I Hacked The Video Game That Made Hayao Miyazaki Hate Video Games

Rani Baker
9 min readFeb 3, 2022
Yes, this is probably worse than the Warriors Of The Wind cut.

Shit was rough for Hayao Miyazaki in the 1980s. Nobody seemed to know what to do with his more personal, more revolutionary work. Besides ruin it, that is. A lot has been written about Warriors Of The Wind, the butchered 1985 US adaptation of Nausicaä Of The Valley of the Wind, to the point where even the exact minutes shaved off from the original have been tallied up in detail. No sense dwelling on that story, except to note yet again that his producer once sent a sword to Harvey Weinstein in a polite but menacing manner because of it, and that rules ass.

Also Pictured: Ruling Ass

What also rules ass is the multiple video games based on Miyazaki’s previous film Lupin III: The Castle Of Cagliostro. While not a commercial success initially, the film caught the attention of Toshio Suzuki, then working as editor for the Tokuma Shoten magazine Animage. He encouraged Miyazaki to pitch story ideas to them, which led to the creation of his manga Nausicaä Of The Valley Of The Wind, later adapted to film. The Castle Of Cagliostro inspired several video games, mostly side-scrolling arcade action but also one in the emerging adventure/dungeon-crawler genre catching on in Japan, on the NEC PC-8801…