Every other week, tune into 8-4 Play for talk about Japan, video games, and Japanese video games, straight from the 8-4 offices in beautiful downtown Tokyo. Featuring the sultry voices of 8-4’s own Mark MacDonald, John Ricciardi, Hiroko Minamoto, Justin “JJ” Epperson, Roy Blakely, Sarah Podzorski, and Graeme Howard.
Here's the Latest Episode from 8-4 Play:
First episode of 2021! This week we talk about our experiences in radio, the lifestyle that is Sasuke, the life of Saruman, and maybe some video games.
Time – Topic Discussed:
02:31 - Nicknames 20:10 - The Lord of the Rings movie & book talk (***CONTAINS SPOILERS***) 28:04 - Mario Kart 8: Deluxe 32:30 - Breath of Fire 3 36:49 - Read Dead Online 37:46 - Star Wars Battlefront II (2017) 44:04 - Awesome Games Done Quick (so far) 48:05 - News: The End of those GoKart tours, Miis & Breath of the Wild NPCs, Nier: Automata’s final secret, and more!
Cozy up by the fire and join us for our annual holiday send-off, filled with tales of Christmas past, plans for winter break, and plenty more. Thanks as always for listening, and see you in 2021!
Time – Topic Discussed:
00:36 - Nicknames 12:41 - Sega Astro City Mini 23:01 - Return of the Obra Dinn (there are no spoilers) 32:09 - Jet Force Gemini 40:25 - Animal Crossing: New Horizons 54:51 - Phantasy Star Online 20th Anniversary 1:06:12 - Video Game Related Holiday Memories 1:19:02 - News: The Game Awards roundup, Cyberpunk 2077, Monster Hunter Movie, and more! 2:04:38 - Game and TV Plans for the Holiday Break
This week we record before both The Game Awards AND the release of Cyberpunk 2077. But that doesn't stop us from ad-libbing some game award moments and re-visiting our Netflix corner.
Thanksgiving might be a little different this year, but like Olaf famously put it in Frozen II "8-4 Play is always there for you." Brighten up your Black Friday with bawdy tales of Yakuza: Like a Dragon, Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity, and Japanese housing regulations. Hack the planet!
This week we trace some rays and flop some...teras? Anyway, next-gen is finally here!
Halloween is nearly here, but there'll be no Shibuya parties for us. Instead, we'll settle for the excitement of next-gen!
This week we get a little emotional about Paper Mario. Then we get MAD! About BUTTONS! Then we bring it all home with our hot takes on the Monster Hunter movie trailer.
Time-travel back to the nostalgic past of Oct 1, 2020! Who's next in Smash? How does Super Mario Bros. 35 work? Is karma real? All these questions and more will not be answered!
This week the crew is joined by 17-Bit head honcho Jake Kazdal to break down the latest news from the PlayStation 5 showcase and miss yet another suspiciously-timed Nintendo Direct.
We've done it again! Missing a monumentous Direct by mere minutes, listen to us speculate on what Nintendo might be up to, all the while knowing we'd all find out within an hour of recording.
This week, with Mark out on vacation, the gang do their best to keep things on the rails. How did we do? Find out now!
This week, maple leaves rain down around us as we meditate on our experiences with Ghosts of Tsushima and the morality of the recent Nintendo leak.
This week we dive deep on The Last of Us Part 2 in a special spoilercast!
Author, localizer, and (most importantly) long-time friend of the show Matt Alt joins us to discuss his new book, Pure Invention: How Japan's Pop Culture Conquered the World. Plus the usual news and other nonsense you've come to expect from your favorite podcast about Japan, and games, and Japanese games.
This week we touch briefly on The Last of Us--or how it makes us feel things. Dark things. Then it's business as usual with talk of the latest Pokémon news, the joy of mining, and of course Strong Zero.
Big gaming news on a Friday again, huh? Guess it won't be in the latest 8-4 Play... WRONG. We went all out and recorded a special PS5 segment on Friday! Join us, as we gaze into the traceable rays and haptic sounds of the future.
It's here! The 8-4 Play FF7R Spoilercast! Stick around to the end of this week's episode to hear all our timely, spoilery takes.
This week we talk about the big changes happening in civilization—Civilization 6, that is! We also check in on Animal Crossing and pour one out for TGS.
Brand new audio, same old cast. Well, besides Roy and Derm. So basically not the same old cast. Anyway, grab a beverage and saddle up (indoor) poolside as we celebrate Golden Week responsibly and put our new trial audio engineer's skills to the test.
Strap on your nostalgia goggles-- Or wait, maybe take them off? I'm not sure! Because this week we dive deep on Final Fantasy VII Remake, in this spoiler-free spectacular.
This week we embrace the future of podcasting technology while gushing about Animal Crossing. Wash your hands.
We hunker down to discuss that PS5 presentation, the latest from Indie World, and our favorite gaming smells.
The gang takes a break from scouring Tokyo for toilet paper to talk about the Final Fantasy VII Remake demo, Playstation VR, and reflect on the PS2's legacy.
This week we struggle to pick the 9 games that define us, talk about corona conspiracy theories, and speculate about the latest Animal Crossing Direct.
This week we welcome a special guest to talk about a bevy of Nintendo news and sing that Witcher song.
It's delay season, folks, and everyone is sad. But we're playing the new Yakuza, so it's not all bad!
We're back from the holiday break, with stories to tell of video games, travel, and pants-wetting.
It's that time of year! We talk about our holiday memories, and of course the games and Japan and Japanese games of 2019.
This week we're joined by special guest and saver-of-bacon, Alan Averill! We talk about roads (a lot) and ponder what qualities define a burrito.
Plug in your BB and grab a bowl of cryptobyte curry cuz this week we're talking about Death Stranding AND the next generation of Pokémon games!
This week we go goo-goo for Gooigi, prepare ourselves mentally for Death Stranding, and talk about a primordial VR experience.
Special guest Alex Aniel joins us for a very spooooky almost-Halloween episode.
An epic typhoon looms over Tokyo, but there's still gaming news to cover! We grab some cans and discuss, while trying to not worry about the impending F5.
In the wake of TGS, a slime draws near—and a new Zelda, too!
On this extra special (and rowdy) episode, a cavalcade of guests stop by the towers to share their TGS experiences.
This week we put down our curry on rice to spoon-feed you all the announcements from the latest Nintendo Direct!
Book Off. Hard Off. Hilarious names? Yes. Are they hiding a dark secret? Find out, in the latest 8-4 play. (Uh, we also talk about Death Stranding and some MMOs.)
This week we heat things up with some Fire Emblem, and then cool off with some ice cream.
This week we are joined by bourbon smugglin', retro game playin' friend-of-the-show Rob Fox.
Join us as we talk making Marios, doctoring Marios, and Mario's new turquoise vacation home.
This week we talk about boogieing in Cadence of Hyrule, lawyering in Judgment, and sitting in Bloodstained. Who doesn't love a good sit?
This week we attempt to summarize the avalanche of news from E3 into a 2 hour podcast. Can we even come close? Find out now!
ALL ABOOOOOOOOARD! The #E3HYPETRAIN is leaving the station!
With BitSummit fast approaching, we invite John Davis on the show to talk shop and how he could probably use a nap.
For a very casual Golden Week episode, we talk about what we've been playing, and reflect on the games that made Heisei great.
With the next gen looming overhead, special guest Justin Massongill of the Playstation Blog joins us to talk about easy modes and different ways to watch Game of Thrones abroad.
Special guest Cory Schmitz joins us to talk Sekiro, Ace Combat 7, and all the latest news!
First episode recorded in the new office! With Mark, John, and Graeme off at GDC, we invite some new blood on to talk DMC5.
Amid the stress of packing up the 8-4 Towers, we relax with some scathing Amazon reviews of Left Alive.
There's a battle royale for everyone this week, and tons of Nintendo news to discuss!
We finally embrace the darkness and talk Kingdom Hearts, along with a new 8-4 member. Plus some Resident Evil 2 gushing for good measure.
Joined by a special guest, we talk at length about Resident Evil 2 and its recent remaster, while doing our darnedest to dance around spoilers.
We catch up after the New Year, look forward to 2019, and get a little retro. Or...more than usual anyway.
We field some listener questions and get all festive up in here.
Smash Ultimate, Christmas memories, and Sonic's new look!
Is this episode the very best, like no other ever was?
We're back with another!
Gaming Jesus returns! Need we say more?
Dragalia Lost, the latest from Starbucks, mastering Tetris, and more!
Mega Man 11, Spider-Man, a special Monster Hunter segment, and more!
Get ready for a cavalcade of guests, a wealth of impressions, and just a touch of chaos—our annual TGS super show is here!
Spider-Man, Destiny 2, and PlayStation's TGS prelude—all with two special guests!
Special guest Andy Church joins the crew to talk speedrunning and Dragon Quest XI!
This week it's all about Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, with a sprinkle of summer gaming memories.
The gang gathers round the table to talk No Man's Sky NEXT, a gaggle of mobile games, the Mega Man X Legacy Collections, and more!
