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8-4, Ltd.

A game localization company based in Shibuya that will be forever remembered for its peerless work on Fire Emblem: Awakening, Imagine: Make-up Artist and Petz Hamsterz Bunch. Named after the final level in Super Mario Bros (8-4).

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Main StaffMark MacDonald

John Ricciardi (co-founder)

Hiroko Minamoto (CEO, co-founder)

Justin "JJ" Epperson

ServicesAlthough their primary service is Japanese-to-English translation and localisation, they have dabbled in other means to better re-appropriate games for Western tastes.

Voiceover Production

Gameplay/Story/Design Doc Consulting

J-to-E and E-to-J Interpretation

Editorial Content and Coordination

Event Planning and Coordination

8-4 Play PodcastThey host a fairly regular podcast where the crew primarily discusses the Japanese game industry, and culture. It is available at the official 8-4 website and was once hosted on 1UP. However since April 20, 2012, it has been hosted here on Giant Bomb.


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