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.

Reminder: Shenmue Dojo streams every Thursday on Twitch

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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

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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 TeamYu.net. May the 3rd be with Yu!

Kickstarter update #66: Yu-san on Story Building

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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)

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

Shenmue II Music: Scarlett Hills (Extended)

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

Cédric Biscay interview by ActuGaming.net

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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 shenmue.link/order 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 TeamYu.net and participate in the Tweetathon every 3rd of the month.

Shenmue Music: MJQ (Extended)

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

New Shenmue bomber jacket from Insert Coin Clothing

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https://www.insertcoinclothing.com/jack ... re=shenmue

HAZUKI 2017
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...


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Shenmue Music: FREE 1 (Dog & Bird Sounds)

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

April 3rd: Tweetathon to #SaveShenmueHD

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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 TeamYu.net, 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

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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

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

YouTube: Lan Di Statue Unboxing

Kickstarter Update #65: Dev Room Progress

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Greetings Everyone,
It has been a long time since our last update, and we are painfully aware you all have been eagerly awaiting the monthly report. All of us here have been so wrapped up in the development process that time seems to have flown by...

But no excuses! We apologize for the lapse and will do our best to bring you updates every month. It is beholden on us to keep you informed (without giving too much away of course!) and will do so as promised.

So here we go with vol. 2 of our dev room reports!


Kickstarter Page | Forum Topic | Paypal Page

FauxPop Media: Chasing Shenmue Episode 3

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Episode 3 of Chasing Shenmue with Adam and Randall talking about their upcoming Shenmue documentary.

YouTube: Chasing Shenmue Episode 3

Shenmue Music - Harbor Lounge (Extended)

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Listen: Harbor Lounge | Shenmue Extended Music | Shenmue II Extended Music

FauxPop Media: Chasing Shenmue Episode 2

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On this episode Adam and Randall talk a bit about what goes into making a documentary, Adam's trip to Japan, and The (not-so) Great Staysh Fire of 2016.

YouTube: Chasing Shenmue Episode 2

March 3rd Tweetathon

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The March 3rd #SaveShenmueHD Tweetathon is now underway!

As always, there are three ways you can participate:

1) Tweet the hashtag
2) Retweet other fans
3) Activate your AutoTweet at TeamYu.net

Thanks for your support!

Rice Digital rumor: Shenmue remasters set for 2017 release

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British website Rice Digital is reporting that, according to "a trusted source close to Atlus USA," HD remasters of Shenmue 1 and 2 will be released this year, with it being "safe to assume a PC/Steam release."

You can read more analysis of the report here and forum discussion here.

This Friday, March 3rd, the monthly #SaveShenmueHD Tweetathon continues the campaign for Sega to make a formal commitment to releasing such remasters ahead of Shenmue III.

Ryuji Iuchi Music - Winter Sunset (Dedicated to Rodger Swan)

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Winter Sunset | Village & Waterside in the Forest | Ryuji Iuchi

Shenmue Music - Yamaji Soba Noodles (Extended)

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Listen: Yamaji Soba Noodles | Shenmue Extended Music | Shenmue II Extended Music

60th Tweetathon: February 3rd

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This Friday marks the 60th monthly Shenmue Tweetathon, totalling five years' worth of the biggest routine social media event in gaming history. Don't miss out on being a part of this historic occasion with your reminder to Sega to #SaveShenmueHD in time for Shenmue III's release!

As always, there are three simple ways to participate:

1) Tweet the hashtag
2) Retweet other fans
3) Activate your AutoTweet

Thanks for your support!

PhantomRiverStone: Ryo & Ren Video | AM2 Summer Festival

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Dojo contributor Switch has translated a old article about the AM2 Summer Festival from 2001 and a Shenmue movie extra that features Japanese voice actors Masaya Matsukaze (Ryo) & Takumi Hagiwara (Ren).

