NiGHTS: Journey of Dreams Wii

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  • Summary: As a fantasy jester called NiGHTS, experience a heightened sense of gliding, spiraling, and looping through seven extraordinary worlds of Nightopia where the ocean resides in the sky and glass-formed cliffs overlook a castle of mirrors. When the "Nightmarens" from the neighboring dark worldAs a fantasy jester called NiGHTS, experience a heightened sense of gliding, spiraling, and looping through seven extraordinary worlds of Nightopia where the ocean resides in the sky and glass-formed cliffs overlook a castle of mirrors. When the "Nightmarens" from the neighboring dark world of Nightmare infiltrate the idyllic Nightopia, NiGHTS must defend the dream world to keep it safe for all dreamers. NiGHTS: Journey of Dreams takes you in a voyage filled with courage, hope and inspiration. [Sega] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 47
  2. Negative: 2 out of 47
  1. Nintendo Power
    90
    This was obviously a labor of love for the development team--something that goes beyond the nuts and bolts of typical game design. [Jan 2008, p.86]
  2. The presentation is excellent (for the most part) and the online functionality is an astonishing add-on, letting you compete against others in various activities.
  3. Overall, NiGHTS is not a bad game. Flying around is still as fun as it was the first time around on the Sega Saturn, though this time it is more because of the quality of world design as opposed to the tight controls of the last edition of this game.
  4. 70
    Rarely has a game so clearly demonstrated that 'less is more'. There's a great game here for those who know what it's about, but you have to wade through to it.
  5. They managed to make a nice sequel to one of the better titles of the Sega Saturn. It looks great and the end battles are a joy to play. Too bad it's so short.
  6. 65
    The control is too stiff, odd design choices will have players repeating full levels rather than incorporating a simple checkpoint system which would have saved both progress and sanity alike, and there's a huge amount of emphasis put on non-Nights gameplay, having players control the human children in very unrewarding sections, and incorporating sloppy alternate gameplay rather than just focusing on what made the original so captivating in the first place.
  7. This eeks out the suspicion that Sega may have cared about NiGHTS at one point in its development, but by putting it on the Wii they sacrificed its strongest points-a good solid control scheme, and what could have been an even prettier and better-sounding game-for something much weaker as a final product.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. IanW.
    Dec 19, 2007
    10
    Just as good as the Saturn classic.
  2. Jul 11, 2017
    10
    Here's the deal: Nights: Journey of Dreams is bad. but it's the best bad game you will ever play. Yes, the acting is horrible, and yes, theHere's the deal: Nights: Journey of Dreams is bad. but it's the best bad game you will ever play. Yes, the acting is horrible, and yes, the animation constantly dips into the uncanny valley. These would normally break a game, But because Nights is already so bizarre to begin with, all these flaws become endearing. I don't find the occasional clunky platforming section frustrating. I don't find it offensive that the antagonist is Jewish(No really, Wise-man is a Jewish surname). They're all just addatives to the pot of crazy that is Nights. And because none of this actually ruins the core of its fun(if stiff) gameplay, It's all the best parts of playing a bad game without the bad stuff. So If You're looking for a 2 hour drug drip, Nights is the game for you.

    P.S. Sega, I hope you kept the guy who made the bosses around, because they are legitimately terrifying.
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  3. Mr.B.
    Dec 21, 2007
    9
    Great graphics, great music, lots of fun. It sucks you can't skip the cut scenes, but they're kind of entertaining. Don't Great graphics, great music, lots of fun. It sucks you can't skip the cut scenes, but they're kind of entertaining. Don't listen to the haters. Get this game! Expand
  4. Jun 29, 2012
    9
    Short and sweet - NiGHTs: Journey of Dreams is the long awaited sequel to the 1996 Saturn's underrated gem; NIGHTs into Dreams. Honestly, it'sShort and sweet - NiGHTs: Journey of Dreams is the long awaited sequel to the 1996 Saturn's underrated gem; NIGHTs into Dreams. Honestly, it's quite surprising they even developed a sequel. An HD update or remake of the original might have been better, but a sequel is good enough. Those who played the original will appreciate this sequel the most. Others might have mixed opinions. The gameplay is basically the same concept as the original, but with a few twists and gimmicks. This is a good game and like the original the sequel is just as underrated. Expand
  5. mattcampos
    Mar 28, 2008
    9
    This game is exactly what the title says it is. It is a journey of dreams. The "filler" parts that many people describe are a big part ofThis game is exactly what the title says it is. It is a journey of dreams. The "filler" parts that many people describe are a big part of what makes this title work. They are mazes, essentially, where the kids in the story are forced to figure out puzzles within well imagined worlds of bright color and confounding design. I mean that in the best way possible. When you reach the end of a maze, you are supposed to wonder how you got there. It's like when you are in between sleeping and awake and you are in the car and you can't quite recall what happened on the ride home but it still made an impression on you. You never get the full view of the levels and the camera generally stays tightly to the characters. This adds to the disorienting effect but is somehow not a hinderance in finishing the levels! (at least not usually) The idea is that this game is one of the greatest arguements for interactive art. It provokes thought in the player and is visually captivating with excellant music and effects and, yes, story. The only production values that could have used some beefing up were the cut scenes. The levels themselves were beautifully conceived and the color schemes (like the rest of the game) defy all convention in the video game scene. Keep an open mind and get this game. Expand
  6. Aug 29, 2010
    7
    Nights is definitely a nice experience, but as a game that is focused in dreamy visuals, it doesn't bring them always in the best quality. TheNights is definitely a nice experience, but as a game that is focused in dreamy visuals, it doesn't bring them always in the best quality. The gameplay itself is simple but fun to play around flying and enjoying the view at the same time, plus all the collecting. Even though it has a few flaws in his level design here and there. But the main problem with Nights is that once you went through the ride, there is not much to make you come back to it., because it's not as exciting as it could have been. Expand
  7. KevinG.
    Dec 23, 2007
    6
    A potentially wonderful game severely flawed by rushed programming and unnecessary gameplay elements. NOT what you were hoping for after an A potentially wonderful game severely flawed by rushed programming and unnecessary gameplay elements. NOT what you were hoping for after an 11-year wait, but maybe Sonic Team can take all the criticisms to heart and do things right the next time around. Just don't wait another 11 years, please. Expand

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Awards & Rankings

#30 Most Discussed Wii Game of 2007
#33 Most Shared Wii Game of 2007