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NiGHTS (ナイツ Naitsu?) is the eponymous protagonist of the NiGHTS series. NiGHTS is a genderless first-level Nightmaren who lives in the dream world of Nightopia, which takes shape in the Night Dimension according to the thoughts, ideas, personalities, and will of the Visitors, humans from the real world. As a Nightmaren however, NiGHTS' origin is henceforth the dark realm of Nightmare.

NiGHTS was one of the most powerful creations of Wizeman, a malevolent entity from NiGHTS' realm, and was meant to steal Ideyas, the energy of dreams. However, NiGHTS was a remarkably mischievous free spirit who did not like taking orders, so Wizeman imprisoned them. NiGHTS subsequently rebelled and allied themself with Visitors to stop Wizeman from taking over the Dream World and eventually, the Waking World. However, NiGHTS' motivation was simply because they did not like Wizeman, not because they were inherently "good".

NiGHTS and Sonic the Hedgehog are both creations of Sonic Team, and as such have made multiple appearances in one another's respective series. NiGHTS has often appeared in the Sonic the Hedgehog series, either as a cameo or as a playable character.

Concept and creation

Naoto Ohshima was the original creator of NiGHTS, and Kazuyuki Hoshino was the character designer for NiGHTS into Dreams.... By the time of its sequel, NiGHTS: Journey of Dreams, Ohshima had left Sega, and Hoshino was placed in charge of character design for the game.[4] Takashi Iizuka, the lead game designer, felt that, with Hoshino, they had captured the style used for the character in the original game.[5]

NiGHTS' personality is described by Iizuka as "a mirror of the child's personality."[6] This personality was based on one of Carl Jung's personality archetypes: the Shadow.[7] NiGHTS' speaking role in NiGHTS: Journey of Dreams was performed by Julissa Aguirre, who gave the character a British accent. In addition, NiGHTS was made genderless, leaving the impression of the character "totally up to the player" so that both boys and girls could identify with the character, according to Iizuka.[6][2] This incidentally created Sega's first openly non-binary character.

Appearance

NiGHTS is a slender, humanoid first-level Nightmaren with beige skin, large blueish-purple eyes with vertical slit pupils, and thin eyelashes. Their head and hands are not connected to their body in any visible form, as it is seemingly only made apparent by their clothes.

Originally, NiGHTS wore a brightly-colored suit consisting of purple unitard-like legs with pink and yellow feet and two white buttons in front of the waist, a pink vest-like torso with triangular ends, yellow lining and star buttons, a large red jewel on their chest, baggy white sleeves with yellow and purple cuffs, a wide purple collar around their neck and over their shoulders, and a purple two-horned jester cowl with dark purple stripes.

Beginning with NiGHTS: Journey of Dreams, NiGHTS' attire takes on a new, slightly altered appearance. NiGHTS now wears a defined red and pink sleeveless jacket over their suit, with a yellow trim, star buttons, buttoned shoulders, and a folded collar with blue crystal studs on the front, as well as a small orange ruff concealed in it. Additionally, silver embroidery is present on the arms and legs of NiGHTS' suit and the white buttons are absent from their waist.

Game appearances

Sonic Adventure

The NiGHTS pinball table, from Sonic Adventure DX: Director's Cut.

The NiGHTS Chao, from Sonic Adventure.

In Sonic Adventure and its enhanced port, Sonic Adventure DX: Director's Cut, NiGHTS appears as a pinball game which features elements from NiGHTS into Dreams.... The pinball table features an image of NiGHTS in the center with the NiGHTS into Dreams... logo below them. Upon getting a reward in the slot machine, the same font featured in the NiGHTS series is used for the text. In the missions, NiGHTS' picture can be seen on a small billboard next to Tails' shop. NiGHTS themself can also be seen in person in the NiGHTS pinball game in Casinopolis. They appear to be floating over an Ideya Palace when Sonic loses his last ball.

NiGHTS also makes a cameo appearance as a Chao. The Neutral Fly Type Chao resembles NiGHTS, while the Dark Fly/Normal Type Chao resembles Reala, or an evil-looking NiGHTS.

Sonic Shuffle

In Sonic Shuffle, when the date on the Dreamcast is set to 24 December, NiGHTS will make a cameo appearance. They replace Lumina as the guide, although the voice will still be Lumina's.

Sonic Adventure 2

The figurehead of the NiGHTS hotel, from Sonic Adventure 2.

In Sonic Adventure 2 and its enhanced port, Sonic Adventure 2: Battle, NiGHTS makes multiple cameos. Firstly, in City Escape, billboards and posters depict advertisements for a NiGHTS hotel, which can be seen in the skyline of Shadow's Radical Highway stage.

NiGHTS also makes a cameo appearance as a Chao. The Neutral Fly Type Chao resembles NiGHTS, while the Dark Fly/Normal Type Chao resembles Reala.

