Cotton: Fantastic Night Dreams

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Cotton: Fantastic Night Dreams
Cotton arcadeflyer.png
Japanese arcade flyer
Developer(s) Success
Publisher(s) Sega (Arcade)
Hudson Soft (TurboGrafx-CD)
Electronic Arts Victor (X68000)
Success (JP Neo Geo Pocket Color/PlayStation)
SNK (EU Neo Geo Pocket Color)
Director(s) Taku Ishigouoka
Producer(s) Takato Yoshinari
Artist(s) Takeshi Takahashi
Composer(s) Kenichi Hirata
Series Cotton
Platform(s) Arcade
Sharp X68000
Neo Geo Pocket Color
Release Arcade
  • JP: February 12, 1993
  • JP: April 28, 1999
Neo Geo Pocket Color
  • JP: March 23, 2000
Genre(s) Scrolling shooter
Mode(s) Single-player

Cotton: Fantastic Night Dreams (コットン FANTASTIC NIGHT DREAMS) is a scrolling shooter arcade game developed by Success and published by Sega on Sega's Sega System 16B Arcade system board in 1991 as is the first entry in the Cotton series.[1][2][3][4] It was ported to both the Sharp X68000 and the NEC TurboGrafx-CD (also known as PC Engine) in 1993. The TurboGrafx-CD version was released on Super CD-ROM and features an enhanced redbook audio soundtrack and voice acting on the Japanese release. The game was later ported to the PlayStation under the title SuperLite 1500 Series - Fantastic Night Dreams - Cotton Original in 1999. A downgraded version was released for the Neo Geo Pocket Color[5][6] in 2000.


Cotton: Fantastic Night Dreams plays in a similar way to other scrolling shooter video games such as R-Type. What distinguishes Cotton: Fantastic Night Dreams from other games of a similar ilk is its bright colourful graphics and its lead character, Cotton. The game also takes place in a fantasy dream-like world instead of space like many other shooting games. The game can be compared to other fantasy Shoot 'em up games like Parodius. It bears most similarities in style to the Chariot game on Three Wonders.

The player controls Cotton, a young witch on a broomstick. The player must blast various monsters and avoid being shot. The player can collect power-ups to enhance their weaponry and unleash a more powerful attack on the enemy. The player has lives represented by an arrow. The player has three lives and is only allowed one hit per life.



TurboGrafx-CD cover art

The arcade version was released in Japan, North America, and a 'World' system board for other territories such as Europe. The arcade system board is listed on Killer List of Videogames as being uncommon, with just six members owning a board.[7]

A port of the game was released in America and Japan for the TurboGrafx-CD. The PlayStation release combines the enhanced digital CD-ROM soundtrack of TurboGrafx-CD release and the gameplay/graphics of the original arcade version.

The game had a Japan and Europe only release for the Neo Geo Pocket Color. Due to hardware limitations the Neo Geo Pocket Color features less detailed graphics and sound compared to previous versions, however it is still a faithful version of the original in terms of gameplay.


Cotton: Fantastic Night Dreams
Review scores
FamitsuPCE: 29/40[8]
PS: 21/40[9]
Dengeki PC Engine73.75/100 (PCE)
PC Engine FAN22.82 / 30 (PCE)[10]
Video Games4/5 (NGPC)[11]
Video Game Den4/5 (TGCD)[11]
Pocket Magazine / Pockett Videogames4/5 (NGPC)[11]
Portable Review30/40 (NGPC)[11]
Mega Fun71 / 100 (TGCD)[12][11]
Defunct Games70/100 (NGPC)[11]
The Video Game CriticB- (TGCD)[11]
Retrogaming History6.5/10 (TGCD)[11]
Video Games65/100 (TGCD)[11]
Daddelkingz3/5 (NGPC)[11]
HonestGamers7/10 (TGCD)[4]
GamestFifth best game of the year (1991)[13]

Famitsu gave Cotton: Fantastic Night Dreams' PCE version 29/40[8] and PS version 21/40.[9]


  1. ^ Kurt Kalata (March 31, 2006). "Fantastic Night Dreams: Cotton". Retrieved August 2, 2016. 
  2. ^ Jeremy Parish (February 5, 2014). "Daily Classic: With Cotton, TG-16 Shooters Got Adorable". Retrieved August 2, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Cotton". July 26, 2008. Retrieved August 2, 2016. 
  4. ^ a b "Cotton: Fantastic Night Dreams (Turbografx-CD) review". May 16, 2016. Retrieved August 2, 2016. 
  5. ^ "Top 10 most expensive and valuable handheld games of all time | 3DS". Pocket Gamer. 2013-07-18. Retrieved 2016-08-02. 
  6. ^ "The life and times of the Neo Geo Pocket Color". Den of Geek. 2012-01-25. Retrieved 2016-08-02. 
  7. ^ "'Cotton". Killer List of Videogames. Retrieved 13 September 2009. 
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  10. ^ "October issue special appendix PC Engine All catalog '93", " PC Engine FAN " Vol. 6, No. 10, Tokuma Shoten , October 1, 1993, page 75.
  11. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Fantastic Night Dreams: Cotton". Retrieved August 2, 2016. 
  12. ^ "Cotton". Retrieved August 2, 2016. 
  13. ^ "GAMEST MOOK Vol.112 The Best Game 2 arcade video game of the 26-year history," Vol. 5, No. 4, Shinseishiya, January 17, 1998, 16 - 17 pages, ISBN 9784881994290.