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Re: Random Shenmue Thoughts

I was wondering if there's a way to get out of a move instruction without properly mastering it in Shenmue I.
Turns out, there really is! You just have to fail hard. Video coming soon.
by BlueMue
Wed Aug 06, 2014 6:48 am
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Re: Shenmue scene compilations and other videos

This is what you get when you don't manage to properly execute the move instructions for too long.
Quite interesting to see because who has ever been that stupid? Oh and listen careful at around 1:18. :lol:

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by BlueMue
Wed Aug 06, 2014 10:13 am
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Re: Any one here still hope

rome wrote: Very little hope, But I'll back it to the end. Every couple month's I'll catch up on the latest news/rumors.

Hey Rome!! Welcome back old friend! :D
by Peter
Sat Aug 09, 2014 9:26 am
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Re: Shenmue and Streets of Rage soundtracks coming to Vinyl

Here's the sample music for the upcoming vinyls:

I'm no music junkie or sound aficionado, but the remastered tracks sound amazing! I can't stop listening to them. I read that Yuzo Koshiro collaborated with Data Discs on remastering the new releases, so I see a genuine effort here and not just an easy cash in.
by sand4fish
Thu May 28, 2015 7:42 pm
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Re: Shenmue and Streets of Rage soundtracks coming to Vinyl

• 180g translucent blue vinyl with ‘colour in colour’ effect (exclusive to the Data Discs website)
• 180g translucent blue vinyl
• 180g black virgin vinyl

All copies include a traditional OBI strip, spot varnished cover and a lithographic print. Featuring music by Takenobu Mitsuyoshi, Ryuji Iuchi, Osamu Murata and Yuzo Koshiro.

The price is £19.99, across all editions.
by Ziming
Wed May 27, 2015 12:57 am
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Re: Shenmue and Streets of Rage soundtracks coming to Vinyl

Interesting...I assume they are using the Koshiro arrangements for the first two?

The first two tracks are the original versions, not the arranged versions by Y. Koshiro.


I bet they are the regular versions. It would be lame if they are remixes, especially since they aren't labeled as such.
I don't get why there all the talk about the Vinyl has to be so Koshiro centric...

Because Koshiro collaborated with them on the Streets Of Rage remastering. And the Koshiro arrangements are not remixes...they are arrangements.

For example, here is the original "Shenmue":

And here is the Koshiro arrangement:
by Supa
Fri May 29, 2015 8:45 pm
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Re: @Yu_Suzuki_Jp Twitter Account is back to life~ [UPDATES]

Hello everyone !

First, a huge thanks to Yu Suzuki who allowed me to share this. Now that I've got his approval, here are more details about the latest tweet.

As you all know, Yu Suzuki has restarted his twitter account.

He has met with Baji Quan Master : Wu Lianzhi and they both shared a good time. However they were not alone. Indeed, from time to time, Master Wu Lianzhi is teaching Baji Quan in Japan and they met during that event, along with many other people (check pictures below).

On that day, Yu Suzuki also received a 色紙 (a square piece of fancy paper, used for poems) from Master Wu Lianzhi. Here's what you can read on the paper : « 遊戯の父» which, literally means : « father of games ». Not necessarily video games, it's a general meaning in chinese.

Known for many games, Yu Suzuki has managed to share his knowledge of Baji Quan (Hakkyokuken) through Virtua Fighter and Shenmue.

Thanks again to Yu Suzuki !

by DEVILLE_David
Fri May 29, 2015 9:46 am
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News Tidbits: Yu Suzuki/Shenmue Documentary/Suka High

- Yu Suzuki , the creator of Shenmue has actively started using his Twitter account again. ( @yu_zuuki_jp )

- The Shenmue documentary has teamed up with production company Fauxpop Media .

- A short Shenmue fan-film called "Suka High" was recently released by Rising Tiger Films .
by Ziming
Wed Jun 03, 2015 7:04 pm
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Re: Shenmue: The Documentary

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by Ziming
Fri Apr 03, 2015 10:54 am
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Re: Shenmue: The Documentary

Hey everyone

Thanks for all the support/interest with the project so far. Sorry for not making an account here earlier, I just assumed that Shenmue 500k was sort of an extension of the dojo but I realize that not everyone uses Facebook. My bad!

