23 January 2015

2015 NEW YEAR’S CARDS FROM AROUND THE JAPANESE GAMING INDUSTRY

by Thomas

Happy New Year, everyone! We’re a little late this year (JJ clearly wasn’t thinking of this extremely important blog post when he went and impregnated his lovely wife last March), but at last, he has returned to the office from new baby duty, which means…we’re back with a fresh installment of our yearly tribute to the the best “nengajōs” (New Year’s cards) from around the Japanese gaming industry! (Surely you know what a nengajō is, by NOW, right? If not, you can read all about ‘em here.)

(If you missed our previous installments, check them out here: 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014)

The Chinese zodiac animal of choice for 2015 is the sheep, and so this year, we commissioned the fine folks at 256graph to take some art from a title near and dear to our hearts, Yacht Club Games’ amazing Shovel Knight, and inject said art with a taste of Nippon (and fleece) in honor of the game’s inevitable march toward Japan later this year. As always, they did an amazing job, and we are extremely happy with the results.

After you’re done printing yourself out a poster-sized copy of our nengajo, why not check out some of these other really cool cards we got from all over the Japanese gaming industry? (Click through for full-size versions!) Be sure to let us know your faves in the comments, and/or click on the names beneath each card to tweet at some of them directly!

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Arika Nude Maker Pygmy Studio Prope
Arika NudeMaker Pygmy Studio Prope
Vitei Studio Saizensen Digital Frontier BANDAI・WiZ/TV TOKYO
Vitei Studio Saizensen Digital Frontier BANDAI・WiZ/TV TOKYO
Capcom Nihon Falcom Kyos Co.,td. Procyon Studio co., LTD.
Capcom Nihon Falcom Kyos Co.,td Procyon Studio co., LTD.
Cygames Koei Tecmo Level 5 Sega Networks
Cygames Koei Tecmo Level 5 Sega Networks
Kemco Brave Wave Square Enix Bandai Namco
Kemco Brave Wave Square Enix Bandai Namco
Creatures Filament Dog Ear Records Shift
Creatures Filament Dog Ear Records Shift
Intelligent Systems Comcept Spike Square Enix
Intelligent Systems Comcept Spike Chunsoft Square Enix
Marvelous CyberConnect2
Marvelous CyberConnect2
Kyo Kusanagi (草薙 杏) PG Universe
Kyo Kusanagi (草薙 杏) PG Universe
DotWarrior Games NanaOn-Sha
DotWarrior Games NanaOn-Sha
Inti Access Games
Inti Creates Access Games
Q-Games Platinum Games
Q-Games Platinum Games
Edit Mode Grasshopper Manufacture
Edit Mode Grasshopper Manufacture
Ancient tri-Ace
Ancient tri-Ace
Tango Gameworks Unity
Tango Gameworks Unity 3D
Vanpool Riot Games
Vanpool Riot Games
D3 Publisher Cutecool
D3 Publisher Cutecool
Basiscape NIGORO
Basiscape NIGORO
ILCA Vanillaware
ILCA Vanillaware

 

That’s all for now – be sure to tune in again early next January! (assuming nobody else goes and has a baby right at the end of the year)

 

23 January 2015

8-4 Play 1/23/2015: DON’T BE RIDICULOUS

by Sarah

Driveclub, Hako-Boy, Infamous: First Light, The Swapper, Mario Galaxy 2, Dreeps, Kingdom Hearts Birth By Sleep, Nintendo Direct, HoloLens, and more!

Running Time: 1:51:29

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Time – Topic Discussed:

07:25 – Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate Demo
10:07 – Polygon Life in Japan Cover Story
14:00 – Monster Strike
17:00 – John loves Amibos, Codename S.T.E.A.M. Sarah’s,Seijinshiki
28:48 – Driveclub
30:40 – Mario Galaxy 2 and downloadable Wii games
35:15 – Infamous: First Light, The Swapper, Hako-Boy
39:40 – Dreeps
45:00 – Rogue Legacy, Birth by Sleep
51:00 – Brandish dark legacy, Tales of Zestria
58:11 – Nintendo Direct
1:28:00 – Microsoft Windows Conference
1:40:56 – Other News
1:44:57 – Closing Comments

Example of crazy Japanese coming of age ceremony outfits,

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8-4 Play 1/9/2015: AWESOME PODCAST DONE SLOW
Intro: Nobuo Uematsu – Shiva’s Theme: Oblivion – Final Fantasy XIV
Break: Hip Tanaka – GameBoy Tetris
Ending: Yōko Shimomura – Swim This Way – Kingdom Hearts 2

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9 January 2015

8-4 Play 1/9/2015: AWESOME PODCAST DONE SLOW

by Sarah

New Years in Japan, Final Fantasy XIV, Kingdom Hearts 2.5 HD, Battle of the Tetris games, Fantasy Life, Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Edition, CES, Steam Machines and more!

