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!