In a special Parents' Night Out episode, we talk Octopath Traveler, Kuwaidan, Final Fantasy X, and all sorts of other fun stuff!
Special guest Steve Lin stops by to talk gaming history, the McDonald's Bacon McPork, Mario Tennis Aces, and more!
We recap and review the industry's biggest week of the year, and maybe even disagree along the way!
ALL ABOOOOOARD! Join us as we run through the games we know we'll see at E3, the ones we hope we do, and even the ones we hope we don't. C'MON 'N RIDE THE #E3HYPETRAIN!
E3 is coming fast and so are the game announcements! We cover all the latest Pokémon news, catch up on what we've been playing, and introduce an exciting new podcast from Capcom!
We've got two tremendous guests this week, and they have opinions! Come hear us talk about writing for games, menu gripes, VR experiences, and more!
It’s Golden Week at 8-4! But we gather around the podcast table to talk TV shows, comic book movies, and video games just the same! Mostly video games thought, honest.
The gang continue their fortnightly arguments about gym etiquette and where to get the best tacos in Shibuya. We also reminisce about the games that made us who we are with a special–and incredibly tall–guest.
This week we talk a lot about food. And then video games. And then food again. Buckle up and grab some snacks to keep your hunger at bay.
In a very special, doing-our-best episode, the remaining 8-4 crew talk Valkyria Chronicles, Tetris, Granblue Fantasy, and of course: more Monster Hunter World.
More Monster Hunter World, a return to the cobbled streets of Bloodborne, and news from the latest Nintendo Direct.
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!
Time – Topic Discussed:
16:40 – Monster Hunter World33:33 – 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 And now…a list of music used in our previous episode!
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
Celeste, Monster Hunter World, EVO 2018, reader questions, and more!
Special guest Adam "Gaijin Hunter" Evanko joins us for our momentous 200th episode Monster Hunter World spectacular!
Nintendo Direct Mini, Disneyland, Super Mario Cereal, PUBG, Witcher 3, Ys Origins, The Last Guardian VR, Moss, and more!
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!
Monster Hunter World, Zelda: The Champions' Ballad, Earth Defense Force 5, Shenmue walking tour, The Game Awards, and more!
Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, Netflix in Japan, Xanadu Next, trips to ancient Edo, Devil May Cry V rumors, and more!
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!
Mario Odyssey, Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, Nintendo financial reports, Paris Games Week, and more!
The Evil Within 2, Stardew Valley, Donkey Kong Country, South Park: The Fractured but Whole, Dragon Quest XI, Nintendo World Championships, Super NT, Mario Odyssey speedruns, and more!
Come for the Super Famicom Mini chat, stay for a really fun interview with our friends working on the upcoming South Park RPG, The Fractured But Whole. Also: Golf Story, Destiny 2 (YES, MORE), Danganronpa V3, and a smattering of news.
Join us for our annual Tokyo Game Show first-night free-for-all, starring Monster Hunter World, Dragon Ball FighterZ, Code Vein, Sonic Forces, City Shrouded in Shadow, Zone of the Enders VR, Mario Kart VR, Final Fantasy V, and more!
Destiny 2, Project Octopath Traveler, Knack 2, Metroid: Samus Returns, Nintendo Direct, a bunch of random news, and more!
Metroid: Samus Returns, Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age, Dragon Quest XI, Secret of Mana remake, Fist of the North Star, Nindies showcase, Famitsu and Edge top 100s, and more!
Mike Drucker joins us to talk Splatoon 2, Sonic Mania, No Man's Sky, Yakuza Kiwami, Kid Icarus: Uprising, vampire restaurants, automatic bidets, and more!
Dragon Quest XI, Pyre, Kingsway, Kingdoms and Castles, Monster Hunter XX demo, Dragon Quest XI sales, Pokemon Go updates, and more!
Splatoon 2, Destiny 2, Castlevania, Hollow Knight, Pulstar, Polybius, Nintendo Switch Online, Evo2k17, and more!
Zelda: Breath of the Wild DLC, Brittle Blue, Farpoint, Everybody's Golf mobile, Dead Cells, Hollow Knight, SNES Classic Mini, and more!
The hype train has once again departed for parts unknown, but there's still plenty of E3-related goodness to discuss in its wake. Join us as we tear through all (OK, most) of the games announced at this year's show with the usual mish-mash of thoughts and impressions on everything Nintendo, Microsoft, and Sony had to offer.
It's E3 time again! Join us as we walk through all the major conferences, make some terrible predictions, miss out on numerous big announcements that happened after we recorded (Bubsy? Really?!), and more! #E3HYPETRAIN
Fire Emblem Echoes, Magikarp Jump, Shovel Knight, Phantom Dust, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, Xbox Game Pass, Destiny 2, plus a special chat about Fire Emblem with two of Nintendo Treehouse's finest!
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Everything, I am Setsuna, Blazing Star, What Remains of Edith Finch, Fire Emblem Echoes, New 2DS XL, Street Fighter V's new character, and more!
Dark Souls 3: The Ringed City, Fire Emblem Heroes, FAST Racing NEO, Puyo Puyo Tetris, Super NES Mini, Capcom and Nintendo earnings, and more!
Persona 5, NieR: Automata, Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap, Night in the Woods, Rain World, Castlevania: Circle of the Moon, Nintendo Direct news, Dragon Quest XI news, Scorpio news, and more!
Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Snipperclips, No Man's Sky Path Finder update, Overwatch, JoyCon issues, Seiken Densetsu Collection, Japanese McDonalds news, and more!
Switch launch + impressions, (spoiler-free!) Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Night in the Woods talk, news on Switch sales, Disney Collection, Dragon Quest XI...and more!
NieR: Automata, Zelda at GDC, Switch purchase plans, GDC Awards, and more!
Nioh, Yakuza 0, Fire Emblem Heroes, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Expansion Pass, Valentine's Day musings, Gabe Newell on VR, and more!
Fire Emblem Heroes, Resident Evil 7, Gravity Rush 2, Yakuza 0, Nintendo financials, Switch news, Cup Noodles, Evo 2017, and more!
Switch announcement aftermath, Gravity Rush 1, Miitopia, Let it Die, DOOM, Bloodborne, Parasite Eve, Fire Emblem Direct, and more!
Reactions to the Nintendo Switch announcement and play impressions of the system and the games from the event held in Tokyo, Japan.
Super Mario Run, The Last Guardian, Video Game History Foundation, Japanese arcades, My Horse Prince, SaGa: Scarlet Grace, our favorite games of 2016, Switch spec leaks, and more!
Final Fantasy XV, The Last Guardian, Let it Die, The Game Awards 2016, PlayStation Experience 2016, Switch rumors 2016, and lots more! 2016.
Pokemon Sun and Moon, Final Fantasy XV Judgment Disc, The Tomorrow Children, Seiken Densetsu 3, Switch rumors, Mario Run pricing, The Game Awards 2016, and more!
Famicom Classic Mini, Animal Crossing: New Leaf amiibo update, Tensai Terebi-kun, Monster Hunter in the West, more Switch rumors, the Neko Atsume movie, Akuma in SFV, and more!
Monster Hunter Double Cross, Pokemon Sun and Moon, Dark Souls III - Ashes of Ariandel, Gravity Rush 2, more Switch news, World of Final Fantasy, and more!
Switching it up a bit with an emergency podcast all about Nintendo's surprise console announcement.
PlayStation VR, Rez Infinite, Thumper, Super Hypercube, Kira Kira Star Night DX, Legend of Ogre Battle Gaiden: Prince of Zenobia, Famicom Classic Mini announcement, Oculus Connect 3, NX rumors, and more!
Persona 5, Dragon Quest 7, Dragon Quest 10, Destiny: Rise of Iron, Gravity Rush 2, modern retro gaming 101, NX rumor roundup, and more!
Yakuza 6, Persona 5, NieR: Automata, Final Fantasy XV, Vakyria: Azure Revolution, Musous on Musous on Musous, VR at TGS, School Girl/Zombie Hunter, PS4 Pro, Super Mario Run, and lots more from this year's Tokyo Game Show!
Nintendo Direct, Nintendo Direct, Nioh Beta, Nintendo Direct, Dragon Quest VII, Justice Monsters V, Shining Force II, Nintendo Direct, Persona 3, Pokemon Go, Nintendo Direct, and more! Also: Nintendo Direct
No Man's Sky, Metroid Prime: Federation Force, Hatsune Miku: Project Diva X, More NX Rumors, PlayStation Meeting, Metal Gear?! Survive, NieR: Automata goes PC, and more!
Pokemon GO, latest NX rumors, Metroid Prime: Blast Ball, Lucio Ball, Gotta Protectors, Headlander, Hyper Light Drifter, Inside, and more!
Monster Hunter Generations, (not) Pokemon Go, 999, Gaming PCs, Gradius II, Furi, NES Classic Edition, Yo-Kai Watch 3 Sales, Evo 2k16, Bitsummit, and more!
Bloodstained, Breath of the Wild, Fire Emblem Fates, new Nintendo patents, social eating, Summer Games Done Quick, Soccer (Futbol), BitSummit, and more!
