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

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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

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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

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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!







12 January 2018

8-4 Play 1/12/2018: FUNKY CO-OPERATION

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Nintendo Direct Mini, Disneyland, Super Mario Cereal, PUBG, Witcher 3, Ys Origins, The Last Guardian VR, Moss, and more!

8-4 Play 1/12/2018: FUNKY CO-OPERATION

Running Time: 2:11:28

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Time – Topic Discussed:

1:50 – Things we did during the break
24:55 – Super Mario cereal taste test
33:50 – Fire Pro Wrestling PS4
40:08 – Witcher 3
45:50 – Ys Origins and Ys VII
53:25 – PUBG
1:01:50 – PSVR Games
1:15:50 – Fantasy Life
1:17:10 – DQX in person
1:18:30 – PUBG graphics
1:26:00 – Nintendo Direct Mini
1:51:31 – Ultra Game Boy
1:56:06 – Tingle fan translation
1:58:09 – Monster Hunter PC
2:01:22 – Switch Sales
2:03:12 – Closing Comments

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8-4 Play 12/29/2017: VS. SUPER RADIO BROS.
Intro: Koji Kondo – Name Registration (Vs. Super Mario Bros)
Ending: Masato Shimon – Star Wars

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29 December 2017

8-4 Play 12/29/2017: VS. SUPER RADIO BROS.

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PUBG, Vs. Super Mario Bros., Gorogoa, RE7: Not a Hero, Tales from America, NJPW, a bonus Star Wars: The Last Jedi spoiler chat, and more! Happy New Year!

8-4 Play 12/29/2017: VS. SUPER RADIO BROS.

Running Time: 2:11:04

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Time – Topic Discussed:

0:36 – Irregulars’ Intros
15:43 – (Video Game) Tales from America
16:59 – Fortnite & PUBG
33:41 – VS. Super Mario Bros.
46:55 – Resident Evil 7 DLC
1:03:01 – Gorogoa
1:10:47 – NJPW
1:25:42 – Closing Comments
1:28:55 – SPOILER-HEAVY Star Wars: The Last Jedi bonus chat

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8-4 Play 12/15/2017: SUNSET RIDERS
Intro: Capcom – Anjanath’s Theme (Monster Hunter World)
Break: Spirited Soldiers – Chants (Earth Defense Force 4.1)
Ending: Keigo Hoashi – Amusement Park (NieR: Automata)

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15 December 2017

8-4 Play 12/15/2017: SUNSET RIDERS

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Monster Hunter World, Zelda: The Champions’ Ballad, Earth Defense Force 5, Shenmue walking tour, The Game Awards, and more!

8-4 Play 12/15/2017: SUNSET RIDERS

Running Time: 1:47:47

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Time – Topic Discussed:

1:22 – A Christmas Prince
15:58 – Monster Hunter World
33:30 – Zelda: The Champions’ Ballad
47:50 – Earth Defense Force 5
55:10 – Video Game Awards
1:32:50 – News: Mega Man 11, Street Fighter 5 Season 3, Street Fighter Collection
1:38:47 – Closing Comments

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

8-4 Play 12/1/2017: MEDIEVAL CRIMES
Intro: Kazumi Totaka – Animal Crossing Pocket Camp Theme
Break: Falcom Sound Team – Evildoer (Xanadu Next)
Ending: Ink Theory – Broken Coral (Splatoon 2)

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1 December 2017

8-4 Play 12/1/2017: MEDIEVAL CRIMES

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Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, Netflix in Japan, Xanadu Next, trips to ancient Edo, Devil May Cry V rumors, and more!

8-4 Play 12/1/2017: MEDIEVAL CRIMES

Running Time: 1:32:34

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Time – Topic Discussed:

8:48 – A Christmas Prince
12:46 – Mindhunter
17:00 – Netflix in Japan
23:16 – Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp
49:22 – John and Mark in Kyoto
55:20 – Pokémon Go
59:20 – Xanadu Next
1:11:25 – News: Black Friday sales, Splatoon 2 update, Devil May Cry V rumors, Demon Souls servers ending
1:27:20 – Closing Comments

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

8-4 Play 11/17/2017: STRANGER DANGER
Intro: Yasunori Mitsuda – Battle Theme (Xenoblade Chronicles 2)
Break: Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein – Stranger Things intro
Ending: Chip Tanaka – Beaver

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17 November 2017

8-4 Play 11/17/2017: STRANGER DANGER

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Xenoblade Chronicles 2, City Shrouded in Shadow, Assassin’s Creed Origins, Bloodborne, Dark Souls 3, Stranger Things 2, Danganronpa V3, Game Awards nominees, Chip Tanaka, and more!

8-4 Play 11/17/2017: STRANGER DANGER

Running Time: 1:41:14

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Time – Topic Discussed:

18:06 – Xenoblade Chronicles 2
29:14 – City Shrouded in Shadow
37:18 – Dark Souls 3 / Bloodborne
46:07 – Assassin’s Creed Origins
55:16 – Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony
58: 30 – Stranger Things 2 (Spoiler cast)
1:14:40 – News: Mario Movie, Game Awards, Fire Emblem Heroes update, Fighting EX Layer
1:31:07 – Chip Tanaka debut album
1:33:30 – Closing Comments

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8-4 Play 11/3/2017: WHO’S THAT MARIO
Intro: Naoto Kubo – Fossil Falls (Super Mario Odyssey)
Ending: Kazumi Totaka – OK Motors (Animal Crossing Pocket Camp)

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3 November 2017

8-4 Play 11/3/2017: WHO’S THAT MARIO

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Mario Odyssey, Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, Nintendo financial reports, Paris Games Week, and more!

8-4 Play 11/3/2017: WHO'S THAT MARIO

Running Time: 1:37:46

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Time – Topic Discussed:

17:00 – Mario Odyssey
46:12 – Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp
58:07 – Fire Emblem Warriors
1:03:31 – Nintendo Investor Report
1:15:20 – Paris Games Week
1:32:45 – Closing Comments

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8-4 Play 10/20/2017: THE FARMER WITHIN
Intro: David Wise – Donkey Kong Country Intro
Break: Eric Barone – Spring (Stardew Valley)
Ending: Hit House – Ordinary World (The Evil Within 2)

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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