Game news The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild x Princess Mononoke (Ghibli): an artist merges the two universes
Published on 01/20/2023 at 11:05
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If you are a fan of Ghibli and video games, perhaps you are waiting for a game adapted from the famous films of the franchise. If this sweet dream doesn’t seem to be happening, the rather convincing works of an artist have resurfaced recently on Twitter. And the least we can say is that it makes you want.
Studio Ghibli and video games
We no longer present the Japanese animation studio behind Spirited Away, Le Chateau dans le Ciel or Nausicaä de la Vallée du Vent. But what the general public knows a little less is that Ghibli has tried other media, including video games. Of course, there is the Ni no Kuni license, JRPGs developed in partnership with the studio and its flagship composer, Joe Hisaishi. But these are not the first games to have benefited from Ghibli’s expertise. Long before Ni no Kuni: Dominion of the Dark Djinn, there was Jade Cocoon, featuring Katsuya Kondō (Kiki’s Delivery Service, I Can Hear the Ocean), and Magic Pengel.
But the studio has never embarked on a video game adaptation of one of its films. And yet, there would be material to do it, and that the video game developers understood it well. In the 1980s, some even tried their hand at this kind of adaptation, notably for Nausicaä de la Vallée du Vent. A privilege to which Spirited Away or Castle in the Sky were not entitled. On the other hand, these films greatly inspired other games, such as Hoa, Ori and the Blind Forest, Rime and even the famous The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. If this has not been officially confirmed, it is difficult not to see a resemblance between the game and The Castle in the Sky in particular. And that’s even truer with the upcoming sequel, The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom.
The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild x Princesse Mononoké
This feeling, the artist Synnaley obviously had it and decided to bring it to life. If you browse his Twitter account, you will come across many drawings from the Breath of the Wild universe. But if you go back to 2020, then you will find a successful crossover between the game and another Ghibli movie, Princess Mononoke. And the least we can say is that the rendering is stunning. We let you discover this with the tweet below.
This is not new, but it was only a few days ago that The Art of Video Games, an account that regularly highlights concept art in particular, decided to share it. Enough to give fans of the Ghibli universe the desire to be able to discover a game of its kind one day. In another style, David Dutton had, a few years ago, proposed an 8-bit format version of Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away. If you missed it, we let you discover the latter below.
And since we’re talking about Studio Ghibli, we remind you that How Do You Live?, Hayao Miyazaki’s next (and supposedly last) film, is scheduled for July 14 in Japan. We can therefore expect a release at home in the year.
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