29 April 2016

8-4 Play 4/29/2016: NI-OH TOKYO ASPLODE

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NX and Zelda delay, Zelda NX, Wii U and E3, PS4 Neo, Koei T Nioh, Granblue Fantasy, the future of Dark Souls, SNK returns, Semradical NES reviews, and more!

Running Time: 1:48:22

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Time – Topic Discussed:

16:56 – Granblue Fantasy
24:38 – Nioh
39:35 – Dark Souls 3
44:18 – Japan game shopping tips
53:50 – Nintendo investor meeting bombshells
1:14:17 – PlayStation Neo
1:38:48 – Miyazaki’s future plans, Xbox 360 phasing out, SNK is back
1:37:53 – Ed Semrad’s NES review
1:41:11 – Closing comments

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8-4 Play 4/15/2016: BEYOND THE BEYOND THE BEYOND

Intro: The Champs – Tequila
Break: Koji Kondo – Star Fox 64 Theme
Ending: Jamiroquai – Virtual Insanity

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15 April 2016

8-4 Play 4/15/2016: BEYOND THE BEYOND THE BEYOND

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Star Fox Zero, Dark Souls 3, Granblue Fantasy, Ratchet & Clank, HTC Vive, 32-bit RPGs, NX patents, rumors, and more!

Running Time: 2:06:25

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Time – Topic Discussed:

6:23 – Miitomo
23:02 – PS1 JRPGs
33:58 – Dark Souls 3
41:49 – Star Fox Zero
1:07:35 – Ratchet and Clank
1:12:28 – Granblue Fantasy
1:16:20 – NX Rumors
1:27:58 – VR Launch Woes
1:33:46 – News: Beavis and Butt-head Arcade, Nioh demo, Punch-Out Easter Eggs
1:42:21 – Closing Comments

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8-4 Play 4/1/2016: FUN AND FANCY XV

Intro: Takahiro Minami – Stand by me
Break: Tomoki Miyoshi – Moru Island (I am Setsuna)
Ending: Simon and Garfunkel – Faking it

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1 April 2016

8-4 Play 4/1/2016: FUN AND FANCY XV

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Dark Souls III, Final Fantasy XV, Miitomo, Stardew Valley, NX “leaks”, PS4K rumors, GDC, emulation, Japanese bathrooms, and more!

Running Time: 2:06:25

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Time – Topic Discussed:

17:12 – GDC
26:36 – Dark Souls III
43:38 – Stardew Valley
49:00 – Miitomo
1:00:08 – I am Setsuna
1:06:00 – Final Fantasy XV
1:24:08 – NX Leaks?
1:32:40 – PS4k rumors
1:47:40 – Xbox Dev Mode
1:49:39 – News: Getting Dark Souls III early, SFV updates
1:53:00 – Game emulation
2:01:05 – Closing Comments

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8-4 Play 3/18/2016: MIITOMO, YOU JANE

Intro: ConcernedApe – Stardew Valley Overture
Ending: Miitomo – Shop music

Here are this week’s links!
Making the leaked NX controller

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18 March 2016

8-4 Play 3/18/2016: MIITOMO, YOU JANE

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Miitomo, Playstation VR vs Oculus, Stardew Valley, My Nintendo, Final Fantasy XV chicken bets, NX Rumors, Tom Clancy’s The Division, the Resident Evil musical, and more!

Running Time: 1:35:03

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Time – Topic Discussed:

2:30 – Miitomo
22:30 – Tom Clancy’s The Division
26:36 – Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD
31:53 – Stardew Valley
44:18 – GDC VR Talk
1:10:20 – GDC Awards
1:12:17 – NX Rumor Minute, 3DS SNES VC rumors
1:15:20 – Final Fantasy XV
1:20:50 – My Nintendo, Chase: Unsolved Cases Investigation Division – Distant Memories
1:23:45 – Xbox cross play
1:25:30 – Riot acquires Radiant Entertainment
1:26:00 – Bloodborne card game, Resident Evil musical
1:28:45 – Closing comments

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

8-4 Play 3/4/2016: FUR AND LOATHING

Intro: Yoko Shimomura – Street Fighter II Arcade Intro
Break: Chris Remo – Stay in Your Tower and Watch (Firewatch)
Ending: Rob Walsh – Muppet Babies Theme

Here are this week’s links!
Japanese TV show host throws Oculus

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4 March 2016

8-4 Play 3/4/2016: FUR AND LOATHING

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Nintendo Direct, Street Fighter V, Firewatch, The Division, Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam, Nuzlocke rules, Xbox’s new direction, Young Conker, and more!