Zelda! Resident Evil 7! Sony! Microsoft! E3! BitSummit! Indie MEGABOOTH! Barkley Shut Up and Jam Gaiden?!
You don't need money, don't take fame. Don't need no credit card to ride this train. It's strong and it's sudden and it's cruel sometimes. But it might just save your life.
Kill some time waiting for E3 with talk of Overwatch, Uncharted 4, Dark Souls III, Furusoma, Xbox Scorpio, Kojima's world tour, the Nioh alpha results, and much, much more!
Overwatch, Nioh, Uncharted 4, Galak-Z: The Void, Nintendo at E3, Pokemon Sun & Moon, Donkey Kong world record, and more!
NX and Zelda delay, Zelda NX, Wii U and E3, PS4 Neo, Koei T Nioh, Granblue Fantasy, the future of Dark Souls, SNK returns, Semradical NES reviews, and more!
Star Fox Zero, Dark Souls 3, Granblue Fantasy, Ratchet & Clank, HTC Vive, 32-bit RPGs, NX patents, rumors, and more!
Dark Souls III, Final Fantasy XV, Miitomo, Stardew Valley, NX "leaks", PS4K rumors, GDC, emulation, Japanese bathrooms, and more!
Miitomo, PlayStation VR vs Oculus, Stardew Valley, My Nintendo, Final Fantasy XV chicken bets, NX Rumors, Tom Clancy's The Division, the Resident Evil musical, and more!
Nintendo Direct, Street Fighter V, Firewatch, The Division, Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam, Nuzlocke rules, Xbox's new direction, Young Conker, and more!
Dragon Quest Builders, Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel, Valkyria of the Blue Revolution & Valkyria Chronicles Remastered, Miitomo pre-registration, City Shrouded in Shadow, and more!
Dragon Quest Builders, The Witness, Firewatch, Detective Pikachu, Splatoon Koshien, Yakuza, The Evil Within, retro gaming in Japan, Nintendo earnings, EVO 2016, two amazing special guests, and more!
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!
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.
Celebrate Life Day with 8-4's Unofficial Official Star Wars Holiday Special X (Cross), featuring Game of the Year chit-chat and Xmas Gaming memories, a heaping side of Force Awakens talk, and guest appearances by Brad Douglas, Nintendo patents, and Bea Arthur.
(MORE!) Monster Hunter X, (MORE!) Xenoblade Chronicles X, Retro Freak, The Game Awards, PlayStation Experience 2015 and more!
Monster Hunter X, Xenoblade Chronicles X, Bloodborne: The Old Hunters, Fallout 4, Grand Knights History, Game Awards nominees, Black Friday, the return of Bubsy, and more!
Dragon Quest VII & VIII, Zelda, Zelda, ZELDA, Fallout 4, Xenoblade Chronicles X, Bob Ross on Twitch, Starfox Zero, Fire Emblem Fates and everything Nintendo Direct, Xbox backwards compatibility, and more!
Miitomo & Nintendo's next act, Downwell, Undertale, Destiny (YES, DESTINY), Yomawari, Final Fantasy Grandmasters, Detroit: Become Human, Gran Turismo Sport & all the Paris Games Week news, Kojima leaving the building, and real-life Pokemon gyms.
Zelda Tri-Force Heroes, Downwell, Star Wars Battlefront, Picross 3D 2, Nintendo's mobile plans, Destiny microtransactions, HoloLens pricing, localization crowdfunding, Shin Megami Tensei 4 Final, Monster Hunter Explore, and more!
Dragon's Dogma Online, Super Mario Maker, Destiny: The Taken King, Disgaea 5, DOTA 2, Oculus's price, Junji Ito's Silent Hills, Starfox's delay, Edge's top 100 games, and Pokemon's asses.
Bloodborne DLC, Metal Gear Online, Monster Hunter X & Stories, Street Fighter V, Gravity Daze 2, Ni-Oh, Persona 5 delay, 13 Sentinels, Dragon Quest Builders, Dark Souls 3, Hyrule Warriors Legends, PlayStation VR, Summer Lesson, Kitchen & more from TGS, plus talk on Iwata's successor and the new Apple TV.
In the wake of PAX, we check in with a bevy of Seattle devs and industry biz-types to talk about standouts from the show, the state of indie gaming in general, mobile vs console (vs Apple TV?), Metal Gear Solid V, if we want a Mega Man movie, and more.
Game Informants Tim Turi and Ben Hanson stop by to talk Super Mario Maker, Everybody's Gone to the Rapture, Pac-Man 256 and more, but mostly end up debating Resident Evil games and trivia.
Dragon Quest XI, Dark Souls 3, Galak-Z, Final Fantasy XV, N++, Splatoon 2.0 update, Scalebound, Crackdown 3, other Gamescom news and more!
Fire Emblem Fates, Rhythm Tengoku The Best+, Yoshi's Wooly World, Odallus: The Dark Call, Yo-kai Watch Busters, Tembo the Badass Elephant, Iwata Memories, EVO2k15, SFV, and more!
Persona Q, Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward, Final Fantasy VII, Rocket League, Splatoon, Dragon Quest, Club Nintendo, The Nintendo PlayStation, Red Ash, Star Citizen, PewDiePie and more!
Splatoon, Batman: Arkham Knight, Fallout Shelter, Evil Within DLC, Last Guardian, Super Mario Maker, Final Fantasy 7 Remake, Kingdom Hearts 3, Horizon, Dark Souls 3, and more on a special post-E3 8-4 Play!
It's that time of year again. We go over what we know, what we don't know, and what we think we know about this year's E3, so come on board the E3 HYPE TRAINNNN!
Destiny: House of Wolves (trigger warning), Witcher 3, WoW losing flying mounts, Wattam, Nintendo Humble Bundle, required Konami bitching, Kickstarter stuff, and more!
Splatoon, Xenoblade Chronicles X, Girls Mode 3, Titan Souls, Bloodborne, Final Fantasy Record Keeper, Bloodstained, Nintendo fiscals, VR future, and more!
Xenoblade Chronicles X, Mario Kart 8's Animal Crossing DLC, Girls Mode 3, Monster Hunter: Frontier G, Bravely Second: End Layer, Steam Mod-gate, Ouya for sale, Silent Hills, and more!
Danganronpa, Hotline Miami 2, Dragon Age: Inquisition, Dark Souls II, Bloodborne, Neko Atsume, Level-5 Vision, Monster Hunter Stories, Fatality-gate, and more!
Bloodborne, Nintendo Direct, Bloodborne, Kojima leaving Konami, Sayonara PlayStation Home, Bloodborne, HTC Vive impressions, and more (Bloodborne)!
Bloodborne, Xenoblade Chronicles 3D, Code Name: S.T.E.A.M., Oreshika: Tainted Bloodlines, Cities: Skylines, Nintendo going mobile, Nintendo NX, Minter vs. Atari, Level-5 Vision 2015, and more!
Majora's Mask, OlliOlli2, Counterspy, Dragon Quest Heroes, Hyrule Warriors, FF14 Gold Saucer update, htol#NiQ, White Night, VR, free game engines, gold amiibos, Clay Fighter, and more!
Majora's Mask, Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate, Persona 5, Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin, The Last Guardian, Nintendo's investor meeting, (more!) amiibos, live action Zelda, the Tokyo Zelda concert, and more!
Pokemon Cafe, Code Name: S.T.E.A.M, Darkest Dungeon, The Swapper, Destiny, dreeps, Terra Battle, Dragon's Dogma Online, Apex 2015, Amiibos, Football (?)...and other stuff.
Driveclub, Hako-Boy, Infamous: First Light, The Swapper, Mario Galaxy 2, Dreeps, Kingdom Hearts Birth By Sleep, Nintendo Direct, Hololens, and more!
New Years in Japan, Final Fantasy XIV, Kingdom Hearts 2.5 HD, Battle of the Tetris games, Fantasy Life, Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Edition, CES, Steam Machines and more!
Xmas in Japan, Final Fantasy Explorers, Hack 'n' Slash, retro gaming gift memories, Fantasy Life, Nintendo Donut DS, amiibo cards, our favorite games of the year and JJ's Candy Room fantasies.
Amiibos, Wii U Smash Bros., Captain Toad, Jake Kazdal, Persona Q, Bravely Second, PlayStation Experience, The Game Awards, and more!
Pokemon, Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright, Steamworld Dig, Evil Within, Assassin's Creed: Unity, Crossy Road, random Japanese gaming memories, and more!
Captain Toad, Forza Horizon 2, SingStar, LEGO Batman 3, The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth, Nintendo Direct, Iwata on region locking, Sonic Boom, Black Friday deals, and more!
The Evil Within, Monster Strike, Terra Battle, Fantasy Life, Pokemon Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire, Japanese strategy guides, retro game shopping, Nintendo earnings, QOL devices, Bloodborne 30fps-gate, Dominos Pizza, Valkyria Chronicles, and more!
