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.
8-4 Play 11/26/2021: SEASON TWO
1:42:07The action picks up moments after last season's cliffhanger ending. Gabe is still on the run from the fuzz -- will he ever be able to show his face in our Zoom window again? Ponder this and more as we talk Nintendo remakes, convenience store sandwiches, VGA categories, and more! Time – Topic Discussed: 01:13 – Nicknames 17:37 – Mario Party Superstars 23:32 – Animal Crossing 31:32 – Dragon Quest X & Final Fantasy XIV 39:29 – News: The Game Awards nominees, Xbox’s 20th Anniversary, and more! 1:15:04 – Listener Q&A
8-4 Play 11/12/2021: OLD BUDS, NEW BUSHES
2:32:00We know, we don’t look a day over #247! Pull up a chair and listen to these ol’ timers recount (and forget) tales from our past, checking in on Shin Megami Tensei V, Pikmin Bloom, and the new Animal Crossing update along the way. Time – Topic Discussed: 02:25 – Nicknames 13:33 – Shin Megami Tensei V 34:32 – Dark Souls Remastered 40:09 – SEGA Classics: Phantasy Star 2 and Shining Force 46:38 – Pikmin Bloom 51:37 – Animal Crossing: New Horizons Update 59:50 – News: Osaka’s getting a Nintendo Store, Metal Gear Solid 2 & 3 temporarily pulled from digital stores, Valve’s Steam Deck gets delayed, and more! 01:11:15 – We Reflect on 300 Episodes of 8-4 Play
8-4 Play 10/29/2021: SPINEL ME RIGHT ROUND
1:42:40We dive deep on RE4 in VR for the Quest with the help of our resident, evil Resident-Evil expert Alex Aniel, and chat Dungeon Encounters, more Super Nintendo World, and some news. Time – Topic Discussed: 00:48 – Nicknames 06:17 – Nintendo 64 on Switch 23:56 – Resident Evil 4: VR 53:42 – Metroid: Dread 1:08:18 – Dungeon Encounters 1:09:40 – News: Playstation’s State of Play, Animal Crossing Direct, Elden Ring delay and more!
8-4 Play 10/15/2021: GOOD AS DREAD
1:17:36This week, we all curl up into very tight balls and barge into Jerry's apartment to talk about nothing. Just kidding! We actually talk about Metroid Dread and big TVs. Time – Topic Discussed: 01:06 – Nicknames 15:38 – Metroid Dread 54:51 – Kena: Bridge of Spirits 1:00:16 – News: Kingdom Hearts coming to Switch, Universal Studios Japan and Pokémon join forces, and more!
8-4 Play 10/01/2021: TIGHT 64
1:37:34Autumn is in the air, even if a classic Tokyo Game Show episode is not. Join us as we talk last judgments on Lost Judgment, get cute with Kena: Bridge of Spirits, and review the latest Nintendo Direct. Hey, how bout that Mario movie? Time – Topic Discussed: 01:58 – Nicknames 22:10 – Lost Judgment 28:42 – Kena: Bridge of Spirits 42:38 – Pokémon UNITE 45:46 – News: Nintendo Direct Recap, Tokyo Game Show has begun, 4K Switch Rumors Return, and more!
8-4 Play 9/17/2021: LEAVE IT TO THE MASTERS
1:50:34Join us as we traipse through a field of misty GameCube memories, Lost Judgment verdicts, Bugsnax morsels, and PlayStation Showcase amuse-bouches. Time – Topic Discussed: 00:56 – Nicknames 22:04 – Bloodborne 28:10 – Lost Judgment 43:39 – Bugsnax 54:28 – Pokémon Unite 57:20 – Genshin Impact 1:00:29 – News: PlayStation Showcase, the GameCube turns 20, PS5 & Nintendo Switch Updates, and more!
8-4 Play 9/3/2021: GOLF BADGUY
1:33:16Friend of the show Liam Edwards joins to talk his newly-announced golf-like, Cursed to Golf, plus BitSummit, indie life in Japan, No More Heroes 3, Guilty Gear Strive, and a healthy shake for dinner. Time – Topic Discussed: 01:12 – Nicknames 15:27 – Bitsummit Talk 17:34 – Cursed to Golf 46:31 – Sol Cresta impressions 54:58 – No More Heroes 3 1:02:45 – Guilty Gear Strive 1:09:00 – Pokémon Unite
8-4 Play 8/20/2021: GOOD TIME TO BE A HUNTER
1:53:21Look: if you aren't Monster-Hunter-positive or at least MH-curious, might wanna just skip this ep. Otherwise, enjoy as GaijinHunter Adam Evanko joins to chat about the new Netflix special, Rise and MH Stories 2, what's next for the series, and (of course) Cheetos vs. Potato straws.
8-4 Play 8/6/2021: SPIRITUAL OPIUM
1:35:59This week we debate the strengths and weaknesses of the two big conbini chains in Japan. Who makes the best pasta? The best fried chicken in an envelope? The best onigiri? Listen to find out! Oh, we also talk about video games. Time – Topic Discussed: 02:01 – Nicknames 21:09 – Pokémon Unite 40:42 – Final Fantasy Pixel Remasters 48:41 – Demon's Souls 53:25 – Apex Legends 1:00:52 – Terranigma 1:03:38 – Listener Questions & Answers
8-4 Play 7/23/2021: QUALITY ASSURED
1:38:42Rainy season is out, Skyward Sword HD is in, Gabe is...all over the place, and it's a four-day weekend in Japan?! Join the holiday celebration as we answer listener questions and talk about Zelda, Steam Deck, crazy auctions, and more! Time – Topic Discussed: 01:01 – Nicknames 15:45 – The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword 31:51 – News: The Steam Deck, Mario & Zelda Auctions, and more! 01:02:49 – Listener Questions & Answers