Continuing the "8-Bit Cinema" series from Spirited Away, we find this equally fascinating and compelling mock videogame dedicated to Hayao Miyazaki's 1997 blockbuster hit Princess Mononoke.
I think Mononoke works better as a videogame than Spirited Away. The structure of the movie fits squarely with the conventions of classic action-adventures, you have a hero on a quest and a wide cast of characters, you have a dramatic arc with many twists and turns, you have many lush environments and locales, and you have the potential for a lot of terrific action.
This video does a great job condensing the two-plus hour movie into a 2D side-scrolling game, similar to what you would expect to find on NES, Sega Master System or Turbografx-16.
Hayao Miyazaki is notoriously hostile to most modern technology, and this goes double for electronic games. He would never allow for such a project as this, but he should. Perhaps a small team of indie game developers should just go ahead and make this Mononoke a reality. Heck, somebody send an email to Vanillaware and tell them to use the Muramasa engine.
Here are some screenshots of key moments in the video: