Game music of the day: NiGHTS: Into Dreams

Game: NiGHTS: Into Dreams
Song: Growing Wings (Twin Seeds)
Composers: Naofumi Hataya, Tomoko Sasaki, Fumie Kumatani

Above: Dream delights kick in at around :30

What NiGHTS fans lack in numbers, they make up for with unbridled passion for the best little Sega series that never truly got its fair shake. 1995: The Saturn wasn’t taking too well to 3D but Sega needed to harness all its polygonal power and showcase itself as a console capable of doing everything that was blowing the minds of people playing PlayStation, and soon on the Nintendo 64. Give gamers an analog stick, open of an extra plane to play on, maybe? Boy, did they deliver! And for the few who bought the ticket, NiGHTS was a truly unforgettable experience.

In spite of the platform’s demise, the Saturn was a pretty great time for Sega musically. The company had always been a little more “cutting edge” audibly, and NiGHTS falls into the wonderfully weird little period where game music wasn’t quite chiptunes, and wasn’t quite orchestral. You wouldn’t hear a lot of actual instruments, but this was still “Game Music” in the purest sense, using the latest digital technology to reach the what some condier the height of the VGM evolution. NiGHTS is no exception, of course, and the entire soundtrack is filled with peppy melodies, trippy ambiance and glorious fanfares. My favorite though occurs at the end of the game, provided you’ve earned a C rank or better on the previous levels. A bit of a SPOILER, but hey, you’ve had almost fifteen years to play it, so I dunno... deal.

Throughout the entire game you’re playing as two flightless children who must call upon Nights in order to take to the skies. During the final Twin Seeds stage both Elliot and Claris are thrust far away from the genderless jester, seemingly eliminating the transformation, and thus the option of flight. You’re stuck on a floating island with nowhere to go but down, down, down. An arrow urges you onward, but without Nights it looks like the game is pushing you to... certain death?!

Above: "Is the game asking me to kill myself?"

It’s time to take a leap of faith… and the dark, brooding music fades away...

Wait …

Above: NIGHTS-less FLIGHT!!!

BOOM! A cheery "flute" kicks in with a quick, lighthearted reprise of the game’s theme song as you burst back into the heavens to defeat Wiseman, flying without the power of NiGHTS! A moving climax if there ever was one. See it unfold in realtime below.

Above: Scrub to the 1:15 mark to feel the magic and ignore those ugly screengrabs above

Unfortunately for NiGHTs fans, the Wii’s Journey of Dreams fell ridiculously short of everyone’s hopes and expectations for the series, so a true sequel seems as unlikely as ever. However, Sega has recently expressed interest in porting Saturn games to PSN/XBL so I thoroughly recommend you head here if you’d like to show your support for a digital release, or here just see a kickass NiGHTs fan site.

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  • Tenfey - October 5, 2010 4:59 p.m.

    Never played NIGHTS, but it seems like an appropriate game to trip balls to.
  • Ivan200X - October 5, 2010 1:16 p.m.

    I'm currently listening to Mega Man ZX tunes. Lots of inspired tunes in that for GMotD.
  • JayBeat - October 5, 2010 11:33 a.m.

    As a 17 year old that has never played or heard of Nights before going on game sites, that music is wonderful and this page will be revisited by me many times :) Thank you Chris.
  • philipshaw - October 5, 2010 10:51 a.m.

    I would never of heard of this game if it wasn't for talkradar. Now even though I have never played it, I still feel like I know everything about the game
  • thedonut - October 5, 2010 6:56 a.m.

    Journey of Dreams wasn't THAT bad. Even though I played the whole game with the classic controller.
  • 8bitBaby - October 5, 2010 3:51 a.m.

    cool. i hate that i didn't own it myself... all my friends did. ah well. jeez! what's with all the spammy spamness in the comments?! also... i honestly expected a little of the KF's H. XD but, you're not a one trick pony so... i'll let it slide this time.
  • CH3BURASHKA - October 5, 2010 2:13 a.m.

    Gamesradar/Talkradar has been my single source of NiGHTS exposure, and apart from the music I don't get the appeal of the gameplay. In fact, I don't get the appeal of Sonic either, so maybe I'm a lost cause. However, the atmosphere and soundtrack make a playthrough worth it. If I ever get me a Saturn off of craigslist, or if I ever download an emulator, I'll definitely try this out. *mandatory kid fucker's hoagie joke* That's still one of my favoritest segments. I wish I could fly around the world and rewind time back two years so that I can listen to the first episodes again for the first time.
  • Strangleme - October 5, 2010 2:12 a.m.

    I remember playing this when I was a kid. It belonged to my brother since he was the SEGA fanboy and I was the Nintendo fanboy. I always enjoyed the music playing this. Great choice Chris, no surprise.
  • Kapwan - October 5, 2010 1:45 a.m.

    Great choice Antista. This will forever be one of my favorite games of all times. Such a unique soundtrack, the Stage Clear song from this game brings up instant feelings of Nostolgia. I'm glad to see a XBL/PSN release might be possible, because the Wii Sequel was so awful I returned it the same day I bought it. Nights is a character that should never actually talk ever again.
  • garnsr - October 5, 2010 1:05 a.m.

    I hope they pack in Christmas Nights with a PSN release. But, based on what they did with Sonic Adventure, they'll charge another $5 for it. I liked how you had Nights music on the last podcast, I forget when it was, while you were talking about Vegas I think, it was appropriate.
  • batmanboy11 - October 5, 2010 12:38 a.m.

    Good pick, CAnt!
  • xGREYHUNTERx - October 5, 2010 12:36 a.m.

    when we gonna get a rerelease of this?
  • thefreakysurgeon - October 5, 2010 12:29 a.m.

    i had NiGHTS Journey of Dreams...but i only played it once. i was kinda disappointed by it. And if they re-release NiGHTS: Into Dreams to PSN, then i'd probably buy it.
  • GamesRadarChrisAntista - October 5, 2010 12:23 a.m.

    Wow, that's almost exactly what Elston said to me...
  • frogfromchronotriggerisactuallyjesus - October 5, 2010 12:20 a.m.

    no kid f*$#@^rs hoagie?