As we draw closer to the first of April, we can’t help be feel a little uneasy when we talk about rumored sequels for cult classic games. But a number of sources have been slowly “confirming” that a new NiGHTS into Dreams game is indeed on its way for the Nintendo Wii.
Portuguese games magazine, MaxiConsolas, seems to have a the most solid evidence of the game’s impending release via a full article (with yummy screenshots) and interview with Takashi Iizuka about the NiGHTS into Dreams sequel (now known as NiGHTS: Journey of Dreams). Yes, Takashi Iizuka is back on the NiGHTS project. He worked on the original NiGHTS game with Yuji Naka and Sonic Team, but he is also the man behind the role-playing concept of Sonic Adventure and the Shadow the Hedgehog game. (I’m having mixed feelings here)
First of all, lets get to the eye-candy. There are a handful of screenshots to be seen in these magazine scans. From what I can see, it looks like the overall look and feel of the first game is maintained reasonable well. The level design and Nightmares (bosses) look very similar to what fans of the Saturn original would come to expect.
Now lets move onto the interview and the handful of juicy details it reveals. Considering the source, the interview was obviously in Portuguese, so here is the English translation: (Portugese readers, check out the magazine scans for the original)
Q: How did the idea of creating NiGHTS for Nintendo’s new console come along?
A: I’ve been interested in making this sequel for as long as I can remember, and the moment seemed perfect to start working on it. This game is ideal to take advantage of the Wii controller’s potential.
Q: Will we get, once again, inside the dreams (and nightmares) of Claire and Elliot, or are there new human characters whose dreams we’ll be able to visit?
A: Just like the first game’s story, the new NiGHTS happens inside a dream world, and its story will follow the adventure of those children. I hope to announce further details in the coming months.
Q: Will the main character (also called NiGHTS) be alone in this mission, or are there new kinds of Nightmare-people to control?
A: I can already confirm that NiGHTS will be the main character, and that he will have new habilities which will be explained later. As for new characters, I can’t reveal anything yet. You’ll have to wait and see.
Q: Which new flight manoeuvers will this charismatic figure be able to perform?
A: NiGHTS will have a considerable number of acrobatic movements, many of them never seen before, for the player to perform easily using the Wii controller. You can count on loops, spins, and other manoeuvers which will be kept secret for now.
Q: In which ways does Nintendo’s new console attract you?
A: I am particularly enthusiastic about witnessing all of this technological advance, and about knowing that, as a programmer, I can create games in the new consoles which, a few years ago, I was only able to dream of.
Q: We’re real fans of this character. Do you think that he will still be able to be interesting to the public, after all these years?
A: Above everything, I hope that NiGHTS fans like this game as much as the First one. I’m confident that, with all the new features I’m hoping to include, it will also attract a new player base, not yet familiar with this character’s world.
Q: What can we expect, regarding game modes?
A: Besides a single player mode, familiar to everyone, there will be a two-player mode and certain special online functions.
Q: Do you intend to take the inspired NiGHTS experience to other platforms?
A: So far, this new NiGHTS game is a Wii exclusive.
Q: What other classic franchises, developed either by you or Sonic Team, would you like to bring back to life?
A: When I created NiGHTS, I didn’t see it as a classic franchise, but I always hoped I would be able to dedicate it a sequel when the right moment came. For know, this is the only game series I’d like to see people talking about once more.
Even though I have some reservations about some of Sega’s recent production and Takashi Iizuka’s recent work, I have to admit the between Iizuka’s comments and the screenshots from the magazine scans, I am encouraged that this new game might adequately carry on the legacy of the NiGHTS name.
Updated: Famitsu magazine has confirmed that the new game will be called NiGHTS: Journey of Dreams and will be released this coming Winter