I figured I would use this thread to keep you guys up to date as best I can. Here are how things are looking right now:

Voice actors I have interviews with Corey Marshall, Lisle Wilkerson, and Michael Naishtut. I've reached out to Deb Rabbai and Eric Kelso and they are both interested. I figure thats enough to go on for now and see how it develops.

Fans/youtubers I've filmed interviews with Amy Lei, James Reiner, Adam Koralik, and Mike Paprocki. I've spoken with Happy Console Gamer and Alpha Omega Sin and they both seem interested as well, it's just a matter of solidifying a time. They are both super busy so that might get pushed back until later in the year.

Critics I have one guy from Toronto who is a friend of mine that writes from various websites occasionally. The main one I got was Malik Forte who is the editor for Nerdist, he also has a bunch of videos on youtube. He had some pretty great things to say about Shenmue actually, really happy how that turned out.

Developers I have a long list of people I want to interview but I have yet to reach out to any of them. The project is still fairly new so I'm hoping to use the Facebook/twitter pages to gain enough buzz so some of the high priority people I want to talk to will agree to speak on camera. If I reach out too early I will just look like a diehard fan from Canada who wants to make a movie (which is 100% true) and they could easily ignore my emails if I don't look somewhat credible.

Luckily I am working with the guys from on this. We live in the same town and work together all the time; I pitched them the idea and they thought it was interesting, even though none of them knew what Shenmue was. They are the same guys that created Turtle Power: The definitive history of the Teenage mutant Ninja Turtles. That documentary had some pretty good success so I was able to go through them to initially reach out to people. They are close with some people at Nerdist so that's how we were able to contact Malik Forte, and they were the ones who first reached out to Cory on my behalf and got him interested. Right now Im doing pretty much all of the shooting/editing on my own but will collaborate with them later on and iron out some details.

I do plan on visiting the UK eventually, as well as China/Hongkong/Japan to get more interviews and shots of the in game locations etc. It's been all out of pocket at this point so I'll have to wait a bit longer.

Lastly I need to mention that I still do not have the rights to use in game footage from Sega (or whoever the heck owns the license at this time). The plan is to set up a meeting with them (Fauxpop should make that a little easier) once I have enough material to cut together a pitch package. The sad reality of it all is that there is a chance I might get shut down and that all of this will be for nothing. Im going to stay positive though, at this point it's all I can do!

One more thing: I want this to include as much work from fans as possible. I've talked to some people who are willing to translate the film in Spanish and German. I've talked to a few people about providing music, animations, and even doing some filming and sending me the footage. I want to include a bunch of fan drawn images scrolling alongside the credits at the end of the film as well. These are just a few examples so if you would like to help out in any way just shoot me a PM.

There is still not a release date for obvious reasons lol. Still lots of work to do. If you guys have any questions I'll try to answer them as best I can. Thanks!
by Shenmuedoc
Mon Apr 13, 2015 9:50 am
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Re: Random Shenmue Thoughts

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by Ziming
Thu Jun 04, 2015 1:59 pm
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Re: Shenmue 1080p

Experimenting with cell shading

by Esppiral
Fri May 29, 2015 7:41 pm
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Re: Shenmue 1080p

Your wishes are orders.

by Esppiral
Sat May 30, 2015 3:04 pm
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Re: Gametrailers play Shenmue 2

" Matt Blair and Michael Huber take Ryo through the second leg of his journey, perpetually crossing their fingers for Shenmue III. "

Here's the ongoing playthrough (as a playlist, as seen) in GameTrailers' YouTube channel:

It gets updated frequently on GT's Twitch channel: (check it out; scroll down the page, and find when they live stream Shenmue)
by Giorgio
Tue Apr 21, 2015 1:54 pm
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By special request: The Dojo

by Master Kyodai
Mon May 31, 2010 2:28 pm
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Mike Huber (Gametrailers) has an E3 dream.....

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When he drops it..... ohhh the tingles. He gets it! Huber Hype!!!! (2.43 if you dont want pre hype)
by Peter
Tue Jun 09, 2015 8:04 pm
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Just an update, and apologies for the delay as I had some life stuff going on which has now passed.

