304 episodes

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.

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    • 4.7 • 618 Ratings

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 1/7/2022: IN MANGOD WE TRUST

    8-4 Play 1/7/2022: IN MANGOD WE TRUST

    Fan favorite Shane Bettenhausen stops by to chat classic games / shoot-them-ups, Steam Deck, and TV Asahi's top 100 game list, with a hat tip to 2021 faves and what we're excited about in 2022.
    Time – Topic Discussed:
    01:09 - Nicknames
    19:51 - G.Darius HD, Cotton 100% + Panorama Cotton, and Nemesis '90 Kai
    25:54 - Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow (and general Castlevania talk)
    41:04 - Steam Deck impressions
    47:34 - Final Fantasy V
    56:21 - John's old-school Sega adventures
    1:13:05 - Zelda Game & Watch
    1:16:41 - ***SPOILERS*** Unpacking
    1:24:44 - Untitled Goose Game
    1:32:00 - TV Asahi's Top 100 Games
    1:48:49- 2021 GOTY thoughts
    1:54:11- 2022's most wanted

    • 2 hr 4 min
    8-4 Play 12/24/2021: HAPPY=HOLIDAYS

    8-4 Play 12/24/2021: HAPPY=HOLIDAYS

    Can't travel home this year? Let us be your slightly drunk and very opinionated family as we blather on about old Sega games, The Game Awards, and those g-d politicians who are RUINING THIS COUNTRY!
    Time – Topic Discussed:
    01:19 – Nicknames
    20:42 – John’s Stuff
    34:15 – Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker
    51:37 – The Game Awards Recap
    01:16:12 – Final Fantasy VI delay, Analogue Pocket orders, fond memories, and more!

    • 1 hr 40 min
    8-4 Play 12/10/2021: KEANU'S FOLLICLES

    8-4 Play 12/10/2021: KEANU'S FOLLICLES

    17-Bit jefe Jake Kazdal rejoins the party to discuss his new VR title Song In The Smoke, as well hot new releases like Dark Souls and Rez. Content warning: contains Final Fantasy XIV talk.

    Time – Topic Discussed:
    00:43 – Nicknames
    20:28 – Song in the Smoke
    28:52 – Dark Souls
    47:23 – Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker
    1:07:35 – Dragon Quest Keshi Keshi
    1:22:02 – Rez’s Anniversary

    • 1 hr 54 min
    8-4 Play 11/26/2021: SEASON TWO

    8-4 Play 11/26/2021: SEASON TWO

    The 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

    • 1 hr 42 min
    8-4 Play 11/12/2021: OLD BUDS, NEW BUSHES

    8-4 Play 11/12/2021: OLD BUDS, NEW BUSHES

    We 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

    • 2 hr 32 min
    8-4 Play 10/29/2021: SPINEL ME RIGHT ROUND

    8-4 Play 10/29/2021: SPINEL ME RIGHT ROUND

    We 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!

    • 1 hr 42 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
618 Ratings

618 Ratings

Robby Ken ,


As an American that’s been living in Japan for around a decade now, this podcast has been great. Lots of stuff I can relate with. Keep it up!

Captain Cab ,

Tina is annoying and dial back the profanity

I’ve been listening to the show for many years now and normally would give it 5/5 stars easy as Mark and John still do a great job in maintaining a very informative and entertaining podcast filled with passion for all that is Japan despite all the many regulars besides them who have left over the years but wow, is Toena (pronounced Tina) ever annoying now. She started off as a fairly good addition about two years ago and I actually enjoyed listening to her for the first few months or so, however, I’m not sure if it’s because it feels like she’s gradually been trying too hard to stand out on the show overall or what but she steadily has become very loud and incredibly unfunny and obnoxious as time has gone on with her endless, headache inducing, foul mouthed, kinda-drunken rants flipping out over every tedious little thing she has no time or patience for with her endless whiny spiels related to every other game having ‘too many mechanics!!,’ ‘too many menus!!’ (not even talking about Monster Hunter, stuff like that is understandable and a low bar) and most games taking more time than she cares to learn not to mention the constant tired schtick of ‘Haha isn’t it funny how gleefully ignorant and intolerant I am of so many facets of the series and genres that this podcast discusses which my whole line of work in this country revolves around to begin with?? Oh look at me, I’m tipsy again!’ It’s also not a great look when you freely say the full sum of your experience related to the show itself is that you only listened to 1-2 episodes before you got invited to be on the podcast mainly because you were friends with someone on the show. Sarah could be really loud and aggressive as well and also was on the show due to being a friend but she backed it all up by being very well informed and had a fun, infectious enthusiasm for the most of the games she discussed. I will say though, Toena has her moments too, the “Leave it to the masters” story was great. As was also discussed on the 300th episode there’s obviously been a lot of cursing on the show over the years and a few years ago even Mark himself has said he’s considered cursing less for family reasons since he had a nephew or other family member listening, as someone who’d also like to be able to listen to the podcast out loud more often I’d like to see less cursing as well, not everybody likes or feels comfortable with casual profanity. Also more talk about 2D arcade shooters please and just launch the Patreon already, it’s been how many years? Sheesh. Patreon launch = 5/5 stars again.

Gaspatchosoup ,


I started with their 12/10/21 episode as I was trying to find a good video game podcast to listen to while I wait for the next nextlander episode to drop and man was this a mistake. The very beginning was so obnoxious and annoying I almost stopped then but was like no give them time. You then get to their one guest who made a game and they move on from his game to talk about dark souls and he goes back to his game that has no point of being brought up again and goes into it before getting back on topic. Then you have Tina I think is her name is so very annoying with her attitude and extremely unfunny jokes. Couldn’t even finish the full episode. Will not be trying another one.

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