Posted on Friday, May 1st, 2015 by Russ Fischer
Hayao Miyazaki‘s films represent some of the greatest animation in cinema, but his ideas are so close to the material in some Japanese RPG video games that it seems only natural to see some of Miyazaki’s work reimagined in video game form.
Spirited Away is among Miyazaki’s best work (OK, I think it is his best work) and one of the greatest examples of visual storytelling in animation, or any style of filmmaking. But the characters and storytelling of Spirited Away are so pure that, even distilled down into simple video game form, the ideas remain clear. Now, a set of artists has produced a Spirited Away 8-Bit “remake,” complete with sounds and music appropriate for an NES presentation. Check it out below.
This video comes courtesy of Cinefix. If we’re being critical, some of the visual design here looks more like it falls towards the 16-bit side of things, but we’ll let that slide.
(There is also a real set of games, the Ni No Kuni titles for PlayStation 3 and Nintendo DS, produced in collaboration with Miyazaki’s Studio Ghibli.)