New Nintendo 3DS, Castlevania: Bloodlines, Danganronpa, Vib-Ribbon, Terra Battle, Alien: Isolation, Destiny, Japanese Sales, NPDs, Ex-Irrational Kickstarters, and more!
Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor, Super Smash Bros. for 3DS, Final Fantasy 14, Destiny, Terra Battle, Super Smash Bros. parity problems, Media Create numbers, Nomura's burning rage, Call of Duty in decline, and more!
Join us for our 5th annual Tokyo Game Show free-for-all, with guests from Polygon, Game Informer, SCEA, 17-Bit and more on-hand to talk Bloodborne, FF15, Bravely Second, FF Explorers, The Evil Within, RE Revelations 2, Silent Hills, DQ Heroes, Mighty No. 9, the New Nintendo 3DS and everything else at TGS!
Hop on the Tokyo Game Show Hype (Bullet) Train with talk of Nintendo's New 3DS, Sony's Pre-TGS Press Conference, and Microsoft's Japan Xbox One launch, plus more thoughts on Gunvolt, Dark Souls II DLC, Final Fantasy XIV, Disgaea 4, and more!
Hyrule Warriors, P.T., Azure Striker Gunvolt, more Dark Souls II DLC, Gamescom press conferences, the Night Trap Kickstarter, Monster Hunter's 10th Anniversary expo, and more!
Dark Souls 2 DLC, The Legend of Heroes: TITS, Final Fantasy V, Final Fantasy X, Resident Evil Remake Remake, Twitch.tv content id-gate, Iwata Drama (tm), EA Access, PlayStation Now and more!
FRB Japan's Scott Popular joins us to talk about Evo 2014, the Destiny beta, Xenoblade Chronicles, Yo-Kai Watch (of course), The International 4, Kim Kardashian, aDanza, Sega Genesis music, plot holes in Double Dragon, and more!
Yo-kai Watch 2, Super House of Dead Ninjas, Japanese baths, Dragon Quest X for 3DS, John's free-to-play addiction, preorder DLC, 3DS update speculation, EVO 2014 hyyyype!
Superagent Ben Judd joins the crew to recap what we learned from E3, dig deep into Shovel Knight, the Destiny Alpha, Summer Games Done Quick, balloon swords, Evo 2014, and more.
John Davison, Garnett Lee, and Mike McWhertor -- plus a surprise blast of bonus guests! -- join Mark and John from LA to talk anything and everything E3, including Smash Bros, Destiny, Zelda, Bloodborne, Splatoon, and plenty more!
With Mark and John out of town, JJ packs the E3 Hype Train(TM)(C) with a rowdy gang of friends-of-the-show (Jean Snow, ex-intern Tom, ex-intern Johnny, Esteban Salazar of Marvelous AQL, John Davis of Q Games) to discuss / predict / argue what's about to go down in L.A.
With only a couple weeks till the hype train leaves the station we take a quick stop to talk about Super TIME Force, Sportsfriends, Kero Blaster, Yo-Kai Watch, the Kinect cut and run, Nintendo's financial results, Project Beast, Tetsuya Mizuguchi returning to video games and more.
On this, the most golden of weeks, the regular crew checks in to weigh in on Hearthstone, YO-Kai Watch mania, Dark Souls 2 PC, Nintendo E3 news, Xbox TV, the E.T. Dig, old Japanese cell phone games, From Software's sale and more.
Our 100th episode gets the band back together (finally!), along with friends from 17-Bit and 2 Player Productions, to talk PAX East, Below, MGSV: Ground Zeroes, Dark Souls II, PS4 eye tracking, Steam sales numbers, Tomodachi Life, and of course, Sir Mix-a-Lot.
John and Hiroko are back, as are celebrity ex-interns Alex "Jungle Fire" Aniel, Chris "Scan Lines" Reed, and Tom "Hitman" Staniforth, joining us to talk Heroes of the Storm, Diablo 3, Gundam Extreme Vs. Maxi Boost, Boom Beach, Monument Valley, Facebook & Oculus, Phil Spencer & Xbox, Amazon Fire TV, Brave Wave music, and more!
John, Mark, and Hiroko are out working GDC, so it’s up to JJ and guests Johnny Linnert and Jean Snow to pick up the slack! This week we talk Dark Souls II, Luftrausers, Awesomenauts Assemble!, Towerfall: Ascension, Project Morpheus, Bitsummit, Iga going solo and more!
Dark Souls. That's it. 150 minutes of talk about Dark Souls. No other games. No news. Just Dark Souls. Can you survive and make it to the end? In content AND format, truly the Dark Souls of podcasts. ...Dark Souls.
Metal Gear Solid translator Jeremy Blaustein and Sega honcho Ethan Einhorn join us on the eve of the Japanese PS4 launch to talk about their illustrious careers (Jaleco! Konami! Sega!), the latest games we've been playing (Titanfall! Strider! Left Behind!), and all the news that's fit to...uh, recite (Twitch Plays Pokemon! Nintendo Direct! PS4 Launch!). Have at it!
With John in Hawaii working on his Flappy Bird score, Tokyo-based gaming expert Jean Snow and Johnny (ex-) "Intern" Linnert join the gang to talk Outlast, Brothers, Broken Age, Tales of Xillia, Puppeteer, Sengoku Basara 4, Groove Coaster Arcade, lots of Dark Souls, Nintendo's recent investors meeting, Xbox One rumors and, yup, more!
Six hours have passed since the occupation of 8-4 Towers by one Alexander O. Smith, founder and leader of the Kajiya sect. Tune in for talk of his various localization feats (Vagrant Story! Tactics Ogre! Final Fantasy XII!) as well as his current Kickstarter project Unsung Story, along with thoughts on Don't Starve, Kirby: Triple D, DayZ, Zubaz, and plenty more.
John's out sick, but the show must go on! Join us for New Year's holiday reminiscings, including Ys II, Bravely Default, what Hiroko *wants* to play, Steam machines, the new Oculus Rift, pizza and a whole lotta rock, paper, scissors.
8-4 alumni Andy Church and Brendon Pritchard come home for the holidays to tell us all about their latest MMO adventures in Final Fantasy XIV and Dragon Quest X Version 2, but not before we talk about Zelda: ALBW (again), Puzzle & Dragons Z, Bravely Default, Electronic Super Joy, Kamen Rider belt buckles, last week's Nintendo Direct, and more. Happy Holidays!
Newcomer Roy Blakely joins the 8-4-some to talk (more) Mario, (more) Zelda, (more) Resogun, Ibb and Obb, Samurai Gunn, Bravely Default, Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX, 3DS Miiverse, the VGX Awards, the life and times of Hideki Kamiya, and more.
John and JJ are back! And talking Mario, Zelda, both new next-gen systems, Mario, Persona 5, microtransactions, Zelda, Resogun, Mario, & taking sides in the console wars. Did we mention Zelda? And stick around for a special bonus segment focus(attack)ing on the Ultra Street Fighter 4 location test in Japanese arcades. Also, Mario.
No PS4s. No John. No JJ. No problem! ...well, OK, one problem with the audio near the start... BUT ANYWAY! CheapyD and Scott Popular pitch in to help go over everything we’ve seen and heard (and not played, yet) of Sony’s new system, plus Super Mario 3D World, Black Friday shopping deals, and -- perhaps most importantly -- how to pronounce “BlazBlue.”
5:28 – iPad vs WiiU for kids
14:30 – Super Mario 3D World
25:45 – Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons
30:42 – Dragon’s Crown
36:10 – Monster Hunter talk
40:42 – PS4 feels
59:05 – Xbox One feels
1:08:18 – Black Friday deals and next-gen shopping
1:27:35 – Fighting game community in Japan
1:49:40 – PS4 dream games
1:57:02 – Closing comments
Resolutions and media centers and firmware, oh my! Special guest @CheapyD joins the gang / the internet in dissecting every damn detail trickling out about the next-gen systems, and why it will matter – unless it won't. Plus Battlefield 4 PTSD, Street Fighter II trivia, and war stories from the Dark Souls II beta (and not the game). Fans of podcasts, rejoice!
With Captain MacDonald of the good ship 8-4 Play off plundering the high seas in his vacation dinghy, the rest of the crew have assembled in the poop deck for a relaxed bout of hearty discussion (read: directionless rambling) on topics such as Pokemon X/Y, Zelda: Wind Waker HD, Device 6, the new Vita 2000, Supercell's billions, the Sonic cartoon, the Valve controller, Boogerman's long-awaited (?) return, and more.
Just thought we'd let everyone know that up front. What we are talking about is Monster Hunter 4, the Steambox controller, Super Mario 3D World, Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, Wii U Party, Pikmin 3 DLC, the legacy of the Wii, Dragon Quest X on smartphones, and remembering Hiroshi Yamauchi.
Jeremy Parish, Matt Leone, Mike McWhertor, Griffin McElroy, Brian Silva, Jake Kazdal, and the mangod himself, Shane Bettenhausen, all join us to talk Deep Down, Dark Souls 2, Metal Gear Solid V, Vita TV, Gravity Daze...2 (?), Monster Hunter Frontier G, Yakuza Isshin, Wii Sports Club, Strider, and more, plus we all pay our respects to the late, great Nintendo president, Hiroshi Yamauchi.