Read: Ryo/Ren in Shanghai | AM2 Summer Festival

On-going Playthroughs of Shenmue Games

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A few on-going playthroughs including our own currently playing Shenmue games. Check them out!

Watch: Shenmue Dojo | OneyPlays | Game Informer

Vote for Sega Classic Arcade Machines LEGO set

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A proposed Sega Classic Arcade Machines set featuring Yu Suzuki and some of the arcade cabinets found in Shenmue needs your votes before March 4th in order to be formally considered by LEGO for official release.

To help it reach its target, please visit the LEGO Ideas website and click on the "Support" button.

More images and details here.

Shenmue II Kowloon Cutscene Music Compilation & Download

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Listen: YouTube | Download: Mediafire

All the cutscene music from the Kowloon chapter of Shenmue II is now available as a single compilation video. The music has been compiled in the same order as how the story progresses in the game.

Technical Support: LanDC, BlueMue, Giorgio
Image Enhancements: Riken Productions (Ren & Lan Di art)

SEGA Europe Register ShenmueHD & ShenmueRemastered Domains

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SEGA Europe have registered two new domains that hint strongly at a Shenmue HD remaster happening soon:

ShenmueHD.com and ShenmueRemastered.com

You can discuss this new turn of events with other Dojo members here.

Tweetathon: January 3rd

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This Tuesday, all gamers are invited to participate in the first monthly #SaveShenmueHD Tweetathon of 2017, urging Sega to openly commit to releasing versions of Shenmue 1 & 2 on modern systems in time for Shenmue 3, currently estimated for release this coming December.

The all-day event is easy to join, by tweeting the hashtag, retweeting others, and activating your AutoTweet for effortless support in future months. Thank you!

Shenmue Gaiden: Christmas Event

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Lead programmer on the postponed Shenmue Gaiden visual novel, ShenSun, has created a Christmas special of the long-awaited point and click adventure.

Shenmue Gaiden: Christmas Event is a 30 minute lighthearted title with multiple outcomes across various playthroughs.

For more information, a synopsis and how to download, please visit ShenSun's topic here.

On a similar note, we'd like to wish a Happy New Year to all Shenmue fans across all communities. Here's to an exciting 2017!

Most Anticipated Game poll on PlayStation Blog

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The official US PlayStation Blog is holding its annual awards, and a certain game is nominated in the Most Anticipated category.

Now far be it from us to try and sway anybody's choice. We are of course 100% impartial and believe it's entirely up to you which game you select.

So anyway, head on over to bit.ly/voteshenmue3 to cast your ballot. Deadline: end of the year, Pacific Time.

Kickstarter Update #63: Campaign and Progress Update

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YsNet has now included the PC version as a reward tier on their Slacker Backer PayPal Campaign, you can order it from here. Plus, they have revealed 3 new Work In Progress screenshots showing Environments and and a Battle. You can check them out in the latest Kickstarter update below.

Kickstarter Update

Shenmue 3 PC version available to pre-order on Dec. 15th

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Pre-orders for the PC version of Shenmue 3 will begin on December 15th via the Slacker Backer site.

Source: Gematsu.com

Shenmue Digest Movie HD by Mr357

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In Shenmue II there contains a short 15 minute "Digest Movie" that summarizes events from the first game. We now have a HD version of it made by dojo member Mr357.

Links: Shenmue Digest Movie HD

Shenmue Undub Playthrough Part 1

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Dojo member Peter started his Shenmue Undub Playthrough on Twitch. He'll be doing this weekly every Thursday at 3PM PST | 5PM CT | 6PM ET | 11PM GMT.

Links: Shenmue Undub Playthrough | Twitch Channel

Shenmue II: The Movie is now on YouTube!

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Shenmue II: The Movie is now available to watch on YouTube. The 8 hour long movie was put together by Dojo member Mr357 and premiered live on our Twitch channel. He also did a movie on the first game earlier this year.

