Call it going full circle. Back in 2004, a Japanese game show called Run for Money appeared on FujiTV. The show had flourishes of The Matrix and a central premise that seemed more like a video game than a game show. Now in 2012, Run for Money has finally been turned into a hit 3DS game. As logical as a video game version sounds, the concept wasn't initially a no-brainer.
On the original show, contestants tried to stay hidden in a real world map—usually an outlet mall or a theme park—and avoid black suit-wearing "Hunters", which were clearly ripped straight from The Matrix. The Hunters even run like Matrix agents and have the same preppy hairdos! On the show, the Hunters are unleashed, and every minute you stay undetected, the amount of money you can win increases. If this sounds familiar to you, that's because Run for Money was adapted (and apparently reworked) into a Sci-Fi channel show called Cha$e.