Please stow your laptops and power triangles as we depart for our special 84th (!) episode, with first-blush Monster Hunter 4 and Jojo's Bizarre Adventure All-Star Battle impressions, thoughts on Vita TV and the revamped Vita handheld, PS4's rumored virtual reality headset and virtual lack of games for Japan (or is there?), Dragon Quest X expansions, and of course, Mighty No. 9!
We're off to PAX and a special sumthin' sumthin' -- but first, more on the Wonderful 101, Killer is Dead, Divekick, the 2DS announcement, PS4 and XBONE launch comparison, Gamescom news (and fresh rumors), and more!
Kevin Larrabee of Back in my Play (Dorito it!) and Mehdi Debbabi-Zourgani of Je Game Moi Non Plus (cherchez le sur Dorito!) join us to talk retro games, Suda 51, and the...how do you say? ESSAUNCE of The Wonderful 101, DuckTales Remastered, amazon's new console, Carmack at Oculus, Nintendo Direct, MS news, Sony news, and more.
Join us for a second helping of Pikmin 3 talk followed by first impressions of Dragon's Crown, Mario & Luigi: Dream Team, Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies, and a whopping 17 seconds on Rogue Legacy. Plus: the Capcom 13 (BOF6?!), Mike Tyson vs. Glass Joe, indie updates, and plenty more.
Peer into the (near) future for in-depth, spoiler-free impressions of Pikmin 3, then dive back to the (recent) past for 73 minutes (!) of spoiler-packed The Last of Us thoughts. Plus: EVO '13, June NPDs, Strider, Ultra SF4, and more.
Come down from your post-E3 high with the 8-4 crew, who finally reunite to discuss Animal Crossing: New Leaf, every single god**n new StreetPass game for the 3DS (in detail), Ouya, Limbo iOS, Ricky Martin, Atlus's financial woes, Chibi Robo, and the effect (or lack thereof) of Xbox exec Don Mattrick's departure.
(Almost) Live from Seattle! 17-Bit's Jake Kazdal, Camouflaj's Ryan Payton, and ex-Game Informer / Nintendo World Report founder Billy Berghammer join us (well, some of us) for a first-hand recounting of the highs and lows and highs again of this year's rollercoaster E3 game expo.
We designed the new 8-4 Play so that game publishers can enable you and up to 10 family members to hear about facts, rumors, and wild speculation on the upcoming E3 trade show, including games like Dark Souls 2, MGS5, Destiny, Killer is Dead, Smash Bros., the new 3D Mario, Zelda, The Last Guardian, Xbone policies and much, much more.
The Forza 5 racing, familiar-innovative servicing, new controller Kinecting, Halo TV multi-tasking, temperature-reading, screen-sharing, sometimes / always / never-online, Quantum Breaking, rental-renting, EA-bro-fisting, interactive smoke-and-mirroring, Cheapy D'ing, Call-of-Duty fine-hair splitting, smart-glassing, Ray Barnholtin', fingernail-dirt-meets-water-cooler fueled by the infinite power of the cloud entertainment experience that is the Xbox One.
Doritos Crash Course 2, Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon, interns, Pandora's Tower, La Mulana, Dragon Fantasy, interns, Animal Crossing: New Leaf, Monster Hunter, Sorcery, Star Command, interns, more NextBox speculation, Nintendo's E3 plans, interns, BS crowdfunding campaigns, Gran Turismo 6, and interns. Also: interns.
La Mulana, Monaco, Crimson Clover, Tomodachi Collection, Mother 4 / Earthbound 2 (3?), Robot Unicorn Attack 2, Neo-Geo collecting, Wii U firmware updates, Nintendo's E3 show no-show, Famicom trivia, and NextBox scuttlebutt ('cause hey, we DO comment on rumors and speculation).
And now for something a little different: special guests Ryan Payton (Republique) and Chris Kohler (Wired GameLife) join the gang for an epic, sprawling -- and at times heated -- discussion focusing on retro game collecting, indie game development, and the present and future of the Wii U, with pit stops on Guacamelee, Tomodachi Collection 3DS, Dark Souls II, Yoshi's Island 3DS, Monster Hunter Online, Earthbound, and Link to the Past 2. HNNNGH.
With Gaming Jesus off on a secret pilgrimage, the task falls to the few, the proud, the 8-4 interns (and the rest of us), to fill his massive void. Er... Anyway, this week it's GDC, more Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, Nimble Quest, Year Walk, MGS5 and David Hayter-gate, Square Enix's recent shake-up, PSO2's delay, Skullgirls' crowdfunding success, Fire Emblem feet, and more!
Luigi's Mansion 2, Ridiculous Fishing, Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, Dark Souls (yes, again!), BitSummit, Dragon's Crown, Wii U troubles, Vita triumphs (and troubles), Durango rumors, Drakengard 3, Phantom Pain, Transistor, and oh-so-much more!
Dokuro, Virtue’s Last Reward, Phantasy Star Online 2, more Dark Souls, a little Metal Gear Rising Revengeance, GDC speeches, PS4 announcement aftermath, Miyamoto interviews, possible Shenmue kickstarters, Skullgirls kickstarter, Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate cross-region play, Umihara Kawase, and more!
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Touch-panels! Valve boxes! Used-game-blocking-gamma rays and Ouyas and Apple's who-knows-whats-its! E3 isn't even a glimmer on the Hype Train horizon and yet you wouldn't know it from all the new system talk floating around – of course the 8-4 gang is above that sort of wild speculation. ...*Ahem* Anyway: Fire Emblem and Dragon Quest VII for the 3DS, DmC, and a chat with 17-bit big daddy Jake Kazdal on the release of Skulls of the Shogun.
Nintendo boss Satoru Iwata brought the winter heat during this week's Nintendo Direct with the first megatons of 2013, including Wind Waker HD, MegaTen x Fire Emblem, Xeno-whatever-they're-gonna-call-it, and Wii U Virtual Console, among others. We've got a full breakdown of the event, as well as fresh PlayStation 4 (and controller) talk, a whole bunch of news (Pandora's Tower! Project X-Zone! Killer is Dead! etc!), the latest in skin-smoothing placenta technology, and plenty more.
Ake-ome-koto-yoro! (Japanese for "Happy New Year!") We're back to our typical fo-matto ("format") to talk about Level 5's latest, Fantashi Raifu ("Fantasy Life"). We also get into atsui ("heated") discussions over Steam Box, Nvidia's Shield, Nintendo stuff, Pokemon X and Y, the Neo-Geo X handheld, and all sorts of other shinjouhou ("news"). Jaa ne bye bye! ("bye bye!")
No news, a few game impressions (Soul Sacrifice demo among them), and no GOTY BS – mostly just one, long, leisurely, holiday trip through the history of video games – PC and console, Japanese and American -- as we talk through the career of uber-programmer Gregg Tavares, a man who has worked at just about everywhere (Sony, Sega, Microprose, Virgin Interactive, Cinemaware, Naughty Dog, etc.) and on every system (Commodore 64, Amiga, NES, PC, 3DO, M2, Arcade, PSX, PS2, PSP, etc.) at one point or another, and has the stories to prove it. Happy holidays!
The cast and crew of 8-4 Play would like to thank all the discussion topics that made this award possible, including Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, the Wii U's Miiverse, the 2012 Spike Video Game Awards (and its assorted reveals, including Dark Souls II, The Phantom Pain, the new Last of Us trailer, and Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2), the final issue of Nintendo Power (rest its blessed soul), the Street Fighter x Mega Man freebie, and that one Vita game where you stroke your unit to make the characters squeal. Thank you all!
What you are about to listen to is real. The participants are not journalists, they are ACTUAL localizers with a giant project looming over their heads. All parties have agreed to dismiss their work for an hour and 52 minutes and have their disputes (over Wii U launch, Professor Layton vs. Ace Attorney, Animal Crossing: New Leaf, Destiny, the week in Kickstarter and more) settled here, in our forum, on 8-4 Play.
Hi again, it's JJ from 8-4. While much of the world waits for Wii U, there are millions of gamers looking for new adventures for their video game systems. And that's what this 8-4 Direct is all about. This episode, we talk about Animal Crossing: New Leaf, a game where YOU get to be the mayor and design your town in any way you want. We also talk about Halo 4. You control Master Chief to do battle against a whole new race of aliens called "the Promethians." We haven't forgot about the listeners out there that care about news either. We discuss the hardware features of the Wii U, Grand Theft Auto V, Final Fantasy XIV, and how sometimes karma is a bitch. There's never been a better time to be an 8-4 Play listener.
Let's be honest: You don't give a crap what we write here, you just want the list of what we talked about on the podcast, right? Fine then: Crashmo, Punch Quest, Paper Mario: Sticker Star (a bit), Dark Souls (a bit more), Dragon Quest X (John bought a house!), Nintendo sales projections (down!), Nintendo Wii U projections (up!), Dragon Quest VII for 3DS, Retro Studios Zelda (?), and a bunch more news. There, you happy?!
