Archive for 22 January 2016

8-4 Play 1/22/2016: NX FACTORS

22 January 2016

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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8-4 Play 1/8/2016: YACHT ROCK

8 January 2016

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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2016 NEW YEAR’S CARDS FROM AROUND THE JAPANESE GAMING INDUSTRY

7 January 2016

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!

Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia
Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo Co., Ltd., 2017/05
NieR:Automata
Playstation 4/PC, Square Enix Co., Ltd., 2017/03
Azure Striker Gunvolt 2
Nintendo 3DS, INTI CREATES CO., LTD., 2016/09
Gotta Protectors
Nintendo 3DS, Ancient Corp.,, 2016/09