In honor of Sega Saturn's 25th birthday, I thought I would dig into the vaults and share some old screenshots of Nights: Into Dreams. I created these back in 2003 or so using a PC emulator called Giri Giri. It was an early build, but I could play this game very well. The emulator was later discovered to be a pirated version of Sega of Japan's own (very incomplete) Saturn emulator, so it was shut down. Unfortunately, these were the very early days of Saturn emulation, so if you wanted to play, you needed a real console.
I posted these photos with my essay review of Nights in early 2003 to my arts website, part of a "videogame classics" series. My site was never hugely popular but it did see a fair amount of traffic. I soon discovered that my main screenshot popping up everywhere online. Several years later, that same photo found its way onto the pages of Retro Gamer. If memory serves, some other magazine grabbed my screenshot for Super Bomberman 2, so this was apparently a thing.
Funny enough, I just saw this screenshot again this morning on Twitter. I thought that was funny. Of all the work I've created, of all my attempts at being a successful artist and writer, this is what got the most attention. In any case, I always took my own photos for my videogame reviews and put a lot of effort into creating dynamic shots.
The screenshot sizes are a bit small by today's standards, but they did look a lot larger on old VGA monitors. Also, I had to severely optimize art assets for the website, as many users were still using dialup modems. I took great pride in building a site that would load almost instantly, while everybody else was still obsessed with Flash animations and popups and doodles and whatnot.