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

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

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

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

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

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

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
25 December 2015

8-4 Play 12/25/2015: MERIKURI

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Celebrate Life Day with 8-4′s Unofficial Official Star Wars Holiday Special X (Cross), featuring Game of the Year chit-chat and Xmas Gaming memories, a heaping side of Force Awakens talk, and guest appearances by Brad Douglas, Nintendo patents, and Bea Arthur.

Running Time: 2:07:30

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Time – Topic Discussed:

8:57 – Monster Hunter X
15:00 – Xenoblade Chronicles X
17:12 – Destiny, Star Wars Battlefield
23:21 – Game of the Year
43:39 – Top Selling Games on Steam 2015
48:30 – Christmas video game memories
1:00:00 – 1:30:30 – ***STAR WARS SPOILERS***
1:30:45 – Kojima leaves Konami
1:43:05 – Nintendo Patent
1:46:40 – Mario Maker Update
1:48:30 – Miitomo
1:49:16 – Dream
1:52:10 – News: GameFAQs Game of the Forever, Tencent buys Riot, Noby Noby Boy, PSVR Black box
1:55:12 – Coleco Cameleon
1:57:10 – Oculus Price
1:59:10 – Battlefield 4 Easter Egg
2:00:25 – Closing Comments

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

8-4 Play 12/11/2015: PS(CROSS)
Intro: Monster Hunter X – Dinovaldo Theme
Ending: Rez OST – Rock Is Sponge

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11 December 2015

8-4 Play 12/11/2015: PS(CROSS)

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(MORE!) Monster Hunter X, (MORE!) Xenoblade Chronicles X, Retro Freak, The Game Awards, PlayStation Experience 2015 and more!

Running Time: 1:10:24

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Time – Topic Discussed:

00:00 – Opening Chime
00:29 – Irrashaimase
00:47 – Intros and Nicknames
02:30 – (Can you tell it’s a short ep?)
05:30 – (Sorry about that)
08:30 – (Next one will be longer! Better! STRONGER!)
11:33 – Monster Hunter X
24:43 – Xenoblade Chronicles X
29:30 – Retrofreak
34:34 – News: The Game Awards
45:00 – PlayStation Experience 2015
49:47 – Rez Infinite
55:05 – Final Fantasy 7 Remake, Dragon Quest 30th Anniversary Presentation Announcement
1:00:43 – PlayStation Awards, Steam Database Leaks
1:03:48 – Closing Comments

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

8-4 PLAY 11/27/2015: X GON’ GIVE IT TO YA
Intro: Adam Sandler – Thanksgiving Song
Break: Soma Soundtrack (OST) – Soma Theme
Ending: Street Fighter II The Definitive Soundtrack – Ken’s Theme

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27 November 2015

8-4 Play 11/27/2015: X GON’ GIVE IT TO YA

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Monster Hunter X, Xenoblade Chronicles X, Bloodborne: The Old Hunters, Fallout 4, Grand Knights History, Game Awards nominees, Black Friday, the return of Bubsy, and more!

Running Time: 1:45:26

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Time – Topic Discussed:

7:19 – Monster Hunter X Demo
23:20 – Fallout 4
33:02 – Bloodborne: The Old Hunters
42:42 – Grand Knight History
50:35 – Xenoblade Chronicles X
1:08:03 – SOMA
1:14:48 – The Game Awards Nominees
1:22:55 – News: Loading Screen Jam, Noby Noby Boy, PS2 Emulation, Disgaea PC, 1:29:00 – Bubsy Two Fur
1:31:00 – News: Odin Sphere Leifdrasir 8bit version, Kudo Tsunoda, Valkyria of the Blue Revolution, Post Dark Souls, PS4 Sales numbers
1:37:05 – Black Friday Deals
1:40:16 – Closing Comments

Here are this week’s links!
Street Fighter II The Definitive Soundtrack
Loading Screen Jam

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

8-4 PLAY 11/13/2015: HAPPY LITTLE CLOUD
Intro: John Williams – Amazing Stories
Break: Junichi Masuda – Ending Credits (Pokémon Red and Blue)
Ending: Larry Owens – Interlude

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13 November 2015

8-4 PLAY 11/13/2015: HAPPY LITTLE CLOUD

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Dragon Quest VII & VIII, Zelda, Zelda, ZELDA, Fallout 4, Xenoblade Chronicles X, Bob Ross on Twitch, Starfox Zero, Fire Emblem Fates and everything Nintendo Direct, Xbox backwards compatibility, and more!