Running Time: 1:21:59

Time – Topic Discussed:

11:01 – New Years in Japan: Kouhaku and Gaki no Tsukai
20:06 – Final Fantasy XIV
22:35 – Monster Strike
28:58 – Kingdom Hearts 2.5 HD Remix
35:15 – Fantasy Life
37:28 – Tetris
44:05 – Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition
52:51 – CES 2015: Free-Form Displays
55:06 – Nintendo Free to Play
58:32 – Fan Remakes: Super Mario 64 HD and Pokemon Uranium
59:39 – Awesome Games Done Quick 2015: Pokemon Plays Twitch
1:03:40 – PSN Network Outages
1:06:37 – Other News: PS4, Mad Catz’s Controller, Steam Machines, Kickstarter
1:12:02 – Closing Comments

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AGDC 2015′s Pokemon Plays Twitch
Gaki no Tsukai 2015

CES 2015 Mad Catz’s L.Y.N.X. Controller

And now…a list of music used in our previous episode!

8-4 Play 12/26/2014: LAST PODCAST (I GAVE YOU MY HEART)
Intro: Koji Kondo – Theme (Super Mario Bros. 2)
Break: Exile – Last Christmas
Ending: Olivia Newton John – Xanadu

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26 December 2014

8-4 Play 12/26/2014: LAST PODCAST (I GAVE YOU MY HEART)

by Justin Epperson

Xmas in Japan, Final Fantasy Explorers, Hack ‘n’ Slash, retro gaming gift memories, Fantasy Life, Nintendo Donut DS, amiibo cards, our favorite games of the year and JJ’s Candy Room fantasies.

Running Time: 1:49:03

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Time – Topic Discussed:

11:50 – Christmas in Japan
17:27 – Retro Gaming Gift Memories
22:17 – Fantasy Life
27:23 – Online Games: Guild Wars 2, Dragon Quest X, Destiny
47:31 – Resident Evil Remake
51:52 – Final Fantasy Explorers
56:42 – Hack ’n’ Slash
1:02:07 – Tap Titan and JJ’s Platform Panic
1:09:56 – Nintendo Donut DS, Amiibo Cards, Mario Movie
1:10:30 – News: Awesome Games Done Quick, Namco Bandai, Minecraft, and more
1:35:33 – Closing Comments

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Girl Model Movie

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8-4 Play 12/12/2014: MEET THE FOKKERS
Intro: Ulpio Minucci – Robotech Theme
Break: Supercell’s ryo – Bravely Second OST
Ending: Shoji Meguro – Persona Q: Maze of Life

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12 December 2014

8-4 Play 12/12/2014: MEET THE FOKKERS

by Justin Epperson

Amiibos, Wii U Smash Bros., Captain Toad, Jake Kazdal, Persona Q, Bravely Second, PlayStation Experience, The Game Awards, and more!

Running Time: 2:05:57

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Time – Topic Discussed:

7:55 – Amiibos
21:01 – Mark and Jake play Destiny
24:10 – PS4 Problems
43:09 – Wii U and Smash Bros.
51:56 – GTAV
58:35 – Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth
1:04:13 – Bravely Second
1:10:30 – PlayStation Experience
1:48:07 – The Game Awards 2014
1:54:07 – News: Ralph Baer, Mobile Future, Theatrhythm: Dragon Quest, Apple Game of The Year
1:59:14 – Closing Comments

And now…a list of music used in our previous episode!

8-4 Play 11/28/2014: FUUUUUUUUN! …AND GAMES?
Intro: FUN with Kevin Gifford and His Pretend Pals
Break: Junichi Masuda – Wild Pokémon Battle – Pokémon Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald
Ending: Jake Kaufman – David Beckham Soccer Title music

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28 November 2014

8-4 Play 11/28/2014: FUUUUUUUUN! …AND GAMES?

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Pokemon, Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright, Steamworld Dig, Evil Within, Assassin’s Creed: Unity, Crossy Road, random Japanese gaming memories, and more!

Running Time: 1:39:55

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Time – Topic Discussed:

2:28 – Special Guest Intro
25:20 – Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire
32:53 – Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney
40:17 – Steamworld Dig
42:51 – The Evil Within
44:47 – Assassin’s Creed: Unity
46:48 – Crossy Road
49:35 – Living in Japan, Nostalgia Edition
1:32:12 – Closing Comments

Amazing Time Zone strategy guide Mark talked about:

So Amazing

And now…a list of music used in our previous episode!

8-4 Play 11/14/2014: THE BALD & THE BEAUTIFUL
Intro: Captain Toad Goes Forth – Super Mario 3D World
Ending: Ending: The Legend Of Zelda – Majora’s Mask – OST – Milk Bar Latte

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14 November 2014

8-4 Play 11/14/2014: THE BALD & THE BEAUTIFUL

by Justin Epperson

Captain Toad, Forza Horizon 2, SingStar, LEGO Batman 3, The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth, Nintendo Direct, Iwata on region locking, Sonic Boom, Black Friday deals, and more!

