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8-4, Ltd. 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
|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
|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||Intelligent Systems||2017||Nintendo 3DS|
- John Ricciardi 決算地獄 on Twitter (March 25, 2017). Retrieved March 25, 2017.