April 1st when it’d be Reala red of course.

Over the years they have become good friends of mine, but I’ve always wanted to do something a bit more for them then I was able to. I filed in for them in 2007 for an interview with Iizuka-san and hand-delivered a gift to him from them in 2010 which was great but they’ve never been able to meet him. Something they wanted to do so badly.

In fact I have made it something of a personal mission down the years to try and arrange it, the one thing I really wanted to do before I left SEGA, but met with failure every time. I may have left SEGA now, but we had in fact set the wheels in motion before I did. This year WILL be different.

You see, we may not have announced Iizuka-san and indeed Naka-san until quite recently but we had in fact had them lined up for some time. The first thing that was put down for them when they are here? NiGHTSintoDreams.com will be having a private sit down with Yuji Naka and Takashi Iizuka at Summer Of Sonic to discuss 15 years of NiGHTS history, NiGHTS going forward and more. Best get to thinking up what to say you guys.

Lynne, Niyazi, thank you for all your hard work over the years for the NiGHTS fans. I’m sorry your ultimate reward is a little late, but I do hope you enjoy it.

“A tree that reaches all the way up to the heavens must be a sign of your heart’s resolve.” – Owl, NiGHTS Journey Of Dreams

– ArchangelUK –

Kevin Eva

Author: Kevin Eva

Gamer, scholar, gentleman & fountain of useless trivia, LMC's boss-man extraordinaire is also a super-awesome Community Manager who has worked on projects for SEGA, Square Enix, Konami, Capcom and more. Once co-created and hosted an international fan-convention because he can do that sort of thing.

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  1. T.A Black

    Many congratulations to the both of them – they deserve it for all of their hard work with the NiGHTS fandom. I must admit, I’ve only played a touch of NiGHTS, but the impression I get is that it’s a small but dedicated fanbase with a lot of positivity coming from it.

    DiGi and TRiPPY- enjoy your time and best of luck with everything.

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  2. OH MY GOD. OH MY GOD. *rolls under table* I couldn’t sleep lastnight! XD

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  3. I’m very happy for you guys. NiGHTS and I were born on the same year, so I never met him until Journey of Dreams came out unfortunatly. NiGHTS has changed my life in so many ways. I’ll never forget everything you guys and NiGHTS have done for everyone. You are some of the most detacated people I know. You’ve worked so hard in your lives to make sure that nobody ever forgets the magic and joy NiGHTS has brought to us. When one tries to accomplish something, it either ends in success or failure. But it is in the attempt itself where you find the true value. You’re both trying so hard day and night trying to bring NiGHTS back to us on his 15th Birthday, and I just know we’ll all succeed. Believe in your own power and walk your own path. Have fun on your trip and I hope to hear from you some day. G’night! 🙂

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