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Encyclopedia > NiGHTS into Dreams
Nights Into Dreams...
Nights box art
Developer(s) Sonic Team
Publisher(s) Sega
Distributor(s)
Designer(s) Yuji Naka, Takashi Iizuka
Engine
Latest version
Release date(s) Japan July 5, 1996
United States of America August 31, 1996
European Union September 1996
Genre(s) Action-adventure
Mode(s) Single player, multiplayer
Rating(s) ESRB: Kids to Adults
ELSPA: 3+
Platform(s) Sega Saturn
Media 1 x CD-ROM
System requirements

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Contents


The Game

Screenshot of the Frozen Bell level.
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Screenshot of the Frozen Bell level.

Players take the role of either Claris or Elliot, two children living in the city of Twin Seeds. In their dreams, they enter the world of Nightopia, where all human dreams are played out. An evil creature known as Wizeman is gathering power to take control of the dream world. The children attempt to save Nightopia by teaming up with Nights, a Nightmaren (nightmare-dweller) who rebelled against Wizeman. Screenshot of NiGHTS Into Dreams, taken from here. ... Screenshot of NiGHTS Into Dreams, taken from here. ... Pierre-Cécile Puvis de Chavannes: The Dream, 1883 A dream is the experience of images, sounds/voices, words, thoughts or sensations during sleep, with the dreamer usually unable to influence the experience. ...


In Nightopia, distinct aspects of characters' personalities are represented by glowing coloured spheres known as "Ideya." However, at the start of each level, Wizeman's minions steal all the player's Ideya except the rare red type representing courage. The goal of each level is to recover the stolen Ideya by collecting 20 blue chips and delivering them to the Ideya capture, which will overload and release the orb it holds. After playing through four routes ("Mares"), Nights is transported to the nightmare realm for a boss fight against one of Wizeman's Nightmaren. It has been suggested that Personality psychology be merged into this article or section. ... A sphere is a perfectly symmetrical geometrical object. ... In computer and video games, a level (sometimes called a stage, course, round, world, map or landscape) is a separate area in a games virtual world, in modern games typically representing a specific location such as a building or a city. ... Courage is the ability to confront fear in the face of pain, danger, uncertainty or intimidation. ... Flag Ship from the video game Gorf In video games, a boss (sometimes called a guardian) is a particularly large or difficult computer-controlled character that must be defeated at the end of a segment of a game, whether it be for a level, an episode, or the very end...


The unique features of this game centre on Nights' flying sequences. Movement is natural and fluid; multiple moves can be freeformly played and linked together using a simple control system. Most copies of the game came bundled with an analogue joypad, one of the first on any home console. For the Analog Science Fiction and Science Fact publication, see Astounding Magazine. ... Categories: Computer and video game stubs | Input devices | Computer and video game terminology ...


Aside from the immediate game mission, the game contains the complex and involving artificial life ("A-Life") beings called Nightopians (dream-dwellers, sometimes refered to simply as "pians") and their genetically modified counterparts, the Mepians. The game features an evolving music engine, allowing tempo, pitch, and melody to alter depending on the moods of these creatures. Although if judged only by the main adventure it is a rather short title, significant long-term appeal comes from experimenting with the A-Life features, as well as from the game's refined high score system (similar to those of the Tony Hawk's Pro Skater or Crazy Taxi franchises, in that it relies on fast movement and long chains of "combos" in order to build up points). Artificial life, also known as alife or a-life, is the study of life through the use of human-made analogs of living systems. ... Music is an art, entertainment, or other human activity which involves organized and audible sound, though definitions vary. ... In musical terminology, tempo (Italian for time) is the speed or pace of a given piece. ... In music, pitch is the perception of the frequency of a note. ... Look up melody in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... High score of the Commodore 64 game Great Giana Sisters. ... Tony Hawks Pro Skater (1999) is a skateboarding video game for PlayStation, Dreamcast, Nintendo 64, Game Boy Color, and N-Gage featuring professional skater Tony Hawk in the first in a series of such games. ... Crazy Taxi was first released in arcades in 1998 and was ported to the Dreamcast in 1999. ... A combo (short for combination) is a concept regarding fighting games and fighting in general. ...


