18 May 2018

8-4 Play 5/18/2018: FOR THE FOREST KING

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We’ve got two tremendous guests this week, and they have opinions! Come hear us talk about writing for games, menu gripes, VR experiences, and more!

8-4 Play 5/18/2018: FOR THE FOREST KING

Running Time: 1:50:56

Time – Topic Discussed:

24:49 – Localizing NieR and NieR Automata
50:09 – God of War
1:13:15 – Dragon’s Crown Pro
1:20:50 – Dragon Quest VR
1:27:18 – News: Nintendo Switch Online services, no Virtual Console on Switch, Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate
1:42:59 – Closing comments
And now…a list of music used in our previous episode!

8-4 Play 5/4/2018: BEET STREET
Intro: Yuka Kitamura – Slave Knight Gael (Dark Souls III)
Break: 泡沫夢幻 (Granblue Fantasy)
Ending: Nelly – Hot In Herre

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4 May 2018

8-4 Play 5/4/2018: BEET STREET

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It’s Golden Week at 8-4! But we gather around the podcast table to talk TV shows, comic book movies, and video games just the same! Mostly video games though, honest.

8-4 Play 05/04/2018: BEET STREET

Running Time: 1:42:34

Time – Topic Discussed:

22:19 – John’s latest gathering
4:22 – Aggretsuko & Pop Team Epic
8:18 – Masa’s borscht
12:26 – Marvel movies
16:56 – Earthbound
20:04 – Dark Souls III
25:05 – Fallout 4
31:23 – Monster Hunter World DLC
38:38 – Roy’s Granblue CD
44:23 – God of War
49:27 – Nintendo Labo
1:02:59 – News: The numbers from Nintendo’s latest financial report, Kimishima stepping down, our thoughts on Dragalia Lost, and why delivering pizzas might be a good way to get into game design. (Unless it’s Little Ceasars.)
1:36:49 – Closing comments

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

8-4 Play 04/20/2018: SPANX FOR THE MEMORIES
Intro: Yasunori Mitsuda – Flight (Xenogears)
Break: Kurt Hartland – Whiplast Main Theme (Whiplash)
Ending: Tenpei Sato – Akai Tsuki (Disgaea)

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20 April 2018

8-4 Play 4/20/2018: SPANX FOR THE MEMORIES

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The gang continue their fortnightly arguments about gym etiquette and where to get the best tacos in Shibuya. We also reminisce about the games that made us who we are with a special–and incredibly tall–guest.

8-4 Play 04/20/2018: SPANX FOR THE MEMORIES

Running Time: 1:57:17

Time – Topic Discussed:

2:21 – Arguments about gym etiquette
7:38 – Movie references in the new TWICE video (What is Love?)
13:14 – 8-4’s #GameStruck4
22:07 – Our mystery guest is introduced
46:28 – Arguments about the best tacos in Shibuya
53:23 – John’s #GameStruck4
59:07 – Xenogears 20th Anniversary Concert
1:02:19 – The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
1:06:42 – Nintendo Labo (We don’t have it yet)
1:09:17 – Monster Hunter World DLC (We haven’t played it yet)
1:15:50 – Listener questions
1:22:35 – ***MASSIVE BLOODBORNE SPOILER!***
1:28:46– News: Castlevania coming to mobile, shake ups in the Donkey Kong high score community, and Sega AGES for Switch.
1:45:36 – Closing comments

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

8-4 Play 4/06/2018: SALAD DAYS
Intro: Joe Hisaishi – The Toppled Throne (Ni No Kuni II)
Break: Shinji Hosoe – Terror Instinct (Tetris The Grand Master)
Ending: Mike Peacock – Glass Joe (Punch-Out!! (Wii))

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6 April 2018

8-4 Play 4/6/2018: SALAD DAYS

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This week we talk a lot about food. And then video games. And then food again. Buckle up and grab some snacks to keep your hunger at bay.

