8-4 Play (general)

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!

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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!

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:54am EST

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!

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:51am EST

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.

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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.

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:24am EST

(MORE!) Monster Hunter X, (MORE!) Xenoblade Chronicles X, Retro Freak, The Game Awards, PlayStation Experience 2015 and more!

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:27am EST

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!

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:17am EST

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!

Direct download: 8-4Play_141_151113.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:58am EST

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.

Direct download: 8-4Play_140_151030.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:45am EST

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!

Direct download: 8-4Play_139_151015.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:24am EST

8-4 Play 10/2/2015: A WINNER IS YU

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.

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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.

Direct download: 8-4Play_137_150918.mp3
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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.

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:14am EST

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.

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Dragon Quest XI, Dark Souls 3, Galak-Z, Final Fantasy XV, N++, Splatoon 2.0 update, Scalebound, Crackdown 3, other Gamescom news and more!

Direct download: 8-4Play_134_150807.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:25am EST

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! 

Direct download: 8-4Play_133_150724.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:35am EST

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!

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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!

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:57am EST

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!

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Destiny: House of Wolves (trigger warning), Witcher 3, WoW losing flying mounts, Wattam, Nintendo Humble Bundle, required Konami bitching, Kickstarter stuff, and more!

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:11am EST

Splatoon, Xenoblade Chronicles X, Girls Mode 3, Titan Souls, Bloodborne, Final Fantasy Record Keeper, Bloodstained, Nintendo fiscals, VR future, and more!

Direct download: 8-4Play_128_150515.mp3
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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!

Direct download: 8-4PLAY_127_150501.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:00am EST

Danganronpa, Hotline Miami 2, Dragon Age: Inquisition, Dark Souls II, Bloodborne, Neko Atsume, Level-5 Vision, Monster Hunter Stories, Fatality-gate, and more!

Direct download: 8-4PLAY_126_150417.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:09am EST

Bloodborne, Nintendo Direct, Bloodborne, Kojima leaving Konami, Sayonara PlayStation Home, Bloodborne, HTC Vive impressions, and more (Bloodborne)!

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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!

Direct download: 8-4PLAY_124_150320.mp3
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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!

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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!

Direct download: 8-4PLAY_122_150220.mp3
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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.

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8-4 Play 1/23/2015: DON'T BE RIDICULOUS

Driveclub, Hako-Boy, Infamous: First Light, The Swapper, Mario Galaxy 2, Dreeps, Kingdom Hearts Birth By Sleep, Nintendo Direct, Hololens, and more!

Direct download: 8-4PLAY_120_150123.mp3
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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! 

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:51am EST

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.

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Amiibos, Wii U Smash Bros., Captain Toad, Jake Kazdal, Persona Q, Bravely Second, PlayStation Experience, The Game Awards, and more!

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Pokemon, Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright, Steamworld Dig, Evil Within, Assassin's Creed: Unity, Crossy Road, random Japanese gaming memories, and more!

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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!

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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!

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New Nintendo 3DS, Castlevania: Bloodlines, Danganronpa, Vib-Ribbon, Terra Battle, Alien: Isolation, Destiny, Japanese Sales, NPDs, Ex-Irrational Kickstarters, and more!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

Direct download: 8-4PLAY_109_140822.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:02am EST

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!

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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!

Direct download: 8-4PLAY_104_140613.mp3
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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.

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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.

Direct download: 8-4PLAY_102_140516.mp3
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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.

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8-4 Play 4/18/2014: ONCE, TWICE, 100 TIMES A PODCAST

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.

Direct download: 8-4Play_100_140418.mp3
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8-4 Play 4/4/2014: EPISODE 99

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!

Direct download: 8-4Play_099_140404.mp3
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8-4 Play 3/21/2014: VR TROOPERS

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!

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8-4 Play 3/7/2014: CEASELESS DISCHARGE

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.

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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.

Direct download: 8-4PLAY_093_140110.mp3
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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!

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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.

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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.

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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

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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!

Direct download: 8-4PLAY_088_131101.mp3
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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! 

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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(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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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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INTRO BS PS4 PS4 PS4 PS4 STREAMING COOL PS4 CONTROLLER PS4 SHARING YES PS4 PS4 PS4 VITA WIIU PS4 PS4 PS4 PS4 FEATURES PS4 KNACK PS4 PS4 KILLZONE PS4 PS4 WITNESS PS4 JASON! PS4 DEEP DOWN ZOMG PS4 PS4 SQUEENIX WTF PS4 DESTINY HANDS PS4 PS4 LUIGI END

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Category:general -- posted at: 7:12am EST

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.

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Category:general -- posted at: 7:54am EST

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.

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Category:general -- posted at: 7:40am EST

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!")

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:48am EST

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!

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:47am EST

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.

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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.

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:23am EST

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?!

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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

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:56am EST

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).

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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!

Direct download: 8-4PLAY_058_120921.mp3
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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!).

Direct download: 8-4PLAY_057_120914.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:12am EST

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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

Direct download: 8-4PLAY_053_120810.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:03am EST

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.

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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.

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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!)

Direct download: 8-4PLAY_050_120629.mp3
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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

Direct download: 8-4PLAY_049_120615.mp3
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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..

Direct download: 8-4PLAY_048_120601.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:34am EST