Everyone's playing it! Everyone's talking about it! It's this fall's hottest game! It's...Bravely Default: Flying Fairy?! ...Uh, okay, sure, why not! We breakdown Squeenix's excellent new 3DS RPG, then chat about continuing adventures in Dragon Quest X, PSN store stuff, Zynga, Kevin Butler, Thriller Instinct (that's right), and more, with a brief detour into old-school Nintendo Power with former editor (and current 8-4 collaborator) Alan Averill
Barry? Where's Barry? Who knows. But the internet's biggest Resident Evil fan, Alex "cvxfreak" Aniel? He's right here, talking highs and lows (and lows...and lows...) of RE6 for a solid hour. (That's almost 15 minutes per point it got on many review scales!) But first: Kokuga, DQX, To the Moon, Earth Defense Force 3 Portable, Wii U-pdates, Nintendo Directs, and various Monster Hunters ('natch).
TGS! Metal Gear Rising! Monster Hunter 4! Dragon Quest X Wii U! Mega Man X Over! PSO 2 Vita! Tank Tank Tank! Lost Planet 3! Soul Sacrifice! EX Troopers! Ace Attorney! Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z! Box! Open Me! New PS3 hardware! New Vita colors! Jeremy Parish! Mike McWhertor! Russ Frushtick! 4 hours! Listen! Now! Excite! Exclamation mark!
To be honest, none of us remember recording this episode -- after the deluge of Nintendo's Wii U announcements (prices! Dates! 2 SKUs! Monster Hunter Ultimate! Toki Tori 2! ...wait, I mean Bayonetta 2!), we woke up the next day, and it was just THERE. We took it as a sign to add on part two of our Super Nintendo 21st (more or less) Super-anniversary retro-sode, focusing on the system's epic game library (OCD bonus: in chronological order!).
Part one of our long-awaited Super Nintendo 21st (and change) Super-anniversary retro-sode is here, and you don't even need your Mom to drive you to the mall to get it! But before that, thoughts on the latest Nintendo Direct, Monster Hunter 4, rumored Wii U pricing, Lightning Returns:
FF13, Super Hexagon, Steam Greenlight, Rhythm Hunter: HarmoKnight and (wait for it)...more!
You asked for it: A moment-to-moment recollection of the Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes demo that just debuted in Tokyo, discussing everything we saw and know (hint: not much!) about the story, characters, graphics and gameplay. Hear just what it is that's got us so damn excited.
Join the 8-4 gang and special guest Kevin "Big John Studd" Gifford as they talk about Sony's Gamescom showing (Tearway, Cross Buy, Rain, Puppeteer, and...what was the name of that horror game?), Nintendo Power's shuttering, Dragon Quest X and Nayuta No Kiseki playing, flea-marketing, Neo Geo X Gold buying (or not), imitating classic video game sounds, and dying alone.
First! Hear New Super Mario Bros. 2, Sound Shapes, addictive iOS fave 10000000, and (surprisingly positive!) 3DS XL/LL impressions. Then! Polish up your Mini Medals and settle in with some Medicinal Herb for LXX minutes of in-depth chit-chat on the Wii's (not-so-MMO)RPG, DQ X. Finally! Polish it off with news on Ouya, Steam, the Oculus Rift VR headset, Japanese fighting game tournament Super Battle Opera, and, of course, more.
With John out on a super secret mission, a super secret special guest...from cheapassgamer.com joins us to talk about the INCREDIBLE 3DS XL, Fez Patches, Vita sales, Foos Balls, New Super Mario Bros. 2, FF XIII, Nyuta No Kiseki, and more.
With Mark away soaking up the rays of freedom, we asked friends of the show Alex "cvxfreak" Aniel and Rob "star" Fox to join us to talk about EVO 2012, Spelunky, DYAD, the Resident Evil 6 demo (and cafe), Time Travelers, Penny Arcade Rain-Slick 3, Ouya, Gaikai, Blooblah, Hodfarg and more.
Come for the talk about 3DS XL, Xbox 720, Lollipop Chainsaw, Tokyo Jungle, Persona 4: The Golden and more -- stay for a deep, deep dive into the minds behind Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP on the eve of its Japanese release (being handled by...hey, whattaya know?! 8-4!)
A massive, 3-hour E3 recap lovefest, where we have nothing but great things to say about the amazing press conferences, creative and fresh AAA games, awesome Vita support, stunning WiiU launch lineup, and every other wonderful-funderful thing about gaming's greatest trade show ever! <3<3<3
Ex-Capcom producer Ben Judd joins the 8-4 crew aboard the E3 Hype Train, fueled not by Dew, but by wild thoughts and oddly-specific predictions (some already proven wrong!) on what we'll see from Nintendo, Sony, Microsoft, and all the major third-parties at the big show this week, plus impressions of Sonic 4: Ep II, Dragons' Dogma, and news..
The 8-4 gang goes all Project Icebreaker on Camouflaj's Ryan Payton to dig up the dirt on Kickstarter, Republique and the 8-4 bump, Diablo 3, Soul Sacrifice, Capcom's DLC woes, the appeal of DOTA2, the rise and fall of the “Comp Gatcha”, E.X. (or ex-?) Troopers, Devil's Third, and bacon-loving twitter bots.
17-Bit's Jake Kazdal joins us to talk Phantasy Star Online 2, Shinji Mikami's return to survival horror, Dragon's Dogma, Dragon's Crown, Dragon's Dragon, Tokyo Jungle, Soul Sacrifice, yay or nay on CoD: Black Ops 2, and what it’s like to start and run your own indie game studio.
Imported from the exotic orient (no region lock): Talk about Fire Emblem: Awakening, Dark Souls PC, Fez, Wii U cost and price, Valve and Apple, and a new Ocarina of Time world record.
We offer the following rewards to people who help listen to our podcast: PLEDGE 20 MINUTES OR MORE: Talk about creating characters in Phantasy Star Online 2, more Kid Icarus and Lumines, and the WiiU's (supposed) capabilities 40 MINUTES: Kickstarter game projects, good and bad 60 MINUTES: Notch's ambitious sci-fi crazy-name game, 0x10c 70 MINUTES: Sega's money problems and retro re-releases, Vita updates, and bronze-colored finger puppets of the cast.* (*Actually, no.)
With Gaming Jesus bedridden from an evil GDC pox and both JJ and Hiroko fighting off the flu, we thought about taking the week off. But then, like an angel from Heaven above, our intern showed up at the door with three pre-release copies of Kid Icarus: Uprising, and all the pain and suffering went away. Listen to a half hour's worth of spoiler-free discussion on the 3DS's first major release of 2012, along with follow-up thoughts on Journey (also spoiler-free!), quick impressions of PixelJunk 4AM and Lollipop Chainsaw, some scattershot news and GDC thoughts, and more talk from Hiroko than you've heard in the last 10 episodes combined.
Internet sensation David "CheapyD" Abrams returns to the show for a truly rare event: we actually played some games! Tune in to the first segment for impressions of Journey, Asura's Wrath, Mass Effect 3 multiplayer, Theatrhythm: Final Fantasy, and Level-5's Girls RPG, plus thoughts on the new iPad, Valve's rumored (and then debunked) "SteamBox" console, Phil Fish and Keiji Inafune's feelings about Japanese games, and more. Then stick around for the second segment for a quick burst of fresh-from-YouTube commentary on Sony's "PS Vita Game Heaven" video barrage! (One word: PSO2!)
Join us for a little boom-tiss-boom, as James "Milkman" Mielke of Q Entertainment visits 8-4 Towers to go deep (so deep) into the creation of PS Vita launch title Lumines: Electronic Symphony. But first, a game-by-game dissection of the U.S. and Japanese Nintendo Direct conferences, and updates on PS3 faves The Last Guardian and (most importantly) Tokyo Jungle, all in news. Wrap it all up with fresh hands-on Gravity Daze/Rush impressions and you got yourself a show, mister!
It's crunch-time at 8-4 Towers, so there's no time for your fancy podcast prep work! Listen for even offer-the-cuff-than-usual chit-chat on Vita's U.S. launch lineup (and our Vita giveaway contest winner), the new Suikoden game for PSP, Kid Icarus: Of Myths and Monsters, Denpa Ningen RPG for 3DS, Double Fine's adventure game kickstarter, and…uh….#$%^ it, we'll do it live!
THRILL! As the 8-4 crew gets caught up in a rad bromance with the new Resident Evil 6 trailer, and make hands-on revelaitons re: the latest RE on 3DS. LISTEN! To chatter of new Wii U features, rumors of the neXtBox, and other tender newsy morsels. EXCITE! To more Vita game impressions, as well as the details of our amazing giveaway contest
Why try out games and form your own opinions when you can sit back and let the 8-4-some do it for you? This episode the newly-reunited gang takes on the (Press up!) new Final Fantasy XIII-2 and Asura's Wrath demos (Right, RIGHT!), sparking a lively debate on quicktime (Tap 'A' repea—ALRIGHT ENOUGH!) events that pops up outta nowhere like…you know what. Speaking of outta nowhere: Wut up with that 3DS stand that comes included with Kid Icarus: Uprising? Plus the Independent Games Festival finalists, Yu Suzuki, avatar tattoos, and speculation on redesigned 3DS hardware and next-gen timing for Sony and Microsoft. (Hit 'Download'!)
