Gamescom 2017: Recap by Shenmue Master


Trent and Shendream from have written a recap of what they learned from Gamescom. English translation by Dojo member Yokosuka.

Link: Gamescom Recap

Shenmue II Playthrough Part 6 (English)


Links: YouTube | Twitch | Playlist

Shenmue II Playthrough Part 5 (English)


Links: YouTube | Twitch | Playlist

October 3rd: Tweetathon to #SaveShenmueHD


With Paris Games Week approaching, Shenmue fans are invited to remind Sega of the need to confirm and release new versions of Shenmue 1 & 2 in time for Shenmue 3's release.

The monthly #SaveShenmueHD Tweetathon takes place all day on the 3rd, with gamers around the world tweeting and retweeting the hashtag in a show of public solidarity in requesting these remasters.

Thank you for your support!

Kickstarter Update #75 - Dev Room Progress Report Vol. 4


Shenmue III's dev team gives us an insight on the work on facial animations in the newest Kickstarter update.

Links: Facial Animations (Video) | Kickstarter Update #75 | Forum Discussion

Ryox - The Place Where The Sun Set (Shenmue '80s Remix)


Links: The Place Where The Sun Set | Riccardo Favaro's Channel | Bandcamp

Shenmue 3 - A Real Chinese Town Uncovered


Dojo member Sergeynest has put together a video comparing photos from a real Chinese town to what was shown in the recent Shenmue 3 teaser. Click here to watch his video.

Shenmue 500K interviews Yu Suzuki


The Shenmue 500K group has published its recent interview with Yu Suzuki on its new website.

Among the topics discussed are the effect of the Deep Silver partnership on Kickstarter stretch goals, the Shenmue prototype built for Sega Saturn, a Tomato Convenience Store in Shenmue 3, and Ryo Hazuki in Virtua Fighter.

ShenmueDojo Live Stream Resumes Sept 8th


We will resume streaming on the Dojo's Twitch and YouTube channels this Friday, the 8th of September at 9 pm BST/ 4 pm EST/ 1 pm PST. We'll be playing Sm1th's Shenmue II in English.

Live Stream: Twitch | YouTube

September 3rd: Tweetathon to #SaveShenmueHD


With many recent quotes from Yu Suzuki and other members of the Shenmue III team, demand for Sega to remaster Shenmue 1 & 2 is a hot topic leading into this month's #SaveShenmueHD Tweetathon.

Throughout Sunday fans around the world are invited to tweet the hashtag and retweet others doing the same. To make sure you never miss a chance to spread the word and be heard on the 3rd, you can also set up a customized AutoTweet at for simultaneous release with hordes of fellow campaigners!

Famitsu Poll Results: Best All-Time Game Top 12 [Sept 17]

In June, Japanese gaming site Famitsu Online ran a poll to find out which game their readers thought deserved the title of Best All-Time Game on any system, as reported earlier on the Dojo.

The results of the poll have now been published in the Weekly Famitsu magazine, and both Shenmue titles have scored remarkably!

* 12th: Shenmue II
* 10th: Shenmue I

The Top 12 rankings are as below.


Article at the Phantom River Stone blog.

Kickstarter Update #74 - Gamescom Travelogue


A small update has been released today, with a few pictures from the teams trip to Gamescom, as well as a few screenshots from Shenmue 3.

Links: Gamescom Official Site | Kickstarter Update #71 | Discussion Topic

Interview with Shenmue 3 co-producer Cédric Biscay


While in Cologne for Gamescom last week we had the chance to speak with Cédric Biscay, President and CEO of Shibuya Productions and co-producer of Shenmue 3.

Topics include comparing Cédric's role in such a dream project with that of new publisher Deep Silver, the feedback received on Ys Net's recently released teaser video, HD remasters of Shenmue 1 & 2, the perils of working on a series that he loves, and plans for the fan event that previously showcased Shenmue 3 footage - his company's homegrown Monaco Anime Game International Conferences (MAGIC).

Discussion: Forum thread

Vote for a Yu Suzuki 2018 industry event


After a huge turnout from both the press and public visitors at Gamescom in Germany, the head of Shenmue 3 publisher Deep Silver in France wants to know where they should bring the game's director Yu Suzuki next year.

