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

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

 

2 Responses to “2014 NEW YEAR’S CARDS FROM AROUND THE JAPANESE GAMING INDUSTRY”

  1. Mel says:

    I love getting to see these every year. At first I was wondering why so many had horses on them, then I remembered why. lol

  2. Carl says:

    Outstanding! These are the best collection of nengajō I’ve ever seen. さすがゲーム業界だね。And trust Platinum to have one that doesn’t conform to standard size :D

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