Jet Set Radio launches on Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network this week (PlayStation Plus subscribers have had access since September 10th), and even more HD re-releases of classic Sega console games are on the way. Announced in July (but not dated), both Sonic Adventure 2 and NiGHTS Into Dreams will be made available for download less than one month from today.
Ever since the release of Sonic Adventure on XBLA and PSN two full years ago, fans have been waiting for Sonic Adventure 2 to get its own HD update. That wait is nearly at an end. On October 2nd, PlayStation 3 owners will finally get their chance to play through Sonic's second (and final) Dreamcast outing. Xbox 360 owners will have to hold out until the 5th.
Priced at $9.99/800 Microsoft Points, Sonic Adventure 2 will also be the recipient of a DLC pack. For another $3.00/240 Microsoft Points, players can download the Sonic Adventure 2 Battle Mode DLC, which - like the Director's Cut DLC for the original Sonic Adventure - is comprised of bonuses from the GameCube version of the game, including extra maps and more playable characters.
The same day that Sonic Adventure 2 makes its XBLA/PSN debut (and at the same price), Sega will release NiGHTS Into Dreams. One of the most beloved of Sega's Saturn games, NiGHTS Into Dreams flies onto Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 with remastered widescreen graphics, in addition to a "Saturn Mode" that straight-up recreates the visuals from the game's original incarnation. Even better, Sega is making Christmas NiGHTS - the rare, holiday-themed NiGHTS expansion - available to players who buy the new Sega Heritage version of NiGHTS, and unlike Sonic Adventure 2's Battle Mode DLC, Christmas NiGHTS will be completely free.
As with Jet Set Radio, both NiGHTS and Sonic Adventure 2 will also include interviews with their respective developers, along with the expected support for leaderboards, achievements and trophies.
What's next for the Sega HD re-release machine? Both Shenmue and Skies of Arcadia have been rumored, but neither has been officially confirmed - yet. What classic Sega game would you like to see join the Sega Heritage lineup? Panzer Dragoon Saga? Phantasy Star Online? Let us know in the comments below.
Sonic Adventure 2 and NiGHTS Into Dreams release October 2nd on PSN, October 5th on XBLA.
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Source: Sega Blog