Christmas Nights

Christmas Nights
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Christmas Nights

Christmas Nights was a two level stand-alone expansion pack of Nights that was released in December 1996. In Japan, it was part of a Christmas Saturn bundle. It was elsewhere given away with the purchase of select Saturn games such as Daytona USA Championship Circuit Edition, and was bundled in with issues of Sega Saturn Magazine and Next Generation Magazine. The CD-ROMs given away on the front cover of Sega Saturn Magazine were missing the card slip case in which to keep the disc, and were instead supplied with a transparent plastic one. The game was also available for rent at Blockbuster Video locations in America. In the UK, Christmas Nights was not included with the official Sega Saturn Magazine until December 1997. Image File history File linksMetadata Christmasnights. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Christmasnights. ... Stand-alone is a loaded word confusing and misleading term, used to refer to various categories of computer programs, but rarely in a consistent fashion. ... An expansion pack is an addition to an existing game. ... Christmas (literally, the Mass of Jesus Christ) is a traditional holiday observed on 25 December. ... Daytona USA was a racing arcade game released by Sega in 1994. ... Cover of Sega Saturn Magazine, June 1998 Sega Saturn Magazine was a monthly UK magazine dedicated to the Sega Saturn. ... The cover of the January 95 issue of Next Generation. ... Blockbuster video store This article is about the chain of video stores. ...


The Christmas Nights disc contained a playable demo of the game's Spring Valley level. Unlike the original, it was now playable as Elliot as well as Claris, although his was a mirror-image version of the stage. The game used the Saturn's internal date clock to change elements of the game according to the season, adjusting it for Christmas and New Year periods with different graphics and music. When the internal clock reached December 1, the normally lush greenery of the environment would be completely covered in white snow. The general motif of the level's design would also adopt a Christmas theme, with item boxes becoming Christmas presents, Nightopians dressing in Santa's elf costumes, the Ideya captures becoming Christmas trees, and so on. There were several other unlockable extras, allowing the player to experiment with the game's music mixer or its A-Life system, time attack one of the game's Mares, or even to play the demo stage as Sega's mascot Sonic the Hedgehog. In computer or video games, a demo can be a gameplay recording. ... A Christmas tree in a Danish home. ... Many computer and video games include a time attack (or time trial) mode. ... Mascots at the Mascot Olympics in Orlando, FL. A mascot is something, typically an animal or human character used to represent a group with a common public identity, such as a school, professional sports team (the name often corresponds with the mascot), society or corporation. ... Sonics character has been redesigned with age through the years. ...


Reaction

At the time of its release, Nights Into Dreams topped Saturn sales charts but failed to find the mass commercial appeal of Super Mario 64 or Crash Bandicoot, both of which were launched around the same time. Most reviews in dedicated Saturn magazines praised the game, but those of some multi-platform websites and magazines were more critical. Super Mario 64 is a video game for the Nintendo 64. ... // Crash Bandicoot, or simply Crash, is a popular video game character created by Naughty Dog, who stars in a video game franchise of the same name. ... A video game magazine is a magazine that talks about video games on PC, other computers or video game consoles. ... Multiplatform (or multi-platform) is a term commonly used in the computer world about a project that can be used on multiple platforms. ... The front page of the English Wikipedia Website. ...


However, the game is now commonly regarded as a classic, and due to its quality and availability it is one of the titles most commonly recommended to players starting collections of Saturn games. Nights consistently appears in greatest games ever lists. In a January 2000 poll of readers of Computer and Video Games magazine, it appeared in 15th place in a list of the "100 greatest games" (directly behind Super Mario 64). Edge "only" gave it a score of 8/10 in their original 1996 review of the game [1], but in their October 2003 issue the magazine's staff placed Nights in their list of the ten greatest platform games. While there is no universal standard by which to judge the quality of games, some games regularly feature in best game ever lists. ... Cover of C&VG from 1991 Computer And Video Games (C&VG) was a video game magazine in the United Kingdom, published monthly between November 1981 and 2004. ... The cover of Edge issue 146 from February 2005. ... A screenshot of the original Donkey Kong. ...


Nights's future

Demand for a sequel to Nights Into Dreams has been strong for many years. A game with the working title Air Nights was intended to use a tilt sensor in the Saturn analogue pad, and development later moved to the Sega Dreamcast for a time, but eventually the project was discontinued. However, it has been suggested that the motion-sensing technology for Air Nights might have been similar to that of Samba De Amigo, and it may even have been, in fact, an extremely early version of that game. The Sega Dreamcast (Japanese: ドリームキャスト; code-named Blackbelt, Dural and Katana during development) was Segas last video game console. ... Samba de Amigo is a video game developed by Sonic Team and released in 2000 by Sega in arcades as well as for the Sega Dreamcast video game console. ...


It is said that Yuji Naka refuses to release a sequel because he cannot improve the game any further other than a graphical update. In the December 2000 issue of the Official UK Dreamcast magazine he explained:

"I know a lot of people love it and want us to make a sequel, but for us it's a really important game. Like the way Spielberg likes E.T. so much he won't remake it, I don't want to make another Nights." Steven Spielberg Steven Allan Spielberg, KBE (born December 18, 1946) is a four time Academy Award winning American film director (three OSCARS and 1 Lifetime Achievement Award), and among the most successful filmmakers in history. ... E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is an Academy Award-winning 1982 science fiction film directed by Steven Spielberg that tells the story of a young boy, Elliott, who befriends an alien being called E.T. stranded on Earth and trying to find his way home. ...

