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2014 NEW YEAR’S CARDS FROM AROUND THE JAPANESE GAMING INDUSTRY

15 January 2014

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!

8-4, Ltd.
8-4, Ltd.
Capcom Land Ho! Brave Wave Crispy’s
Capcom Land Ho! Brave Wave Crispy’s
Cygames Square Enix Namco Bandai Games Koei Tecmo
Cygames Square Enix Namco Bandai Games Koei Tecmo
Frognation Filament Creatures Arika
Frognation Filament Creatures Arika
Access Games Tango Gameworks Falcom Grasshopper Manufacture
Access Games Tango Gameworks Falcom Grasshopper Manufacture
Dog Ear Records Asterizm cutecool Q-Games
Dog Ear Records Asterizm cutecool Q-Games
Prope Climax Entertainment Digital Sonic Designs Sony Computer Entertainment
Prope Climax Entertainment Digital Sonic Designs Sony Computer Entertainment
Vanpool ImageEpoch
Vanpool ImageEpoch
Comcept Level-5
Comcept Level-5
Dena NanaOn-Sha
Dena NanaOn-Sha
Inti Creates Basiscape
Inti Creates Basiscape
Edit Mode Grounding Lab
Edit Mode Grounding Lab
Unity Procyon Studio
Unity Procyon Studio
Epic Games Bitster
Epic Games Bitster
Flarewave
Flarewave
Sega
Platinum Games
CWO
ORANGE AND PARTNERS

 

2013 NEW YEAR’S CARDS FROM AROUND THE JAPANESE GAMING INDUSTRY

7 January 2013

Happy New Year aaaaaand welcome to the latest installment of our annual “nengajou” round-up from around the Japanese gaming industry! (See also: 2012 and 2011)

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!

8-4, Ltd.
8-4, Ltd.
Vanpool (A) Vanpool (B) Score Studios Tango Gameworks
Vanpool (A) Vanpool (B) Score Studios Tango Gameworks
Climax Entertainment cutecool Kyos Land Ho!
Climax Entertainment cutecool Kyos Land Ho!
Access Games Basiscape BrainStorm Capcom
Access Games Basiscape BrainStorm Capcom
Level-5 Namco Bandai Games Namco Bandai Games Prope
Level-5 Namco Bandai Games Namco Bandai Games Prope
CyberConnect2 Cygames Dog Ear Records Flarewave
CyberConnect2 Cygames Dog Ear Records Flarewave
Ubisoft Unity Valhalla Game Studios Creatures
Ubisoft Unity Valhalla Game Studios Creatures
Yumiko Miyabe Gabe Taito
Yumiko Miyabe Gabe Glick Taito
Epic Games Vanillaware
Epic Games Vanillaware
Falcom Famitsu
Falcom Famitsu
Grasshopper Manufacture Inti Creates
Grasshopper Manufacture Inti Creates
NanaOn-Sha Procyon Studio
NanaOn-Sha Procyon Studio
Q? Entertainment Q-Games
Q? Entertainment Q-Games
Sega Square Enix
Sega Square Enix
Edit Mode Game Freak
Edit Mode Game Freak
Crispy's
Crispy’s
Platinum Games Sony Computer Entertainment
Platinum Games Sony Computer Entertainment
ILCA
ILCA

 

2012 NEW YEAR’S CARDS FROM AROUND THE JAPANESE GAMING INDUSTRY

17 January 2012

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.)

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

From Software Tango Gameworks
From Software

Tango Gameworks

Basiscape Access Games Creatures Namco Bandai Games
Basiscape

Access Games

Creatures

Namco Bandai Games

Capcom Land Ho!
Capcom

Land Ho!

Epic Games Japan Level-5 tri-Ace Q-Games
Epic Games Japan

Level-5

tri-Ace

Q-Games

Grasshopper Manufacture The King of Games
Grasshopper Manufacture

The King of Games

GREE Falcom Meteor Koei Tecmo
GREE

Falcom

Meteor

Koei Tecmo

Square Enix Nude Maker
Square Enix

Nude Maker

Inti Creates Valhalla Inis Cave
Inti Creates

Valhalla

Inis

Cave

Sega Digital Sonic Design
Sega

Digital Sonic Design

Dog Ear Records Climax Entertainment Yoko Taro Gem Impact
Dog Ear Records

Climax Entertainment

Yoko Taro (director of Nier)

Gem Impact

Procyon Studio Prope
Procyon Studio

Prope

Sony Computer Entertainment
Sony Computer Entertainment

Platinum Games
Platinum Games

We’re Hiring!

9 August 2011

8-4, Ltd. is looking for a new Associate Project Manager to join our small team here at our Tokyo office. This would be a newly created position and start on a contract basis, most likely lasting anywhere from 3 to 6 months (the length of at least one major project), with the possibility of continuing after that based on how everything works out. Perks include free tissues and all the free water you can drink.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • 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

REQUIRED:

  • 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

PREFERRED:

  • 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

If you’re interested, send a short email saying something about yourself and/or why you’d be great for the job to info@8-4.jp, and attach your resume. We’ll contact qualified candidates via email, usually within 2 weeks of receiving their resume.

2011 NEW YEAR’S CARDS FROM AROUND THE JAPANESE GAMING INDUSTRY

14 January 2011

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)?


8-4
8-4, Ltd.

Microsoft Prope" Xseed Games
Microsoft

Prope

XSEED Games

Nudemaker Platinum Games Procyon Studio
Nudemaker

Platinum Games

Procyon Studio

SNK Playmore Square Enix Tango Game Works
SNK Playmore

Square Enix

Tango Gameworks

Vanpool NanaOn-Sha Sega (Sonic)
Vanpool

NanaOn-Sha

Sega (Sonic)


Sony Computer Entertainment Vanillaware
Sony Computer Entertainment

Vanillaware

Yumiko Miyabe Sega (Yakuza) Super Deluxe Supuroke (bar 16SHOTS)
Yumiko Miyabe

Sega (Yakuza)

SuperDeluxe

Supuroke (bar 16SHOTS)

Access Games Bandai Namco Games Basiscape Climax Entertainment
Access Games

Bandai Namco Games

Basiscape

Climax Entertainment

Dog Ear Records Grasshopper Manufacturer Inti Creates Kyos
Dog Ear Records

Grasshopper Manufacture

Inti Creates

Kyos

AQ Interactive GEM Impact Level 5 Creatures
AQ Interactive

GEM Impact

Level-5

Creatures

Sarugakucho Q-Games
Sarugakucho

Q-Games

Wind-up Knight 2
iOS/Android, Robot Invader, 2014/06
Threes!
iOS/Android, Sirvo llc, 2014/06
Drakengard 3
PlayStation 3, Square Enix Co., Ltd., 2014/05
Boom Beach
iOS/Android, Supercell, 2014/03