Nights Into Dreams is a 1996 action game developed by Sonic Team and published by Sega for the Sega Saturn. The game follows Nights, a blue anthropomorphic creature who uses his “Dreams” to enter the Nightopia world and fight Nightmare, a creature that is terrorizing it.
The game was well-received upon release, with critics lauding its graphics, gameplay, and music. It has been rereleased multiple times, including on Microsoft Windows in 1997 and on PlayStation 2 in 2008. A sequel, Nights: Journey of Dreams, was released in 2007.
In Nights Into Dreams, players control Nights as he fights against Nightmare in the Nightopia world. The game is divided into seven levels, each with its own unique theme. Players must collect a certain number of Blue Chips in each level to progress. In addition, players can earn extra lives by collecting Red Chips.
The game features a two-player mode, in which players cooperate to collect chips and defeat Nightmare.
Nights Into Dreams is considered a technical showcase for the Sega Saturn. The game was one of the first to use polygonal graphics for its characters and backgrounds. It also featured real-time 3D graphics, something that was still relatively new at the time.
The game’s soundtrack was composed by Naofumi Hataya and Fumie Kumatani. It contains both remixes of older songs and original tracks. The game’s opening theme, “Dreams Dreams”, was performed by Japanese singer Yukiko Nakamura.