Ready for those boring ol' holidays to turn into crazy-awesome holiDAZE? ...No? ...Wait -- did you notice there was a "z" on the end? ...Well the point is you should listen to this 8-4 podcast, with talk about 3DS & Vita sales numbers and what they mean (and don't mean), Gravity Rush, Uncharted, and Hot Shots Golf (all Vita), 3DS's Swapnote and new demos for Resident Evil: Revelations, Metal Gear Solid 3D, and Theatrhythm: Final Fantasy, plus Kiki Trick for Wii, the Zelda timeline, Mario 64 speedruns, and more.
Christmas comes early as special guests CheapyD and...others...join the 8-4 crew to discuss the new PlayStation Vita, top to bottom: the launch, the games (including Uncharted, Ridge Racer, Hot Shots Golf and more), the mem cards, remote play, PSP backwards compatibility – every mother-father thing you can think of, from the feel of the flaps that cover the card slots to the menu music. Then! We shift gears to go deep, so deep, so deep into Monster Hunter 3G we put Qurupeco’s butt to sleep. You listen now, Joe!
Is Miyamoto stepping down at Nintendo? Did Ueda quit Sony? What's going on with the Vita?! What games will be revealed at that Spikey awards show thing?!? Why worry about such questions when you can listen to the 8-4 gang fret about them for almost 3 hours! Also: Infinity Blade 2, Mario Kart 7, more (yes more, dammit!) Skyrim and Uncharted 3, Pushmo for 3DSware, firmware updates for the 3DS, 360, and PS3, and more newsy news.
Question: Which game should you be playing right now, Skyrim or Zelda: Skyward Sword? Answer: Yes. Honestly, that's all you need to know, but the 8-4 crew prattles on anyway in a spoiler-free discussion of the glorious highs and bowel-quaking lows (OK, more like the minor annoyances) of two of this year's best games, then chit-chat (read: rage) about Sony's PSP UMD-to-Vita transfer program, rumors about the next Xbox, and online buzz on the future of Metal Gear in news.
You'll have to think fast and move even faster to complete this podcast! Gaming Jesus is being held captive by the evil Koopa tribe of turtles. It's up to you to rescue him from the clutches of the Koopa King before time runs out. But it won't be easy. To get there, you'll have to listen to detailed impressions of Super Mario 3D Land, plus chatter about Uncharted 3, Wii U, the future of the 3DS, controller patents, and some late-breaking info about Robin Hood and where babies come from.
:DEEP BREATH: PlayStation Vita pre-order lines, Level-5 World games (Ni no Kuni for PS3, Yokai Watch, Professor Layton vs. Ace Attorney, etc.), Nintendo 3DS high and lowlights, Mario Kart 7, Find Mii 2, Reggie's chin, Monster Hunter 3G, WoW meets Digimon, Zelda: Skyward Sword reviews, MAGs in Phantasy Star Online 2, Ezio in Soul Calibur V, GTA V predictions, Yakuza 5 towns, Dark Souls DLC (or lack therof), Metal…Ge….*cough* :PASS OUT:
PRAISE THE SUN! Dark Souls has been consuming most of our lives, but we do manage to eventually break away from talking about it to discuss other recent happenings, including Square Enix's surprise retooling of Final Fantasy XIV, Sega's XBLA remake of Guardian Heroes, and Capcom's limited edition Monster Hunter 3DS. Plus: hands-on impressions of Robot Invader's Wind-Up Knight, ears-on impressions of the 25th anniversary Zelda Symphony orchestra concert, listener feedback, and more!
With Mark out of town on business and Tokyo Game Show now behind us, life at 8-4 Towers has been pretty quiet lately. But that's no excuse not to record a podcast! ...OK, actually, it kind of is, but we went ahead and recorded one anyway! Tune in to hear us talk about Dark Souls, Zelda: Four Swords 25th Anniversary Edition, the Diablo III beta, porntips from Thailand (not what you think!), "Lucky Lassi" Monster Hunter drinks from Family Mart (...probably what you think), and plenty more.
Shane Bettenhausen! Ryan Payton! Billy Berghammer! We've got special guests up the wazoo here at 8-4 Towers to celebrate 8-4 Play's first anniversary (yay!) and to help us break down the 2011 Tokyo Game Show. Tune in for hands- (and/or eyes-) on impressions of all the big games, including the PlayStation Vita launch lineup, Binary Domain, Phantasy Star Online 2, Anarchy Reigns, Soul Calibur 5, the 3DS "Frankenstick" right stick add-on, and more. And when you're done, be sure to head over to Shacknews.com to pick up the second half of our big discussion with Garnett Lee on this week's Weekend Confirmed.
Freshly-unemployed Internet sensation Shane Bettenhausen joins us as we kick off TGS week with a blow-by-blow breakdown of the big two pre-show press conferences - Nintendo's Frankenstick-free Monster Hunter megathon and Sony's 94% gameplay-free Vita launch bonanza. Tune in for an hour-long preview of what's to come, and then check back Friday for our monster Tokyo Game Show/8-4 Play 1-year-Anniversary special crossover with Weekend Confirmed's Garnett Lee.
And the megatons fall like rain: Dragon Quest X revealed as a massively-multiplayer online game for Wii and Wii U. :BWAAAH: Monster Hunter coming to the 3DS -- and with "monstrous" right-stick add-on, no less. :BWAAAH: Who better to join us in the fallout shelter than a man in the news himself, Kojima Productions vet Ryan Payton, who left Microsoft to go indie and to talk with us about 3DS vs. Vita, PS3 HD Remasters, Soul Bladder, the looming Tokyo Game Show, and more? So grab your totem and :BWAAAH:
You could just listen to the 8-4 crew talk 3DS rumors, PS3 and Vita announcements, MHP3rdHD, DOTA2 and Street Fighter IV as eSports, games that will hit and miss the upcoming Tokyo Game Show, and the Valve / EA / Activision shit-talkin' express and then just call it a day. Perfectly acceptable. But if you want the real, secret, best ending to the podcast, bust out some healing herb and stick around as Resident-Evil-superfan Alex "cvxfreak" Aniel joins us in the second half for part 1 of our long-awaited, quote-laden celebration of the seminal survival horror franchise's 15th anniversary.
In which our heroes discuss: Armored Core V and Dark Souls pushed back, Xenoblade Chronicles moved up, PlayStation Vita coming right on time (sorta), 3DS sales rising (used), 3DS sales falling (new), 3DS sales rising again (post-price drop), addiction to EVO streams, ham withdrawal, what's good about Peter Moore, what's bad about Skyrim, who and what will and won't be at the upcoming Tokyo Game Show, and pictures of your Love Plus girlfriend in her santa outfit.
Yes, we eventually talk about Rhythm Heaven for the Wii, Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet, Groove Coaster, From Dust, Phantasy Star Online 2, Irem's apparent demise, Mega Man Legends 3's definite demise and so on, but mostly this episode is all about Nintendo's embattled 3DS handheld and just about every aspect of the news surrounding its upcoming price drop, complete with color commentary from discount-expert Mr. CheapyD of CheapAssGamer.com fame.
Played Shadows of the Damned? You should! Why? 1) Read the reviews, it's a great game! 2) We here at 8-4 worked on it! 3) Oh yeah, so did some other guys, Suda 51 and Shinji Mikami. 4) You will enjoy this podcast a helluvalot more, since we discuss the soundtrack with legendary game musician Akira Yamaoka and talk shop about creating the script. When you tire of our self-congratulatory nonsense, there's plenty more chit-chat about Xenoblade, PS4 motion controls, Dragon's Crown, Final Fantasies XIII-2 and Theatrhythm, and more. Do me, do m—er, do it!
Frankly, it's too damn hot in Tokyo to spend much energy writing up a fancy description of our latest episode, so let's just cut the crap, OK? We talk about Operation Rainfall's attempt to bring Wii JRPGs to the West, Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D, Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D save file-gate, Journey (the game and the band), Wii U, famed game director Yasumi Matsuno moving to developer Level-5, yadda yadda yadda. Get it? Got it? Good.
Child of Eden is finally out, and who better to discuss it with than Q Entertainment's own James "Milkman" Mielke? Fresh from LA, the former EGM editor-in-chief and 1up.com superstar joins us as we talk about Tetsuya Mizuguchi's latest opus, the big three's E3 press conferences, hands-on impressions of Wii U and PS Vita, and more. Hosted by internet celebrity and 8-4 superfriend David "CheapyD" Abrams of CheapAssGamer.com!
E3 is almost here! Join us for one last round of rumor-mongering and baseless speculation on what'll go down at next week's big event. Former 8-4 intern and Resident Evil superfan Alex "cvxfreak" Aniel joins us to talk about Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D, Kojima Productions' pre-E3 announcements, the merits (or lack thereof?) of calling your handheld "Vita," and our very own E3 predictions.