Running Time: 2:17:28

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Time – Topic Discussed:
10:37 – Nuzlocke rules Pokémon
19:22 – Firewatch
24:18 – Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam
27:10 – Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
32:03 – Street Fighter V
43:40 – The Division
53:18 – Nintendo Direct
1:40:00 – Uncharted 4 Delay
1:41:20 – NX Rumors, Snorlax, Pokemon Sun and Moon
1:48:28 – Changes at Xbox
1:56:50 – Young Conker
2:00:00 – Streets of Rage 2 OST on Vinyl, Harvest Moon Ebay
2:01:30 – Closing Comments

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8-4 Play 2/19/2016: THE LIFE OF SNUGGLES

Intro: Hitoshi Sakimoto – Main Theme (Valkyria Chronicles)
Break: The Witness – Trailer Theme
Ending: Ultraman TV Theme (English)

Here are this week’s links!
How To Play Street Fighter Like a Pro
Street Fighter V Beta – Ryu Basics, Footsies & Fundamentals Tutorial

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19 February 2016

8-4 Play 2/19/2016: THE LIFE OF SNUGGLES

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Dragon Quest Builders, Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel, Valkyria of the Blue Revolution & Valkyria Chronicles Remastered, Miitomo pre-registration, City Shrouded in Shadow, and more!

Running Time: 1:43:21

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Time – Topic Discussed:
04:31 – Japanese Valentines Day
11:00 – Dragon Quest Builders
34:34 – Destiny for Kids
37:46 – The Flu
39:35 – Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel
46:03 – Valkyria Chronicles Remastered
50:37 – Valkyria of the Blue Revolution
57:42 – The Witness
1:10:40 – PS VR release date slip
1:12:46 – No Assassin’s Creed this year
1:13:43 – Miitomo registration
1:18:54 – News: Warren Spector’s new job, City Shrouded in Shadow
1:22:40 – Street Fighter V launch problems, Lupe vs Daigo
1:27:43 – Kojima traveling, No-Hit Dark Souls Run, Sonic Movie, Kanye’s Game
1:31:44 – Gametrailers, Game Sack
1:36:18 – Patreon?
1:38:26 – Closing Comments

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8-4 Play 2/5/2016: BLOCK PARTY

Intro: Crazy Ken Band – Kuroi Kizuato no Blues (Yakuza 2)
Break 1: Koichi Sugiyama – Overworld Theme (Dragon Quest Builders)
Break 2: Sumo Association Wrestlers – Hiyo no Yama ga Zoeuta
Ending: Kevin Gifford’s Games of the year 2015

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5 February 2016

8-4 Play 2/5/2016: BLOCK PARTY

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Dragon Quest Builders, The Witness, Firewatch, Detective Pikachu, Splatoon Koshien, Yakuza, The Evil Within, retro gaming in Japan, Nintendo earnings, EVO 2016, two amazing special guests, and more!

Running Time: 2:49:10

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Time – Topic Discussed:

05:23 – Brandon Boyer Japan Trip
26:56 – Dragon Quest Builders
40:00 – Splatoon Koshien / Squid Sisters Concert
45:48 – Detective Pikachu
50:16 – The Witness
1:01:50 – The Evil Within
1:05:50 – Firewatch
1:09:55 – Retro Gaming in Japan with Kevin Gifford
2:20:19 – Nintendo Earnings news
2:29:00 – Sakaguchi’s new game
2:30:00 – Bungie’s new president (WARNING: DESTINY TALK)
2:34:45 – Trademark Backlash News
2:37:01 – Evo2K16 Lineup
2:42:16 – Closing Comments

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8-4 Play 1/22/2016: NX FACTORS
Intro: Catherine Warwick – Pollyanna (I Believe in You) (Mother)
Break: Hitoshi Sakimoto – Odin Sphere Opening Title
Ending: Klaus Doldinger – Bastian’s Happy Flight (The Neverending Story)

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22 January 2016

8-4 Play 1/22/2016: NX FACTORS

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Odin Sphere Lei…ffthr…uh, Odin Sphere HD, Earthbound Beginnings, Pocket Mortys, Bloodborne, MGSV, Clash Royale, Black Knight Strikers, the latest NX rumors, Kojima’s World Tour, $40 download games, and more!

Running Time: 1:31:39

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Time – Topic Discussed:

10:35 – Monster Hunter X
13:01 – Bloodborne
16:30 – Metal Gear Solid V
20:50 – Odin Sphere Leifthrasir
26:50 – Pocket Mortys
32:10 – Clash Royale
35:45 – Black Knight Strikers
37:30 – Mother
46:00 – Nintendo NX Rumors
1:01:50 – News: Developer Interest survey, new Zelda timeline, new Doom Level, Kojima world tour
1:09:28 – Witness price
1:17:30 – News: Bloodstained Survey, Virtual Boy, 3D Classics Collection 2
1:22:46 – Closing Comments

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8-4 Play 1/8/2016: YACHT ROCK
Intro: Jake Kaufman – Plague of Shadows Release Trailer (Shovel Knight: Plague of Shadows)
Break: Daniel Sadowski – Subterra (A Boy and His Blob)
Ending: Vince DiCola – Face the Devestation (Transformers: Devestation)

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8 January 2016

8-4 Play 1/8/2016: YACHT ROCK

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Happy 2016! Sean Velasco and David D’Angelo of Yacht Club Games join us to kick off the new year with an in-depth discussion about the past, present and future of YCG and their epic debut title, Shovel Knight.

