Sega Studio producer, Takashi Iizuka has made it known that he would like the upcoming NiGHTS: Journey into Dreams for the Nintendo Wii to utilise the Nintendo W-Fi Connection when it arrives on the console later this year.
“Currently, we are investigating a number of features that will utilize the Wii network capability,” Iizuka told IGN, “but, at this time we have not decided on any specific functionality yet.”
On a similarly vague note, he went on to tell the gaming website, “Ultimately, we would like to have multiplayer functionality as well as a way to tap into the Nintendo network where players could share their game experience on a world-wide level.”
Of course, whether this means, just an online leader board or, in actual fact, a fully functioning console-to-console multiplayer element in still unknown, although we bet that the majority of gamers would be praying for the latter. We already know that the game will interact with the Wii’s Weather Channel to synchronise weather conditions depending on the time of year, so who knows?
The Sega employee also revealed that work on the new Wii-exclusive title and follow-up to the Sega Saturn favourite had begun last year. He went on to explain some of the challenges that the firm faced in developing controls for the Wii remote:
“Initially, we envisioned using the Wii remote as sort of a “magic wand”, where NiGHTS could be directed simply by movements of the controller,” he revealed. “But with any new input device, we were finding some limitations using just the remote. That is why we are also designing the game to be played using the remote with the Nunchuk for a more “traditional” control configuration.”
Sega of America’s Vice President of Marketing, Scott Steinberg, has previously promised us the following in relation to the game’s control method, so we remain hopeful that the company can pull off something special:
“We plan to deliver a gameplay experience never before seen on the Wii with NiGHTS: Journey of Dreams. The game takes full advantage of the unique Wii Remote controller enabling gamers to guide NiGHTS through spectacularly designed dream worlds intertwined with a story about hope and courage.”
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