Sonic Pinball Party

SPP Intro NiGHTS.png

In Sonic Pinball Party, NiGHTS appears along with a NiGHTS-themed pinball game, featuring many elements from NiGHTS into Dreams.... Sonic Pinball Party is the only game where NiGHTS actually interacts with Sonic, as NiGHTS helped Sonic free Amy and Tails from Dr. Eggman's hypnotism. NiGHTS is also a level two competitor in the Egg Cup Tournament.

Sonic Battle

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In Sonic Battle, NiGHTS appears in the Shadow's Speed Demon minigame, where they can be seen flying in the background whenever the player reaches the goal.

Sega All-Stars series

Sega Superstars

In Sega Superstars, NiGHTS is playable in the NiGHTS into Dreams... game. The player must control NiGHTS in Spring Valley or Twin Seeds with their arms to fly through enough rings in order to break the Ideya Capture and return the Ideya to the Ideya Palace.

Sega Superstars Tennis

In Sega Superstars Tennis, NiGHTS is a playable character that is available from the beginning of the game. They play tennis with other Sega characters.

Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing

NiGHTS, from Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing.

In Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing, NiGHTS appears as the flagperson who waves the checkered flag at the start and end of the races.

Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed

NiGHTS, from Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed.

Due to popular demand to make NiGHTS a playable character in the first game, both NiGHTS and Reala appear as playable characters in Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed. They appear as the vehicles while a Nightopian and a Nightmarian drive them, respectively. When the player gets a All-Star Move as either racer, they'll control NiGHTS or Reala for a limited time. A NiGHTS related race-track, Dream Valley, also appears in the game. Because NiGHTS is a playable racer in the game, Ristar replaces them as the flagman.

Shadow the Hedgehog

In Shadow the Hedgehog, a billboard of NiGHTS can be seen to the right of where Shadow begins Lethal Highway, right as he lands on solid ground.

Sonic Riders series

Sonic Riders

NiGHTS, from Sonic Riders.

In Sonic Riders, NiGHTS made their first cameo as a playable character. They can be unlocked if the player completes the missions of all three of the Babylon Rogues and their personal Extreme Gear is called the Night Sky. Sections of the Sega Carnival and Sega Illusion courses feature elements from NiGHTS into Dreams....

In gameplay, NiGHTS has the following stats:

Image Type Stats
Dash Limit Power Cornering
Nights-sonic-riders.png Flight ★★★ ★★★★ ★★★ ★★

Sonic Riders: Zero Gravity

In Sonic Riders: Zero Gravity, NiGHTS returns as an unlockable playable character alongside with the Night Sky. In addition, signs advertising NiGHTS and NiGHTS: Journey of Dreams can be seen in both '90s Boulevard and '80s Boulevard.

Sonic Generations

In the Nintendo 3DS version of Sonic Generations, a hotel with NiGHTS' likeness on it appears in Radical Highway, just as it did in the original stage.

Sonic Lost World

In the Wii U version and PC version of Sonic Lost World, NiGHTS appears in the NiGHTMARE Zone DLC, where they help Sonic in escaping Wizeman's curse at the end of the zone by Paralooping Reala (who was opening Paraloop portals to Nightmare) and escorting him to the end of the level.

Sonic Runners

The NiGHTS buddy, from Sonic Runners.

In Sonic Runners, NiGHTS appeared as an equipable buddy during two of the promotional events for the game. When they are equipped, the music changes.

Sonic Forces

In Sonic Forces, a Costume set designed in the image of NiGHTS is unlockable in-game with the bonus edition for this title.

Personality

NiGHTS behaves childishly and mischievously, never for a moment thinking of the consequences of their actions, for example sometimes scaring people just for fun. However, they are playful in nature and NiGHTS' actions can mostly be considered childish. As an overly free spirit, NiGHTS detests being ordered around or restrained and freely flies through the skies of Nightopia. NiGHTS is full of curiosity and loves anything new or unusual.

Although NiGHTS does not have a strong sense of righteousness, they are unhappy about Wizeman's attempts to eliminate Nightopia. They also enjoy showing Visitors around and generally see them not only as allies against Wizeman, but also as companions. Sometimes, when very relaxed, NiGHTS will pull out an invisible flute and start playing.

NiGHTS is shown to be rather sympathetic toward some of their enemies, such as Reala, which is a trait that is easily turned against them. They care greatly for the Visitors, even letting themself get captured so that the Visitors would not be harmed.

Powers and abilities

NiGHTS' trademark ability is flight, as they are able to fly freely and gracefully through the air. Besides flying, NiGHTS shows various other abilities in both of their games. NiGHTS can create small vortexes called "Paraloops" if they fly in a circle and cause an intersection of their Twinkle Dust, a bright substance emitting from their hands when they fly. NiGHTS is also able to use the Drill Dash, a technique where they spin vertically and propel forward at high speeds, obliterating obstacles and dispatching enemies in their way. NiGHTS is able to morph their body to transform into different things and gain new abilities accordingly, including a dragon for gust resistance, a rocket for acceleration, a sled for traversing snow, or a dolphin for swimming.

