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

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

9 Responses to “2011 NEW YEAR’S CARDS FROM AROUND THE JAPANESE GAMING INDUSTRY”

  1. Jonny says:

    How do I get myself on 8-4’s Nengajo list? :p
    Superbrothers’ art is rocking. I can’t wait for the S&S EP to come out.

  2. Windowlicker77 says:

    Wow thanks for posting these! Yours is one of the best nice job.

  3. Monkey0111 says:

    Wow, 8-4 really does have the best one.

  4. JmCZ says:

    Sonic’s wearing a suit!

  5. Cristian says:

    Vanillaware’s is the best hands down. 8-4 and Nudemaker tied for 2nd and XSEED takes 3rd.

  6. Macaroni Rascal says:

    These make perfect iPad/iPhone screen savers. Thanks for taking the time to put them up!

  7. Kendall says:

    They are all pretty cool. where is the inspiration for 8-4s card from?

  8. edgeCrusher says:

    Climax Entertainment is still around in a capacity official enough to be sending season’s greeting cards to game industry members? I am shocked. I thought they’d be a pachinko parlor POS software vendor or some such by now.

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