According to the votes cast so far, it's looking good for Paris Games Week, but Japan Expo is also in the running and other suggestions are welcomed. To voice your opinion, respond to Olivier Comte's tweet here.

Famitsu & 4Gamer Interviews [Gamescom]


Two more Japanese interview articles about Shenmue III with Shenmue director Yu Suzuki have been translated, from the Gamescom event.

Suzuki reveals his aim for the graphics, how long after Shenmue II the new game picks up the story, the inclusion of wood-chopping and more.

Famitsu Interview [Discussion Thread]
4Gamer Interview [Discussion Thread]

GAMEWatch, Game*Spark & Dengeki Online Interviews [Gamescom]


Dojo contributor Switch has translated three new interviews with Shenmue director Yu Suzuki from this years Gamescom. Executive producer Hideaki Morishita also makes an appearance to discuss certain aspects of the development process.

These interviews include (but are not limited to) the latest information on character models, gameplay duration and scope.

GAME Watch Interview | GAME*Spark Interview | Dengeki Online Interview | Shenmue 3 Teaser

1st Shenmue III Teaser


Sony have just released the first real Shenmue III teaser on their YouTube channel, giving a glimpse at some breathtaking enviroments, new character models and fighting animations.

Links: Slacker Backer Campaign - Forum Discussion

Gamescom 2017 Update #3 & Deep Silver Partnership


The official Shenmue 3 website has released an update covering new Gamescom details, as well as the announcement of a new partnership with publishing company Deep Silver.

You can view the update here and discuss this on the Dojo forums with other members here.

Shenmue Passport Disc Unlocked


A new software hack allows access to all areas of the Shenmue Passport disc without need for a dial-up connection. Until now, a Dreamcast with internet connection has been required for access.

Read the full report & Instructions for applying the patch at Phantom River Stone: ... -skip.html

Sega "actively pursuing" a Shenmue Remaster (MVCUK)


MVCUK recently got in touch with SEGA Europe's vice president John Clark and specifically asked about Shenmue. Here's what he said:

"It’s something we would love to make happen, something we are trying to make happen," Clark says. "I think we want it to happen as much as anybody out there. Yes, it’s a serious task and it’s not a task that we’re not working on, if that makes sense. It’s something we’re actively pursuing."

Master Wu LianZhi Interview (Bajiquan)


This is a short Chinese promo of a longer documentary about Master Wu LianZhi 's Bajiquan style that influenced the Virtua Fighter series. Translated by Dojo member Yuk02. Watch it here.

August 3rd: Tweetathon to #SaveShenmueHD


This Thursday, August 3rd, Shenmue fans are invited to join the monthly #SaveShenmueHD Tweetathon.

Less than three weeks away from Shenmue III news and footage being presented at Gamescom, this Tweetathon provides the fan base with a collective opportunity to lean on Sega to join Yu Suzuki in Cologne and confirm remasters of Shenmue 1 & 2.

Simply tweet the hashtag and retweet other participants to help spread the word and be heard on the 3rd! Full campaign details at

(Image by JW85 - spotted in Splatoon 2 by numerous Nintendo Switch players.)

Kickstarter Update #71: Gamescom 2017 Update #2


Todays update reveals some more info of how the Shenmue 3 team will attend Gamescom 2017.
Even with the game's reveal happening behind closed doors Yu Suzuki will there for the fans with a Meet and Greet.

Links: Gamescom Official Site | Kickstarter Update #71 | Discussion Topic

Announcing: the Virtua Fridays stream


Starting this Friday at 9PM BST/1PM PT/3PM CT/4PM ET, our very own Jibby will be taking us on a tour of AM2's finest games, until Mr357's Shenmue II stream begins in September.

As with the Shenmue streams, Virtua Fridays will be streamed on the Shenmue Dojo's Twitch and YouTube channels.

Hope to see you all in chat for the inaugural stream this Friday!

Kickstarter Update #70: Gamescom 2017 Update #1


This update reveals the first round of information in regards to Shenmue 3 at Gamescom 2017 event.

Links: Gamescom Official Site | Kickstarter Update #70 | Discussion Topic

Famitsu Poll for Best All-Time Game [closes July 18]

To commemorate the 1500th edition of their weekly magazine, Famitsu is running a new Poll for Best Game, across all platforms, years and genres.