NiGHTS also has the ability to Dualize with Visitors, in which the Visitor and NiGHTS' bodies assimilate and the pair become one for a temporary amount of time. During the duration of the Dualized state, NiGHTS' own power is enhanced by the Visitor's.

NiGHTS is often seen playing an invisible flute on numerous occasions, with this being called the "Dream Flute." They plays "Dreams, Dreams", the theme song of the NiGHTS series.

Relationships

Children

NiGHTS is kind towards the children they encounter, Elliot Edwards, Claris Sinclair, William Taylor, and Helen Cartwright. They help all four of them defeat Wizeman on two separate occasions. NiGHTS shows the children around different Dream Worlds and works together with them to dispatch numerous Nightmaren.

Owl

NiGHTS lives alongside Owl, a brown owl who acts as elder and guide. NiGHTS shows disrespect for Owl on a regular basis, but also shows a sort of friendship with the old bird. Owl often seems frustrated with NiGHTS' rambunctious behavior and occasionally lectures them, but to no avail.

Wizeman

NiGHTS shows a special distaste for Wizeman the Wicked. NiGHTS was once loyal to Wizeman, but eventually began to view what Wizeman was doing as wrong and in need of being stopped. NiGHTS also wished to have free will, which Wizeman did not allow; NiGHTS therefore decided to rebel. Their hatred for each other is strong and neither show mercy in battle.

NiGHTS is glad to put a halt to Wizeman's plans, and has defeated Wizeman in combat twice. Any orders given to NiGHTS by Wizeman are in vain, as NiGHTS simply continues the rebellion against the creator of Nightmare. It should be noted that the reason that NiGHTS rebels against their master is not because NiGHTS is good and Wizeman is evil, but simply due to NiGHTS' extreme dislike for Wizeman and his ideas. He is also regarded as NiGHTS' "father."

Reala

NiGHTS' relationship with Reala appears complicated, as they behave very much like rivals. NiGHTS seems to still hold Reala as a friend or at the least, a former one, while Reala pities NiGHTS for rebelling against Wizeman. Reala often plays on NiGHTS' mercy, using it as opportunity to imprison them. Reala sometimes refers to NiGHTS as a "sibling" and would later on nearly always will try to talk NiGHTS into surrendering before starting a fight.

In other media

Archie Comics

Main article: NiGHTS (Archie)

NiGHTS, from Sonic Universe #78.

In Archie Comics' Sonic the Hedgehog comic series, NiGHTS appeared during the Worlds Unite crossover where they joined Sonic the Hedgehog and Mega Man's Unified Army to stop Sigma's conquest of the Multiverse.

Reception

In his review of NiGHTS: Journey of Dreams, Kevin Vanord of GameSpot described the character as an "androgynous jester." Vanord cited NiGHTS as being "smoothly animated," but said that their "vocal personification [won't be] everyone's cup of tea."[8]

Referring to NiGHTS into Dreams..., IGN said that "NiGHTS was essentially Sonic in the air." The IGN review of the game's sequel, NiGHTS: Journey of Dreams, called NiGHTS a "mysterious creature," while noting that the voice acting was "decent, if not a bit over-the-top."[9]

Theme song

NiGHTS' theme song is "Dreams, Dreams," the main theme of both NiGHTS games. It is also the same song NiGHTS plays an instrumental version of on their Dream Flute.

Trivia

References

  1. Sonic Team (5 July 1996). NiGHTS into Dreams.... Sega Saturn. Sega. Area/Level: Credits.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Taylor, Mike (5 December 2007). Interview: Takashi Iizuka Talks Nights. Nintendo Life. Archived from the original on 19 May 2014. Retrieved on 18 April 2022. "Takashi Iizuka: NiGHTS is neutral, and therefore has no gender. The impressions of the character with regards to gender are totally up to the player."
  3. (in Japanese) Sonic Riders Saikyou Kouryaku Guide. Shogakukan. April 2006. p. 32. ISBN 978-4091062925.
  4. NGamer staff (20 April 2007). NGamer exclusive - NiGHTS: Journey of Dreams interview. NGamer. Retrieved on 21 December 2007.
  5. Mielke, James (8 November 2007). A Wish Away. 1Up.com. Archived from the original on 1 November 2015. Retrieved on 18 April 2022.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Towell, Justin (27 November 2007). Nights team prefer Gamecube pad to Wii-mote. GamesRadar. Retrieved on 21 December 2007.
  7. TRiPPY (13 July 2010). EXCLUSiVE: A Yuji Naka Interview ~ For the fans. NiGHTS into Dreams.com. Archived from the original on 28 May 2018. "Yuji Naka: NiGHTS, a hero, originated in 'Shadow' which means another side of the self as defined by Jung in his dream definitions."
  8. VanOrd, Kevin (18 December 2007). NiGHTS: Journey of Dreams Review. GameSpot.
  9. Bozon (18 December 2007). NiGHTS: Journey of Dreams Review. IGN. Archived from the original on 21 June 2012.

External links

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