The game of the movie of the game

So my girlfriend was asking if I thought there'd be a game of the sonic movie… and I started to think about what games got turned into movies that then had game adaptations of those movies.

The first one that comes to mind is of course street fighter the movie the arcade game. How can you resist.

But there have to be more of these, right?? I'm drawing a blank but I know there are more! Oh, and anime doesn't count, gotta be live action. I'm surprised Mortal Kombat never did it!?

Well, obviously what jumps to my mind right away is Street Fighter II The Movie, which somehow is not the sequel to Street Fighter The Movie.

I believe the recent Ratchet & Clank reboot is at least partially tied to the Ratchet & Clank movie project that failed to make a splash. I still struggle to understand who cared about Ratchet & Clank so much to need this kind of content in the PS4 era but I guess that's a generational thing. That video below taught me a few things about the series, actually.

I don‘t know that I can actually think of an example of this, but the one that I always wished it had happened for was the Super Mario movie. The idea of a mario game that’s directly tied to the bizarre liva action film just sounds like such a good time.

Not live action, but not entirely anime either - I would have really loved a Sonic game based on the SatAM series. Tons of characters with abilities of varying sorts would have blended well with a weird rpg of some kind, I think.

The Double Dragon 1 on 1 fighting game has elements inspired by the live action Double Dragon movie

AH, that's a good point with Double Dragon!!

There was a Battleship video game based on the movie based on the board game!

Also, the Rampage movie from 2018 got an arcade game based on that film as well. Good ole' Raw Thrills... or is it Adrenaline Amusements? Hrmmmmm....!


@James-#982 I would have really loved a Sonic game based on the SatAM series.

That was almost a thing.

There was a VR game to accompany the launch of the 2018 Tomb Raider movie:

I think it was made by Sticky Studios before they were acquired by Talespin earlier this year. But there aren't a lot of online records about that.

I also just found a fan game based on the first Pokemon movie:

Ah nice!! The Rampage and Tomb Raider ones are excellent examples, though it's hard to see to what degree the Tomb Raider one is advergame vs game people are intended to pay for.

It looks like Alone in the Dark *might have* been planned to work with Alone in the Dark 5...

And someone on twitter mentioned there was an iOS advergame with Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, but I'm feeling like I don't want to count advergames.

So right now I'm seeing two definites - street fighter the movie the game, and Rampage!

Mortal Kombat never directly adapted any of the movies but they did import content from the movies to a greater extent than SF, FF, etc—like, Shang Tsung in the latest game is straight up 1995 movie Shang, voiced and mocapped by the original actor.

Dragon Ball: Plan to Eradicate the Saiyans is a unique case, it went:
—Famicom game (the first to feature an original plot rather than an adaptation of existing stories)
—2-part OVA based on the game
—FMV games for Bandai Playdia using footage from the OVA and new scenes
—remake of the OVA, included within the PS360 game DB Raging Blast 2

The Spy Hunter game for PS2/PSP is interesting in that it's a tie-in to a Spy Hunter movie starring The Rock that never came out—they went game > movie > game but nobody's ever seen the movie.

Double Dragon went game > cartoon > game, of course, and there aren't as many examples of that happening as you might imagine, either. Pac-Man's done it a few times.

I presume the Angry Birds movie got a tie-in game, someone else can have fun looking that up.

Virtua Fighter Animation (aka Virtua Fighter Mini) for Game Gear & Master System is based on the anime.

I did mention at the top that anime doesn‘t count! That’d be it‘s entire own thread, and it’d probably never end.

I'm calling it at two right now, but maybe more will arrive..........

Oops sorry, anime as in animated theatrical features don't count either? I thought you meant no TV series. I am not sure I understand the appeal of the restriction, given that the constraints and creative challenges remain very similar. There are not that many examples either.

maybe there aren‘t as many examples as I think - but there are so many anime games, for so many obscure titles, and I feel like they then get turned back into OVAs or whatever else, but uhhhh maybe I’m totally off!

For what it‘s worth, I would absolutely love a Fatal Fury the Motion Picture (the 3rd movie, not the first) beatem up/fighting game hybrid. But how much I like the movie is probably not going to reflect well on myself, so I’ll stop right there.

I mean I'd play it!

@exodus#1001 oops! I had no idea game-anime-games were so prevalent!

do CGI movies count? There was a mobile game tie-in for Resident Evil: Degeneration in 2009. It was on N-Gage, iOS and BlackBerry (what a weird time for mobile!)

@hellomrkearns#1078 haha. You had me at N-Gage.

I'm kind of surprised this wasn't more of a thing with movies/shows:

It seems like it would have been easy to cash in on live action with FMV games like this, and once you had the framework, I would think the same engine could be tweaked to work for tons of video. For what it's worth, I actually find the game to be a lot of fun. The inputs are consistent to the action on screen and A/B/C are pretty consistently mapped to the same actions.

I wonder if the lack of game->movie->game conversions has more to do with the lack of game to movie conversions in the first place than anything else? It seems like it would make sense to make a game of the movie (since the game is already proven as being a good enough concept to gain enough popularity to make a film in the first place), but maybe we've just accepted that video game movies are generally no good and trying to tack on another product to the film is inviting disaster?

Has no one said Prince of Persia: Sands of Time? That has to be the most obvious example, right? They released a game based on a movie based on a game, with the same darn subtitle even, while the memory of the original game was still quite fresh. I never played it. I loved the original Sands of Time and didn't want it ruined by the passably mediocre Gyllenhaal-boot.

@Salacious_krunk#1308 Do you mean Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands? That game was released alongside the movie but has nothing to do with it, it's a regular-ass Sands of Time series game that ignores both the movie and the cel-shaded reboot.