You can vote for up to 3 game titles, so get casting! Deadline is July 18th.

A short guide to the poll, which is in Japanese, is available on the Phantom River Stone blog here: ... -game.html

Direct link to the poll (use of automated translation recommended):

The Samurai Boy Saga: 1986 by Andy Hughes


Check out this progressive rock concept album 'The Samurai Boy Saga: 1986' based on the story of the first Shenmue game made by dojo member Andy Hughes.

Listen/Purchase: Bandcamp

July 3rd: Tweetathon to #SaveShenmueHD


The monthly #SaveShenmueHD Tweetathon takes place this Monday, inviting fans to participate by tweeting the hashtag and retweeting others who do the same. You can also personalize an AutoTweet at to be released en masse during the 24-hour event. There's also a 24 Hour Live Music Stream on Shenmue Dojo's YouTube channel.

With the recent news that Shenmue III will be presented at Gamescom next month, the fan base can use this opportunity to collectively ask Sega to join Ys Net in Cologne to confirm remasters of Shenmue 1 & 2 ahead of the new game's release.

Kickstarter Update #69: June Report


This update reveals the official logo , new character designs, and plans for Shenmue 3 at Gamescom.

Links: Gamescom | Kickstarter Update #69 | Discussion Topic

Interview with Eric Kelso (Phantom River Stone)


An interview with voice actor Eric Kelso has been published on the Phantom River Stone blog. Eric is the voice behind the characters of Ren, Guizhang and Fuku-san (among others) in Shenmue.

Questions asked during the interview were gathered from the fan community, including from everyone here on the Dojo.

Links: Interview with Eric Kelso (Blog Post) | Interview Audio Clips (YouTube Video) | Dojo Discussion Topic

Ryox - Shen Fa - Sedge Flower (Shenmue '80s Remix)


Links: Shen Fa - Sedge Flower Remix | Riccardo Favaro's Channel | Bandcamp

Shenmue 3 Officially Delayed to 2018 (Second Half)


Links: YouTube Video | Kickstarter Update #68 | Discussion Topic

Famitsu Poll Results: Action-Adventure Game Top 20 [June 17]


Last month, Famitsu Online ran a poll to find out which of the Top 20 Action-Adventure games audiences loved the most.

The results of the poll have now been published in the Weekly Famitsu magazine - with both Shenmue titles having scored in the Top 10!

For a full rundown of the results, including brief new interviews with Yu Suzuki, Megumi Yasu and Masaya Matsukaze, please see the complete article published by Dojo veteran Switch on his website here.

Links: Discussion Topic

June 3rd: Tweetathon to #SaveShenmueHD


This Saturday, June 3rd, offers the last chance before E3 for Shenmue fans to collectively press Sega for confirmation of HD remasters.

The monthly #SaveShenmueHD Tweetathon invites all gamers to use the hashtag and retweet other participants in a united, public demonstration of the demand for Shenmue 1 & 2 on modern platforms, with extra critical emphasis on releasing these games before Ys Net's new sequel arrives.

To help restore and preserve the original chapters in the Shenmue saga for curious newcomers and nostalgic fans alike, please take part on the day via Twitter or pre-load a scheduled AutoTweet at

Shenmue 3 Dev Room Progress Report Vol. 3


Links: YouTube Video | Kickstarter Update #67 | Discussion Topic

Shenmue 80's Remixes by Riccardo Favara


Listen: Earth and Sea/A New Departure | Waves of Morning Haze | Inherited Skills At Dawn

New official survey from Sega


Sega is conducting research for its mobile division with a survey about the franchises players are familiar with and enjoy.

Amongst the many listed options is Shenmue, so regardless of platform, it's another opportunity for fans to keep that name at the front of Sega's mind.

You can take the survey by clicking here.

Shenmue Music Live Stream | Live Chat | YouTube


Starting today the Dojo's YouTube channel will be live streaming music from both games and all soundtracks. We will be live streaming everyday for 6-8 hours until E3. If you are subscribed to the channel you'll get a notification when it starts.