With E3 approaching quick, the 8-4 crew are buried in all manner of pre-expo prep work -- they've hardly had time to think about any other of them vidja games, much less play them. But when has that ever stopped them from talking about them?! Tune in for thoughts -- and maybe a feeling or two -- about PSN's revival (outside of Japan), Namco's new Soul Calibur game and Tekken movie, Modern Warfare's leaks, Square Enix's financial woes, Love Plus's boyfriend lock, PLUS: Download now and get a brand new, fresh-from-the-oven 25-minute bonus segment discussing Sony's "PSP Remaster" series!
Bin Laden is dead. The galaxy is at peace. What better way to celebrate than with 8-4 Play and a ton more talk about Nintendo's Wii successor and Sony's ongoing PSN woes? To help brief us on the latest intel, we called in former US Navy Seals Shane "Bill Rizer" Bettenhausen and Evan "Lance Bean" Shamoon, who also share thoughts on Portal 2, the new Sony tablets, El Shaddai, and Sonic's legitimacy (or lack thereof?).
What's this? An episode of 8-4 Play where the crew actually talks about what they do all day: game translatin'? Believe it, spoony bard! Localization legend Richard Honeywood, he of such Square Enix favorites as Xenogears, Chrono Cross, and Dragon Quest VIII, joins us to talk shop, 64DD development, and being best buds (well, buds) with Nintendo prez Satoru Iwata. And speaking of Nintendo -- did someone say Project Cafe? Tune in for idle speculation on the big N's rumored Wii successor system, along with thoughts on Capcom's Captivate games, Sonic Generations, and plenty more.
In this very special episode of 8-4 Play, we recap our live-to-tape hosting of the Grasstream2 Japanese tsunami relief charity event, put on by the good people at famed developer Grasshopper Manufacture. You will (hopefully) laugh, you will (probably) cry, and in the end, you might just learn something -- about Pandora's Tower, Hip Tanaka, Yakuza of the End, and how you (yes, you!) can help Japan recover via gaming. Let's listening!
A lot has happened in the four weeks since our last episode. The Game Developer's Conference came and went, Charlie Sheen jumped the tiger-shark (-blood...or whatever), Winter gave way to Spring, and the largest earthquake in Japan's recorded history rocked our tiny island home. But the show must go on, as they say, and so the 8-4 five are back in action with personal quake stories, first-month 3DS reflections, early thoughts on Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP, the month in news, and more.
The Nintendo 3DS is out in Japan, and the 8-4 crew is back from launch morning chaos with a pile of brand new 3DS gear and a bevy of special guests ready to give hands-on impressions, including Brad Douglas of Sony (shock!) and Che Chou of Microsoft (awe!). Tune in for first thoughts on the hardware, the games, the 3D camera, the AR cards, and much, much more.
Pop quiz: What do Cave Story, Catherine, Dead Space, Dead Island, Hard Corps, Dark Souls, Butt-head, Tactics Ogre, Super Bowl Monday, Ys, the 1979 Iranian revolution, Dragon Quest, Haruki "Peppy" Epperson, Billy Mitchell, and Voltron have in common? Give up? ...Nothing! Except that they're all topics discussed during this super random episode of 8-4 Play. Enjoy!
PSP2...NGP...whatever you want to call it, Sony's new handheld has the gaming world in a tizzy, and we've got just the thing to satisfy your next-generation portable cravings: two hours of hardcore, hands-on impressions fresh from Sony's PlayStation Meeting 2011 in Tokyo. Matt Leone of 1UP, Phil Kollar from Game Informer, and podcast phenom Shane "El Shaddai" Bettenhausen join the 8-4 crew for a heated rundown of the games, the hardware, predictions for the future, and much, much more.
Live in Tokyo, do you? And you attended Nintendo's recent 3DS event? ...So you know everything there is to know about the upcoming glasses-free 3D handheld? Fine then, don't listen to this podcast. The rest of us will tune in to hear the 8-4 crew's full report on Nintendo World 2011, including first-hand impressions of playable games like Kid Icarus, Pilotwings, Resident Evil, etc. and thoughts on the launch lineup, bundled software, battery life, stage shows, ceiling Miyamoto, glory holes -- even the friggin' Virtual Boy fer cryin' out loud.
After an extended holiday break filled with snow, sake, and SASUKE! (look it up), the 8-4-some is back and they got some 'splainin' to do! (:LAUGHTER:) Good thing former EGM and Turn 10 hipster Che "China Warrior" Chou joins in to talk iPhone game shame, his personal wall of give a s*** -- basically ANYTHING but his current workplace (Microsoft's 343 Industries) and their shadowy Halo project. Come for the New Year's cards, stay to hear what a former Forza guy thinks of Gran Turismo 5 (oh no he de-ent!). (:LAUGHTER:)
Let's make this perfectly clear: Like Kinect, sauerkraut, and inverted controls, this special holiday episode of 8-4 Play is not for everyone. How can you know? Take our simple quiz: 1. Do you enjoy Monster Hunter? 2. Are you curious about Monster Hunter? 3. Would you like to hear almost two hours of talk about one of Japan's biggest gaming franchises in the last decade? If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, enjoy. If not, please listen to an older episode again and let's just forget this ever happened.
In Tokyo, the holiday season brings a mix of imported Western traditions and uniquely Japanese flavors (Google "Japan KFC Christmas" if you don't know what we mean), so that's exactly what this T-day episode of 8-4 Play delivers. A rundown on the best Black Friday gaming deals one minute, a detailed explanation of table-flipping arcade title Cho-Chabudai Gaeshi the next. Hardcore Final Fantasy IV: The After Years and Tactics Ogre talk here, ultra-casual Pac-Man: Championship Edition DX and Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood chat there. As special guest CheapyD of cheapassgamer.com would say: "There you go!"
The 8-4 crew's too busy working on next year's games to have much time for this year's offerings, so they called in intern Alex "cvxfreak" Aniel to help discuss everything they wish they were playing (but mostly aren't). Tune in for baseless, uninformed talk about Donkey Kong Country Returns, Kinect, Monster Hunter Portable 3rd, Vanquish, 25th Anniversary Super Mario Bros., and (as required by law) Call of Duty: Black Ops, not to mention the usual chit-chat on the latest news out of Japan (Inafune quits! Mikami gets bought! Uniqlo makes t-shirts!). As a great fairy once said: "LISTEN!"
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the NES, 8-4 invites retro gaming legend Kevin "tsr" Gifford, founder of tsr's NES archive and keeper of the world's largest collection of obscure game knowledge, to take us back (back... back...) to the 80s to talk about the birth of the era's most popular 8-Bit system. But before that, listen to round-ups of the recent Level-5 and Grasshopper events in Japan, thoughts on Costume Quest, Vanquish, Limbo, La Mulana, and Game Dev Story, and the sad tale of Mr. Gifford's epic attempt to clear the Tower of Druaga on a single coin...
The demo for Monster Hunter Portable 3rd has hit Japan, and who better to discuss it with than Naughty Dog Community Strategist Arne Meyer? ...Well, just about anyone, actually. But Mr. Meyer does have plenty of interesting things to say about helping launch the Xbox and Xbox 360, working in the studio that brought us Uncharted 2, and more. Also: Castlevania: Lords of Shadow, Kirby's Epic Yarn, and what Japanese gamers have to say about TGS and the 3DS.
Former Nintendo, Sega, EA, Zombie, Irem, Boss, and Enix superstar Jake Kazdal (now of indie newcomer Haunted Temple Studios) joins the 8-4-some to talk about his experiences working his way up the game industry ladder, from having the dream job of being a Nintendo game counselor in the 80's to...having the dream job of working on Space Channel 5 and Rez with Tetsuya Mizuguchi in Tokyo.
Fresh from Nintendo's big 3DS (re-)unveiling in Tokyo, the 8-4 crew is ready to drop all kinds of knowledge on the upcoming portable picked up at and after the show. Opinions on the price and date? You got it. Breakdown of all the new hardware features? Natch. Analysis of games and other announcements? Sure. List of questions used to point out show highlights? Done.
It's a guestacular second episode of 8-4 Play as two of the industry's finest - former EGM/1UP scribe Shane Bettenhausen (now of Ignition Entertainment) and Kojima Productions alum Ryan Payton (now of Microsoft's 343 Industries) join us to give their thoughts on this year's Tokyo Game Show, the state of the Japanese game industry, Dante's new hair, and a whole lot more.
Special Guest and 1UP.com podcast-legend Garnett Lee joins the 8-4-some in a game-by-game analysis of everything at the 2010 Tokyo Game Show, including Tactics Ogre, Parasite Eve, Yakuza, Castlevania, Monster Hunter, El Shaddai, Mega Man Universe, Child of Eden, and more. And before you start, be sure to listen to Weekend Confirmed Ep. 26 over at Shacknews.com to get the first half of our TGS 2010 discussion!