8-4 Play 4/06/2018: SALAD DAYS

Running Time: 1:16:20

Time – Topic Discussed:

27:56 – Monster Hunter World
38:01 – Ni No Kuni II
46:05 – Tetris The Grandmaster
50:23 – Pokemon Go
57:03 – We eat some stuff-you’ve been warned!
57:30 – News: Everyone gushes about Spyro, some Pokemon Go updates have John excited, and some cool.
1:12:50 – Closing comments

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

8-4 Play 3/23/2018: NOT FEATURING DRAKE
Intro: Nobuo Uematsu – Tiamat Magna Omega (Granblue Fantasy)
Break: Matthew Hopkins – Saving the World (Read Only Memories)
Ending: Hitoshi Sakimoto – Sora wa Aoi Mama (Valkyria Chronicles)

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23 March 2018

8-4 Play 3/23/2018: NOT FEATURING DRAKE

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In a very special, doing-our-best episode, the remaining 8-4 crew talk Valkyria Chronicles, Tetris, Granblue Fantasy, and of course: more Monster Hunter World.

8-4 Play 3/23/2018: NOT FEATURING DRAKE

Running Time: 1:23:43

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Time – Topic Discussed:

10:15 – Valkyria Chronicles 4
17:00 – Tetris the Grand Master
23:37 – Granblue Fantasy Anniversary Event
28:00 – Magic the Gathering Arena
34:08 – Read Only Memories
37:24 – Monster Hunter World
54:40 – Bloodborne
58:02 – News: Lots of Sonic news, even MORE impending Switch ports, and the latest from the fast-paced world of battle royale PC games.
1:17:49 – Closing comments

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

8-4 Play 3/09/2018: SLIGHTLY LESS MONSTER HUNTER TALK…?
Intro: Shogo Sakai – Main Menu (Part Time UFO)
Break: Tsukasa Saitoh – Cleric Beast (Bloodborne)
Ending: Toru Minegishi – Octo Expansion Theme (Splatoon 2)

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9 March 2018

8-4 Play 3/9/2018: SLIGHTLY LESS MONSTER HUNTER TALK…?

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More Monster Hunter World, a return to the cobbled streets of Bloodborne, and news from the latest Nintendo Direct.

8-4 Play 3/09/2018: SLIGHTLY LESS MONSTER HUNTER TALK...?

Running Time: 2:10:41

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Time – Topic Discussed:

02:25 – Monster Hunter World
12:04 – Part Time UFO
18:36 – Bloodborne – Return to Yharnam Event
26:54 – Monster Hunter World (again)
31:12 – Listener Questions
1:09:12 – News: Nintendo Direct! New Super Smash Bros, Splatoon 2 Updates, Mario Tennis, Octopath Traveler, and continued support for the 3DS family of systems. ESRB in-game purchase labelling, game industry violence talks in the US, and the sorry state of Chrono Trigger’s PC release.
2:07:14 – Closing comments

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

8-4 Play 2/23/2018: WITHINSIDE OUT
Intro: Hiroki Kikuta – Secret of the Arid Sands (Secret of Mana)
Break: Akihiko Narita, Zhenlan Kang – Rotten Vale Battle Theme (Monster Hunter World)
Ending: Masafumi Takada – The Ordinary World (The Evil Within 2)

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23 February 2018

8-4 Play 2/23/2018: WITHINSIDE OUT

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Secret of Mana, Monster Hunter World (yup, still playing), a meaty interview with John Johanas, director of The Evil Within 2, reader questions, and more!

