[Daily article] July 5: Nights into Dreams…

Nights into Dreams… is an action video game developed by Sonic Team
and published by Sega for the Sega Saturn in 1996. The story follows two
teenagers, Claris and Elliot, who enter a dream world called Nightopia
where all dreams take place. With the help of Nights, they begin a
journey to stop the evil ruler Wizeman from destroying Nightopia and
consequently the real world. Nights flies through Claris and Elliot’s
dreams, gathering energy to defeat Wizeman and save Nightopia.
Development began soon after the release of Sonic & Knuckles in 1994,
and was led by Sonic Team veterans Yuji Naka, Naoto Ohshima, and Takashi
Iizuka. Naka began the project with flight as a main theme, and Ohshima
designed the character Nights to resemble an angel that could fly like a
bird. An analogue controller, known as the Saturn 3D controller, was
designed alongside the game. Nights into Dreams… received positive
reviews upon release; critics praised the graphics, gameplay,
soundtrack, and atmosphere. It has been included on multiple lists as
the best Sega Saturn game of all time, as well as one of the best video
games ever made.

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Today’s selected anniversaries:


The Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica by Isaac
Newton was first published, describing his laws of motion and his law of
universal gravitation.


Royal Assent was given to an Act of Parliament allowing the
Talyllyn Railway to carry passengers by steam haulage – the first
narrow gauge railway in Britain to do so from the start.


Named after Bikini Atoll, the site of the nuclear weapons test
Operation Crossroads in the Marshall Islands, the modern bikini was
introduced at a fashion show in Paris.


General Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq overthrew Pakistani Prime Minister
Zulfikar Ali Bhutto in a military coup d’état.


The United Nations Security Council held an emergency meeting
hours after North Korea reportedly tested at least seven separate
ballistic missiles.

Wiktionary’s word of the day:

1. The clothes and linen, etc., that a bride collects for her wedding and
married life.
2. (obsolete) A bundle.

Wikiquote quote of the day:

  Politeness and civility are the best capital ever invested in
–P. T. Barnum

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