This would be just interesting if it were any other I.P., but it’s NiGHTS. I’ll be honest, my stomach is in knots over this. It sounds really stupid but NiGHTS was an important influence in my life, so I take the subject fairly seriously.
For those who don’t know, the March poll on Sega I.P.s that players would like to see again saw NiGHTS win 55% of the 18,000 votes cast (source: Wikipedia).
Around the same time as this poll, Official Nintendo Magazine ran a feature referring to a new title for the Nintendo Wii stating that a classic franchise would make its long awaited return, with a feature being promised in its May issue. It then ran this image (click for the link).
Nothing too spectacular in itself. People rapidly tried to guess what the implications were, trying out different theories and so forth. Then, well, Someone imposed some NiGHTS artwork onto the image.
The reaction so far as been ballistic. Of course, this is a NiGHTS sequel rumour. To quote Gamecentral in the UK: “A NiGHTS sequel has been rumoured (read: imagined) for years…” Hence, sceptics immediately denied it, pointing to the calendar as proof. Bearing in mind, this is the same time of year that the Sonic & Tails in Super Smash Brothers cheat was printed, and to this day people still believe that to be true. ONM have since issued a statement on the matter:
"[we are] very aware how much coverage our Next Month page is getting across the globe right now. I have to admit – I thought it was a cool little teaser when we did it – but I didn’t anticipate it blowing up quite so much! I’ve seen everything from Family Guy to Woody Woodpecker fitting perfectly in that star cluster!
Anyhoo, I’m here to iron a few things out. This is not an April Fool. I remember once I did an April Fool on CUBE with Gannondorf Photoshopped into Soul Calibur II and people got really upset when they found out it wasn’t true so we don’t do those kind of things anymore. I think they’re just a bit of a laugh but obviously other more sensitive people don’t. . .
Also, we do have respect for our readers and we don’t set out to purposely mislead people. The whole point of the Next Month image is to be a teaser and to get people guessing. It’s just A BIT OF FUN. There are no lies in there. Innevitably the situation might change between the time of the mag going to print and the release of the next issue (it is a good six weeks after all). The game may end up being announced online before we hit the shelves. Ocassionally these things happen and it’s completely out of our control. However, the point is that we are not misleading you – there is a new game due to be announced.
In summary then, please take a deep breath and count to ten when you’re thinking about this. There are quite a few images that perfectly fit into that star cluster. We’ve never mentioned any names – it could be anything.""[/quote]
Again, still no confirmation or denial. The only website at present with anything resembling confirmation is Spong: a website with not very much in the way of credibility following some rumours that got out of control. Gamespot, however, are convinced:They say it isn’t bogus. The webmaster of nightsintodreams.com, the unofficial fan site for the game, has backed up the story, claiming that she had knowledge of it for some time:
Game Reactor’s cover this month is a little telling:
With the game also appearing (apparently) on this Japanese release list. IGN are being a little cautious on this evidence (if it is evidence) saying that “this is not even close to actual confirmation”.
As for Naka…well, who knows?