Special: 8-4's Ricciardi On The State Of Japanese Gaming

Continuing Gamasutra's series on the state of the Japanese game market, we had a chance to interview longtime Japan resident John Ricciardi and his partner in localization firm 8-4, Hiroko Minamoto, and get their expert opinions on everything from the PlayStation 3's chances to the DS' tremendous Japanese success.

Ricciardi is well-positioned to comment on the Japanese market from somewhat of a Western perspective, since he entered the game business as an editor on U.S. game magazine EGM, but has been living and working in Tokyo for the past 5 years - both at another localization company, InterOne, and now at his own, which has been in operation for almost a year.

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