The animated worlds of Studio Ghibli are complex, beautiful, and bizarre. A lot of work goes into creating them, which is evident in every scene. So it’s no wonder that these films have served as inspiration for a lot of people. They’ve inspired a long list of films, cartoons, and games.
For games, Studio Ghibli has inspired both game developers and artists, in everything from the creation of the characters, to the storylines, to the artwork. When taking a closer look at many of the games available today, it’s pretty easy to see the studio’s influence on a number of games. Here are just a few of them that Studio Ghibli fans are sure to love.
Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch
This is the ultimate game for Studio Ghibli fans. Level-5, the game’s developers, actually partnered with Studio Ghibli to create the animation sequences for the game, which drew inspiration from their films. First released in Japan in 2011, the game was eventually released in North America, Europe, Australia, and Asia. A remastered version was released for Nintendo Switch, Microsoft Windows, and PlayStation 4 earlier this year.
The remastered version improves upon the graphics and performance of the original game. You’ll be able to explore dozens of different places, interact with bizarre creatures, battle others, uncover secrets, perform magic, and go on some incredible adventures. Oh, and the game also includes an incredible soundtrack.
Developed by Clover Studios, this game is very similar to the Studio Ghibli film, The Tale of the Princess Kaguya, which was directed by Isao Takahata. Originally released in 2006, the game is now available in an HD version for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch.
Okami was inspired by a lot of Japanese mythology and folklore, which is a huge element of most Ghibli films. The artwork is also very similar, as are the characters and storylines. Besides the Studio Ghibli films, Okami also draws a lot of inspiration from The Legend of Zelda video game series.
With augmented and virtual reality marching into the mainstream, and all new VR headsets and gear constantly being released, now is an exciting time to get into VR gaming. And for Studio Ghibli fans, there are plenty of VR anime-inspired games to enjoy. But the best of the bunch is certainly Nostros.
Developed by NetEase, Nostros was expected to be released earlier this year, but might not drop until the end of this year or early 2020. But it’ll be worth the wait — the animation design was obviously influenced by Studio Ghibli. It’s heavy on nature, sci-fi elements, bizarre and cute creatures, and combining reality and fantasy. In the game, you’ll go on adventures in a post-apocalyptic world and team up with other players to save the world.
The Legend of Zelda: The Breath of the Wild
Released in 2017 by a division of Nintendo, The Legend of Zelda: The Breath of the Wild is a stunning addition to the Legend of Zelda series. The game’s visual design draws inspiration from Japanese animated films like Studio Ghibli films, which was even confirmed by the game’s producer.
With The Legend of Zelda: The Breath of the Wild, not only will you get a classic Zelda game full of adventure, but you’ll also get the Studio Ghibli artistic influence (not common for Zelda games). The game has been so successful and well received that a sequel was recently announced as being in production.
Ori and the Blind Forest
Created by Moon Studios, Ori and the Blind Forest was originally released in 2015 for Microsoft Windows and Xbox One. It has since been released on Nintendo Switch. When playing the game, you’ll notice Studio Ghibli’s influences in its artwork, characters, and overall design. In the game you’ll play as a cat-like guardian spirit to solve puzzles and save the forest.
A sequel to this game, Ori and the Will of the Wisps, is expected to be released in early 2020. Players will get a chance to explore the world beyond the forest and set out on all new adventures.