Reminder: Shenmue Dojo streams every Thursday on Twitch


Tune in every Thursday at 1PM PST, 3PM CT, 4PM ET, 9PM GMT on Twitch.

Links: Shenmue Undub Playthrough | Shenmue II Playthrough

May 3rd: Tweetathon to #SaveShenmueHD


This Wednesday, all fans are invited to join in the #SaveShenmueHD Tweetathon, the monthly campaign activity leaning on Sega to confirm remasters of Shenmue 1 & 2 in time for Shenmue 3's release.

With E3 on the horizon, there's no better time to urge Sega to end the speculation and uncertainty and answer the call to restore the original chapters of the Shenmue story for players old and new alike.

To participate, simply tweet the hashtag and retweet others who are doing the same. Further campaign information is available at May the 3rd be with Yu!

Kickstarter update #66: Yu-san on Story Building


Yu Suzuki talks about what makes and breaks a story in a videogame and how he approached the storytelling of Shenmue. Watch the video update here.

Read the full Kickstarter update here.

Discuss this news on the forums

Shenmue II Music: Fortune's Pier -Night (Extended)


Listen: Fortune's Pier (Night) | Shenmue Extended Music | Shenmue II Extended Music

Shenmue II Music: Scarlett Hills (Extended)


Listen: Scarlett Hills | Shenmue Extended Music | Shenmue II Extended Music

Cédric Biscay interview by


Shenmue 3 co-producer Cédric Biscay of Shibuya Productions has been interviewed by French website ActuGaming, discussing the upcoming sequel and other projects.

On the game's expected release date, Cédric confirmed that while plans may evolve later in development if any last minute problems should arise, at this present time "Shenmue 3 is still scheduled to be released in December 2017."

On the possibility of Sega releasing HD remasters of Shenmue 1 & 2, Cédric gave his opinion that "it seems logical," and that "what we would really like is that they come out before the release of Shenmue 3" to help them with marketing the sequel and enable new players to experience the original chapters before discovering the next part of the story.

Also discussed in the interview is the lateness of Microsoft to the party, withholding its interest until the longstanding risks of reviving the series had all been taken by other companies. Currently, the confirmed platforms for Shenmue 3's release are PC and PlayStation 4.

To pre-order the game on either system, visit where you can also pick up a range of other merchandise and contribute towards the game's development budget.

To get involved in the campaign supported by Cédric to #SaveShenmueHD in time for Shenmue 3, visit and participate in the Tweetathon every 3rd of the month.

Shenmue Music: MJQ (Extended)


Listen: MJQ | Shenmue Extended Music | Shenmue II Extended Music

New Shenmue bomber jacket from Insert Coin Clothing

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SHENMUE (1999)

From the mean streets of Yokosuka comes a new jacket inspired by Shenmue.

Complete with sleeve and chest detailing, as well as that epic tiger backprint, this is a bomber variant to Ryo’s classic jacket - perfect whether you’re at the dojo, your local convenience store or the docks...






Shenmue Music: FREE 1 (Dog & Bird Sounds)


Listen: FREE 1 (Dogs & Birds) | Shenmue Extended Music | Shenmue II Extended Music

April 3rd: Tweetathon to #SaveShenmueHD


Don't forget, the monthly #SaveShenmueHD Tweetathon is this Monday, April 3rd!

To help encourage Sega to confirm remasters of Shenmue 1 & 2 in time for Shenmue 3, simply tweet and retweet the hashtag. And if you haven't yet activated your AutoTweet at, doing so will ensure your participation even if you forget on the day.

Fans old and new want to see the saga's origins restored, and time is running out for Sega to make a public commitment before the story continues in the new crowdfunded sequel, so let's spread the word and be heard on the 3rd!

FauxPop Media: Chasing Shenmue Episode 4


Adam joins Ireland's biggest Shenmue fan Peter Campbell via Skype as the recant their stories from Japan, specifically the Shenmue Pilgrimage. If you are a Shenmue fan and you find yourself in Japan you owe it to yourself give it a try.

YouTube: Chasing Shenmue Episode 4

F4F Lan Di Statue Unboxing by Adam Koralik


Adam Koralik unboxes both the exclusive and regular editions of F4F's Lan Di statue.

YouTube: Lan Di Statue Unboxing