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Founded: October 5, 2005
Founder: Hiroko Minamoto
John Ricciardi
President: Hiroko Minamoto
Parent / owner: N/A
Divisions / subsidiaries: N/A

8-4, Ltd. (Japanese: 有限会社ハチノヨン Yūgen Gaisha Hachi no Yon) is an independent video game translation and localization corporation, founded in October 2005 and based in Tokyo, Japan. 8-4 was initially founded by former Electronic Gaming Monthly editor John Ricciardi, the name being derived from the final level of Super Mario Bros. The company is largely contracted by other developers, including Nintendo, for translating games into other languages (mostly for role-playing games, as they are typically too large for an in-house translation team).

8-4 is generally involved starting midway into development, and frequently suggests changes to the developers to make the game more accessible. Richard Honeywood, the founder of Square's localization department, is said to be a chief influence for their translation style, in that they try to convey the same experience as the original rather than simply translating text.

Games published by Nintendo

Game Developer Year Console
Mario Tennis: Power Tour Camelot Software Planning 2005 Game Boy Advance
Baten Kaitos Origins Monolith Soft 2006 Nintendo GameCube
Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon Intelligent Systems 2008 Nintendo DS
Glory of Heracles Paon 2008 Nintendo DS
Dragon Quest VI: Realms of Revelation Square Enix 2010 Nintendo DS
Fossil Fighters: Champions Nintendo SPD
Red Entertainment
2010 Nintendo DS
Epic Mickey Junction Point Studios 2010 Wii
Fire Emblem Awakening Intelligent Systems 2012 Nintendo 3DS
Shovel Knight Yacht Club Games 2014 Nintendo 3DS, Wii U
Xenoblade Chronicles X Monolith Soft 2015 Wii U
Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games Sega 2016 Nintendo 3DS, Wii U
Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia[1] Intelligent Systems 2017 Nintendo 3DS
Style Savvy: Styling Star syn Sophia 2017 Nintendo 3DS
Dragalia Lost[2] Cygames 2018 iOS / Android
Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes[3] Koei Tecmo (Omega Force) 2022 Nintendo Switch

External links


  1. John Ricciardi on Twitter (March 25, 2017). Retrieved March 25, 2017.
  2. 8-4 Play on Twitter (September 26, 2018). Retrieved October 14, 2018.
  3. John Ricciardi on Twitter (June 24, 2022). Retrieved June 25, 2022.

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1st & 2nd Party / Owned
Internal divisions
Owned / Affiliated Seattle Mariners* • The Pokémon Company • Warpstar Inc.
* – Former / Defunct
3rd Parties / Partners
8-4 • AlphaDream* • Ambrella* • Argonaut Games* • Arika • Artoon* • Arzest • AS Tokyo Studios • Bandai Namco • Capcom • Camelot • Cing* • Creatures Inc. • DeNA • DigiNin* • DigitalScape • Eighting • Flagship* • Fuse Games* • Game Freak • Ganbarion • Genius Sonority • Good-Feel • Grezzo • HAL Laboratory • Hatena • Hudson Soft* • indieszero • iNiS • Intelligent Systems • Jamsworks • Jupiter • Koei Tecmo • Kuju • Left Field Productions* • Level-5 • Mistwalker • Monster Games • Noise • Paon • PlatinumGames • Q-Games • Rare* • Red Entertainment • Sega (Atlus) • Sora Ltd. • skip • Softnica • Spike Chunsoft • Square Enix • St.GIGA* • Syn Sophia • TOSE • Treasure • Vanpool* • Vitei
* – Former / Defunct
Key employees
Managers, etc. Internal
  • NNSD: Yusuke Beppu
  • Monolith Soft: Hirohide Sugiura, Tetsuya Takahashi
  • 1-Up Studio: Gen Kadoi
  • ND Cube: Hidetoshi Endo
  • Retro: Michael Kelbaugh
  • NERD: Alexandre Delattre