|First game||Nights into Dreams... (1996)|
|Created by||Naoto Oshima (Nights into Dreams...)
Kazuyuki Hoshino (Journey of Dreams)
|Voiced by||Julissa Aguirre (Nights: Journey of Dreams and Sega Superstars Tennis)|
Nights (trademarked and officially written as NiGHTS) is a video game character from the games Nights into Dreams... and Nights: Journey of Dreams, developed and published by Sega. Nights is a "Nightmare" who resides in Nightopia, a dream world where the dreams of all human beings are acted out every night. The character wears a purple jester-style hat and outfit, with a diamond-shaped, red jewel on the chest. (In the Archie comics, this was said to be a piece of a red idea that broke off and latched onto his/her chest).
Nights first appeared in the video game titled Nights into Dreams... on the Sega Saturn. The second game in the series, Nights: Journey of Dreams, is on the Wii. Nights also appeared in the sampler game Christmas Nights on the Sega Saturn. Nights has a role in Sega Superstars Tennis as well. Takashi Iizuka reported he is very interested in making Nights 3, but it's the managements decision whether or not to proceed.  Nights still has a large fan base to this day.
Nights has appeared in many other games besides the series, including Sonic Adventure (in the Casino polis level), Sonic Adventure 2 (in the City Escape and Radical Highway levels), Shadow the Hedgehog (in Lethal highway, the title screen appears in a billboard without any text), and also in Sonic Adventure and Sonic Adventure 2, the player can raise a chao that resembles Nights. Nights also appears in Sonic Pinball Party, Sonic Shuffle, Billy Hatcher and the Giant Egg, Sega Superstars, both Sonic Riders and Sonic Riders: Zero Gravity (as a secret character) and Sega Superstars Tennis. Nights also makes a cameo appearance in Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing as the flagman, and later appears playable alongside Reala in Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed.
Nights has also made a guest appearance in Phantasy Star Online I & II Plus, in Episode 2.
Creation and conception
Naoto Oshima was the original Nights creator and designer, while Kazuyuki Hoshino was the character designer for the video game Nights into Dreams.... There was a sequel, Nights: Journey of Dreams. Naoto Oshima had left Sega by that point, so Kazuyuki Hoshino was placed in charge of character design for Nights: Journey of Dreams. Takashi Iizuka, the lead game designer, felt that with Hoshino, they captured the style used for the character in the original game.
Nights' personality is described by Iizuka as "a mirror of the child's personality." They wanted Nights to speak in Journey of Dreams, so they gave Nights a voice, done by Julissa Aguirre. Nights was also given a British accent and was made genderless to meet the style of the games.
Nights behaves childishly, never for a moment thinking of the consequences of his/her actions, for example sometimes scaring people just for fun, but mostly Nights' actions can be considered chivalrous. Nights is also merciful, as shown with Reala in Journey of Dreams. Nights likes new and unusual things, but hates being bound and told what to do. Nights dislikes Wise-man for confining him/her and not allowing Nights to be free. Sometimes, when very relaxed, Nights will pull out an invisible flute and start playing DREAMS DREAMS, the game's theme song.
Nights' flying ability is related to swimming the breaststroke. During flight, a bright substance called "Twinkle Dust" is emitted from Nights' hands.
Nights has the ability to transform into just about anything (examples: A bobsled, boat, roller coaster, dragon, rocket, even a dolphin), an ability that was expanded upon in the sequel with the introduction of each persona mask. Even without the persona masks, Nights is still able to change forms and abilities as desired.
Nights can also create small portals called Para loops with his/her Twinkle Dust if the latter is spread to form a closed circle.
Nights comes from the dream world of Nightopia (also referred to in-game as the Night Dimension) and takes shape according to the thoughts, ideas, personalities, and will of the Visitors (humans from the real world). Nights lives alongside Owl, a brown owl who acts as elder and guide in the sequel, and the Nightopians. Nights, however, is a Nightmaren and henceforth their origin is the dark realm of Nightmare. Nights attempts to stop Wise-man from taking over Nightopia.
Nights is kind towards the children (Claris, Elliot, Will, and Helen) in both games, helping all four of them to defeat Wise-man on two separate occasions.
Nights shows disrespect for Owl on a regular basis, but also shows a sort of friendship with the bird. Owl often seems frustrated with Nights' rambunctious behavior, and occasionally lectures him/her to no avail.
Nights was once loyal to Wiseman, but eventually began to view what Wiseman was doing as wrong and in need of being stopped. Nights also wished to have free will, which Wiseman didn't allow; Nights therefore decided to rebel. Their hatred for each other is strong and neither show mercy in battle.
Nights' relationship with Reala appears complicated. He/she seems to still hold Reala as a friend, or at least a former one. Reala often plays on Nights' mercy, using it as an opportunity to imprison Nights. Reala sometimes refers to Nights as a "sibling" and, in almost every instance in the sequel, will try and talk Nights into surrendering before starting a fight.
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In his review of Nights: Journey of Dreams, Kevin Vanord of Game Spot described the character as an "androgynous jester." Vanord said, "Nights is smoothly animated", but said the "vocal personification [won't really be] everyone's cup of tea." Referring to Nights: Journey of Dreams, IGN said "Nights was essentially Sonic in the air..." The IGN review of the game called Nights a "mysterious creature." The IGN reviewer noted, "Strangely Nights and all other characters in Nightopia are from England?" but said the voice acting was "decent, if not a bit over-the-top."
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