Running Time: 1:38:01

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Time – Topic Discussed:
7:40 – Hanabi
10:20 – Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker
19:30 – Forza Horizon 2
25:37 – SingStar
28:45 – LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham
30:32 – The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth
36.49 – Super Smash Bros. Wii U and Amiibos
38:36 – Roy’s Fantasy Life Progress Report
42:15 –  Bloodborne
43:14 –  Nintendo News: Nintendo Direct, Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3DS, Region Locking
55.23 – Other News: Sonic Boom, Video Game Awards, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, Assassin’s Creed: Unity, Super Mario 64: Chaos Edition
1:11:04 – Black Friday Sales
1:23:30 – Closing Comments

And now…a list of music used in our previous episode!

8-4 Play 10/31/2014: VENTURES IN DREAMLAND
Intro: Hidehiro Funauchi – Praying Hands (Castlevania II: Belmont’s Revenge)
Break: Hironobu Kageyama – Hippare! Monster Strike (Monster Strike)
Ending: Beach Boys – Kokomo

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31 October 2014

8-4 Play 10/31/2014: VENTURES IN DREAMLAND

by Justin Epperson

The Evil Within, Monster Strike, Terra Battle, Fantasy Life, Pokemon Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire, Japanese strategy guides, retro game shopping, Nintendo earnings, QOL devices, Bloodborne 30fps-gate, Dominos Pizza, Valkyria Chronicles, and more!

Running Time: 2:04:44

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Time – Topic Discussed:
15:00 – The Evil Within
39:00 – Monster Strike/Terra Battle
43:15 – Pokemon ORAS
57:17 – Zelda: LTTP Strategy Guide/Retro Game Shopping
1:08:30 – Senran Kagura Shinovi Versus
1:14:00 – Nintendo Earnings: Smash Bros., QOL Improvement Device
1:33:30 – News: Snorlax bed, Bloodborne 30fps-gate, “Feed Me, Dominos”, Destiny, Valkyria Chronicles, Zuckerberg on VR
1:57:00 – Closing Comments

Here are this week’s links!
Back in my Play

And now…a list of music used in our previous episode!

8-4 Play 10/17/2014: TERRA-BLE
Intro: Laugh and Beats – Sunny Day (Vib-Ribbon)
Break: Ryo Nagamatsu – Death Mountain – Milk Bar version (The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds)
Ending: Michiru Yamane – Simon’s Theme (Castlevania Bloodlines)

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17 October 2014

8-4 Play 10/17/2014: TERRA-BLE

by Justin Epperson

New Nintendo 3DS, Castlevania: Bloodlines, Danganronpa, Vib-Ribbon, Terra Battle, Alien: Isolation, Destiny, Japanese Sales, NPDs, Ex-Irrational Kickstarters, and more!

Running Time: 1:59:20

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Time – Topic Discussed:

17:45 – Castlevania: Bloodlines
22:40 – Danganronpa 1 and 2
28:26 – Vib-Ribbon
33:30 – The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds
35:00 – Terra Battle
45:12 – New 3DS
58:21 – Alien: Isolation
1:11:10 – New 3DS and Monster Hunter 4G Sales
1:25:20 – Destiny
1:33:00 – NPDs
1:41:40 – News: Official Nintendo Magazine, Nintendo eShop, Vib Ribbon, Bloodborne Alpha, Ex-Irrational Kickstarters
1:50:49 – Red Bull Music Academy
1:52:41 – Closing Comments

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Back in my Play

And now…a list of music used in our previous episode!

8-4 Play 10/03/2014: SUPER SMASHED BROS.
Intro: Rio Hamamoto – Mega Man 2 Medley (Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS)
Break: Elevated Level – Tunnel Snakes Rule!!
Ending: Akane – Maboroshi

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3 October 2014

8-4 Play 10/03/2014: SUPER SMASHED BROS.

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Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor, Super Smash Bros. for 3DS, Final Fantasy 14, Destiny, Terra Battle, Super Smash Bros. parity problems, Media Create numbers, Nomura’s burning rage, Call of Duty in decline, and more!

Running Time: 1:22:30

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Time – Topic Discussed:

14:15 – Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor
20:30 – Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS
33:00 – Final Fantasy 14
34:30 – Destiny
41:00 – Terra Battle
48:10 – Bloodborne Alpha
51:45 – Super Smash Bros. Hardware Constraints
53:15 – New 3DS News
57:30 – PlayStation Plus October Games
1:00:00 – Media Create Sales Numbers
1:05:30 – Tetsuya Nomura’s Burning Rage
1:06:40 – Call of Duty Pre-Order Numbers
1:08:40 – Samsung Gear VR
1:10:00 – Steam’s Discovery Update
1:11:30 – Blizzard Cancels Titan
1:13:15 – Closing Comments

Here are this week’s links!
Buy Akane’s new album, Journey!

And now…a list of music used in our previous episode!

8-4 Play 9/19/2014: TOKYO GAME SHOW 2014
Intro: Haruomi Hosono – Super Xevious (Super Xevious)
Ending: The Jacksons – This Place Hotel

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Monster Strike
iOS/Android, Mixi, Inc., 2014/10
Tales of Xillia 2
PlayStation 3, Namco Bandai Games Inc., 2014/08
Wind-up Knight 2
iOS/Android, Robot Invader, 2014/06
Threes!
iOS/Android, Sirvo llc, 2014/06