Links: Shenmue II: The Movie | Shenmue: The Movie Remastered (Fan remake)

December 3rd events for Shenmue fans

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This Saturday marks 30 years since the in-game date when Ryo Hazuki embarked on his quest for answers and revenge in Shenmue.

Here's what's lined up for Shenmue fans today:

ALL DAY: The monthly #SaveShenmueHD Tweetathon - Spread the word and be heard on the 3rd!

9AM PT: Shenmue Dojo relaunches its Twitch channel with a playthrough of "What's Shenmue?"

10AM PT: PlayStation Experience kicks off with a PlayStation Showcase presentation, at which Shenmue 3 may appear. (Streamed via the Dojo Twitch channel, followed by a fan-made Shenmue II: The Movie.)

We hope you'll join us in getting involved for what should be a fun celebration of this remarkable videogame series, continuing the fight to restore its past while celebrating its hard-won future!

Thank you for your support!

Yu Suzuki Video Interview (Retro Games Expo - 2016)

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A video interview of Yu Suzuki at the Retro Games Expo is now available with English captions. Dojo forum member Switch translated the interview and created captions for the video version. Watch it here.

Links: Phantomriverstone.com | Facebook | Twitter

Kickstarter Update #62: Yu Suzuki & The Music of Shenmue

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In this months Kickstarter update, Yu Suzuki discusses the process of selecting music for Shenmue, his experience and influences with music - and what music means in the creation of a game.

You can view the interview with Yu Suzuki here.

You can view the update in its entirety at the Kickstarter page here.

Links:
Forum Discussion

Digital Foundry Retro: Shenmue 2 - A Masterpiece Revisited

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Digital Foundry Retro has published an extended 33 minute analysis of AM2's classic Shenmue 2. John Linneman covers the game's notable technological achievements, the changes made from the first game along with deep dive comparisons stacking up the original Dreamcast version with the Xbox port that arrived a year later.

On top of that, they discuss the options available for playing the game today, whether it's running the original Xbox release under backward compatibility on Xbox 360, or exploring emulation.

You can view the video here.

Links:
Forum Discussion

Shenmue Dojo Twitch Channel re-launch - 3rd December 2016

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Alongside the recently announced premiere of Shenmue 2 - The Movie Remastered on the Shenmue Dojo Twitch Channel, we are re-launching the regular broadcast of the channel on December 3rd!

The schedule will begin at 9am PT, 11am CT, 12noon ET, and 5pm GMT, with a quick introduction and playthrough of Whats Shenmue. This will give people a chance to wake up, or get ready for the Playstation Experience event, which we will also stream live on our channel.

After the event, we will then have the special premiere of Shenmue 2 - The Movie Remastered, from Mr 357, and then have weekly broadcasts of Shenmue playthroughs all the way up until the release of Shenmue 3.

Hope to see you all on the 3rd

Channel link: https://www.twitch.tv/shenmuedojo
Forum Topic: HERE

Vote Shenmue in official Sega survey (Now Closed)

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Sega of Japan wants to know which games and characters you most fondly remember and wish to see revived:

https://enq.sega.jp/orca/PA99014021

Needless to say, this is another opportunity we can't pass up to drive home the message to #SaveShenmueHD. Voting takes only a few clicks, so please be sure to do your bit.

In case your browser doesn't translate the page from Japanese, simply enter Shenmue, Ryo Hazuki, and Shenmue again for questions 1-3, and then select anything for the remaining questions (gender and age group).

A more detailed guide, including suggested Japanese text to copy and paste for your answers, has been prepared by the ever helpful Switch on his Phantom River Stone blog. And as Switch says, "the results of the poll are scheduled to be announced on the NicoNico Sega live stream at 6am JST this Sunday, November 20th."

Thank you for voting!

Cédric Biscay interview by Shenmue Forever

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To celebrate its first year on Twitter, @ShenmueForever has published a new interview with Shenmue 3 co-producer Cédric Biscay of Shibuya Productions. Further discussion of this interview can be read on the forum here.