Running Time: 2:05:43

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Time – Topic Discussed:

2:28 – Japanese funerals
13:20 – 64DD
19:08 – Yacht Club Games interview
1:32:30 – Oculus price
1:46:44 – NX announcement rumor
1:51:00 – News: Pokemon Mega Get, blind Ocarina run
1:54:40 – Bayonetta 2, Transformers: Devastation
1:57:00 – News: ReCore Delay, Shinra demise, crackers
1:59:00 – Closing comments

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8-4 Play 12/25/2015: MERIKURI
Intro: Sailor Moon Christmas – Jingle Bells
Break: Insaneintherainmusic – Snowdin (Undertale)
Ending: Masato Shimon – Star Wars

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7 January 2016

2016 NEW YEAR’S CARDS FROM AROUND THE JAPANESE GAMING INDUSTRY

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Happy New Year, folks! Somehow it’s 2016 already, which means we’re back again with another fun-loving installment of our yearly tribute to the best “nengajōs” (New Year’s cards) from around the Japanese gaming industry. By this point, you should be able to recite the nengajō Wikipedia page backwards, but if you’re new here (welcome!), or you need a refresher on just what the hell a nengajō is, head on over to this link and prepare to be enlightened.

(And if you missed our previous installments, feel free to check them out here: 20112012201320142015)

This past year was a special one for 8-4, as we turned 10 years old in October (October 5, to be exact), so rather than go the usual route of finding a rad up-and-coming game and pimping it to the world before it blows up and gets super famous (what can we say, we like being opinion leaders), this year we decided to take a different approach and celebrate the occasion of turning 10. We teamed up with our good friend and amazing logo designer Cory Schmitz to come up with a 10th anniversary image to celebrate the first decade of 8-4, which you can see below. 8-4’s colors were inspired by the Famicom (Japan’s NES), and our name comes from the final stage of Super Mario Bros. (a symbol of ultimate accomplishment tied to a beloved Japanese game from our childhoods), which hopefully explains the Famicom cartridge motif and colors used on the card. And of course, 2016 is the year of the monkey, thus the cute little simian chilling up in the top-left.

As always, we’ve put together a collection of some of the other cool cards from around the Japanese industry for you to peruse as well, so have a look below (click through for larger versions!), and let us and/or the creators what you think!

8-4, Ltd.
8-4, Ltd.

 

Arika Hit-Point 256graph Prope
Arika Hit-Point 256graph Prope
Vitei Basiscape Acquire Spike Chunsoft
Vitei Basiscape Acquire Spike Chunsoft
Q-Games Nihon Falcom NIGORO Take-Two Interactive Japan
Q-Games Nihon Falcom NIGORO Take-Two Interactive Japan
Ancient Koei Tecmo Procyon Studio Implausible Industries
Ancient Koei Tecmo Procyon Studio Implausible Industries
Int Creates Brave Wave SNK Playmore Bandai Namco
Inti Creates Brave Wave SNK Playmore Bandai Namco Studios
Kyo Kusanagi (草薙 杏) Edit Mode Vanpool Monstars
Kyo Kusanagi (草薙 杏) Edit Mode Vanpool Monstars
Beyond Japan Comcept DDM Square Enix
Beyond Japan Comcept DDM Square Enix

 

Capcom Ubisoft
Capcom Ubisoft
NanaOn-Sha Level-5
NanaOn-Sha LEVEL-5
Dog Ear Records LINE
Dog Ear Records LINE
Keys Factory Access Games
Keys Factory Access Games
gen DESIGN Platinum Games
gen DESIGN PlatinumGames
CyberConnect2 Cygames
CyberConnect2 Cygames
Kemco Colopl
Kemco Colopl
Marvelous Mixi
Marvelous mixi

 

Vanillaware
Vanillaware
Flarewave
Flarewave


 
Clash Royale
iOS/Android, Supercell, 2016/03
Xenoblade Chronicles X
Wii U, Nintendo Co., Ltd., 2015/12
Neko Atsume: Kitty Collector
iOS/Android, Hit Point Co., Ltd., 2015/10
Juice Jam
iOS/Android, SGN, Inc., 2015/07