8-4 Play 2/23/2018: WITHINSIDE OUT

Running Time: 2:28:58

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Time – Topic Discussed:

16:40 – Monster Hunter World
33:33 – Secret of Mana
40:13 – Talkin Evil Within, Japanese literature, and Evil Within 2 with John Johanas (Spoiler warning!)
2:12:34 – Reader questions
2:18:12 – News: Smash Bros. rumors, Doom motion controls, Dragon Ball FighterZ’ retention rates, Metal Gear Survive is out, Sonic is coming to the silver screen, new Kingdom Hearts III trailer and theme, Swery’s new project: The Missing
2:25:40 – Closing comments

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

8-4 Play 2/9/2018: STILL TALKING ABOUT MONSTER HUNTER
Intro: Lena Raine – First Steps (Celeste)
Break: Akihiko Narita, Zhenlan Kang – Quest Complete! (Monster Hunter World)
Ending: The Devil Went Down to Georgia – Charley Daniels Band

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9 February 2018

8-4 Play 2/9/2018: STILL TALKING ABOUT MONSTER HUNTER

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Celeste, Monster Hunter World, EVO 2018, reader questions, and more!

8-4 Play 2/9/2018: STILL TALKING ABOUT MONSTER HUNTER

Running Time: 1:28:58

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Time – Topic Discussed:

12:20 – Monster Hunter World
40:26 – EVO 2018
48:08 – Celeste
57:04 – Reader questions
1:11:37 – News: New Gundam Breaker, Nintendo Switch sales, Kaz Hirai stepping down, E3, Panzer Dragoon Saga soundtrack
1:24:43 – Closing comments

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

8-4 Play 1/26/2018: HR 200
Intro: Akihiko Narita, Zhenlan Kang – Monster Hunter World Main Theme
Break: Akihiko Narita, Zhenlan Kang – Ner Gigante
Ending: Boyz II Men – End of the Road

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26 January 2018

8-4 Play 1/26/2018: HR 200

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Special guest Adam “Gaijin Hunter” Evanko joins us for our momentous 200th episode Monster Hunter World spectacular!

8-4 Play 1/26/2018: HR 200

Running Time: 2:05:04

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Time – Topic Discussed:

2:08 – Introductions
21:46 – Nintendo Labo
39:29 – Xbox Game Pass Day 1 Exclusives
41:10 – News: Yuji Naka at SQEX, Moppin at Nintendo, Miitomo closing
45:03 – Monster Hunter World with Gaijin Hunter
1:55:55 – Closing comments

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

8-4 Play 1/12/2018: FUNKY CO-OPERATION
Intro: Marcin Przybyłowicz – Sword of Destiny (The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt)
Break: Team JDK – Scars of the Divine Wing (Ys Origin)
Ending: Donkey Kong Treasure Rap

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26 January 2018

2018 NEW YEAR’S CARDS FROM AROUND THE JAPANESE GAMING INDUSTRY

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Happy (belated) New Year! We’ve been distracted by snow and Monster Hunter hype, which is our excuse for why this is coming a few weeks later than usual, but as always, we’re back with another installment of our yearly tribute to the best “nengajōs” (New Year’s cards) from around the Japanese gaming industry! If you’re a nengajō newb, we forgive you; point your clicking devices and/or fingers here for a peek at some previous entries before diving into the latest batch of game industry goodness: 20112012201320142015, 2016, 2017

This year — the year of the dog — we once again teamed up with the amazing Temmie Chang to make our card. In 2017, we dabbled in game dev for the first time here at 8-4 Towers, producing PS4 and Vita versions of UNDERTALE, complete with a new area called the Dog Shrine. For the Japanese physical release of the game, we worked with our friends at Fangamer to create a Japan-exclusive set of “Inu mikuji” (Dorito it) bookmarks featuring artwork of the shrine, and our nengajō this year is an expanded version of that piece, showcasing the full shrine in winter, with the traditional “Happy New Year” greeting written in snow on the roof:

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









 
Kitty City
iOS/Android, Jam City, Inc., 2017/09
Solitaire Jam
iOS/Android, Jam City, Inc., 2017/09
Undertale
PlayStation 4/PC/PlayStation Vita, 8-4, Ltd., 2017/08
EGGLIA: Legend of the Redcap
iOS/Android, DMM.com Co., Ltd., 2017/08