あけましておめでとうございます！ Or as the exotic Western kids say: Happy New Year!
We’re back with another installment of our yearly tribute to the best of the best in “nengajōs” (New Year’s cards) from around the Japanese gaming industry. (We’ve been doing this for a few years now, but if you still don’t know what a nengajō is, you can read all about ‘em here.) Each year, cards are themed around the new year’s Chinese zodiac animal, and this year’s zodiac animal of choice? The horse! (Of course.)
We always kick off our gallery with a peek at our own card, and this year’s is a real doozy. We had the honor of having the one, the only, Mr. KIMOKIMO of Comcept— character designer on numerous Capcom arcade classics as well as The Legend of Zelda: Minish Cap (!!) and of course Mighty No. 9 — design our card and immortalize us in his unique style (along with some other familiar faces fans of Mighty No. 9 might recognize). How are we ever supposed to top this?! We’d better start planning next year’s card right away…
Anyway, before we get to that, have a look at some of the other cool cards we received this year (click for full-size versions!), and be sure to let us know your faves in the comments, and/or click on the name beneath each card to tweet at them directly!
|Capcom||Land Ho!||Brave Wave||Crispy’s|
|Cygames||Square Enix||Namco Bandai Games||Koei Tecmo|
|Access Games||Tango Gameworks||Falcom||Grasshopper Manufacture|
|Dog Ear Records||Asterizm||cutecool||Q-Games|
|Prope||Climax Entertainment||Digital Sonic Designs||Sony Computer Entertainment|
|Edit Mode||Grounding Lab|
|ORANGE AND PARTNERS|
What you say?! No idea what a nengajou is? Click here and all will be illuminated. (Short answer: Japanese version of a Christmas card, themed around the new year’s Chinese zodiac animal. This year: The Snake. …Snake?! SNAAAAAAKE!!!)
Super-special thanks to super-talented artisté Kelly Smith and her super-cool co-workers at Capy Games for the super-awesome custom-built Super TIME Force-flavored image. (Look closely and you might even spot a member or five of your favorite podcast ever lurking someplace in the background…)
The only question is, who has the second-best card this year? Let us know your faves in the comments, and/or click on the name beneath each card to tweet them directly!
|Vanpool (A)||Vanpool (B)||Score Studios||Tango Gameworks|
|Climax Entertainment||cutecool||Kyos||Land Ho!|
|Level-5||Namco Bandai Games||Namco Bandai Games||Prope|
|CyberConnect2||Cygames||Dog Ear Records||Flarewave|
|Ubisoft||Unity||Valhalla Game Studios||Creatures|
|Yumiko Miyabe||Gabe Glick||Taito|
|Grasshopper Manufacture||Inti Creates|
|Edit Mode||Game Freak|
|Platinum Games||Sony Computer Entertainment|
You may remember our big New Years card post from last year (*ahem*) where we posted a bunch of “nengajou,” or New Years cards (see explanation below), from various Japanese gaming companies. Well now it’s 2012, which means we’ve got a whole new batch of cards for you to peruse!
If you’re absolutely clueless as to what this whole nengajou business is all about, here’s the background spiel we gave last year:
Each year on the first day of January, these post cards (or nengajō” 年賀状 in Japanese) are sent to friends, acquaintances, and business partners as a way of expressing gratitude and keeping in touch going into the new year, much like Christmas and holiday cards are in the West. One side of a nengajō has a picture or artwork, usually containing the Chinese Zodiac animal of the upcoming year (the dragon, in the case of 2012), and a short message celebrating the previous year and commemorating the coming of the next. The other side is just for the address and name of the recipient. Below we have
our 8-4 nengajō for this year, as well as some of the cards we received from various companies and friends in the Japanese gaming industry for 2012 (or Heisei 24 平成24年 in the traditional Japanese year counting system). You dig?
Special thanks go out to Phil Fish of Polytron Corporation for designing our card this year. Also, be sure to let us know which card is your favorite down in the comments below. (We know, it’s ours.)
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- Communicating with clients, freelancers, and co-workers, keeping everyone informed of developments, as they become important
- Creating and adjusting schedules for individuals and projects as a whole
- Proofreading and editing text as necessary
- Doing whatever it takes to get the project done on time and at the highest possible level of quality
- A strong passion for and deep knowledge of video games
- Some Japanese language skills
- Extremely organized, but laid back and flexible enough to handle inevatable changes and problems
- Great verbal and written communication skills
- Experience working in localization, writing, or production of some kind within the gaming industry
- Microsoft Excel abilities such that this world has never witnessed
- You noticed the typo and unnecessary comma somewhere above in this job description
- Living in the Tokyo area with a valid working visa
- Fluent in Japanese
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So! You might have heard us mention Japanese New Year’s cards on our award-winning 8-4 Play podcast. …OK, more specifically, you might have heard us promise to scan some and put them up on our website–and so we (finally) have!
First, a little background: each year on the first day of January, these post cards (or “nengajō” 年賀状 in Japanese) are sent to friends, acquaintances, and business partners as a way of expressing gratitude and keeping in touch going into the new year, much like Christmas and holiday cards are in the West. One side of a nengajō has a picture or artwork, usually containing the Chinese Zodiac animal of the upcoming year (the rabbit, in the case of 2011), and a short message celebrating the previous year and commemorating the coming of the next. The other side is just for the address and name of the recipient. Below we have our 8-4 nengajō for this year, as well as some of the cards we received from various companies and friends in the Japanese gaming industry for 2011 (or Heisei 23 平成23年 in the traditional Japanese year counting system). You dig?
Special thanks to the amazing SuperBrothers for designing our card this year–why not leave a comment to let him, and us, know what you think (i.e. how awesome, on a scale of 1 to 10)?
iOS, Supercell, 2013/10
Wii/Wii U, Disney Interactive Studios, 2013/09
iOS, Supercell, 2013/06
PlayStation 3, Namco Bandai Games Inc., 2013/08
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