In an interview in the November 2003 edition of Edge, he was asked whether he would like to develop another Nights game:

"I see Nights as a licence. When dealing with such a licence from the past it is quite a lot of work, but I would like to use Nights to reinforce Sega's identity, yes."

In a February 2005 interview he stated that a Nights sequel would have to be of perfect quality, so it would take a long time to, in his words, "get it right."


Although there have been no new Nights games, the character can be seen in cameo appearances in more recent Sonic Team titles (such as Sonic Adventure 2), and references to the game were made in Burning Rangers. There is also a bonus Nights game in the Nintendo GameCube version of Phantasy Star Online and Billy Hatcher and the Giant Egg that can be downloaded to the Game Boy Advance. There are also Nights-themed pinball levels in both Sonic Adventure and Sonic Pinball Party. Nights also made a cameo appearance in the form of a minigame in the PlayStation 2 game Sega Superstars, which makes use of that console's Eye Toy peripheral. Nights latest cameo is in Shadow the Hedgehog in the form of an advertisement. Martin Scorsese appears briefly in an uncredited role in this scene from Taxi Driver, the first scene in which Cybill Shepherd appears. ... Sonic Adventure 2 is a video game in the Sonic the Hedgehog series, developed by Sonic Team for the Sega Dreamcast. ... Burning Rangers is a video game developed by Sonic Team for the Sega Saturn. ... The Nintendo GameCube (Japanese: ゲームキューブ; originally code-named Dolphin during development; abbreviated as GCN) is Nintendos fourth home video game console, belonging to the Sixth generation era; the same generation as Segas Dreamcast, Sonys PlayStation 2, and Microsofts Xbox. ... Phantasy Star Online (PSO), released in 2000, was an online title for Sega Dreamcast. ... This article is about the video game. ... The Game Boy Advance (GBA) is a handheld videogame console developed, manufactured and marketed by Nintendo. ... Sonic Adventure (ソニックアドベンチャー in Japanese) is a video game created by Sonic Team and released on December 23, 1998 in Japan by Sega for the Sega Dreamcast. ... Sonic Pinball Party is a video game released for Game Boy Advance in 2003. ... In Fantastic Dizzy, the player has to complete a sliding puzzle to get an extra life. ... The PlayStation 2 (PS2) (Japanese: プレイステーション2) is Sonys second video game console, the successor to the PlayStation and the predecessor to the PlayStation 3. ... SEGA SuperStars is a game developed by Sonic Team in 2004 for the PlayStation 2 EyeToy. ... The Eye Toy is a digital camera device for the PlayStation 2 similar to a webcam. ... A peripheral ***is ***a ***type ******of ***************computer ***hardware************ ***that ***is ***added ***to ***a ***host ******computer*** ******in ***order ************to ***expand ***its abilities***. ***More ***specifica************lly ***the term ***is ***used ***to describe ***those ***devices ***that ***are optional ***in ***nature***, as ***opposed ***t*********o ***hardware ***that ***is ***either ***demanded***, ***or ***always r*********equired... Shadow the Hedgehog as he stars in his own game, Shadow the Hedgehog. ...


Rumour has it that Nights, along with Ulala, Aiai and Amigo will all appear in the upcoming Sonic Riders, it is believed that Nights will be the last flight character but this is only speculation.


Trivia

Nights was also made into a comic miniseries by Archie Comics, with three comics made. It proved popular enough to result in a second miniseries being made - however, the second set of comics were considered to be of low quality, with a bizarre plot and artwork that was horribly off-model (Nights himself, for instance, had grown a chin at the end of the series despite having no such thing in the game). After the second set, no more Nights comics were produced. Archie Comics is an American comic book publisher known for its many series featuring the fictional teenagers Archie Andrews, Betty Cooper, Veronica Lodge, Reggie Mantle, and Forsythe Jughead Jones. ...


External links

  • Nightsintodreams.com Fansite and message boards
  • Scoreattack.net High score and gameplay website and message boards.
  • The Dream Realm
  • The Nights Into Dreams page of The Green Hill Zone, a general Sonic Team fan site.
  • The Christmas Nights page of The Green Hill Zone.
  • The Unofficial NiGHTS Into Dreams website.
  • NiGHTS Into Dreams..., a fan site and message board.
  • The Nights section of GameFAQs

Unofficial remixes of the games' soundtracks: GameFAQs main page in September 2004. ... A remix is an alternate mix of a song different from the original version, made using the techniques of audio editing. ...

  • Nights Into Dreams remixes at OverClocked ReMix
  • Christmas Nights remixes at OverClocked ReMix
  • Nights into Dreams remixes at VGMix

 
 

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