20 March 2015

8-4 Play 3/20/2015: DeNA TEST

by Sarah

Bloodborne, Xenoblade Chronicles 3D, Code Name: S.T.E.A.M., Oreshika: Tainted Bloodlines, Cities: Skylines, Nintendo going mobile, Nintendo NX, Minter vs. Atari, Level-5 Vision 2015, and more!

Running Time: 1:17:26

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Time – Topic Discussed:

12:02 – GDC
15:55 – Code Name: S.T.E.A.M
18:27 – Xenoblade Chronicles 3D
19:46 – Bloodborne
29:19 – Oreshika Tainted Bloodlines
37:27 – Cities: Skylines
40:03 – Nintendo and DeNA
52:34 – Nintendo NX
59:15 – Google Play, Playstation Mobile, Tembo the Badass Elephant
1:01:12 – amiibo Tournament, TxK, Level-5 Vision, other news
1:09:17 – Closing Comments

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

8-4 Play 3/6/2015: BACK TO FRONT
Intro: Louis Futon – Shoulda Known (GANZ Remix)
Ending: George Jean Marc Anthony Kabeya – French Pokemon Theme

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6 March 2015

8-4 Play 3/6/2015: BACK TO FRONT

by Thomas

Majora’s Mask, OlliOlli2, Counterspy, Dragon Quest Heroes, Hyrule Warriors, FF14 Gold Saucer update, htol#NiQ, White Night, VR, free game engines, gold amiibos, Clay Fighter, and more!

Running Time: 1:46:41

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Time – Topic Discussed:

12:02 – OlliOlli2
17:37 – The Legend of Zelda: Majoras Mask
24:11 – Counterspy, Final Fantasy 14 2.5 update, htol#NiQ
39:33 – Dragon Quest Heroes and Zelda: Hyrule Warriors
53:17 – White Night, The Next Penelope
1:01:32 – GDC : Valve HTC Vive, Valve Lighthouse, Morpheus
1:09:49 – Steam Link, Steam Controller, Steam Machines
1:17:50 – Nvidia Shield, Shovel Knight on Xbox One, Windows 10
1:24:24 – Battle of the engines: Unity, Unreal and Source 2
1:32:12 – Deep Down, DanganRonpa 3, Clayfighter HD
1:41:23 – Closing Comments

Here are this week’s links!
StarTropics for the NES had broken music, hear what it was supposed to sound like
Mad Max Promotional Poster by Ohrai Noriyoshi

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

8-4 Play 2/20/2015: RODEO TIME
Intro: Marika Suzuki – Gore Magala (Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate)
Break: Koji Kondo – Majora’s Theme (The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask)
Ending: George “The Fat Man” Sanger – Wanderer (Ultima Underworld)

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20 February 2015

8-4 Play 2/20/2015: RODEO TIME

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Majora’s Mask, Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate, Persona 5, Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin, The Last Guardian, Nintendo’s investor meeting, (more!) amiibos, live action Zelda, the Tokyo Zelda concert, and more!

Running Time: 1:42:04

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Time – Topic Discussed:

20:30 – Majora’s Mask 3D
32:42 – Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate
1:12:36 – Nintendo Investor Meeting: amiibos and New 3DS
1:19:45 – TVii,Harry potter, Live action Zelda, Miis on social networks
1:22:20 – New 3DS success, Fire Emblem and Zelda concerts, Final Fantasy 15 Demo
1:25:00 – Gex, Dissidia Final Fantasy Arcade, The Last Guardian, The Order: 1886
1:31:00 – Persona 5, Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin
1:35:00 – Underworld Ascendant Kickstarter
1:36:00 – Closing Comments

Here are this week’s links!
Gaijin Hunter Tumblr

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

8-4 Play 2/6/2015: #84BBQ
Intro: Stuart Chartwood – Main Theme (Darkest Dungeon)
Break: Yoshito Hirano – Mission Music (Code Name: S.T.E.A.M)
Ending: Coby Recht – Taste It (The Apple)

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6 February 2015

8-4 Play 2/6/2015: #84BBQ

by Thomas

Pokemon Cafe, Code Name: S.T.E.A.M, Darkest Dungeon, The Swapper, Destiny, dreeps, Terra Battle, Dragon’s Dogma Online, Apex 2015, Amiibos, Football (?)…and other stuff.

Running Time: 1:36:35

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Time – Topic Discussed:

00:05 – #84BBQ Announcement
21:45 – Pokemon Cafe, John gets a very special Playstation 4
32:10 – Code Name: S.T.E.A.M.
37:44 – Darkest Dungeon
44:50 – dreeps, Monster Strike and Terra Battle
51:53 – The Swapper, The Evil Within
56:53 – Destiny DLC, Terra Battle
1:04:49 – Dragon’s Dogma Online
1:07:00 – News: Tetris master, Apex 2015
1:10:10 – Joystiq x ENGADGET
1:12:40 – Condemned 3, Nintendo streaming policy, MGR 2 (?)
1:21:40 – Super Bowl
1:25:10 – News: New Lumines, Underworld Ascendant
1:30:00 – Closing Comments

Here are this week’s links!
Guy Beats All of Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out Blindfolded
Someone Outside of Japan Finally Became A Tetris Grandmaster

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

8-4 Play 1/23/2015: DON’T BE RIDICULOUS
Intro: Jesse Frederick and Bennett Salvay – Perfect Strangers Opening Theme
Break: Niko – Night of Fire (Initial D)
Ending: Jesse Frederick and Bennett Salvay – Perfect Strangers Closing Theme

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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!

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

 

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
256graph NanaOn-Sha
256graph 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,

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

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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Here are this week’s links!
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

Here are this week’s links!
Girl Model Movie

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

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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