The movie Pacific Rim has been getting a lot of love around the actual Asian Pacific Rim recently, with China especially talking about it, though perhaps not for the best reasons. Japan too, being a lover of giant monster movies, has taken to Guillermo del Toro’s work, with praise from game makers Fumito Ueda (Ico, Shadow of the Colossus) and Hideo Kojima (Metal Gear, Zone of Enders) and manga artists Go Nagai (Marzinger Z) and Yoshiyuki Sadamoto (Neon Genesis Evangelion).

Also, in honor of the film a video was posted to YouTube titled “Pacific Rim Main Theme 8bit Arrange” which along with NES-tech rendition of the movie’s main theme gives us a nostalgic intro scene to what could have been a great video game adaptation of Pacific Rim. There are even some cute sprite versions of the Jaegers!

The video opens with a classic, frame by frame intro of the plot often seen after blowing on your cartridge and popping it in.

“It was the year 2013…”

“Suddenly out of the Pacific Ocean, Kaiju appeared. They hammered cities one after another.”

“To stop the invasion, mankind amasses its wisdom.”

“And produced giant humanoid weapons called Jaegers.”

“At the end of a long and fierce battle, the moment of truth has come.”

“From here the last battle for the future of humanity begins…”

And from here we are treated to the rest of the theme music as our right thumb instinctively stretches out to press a Start button that isn’t there.

Perhaps someone should contact the creators of this video, Kuso-Chan and Mame-Chan to get working on a full version of this game in all its 8-bit glory? It’s worth a shot considering the lukewarm reviews the other video game adaptations of movie got.

Source: Kotaku Japan via My Game News Flash (Japanese), Anime News Network (English)
Video: YouTube – Nyazu Nyan, Movielove1026

The original Pacific Rim main theme for comparison