Yokosuka tourist map: fan translation

The official Shenmue-themed tourist guide pamphlet that was announced at the start of the month is currently only available in Japanese, with an official English version on its way.

For those who can't wait, an English fan translation of one of the maps & accompanying notes has been carried out on the Phantom River Stone blog.

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The post also contains real-life photos of the gantry crane and the warehouses that served as inspiration for the Shenmue harbor area.

View the translations and full-size images at the Phantom River Stone blog.

Yu Suzuki at MAGIC 2018 + Shenmue III on Facebook

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Yu Suzuki has been announced as a guest at MAGIC 2018 on February 24th in Monaco, where organizers say he will share "the latest cool stuff" regarding Shenmue III. Fan attendance is free however advance registration is required.

Meanwhile a Shenmue III page on Facebook has been confirmed as official by the game's worldwide publisher Deep Silver, with content from recent updates being shared on the social media platform.

Kickstarter Update #77: New Character & Lakshya Digital

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The latest Kickstarter update introduces a new character as well as India based art studio Lakshya Digital, who are assisting the Shenmue 3 team with character production.

Links: Kickstarter Update #77 | Forum Discussion

Shenmue II Music: Queen's Street - Night (Extended)

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Listen: Queen's Street (Night) | Shenmue Extended Music | Shenmue II Extended Music

Dec 3rd: Yokosuka tourist map + #SaveShenmueHD Tweetathon

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This Sunday, December 3rd, Shenmue fans are invited to participate in the monthly #SaveShenmueHD Tweetathon by posting the hashtag on Twitter and/or customizing a preloaded message at TeamYu.net for automatic release on the day.

The campaign aims to publicly remind Sega of the need for new versions of the first two Shenmue games in time for Shenmue 3's release. With Sony's PlayStation Experience only a week away, another opportunity presents itself to announce remasters at a major industry event. Will the chance to introduce new players to Ryo's quest for vengeance be seized before 2017 comes to a close? Now's our collective opportunity to spread the word and be heard on the 3rd!

For its part, Sega will be marking the date this Sunday with an official Shenmue-themed Yokosuka tourist map, available at select locations and online, with an English version forthcoming. More details of this can be found at the Phantom River Stone blog.

Kickstarter Update #76 - Say Hello to the Deep Silver Promo

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After a long break we finally get another Kickstarter update, giving us some insights as to why there was a pause in the first place and further information of Deep Silver's involvement in the project.

Links: Kickstarter Update #76 | Forum Discussion

Shenmue Undub Playthrough & "Vengeance" Campaign Trailer

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Mr357 is returning today at 3pm CT to do weekly playthroughs using the updated version of the Shenmue Undub. We also have a new Shenmue 3 campaign trailer made by ShenP1.

Links: Shenmue Undub Playthrough | "Vengeance" Campaign Trailer

Shenmue - The Sadness I Carry On My Shoulders Ambient Cover

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Sounddole VGM Covers on YouTube has uploaded his own rendition of the Shenmue music track "The Sadness I Carry On My Shoulders.

YouTube: https://youtu.be/UcKrwXpVTpM

Shenmue voice cast reunites for hurricane relief

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Members of Shenmue's English voice cast have unofficially reprised their roles to support charitable relief efforts in Texas, Florida, and the Caribbean following the recent series of hurricanes.

To hear new dialog from the familiar voices of Ryo, Xiuying, Fuku-san and more, check out the video and full report and consider donating to the cause.

Shenmue II Music: Scarlet Hills - Night (Extended)

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Listen: Scarlet Hills (Night) | Shenmue Extended Music | Shenmue II Extended Music

November 3rd: Tweetathon to #SaveShenmueHD

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The monthly #SaveShenmueHD Tweetathon takes place all day Friday, inviting gamers to share the hashtag on Twitter requesting remasters of Shenmue 1 & 2.

Yu Suzuki and others involved in the making of Shenmue 3 have repeatedly expressed their desire for the saga's original chapters to be re-released in time for the new sequel, and have encouraged fans to make our feelings known to Sega.

So please join us by taking part on November 3rd (always the 3rd!), urging Sega to finally commit to restoring the first two games in this landmark series.

Shenmue II Music: Wise Men's Qr. Night (Extended)

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Listen: Wise Meb's Qr (Night) | Shenmue Extended Music | Shenmue II Extended Music

Gamescom 2017: Recap by Shenmue Master

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Trent and Shendream from Shenmuemaster.fr 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)

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Links: YouTube | Twitch | Playlist

Shenmue II Playthrough Part 5 (English)

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Links: YouTube | Twitch | Playlist

October 3rd: Tweetathon to #SaveShenmueHD

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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

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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)

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

Shenmue 3 - A Real Chinese Town Uncovered

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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

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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

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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

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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 TeamYu.net 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.

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Article at the Phantom River Stone blog.

Kickstarter Update #74 - Gamescom Travelogue

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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

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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

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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]

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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]

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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

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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

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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

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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:
http://www.phantomriverstone.com/2017/0 ... -skip.html

Sega "actively pursuing" a Shenmue Remaster (MVCUK)

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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)

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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

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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 TeamYu.net

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

Kickstarter Update #71: Gamescom 2017 Update #2

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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

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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!

http://twitch.tv/shenmuedojo

http://youtube.com/ziming

Kickstarter Update #70: Gamescom 2017 Update #1

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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.

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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:
http://www.phantomriverstone.com/2017/0 ... -game.html

Direct link to the poll (use of automated translation recommended):
https://ebssl.jp/fm2/election/gameall/index.php

The Samurai Boy Saga: 1986 by Andy Hughes

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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

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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 TeamYu.net 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

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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)

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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)

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

Shenmue 3 Officially Delayed to 2018 (Second Half)

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

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

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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

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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 TeamYu.net.

Shenmue 3 Dev Room Progress Report Vol. 3

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

Shenmue 80's Remixes by Riccardo Favara

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

New official survey from Sega

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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

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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.