Running Time: 2:12:05

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Time – Topic Discussed:

15:30 – John’s Retro Collection
38:00 – Fallout 4
47:45 – Xenoblade Chronicles X
52:33 – Hoshi no Dragon Quest
59:09 – Bloodborne Patch News
1:02:00 – Nintendo Badge Center
1:05:41 – Nintendo Direct Predictions
1:10:51 – Nintendo Direct
1:40:08 – Nintendo Mobile Games
1:42:55 – Indivisible
1:45:22 – News: Hatoful Boyfriend Plushies, To Love a Skeleton, Hatsune Mike Tour, Women Own Consoles, Game Awards, Xbox One BC
1:54:20 – Activision Blizzard – Restoring Games, Call of Movies, Buying King
1:57:06 – News: Helldivers on Steam, Chinese Contra, Phantom Limb Project, Bob Ross on Twitch, Swery’s Vacation
2:02:50 – Closing Comments

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

8-4 Play 10/30/2015: NINTENDO DEFENSE FORCE
Intro: Toby Fox – Hopes and Dreams (Undertale)
Break: Eirik Suhrke – Mochiyasan (Downwell)
Ending: Tekken 7 announcement trailer music

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30 October 2015

8-4 Play 10/30/2015: NINTENDO DEFENSE FORCE

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Miitomo & Nintendo’s next act, Downwell, Undertale, Destiny (YES, DESTINY), Yomawari, Final Fantasy Grandmasters, Detroit: Become Human, Gran Turismo Sport & all the Paris Games Week news, Kojima leaving the building, and real-life Pokemon gyms.

Running Time: 2:00:23

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Time – Topic Discussed:

17:07 – Magic: The Gathering
25:50 – Destiny
34:15 – Downwell, Final Fantasy Grandmasters
43:07 – Kingdom Hearts Birth By Sleep
46:10 – Undertale
52:00 – Yomowari, The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes
1:10:53 – News: Nintendo NX Software Dev Kits, Nintendo Mobile (Miitomo, Nintendo Account)
1:27:09 – Sony Paris Games Week Announcements
1:43:27 – Mario Maker Checkpoints
1:45:25 – Kojima Leaves Konami
1:49:05 – Other News
1:56:00 – Closing Comments

Here are the gang’s PSN ID’s!
Mark: MarkMACD
JJ: sp0rsk
Roy: tanuki_tea
Cengo: jengo-bengo
And now…a list of music used in our previous episode!

8-4 Play 10/16/2015: TRY-FORCE HEROES
Intro: The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes Field Theme
Break: Picross 3D 2 – Track III
Ending: Chrono Trigger & Chrono Cross Arrange Album: Harukanaru Toki no Kanata e – WIND SCENE (Yasunori Mitsuda & Millennial Fair LIVE)

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16 October 2015

8-4 Play 10/16/2015: TRY-FORCE HEROES

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Zelda Tri-Force Heroes, Downwell, Star Wars Battlefront, Picross 3D 2, Nintendo’s mobile plans, Destiny microtransactions, HoloLens pricing, localization crowdfunding, Shin Megami Tensei 4 Final, Monster Hunter Explore, and more!

Running Time: 1:32:56

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Time – Topic Discussed:

13:11 – Zelda Tri-Force Heroes
26:39 – Star Wars Battlefront
33:33 – Picross 3D 2
37:37 – Downwell
39:35 – Monster Hunter Explore
43:19 – Destiny Microtransations
49:28 – Pyscho Break
52:10 – HoloLens Dev Kit Pricing
56:53 – Nintendo Mobile Game Announcement Soon?
1:01:17 – MGS V FBO Insurance
1:05:38 – Phil Spencer on PS4
1:07:54 – Square Streaming Restrictions and possible Crowdfunding Localizations
1:12:45 – Resident Evil VR, 20 Year Umihara Kawase, Game Music Saving the Symphony, Rise of the Incarnates Ending
1:17:10 – Twilight Princess HD Leak
1:20:00 – Call of Duty Story Skipping, Steam in Stores
1:22:11 – Indivisible on Indiegogo
1:24:34 – Streets of Rage 2 Interview
1:26:04 – Shin Megami Tensei 4 Final
1:28:15 – Closing Comments

Here are this week’s links!
Indivisible Indiegogo
Joutou Curry
Shmuplations.com Streets of Rage 2 Interview

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

8-4 Play 10/2/2015: A WINNER IS YU
Intro: Koichi Sugiyama – Dragon Quest Theme
Break: Bz – Into Free -Dangan-
Ending: Kazuo Kumakura – Gegege no Kitaro

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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
Rogue Legacy
PlayStation 4/PlayStation 3/PlayStation Vita, Cellar Door Games, 2015/04