I will be back to typing this tonight and the plan is to have it up on GameFAQ by Thursday evening.
by Peter
Sun Jun 07, 2015 1:28 pm
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Re: Suicide

Yeah, fuck that guy. And just to put it out there, if anyone needs an ear I'm here. I don't post much about life on the internet, it's just not my thing as I'm more private, but am always willing to listen and talk especially in private. Wish everyone well, always. Life has it's ups and downs, but I promise it's able to turn around based on your own mindset and actions. It's never impossible nor is it out of reach.
by Yama
Thu Jun 11, 2015 12:57 pm
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Re: @Yu_Suzuki_Jp Twitter Account is back to life~ UPDATES H

is it safe to get my hopes up right now?
by santino
Sun Jun 14, 2015 4:25 pm
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Re: Shenmue E3 Discussion

I happily get Hyped because I don't get let down if there's nothing Shenmue related. We are rock bottom, without a game for years now. Lowest of the low so nowhere to go but up.
by Peter
Mon Jun 15, 2015 9:40 am
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Re: Shenmue E3 Discussion

aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand we're back

EDIT: The dojo is moving slow as fuck
by Locke_cole
Mon Jun 15, 2015 10:07 pm
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Shenmue 3 is happening!! I signed up at the dojo when I was a fucking kid. Crazy.this news will likely bring a lot of long lost members back
by pico
Mon Jun 15, 2015 11:09 pm
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link ----->



Sony definitely supporting Shenmue 3 (Adam Boyes)

Adam Boyes explains Sony's role with Shenmue 3

Yu Suzuki - Playstation E3 Experience 2015 Live Cast

GameTrailers Reaction

Ryan Payton talks Shenmue, crowdfunding and Yu Suzuki

Shenmue 3 is the true sequel to the classic open world action RPG games, Shenmue and Shenmue 2. Created for modern platforms (PC and PlayStation 4) and built in Unreal 4, Shenmue 3 will continue the legacy of Shenmue.

With your help, we can #SaveShenmue and rejoin Ryo and our favorite characters on this new adventure!

. Shenmue 3 will have familiar elements from its predecessors and new fight mechanics to achieve a new level of interactive storytelling.

. If this project reaches its funding goal, Shenmue 3 will be available on the PS4 and PC.

. Our ambition is to deliver a Shenmue experience that will draw in newcomers to the series and reward diehard fans with its deep story and rich gameplay.

Where we left off... Ryo Hazuki has made his way to China in search of his father’s killer. There he meets a new travelling companion, Shenhua, and learns of a legend from her village that has foretold their path together.

The story continues as Ryo and Shenhua start off on a new journey that will take them farther into enemy territory, deeper into mystery, and ever closer to their destiny.

Will the mystery of the mirrors be revealed? How is Ryo’s father connected to all of this? Will Ryo track down the Chi You Men cartel and face Lan Di in a final showdown?

Since the release of Shenmue 2, now 14 years ago, I have been greeted by the passionate outpouring of dedicated fans and Shenmue community members wherever I go. They all want to know one thing: "When will Shenmue 3 be coming out?" With the advent of games using Kickstarter during these past few years, the new and now frequent demand from the fans has been, “Do a Kickstarter for Shenmue 3!”

If Shenmue 3 was going to get made, I wanted to make it with the fans. Through Kickstarter, I knew that could happen. Together, with Shenmue fans everywhere, I knew we could build the game that the series deserves.

If we do not reach our funding goal, Shenmue 3 will not go forward. I know that the goal of making Shenmue 3 with the fans, and seeing Shenmue in the hands of gamers all around the world is a lofty one. We are balancing our ambitions for a grand sequel with the pragmatic realities of developing a game of this scale. It will not be easy, but I have dreamed of making this sequel for 14 years – it is time to bring Shenmue back! And to make it come true, it will need the love and support from each and every one of you!

So please join us in making Shenmue 3 – let us grow our community and build a new, exciting Shenmue experience!
Ryo - On a journey to avenge his father.
Shenhua - Raised among the forests of China.
Lan Di - Coldblooded boss of the shadowy Chi You Men.
Niao Sun - Deadly siren of the Chi You Men.

A pioneer in gaming entertainment for over three decades, He has cemented a place in history for his visionary work. The advancements he brought about in 3D technology, open world gaming, and game play mechanics have broken and redefined genre after genre, influencing countless games since.

Shibuya Productions President & CEO Based in Monaco, Shibuya Productions produces and promotes animation, games and movies. Engaged and knowledgeable about Japanese culture, they serve as a nexus of cultural exchange to and from Japan. They are currently producing the new Astroboy TV series: Astroboy Reboot.

Takeshi Hirai is the lead programmer for the Shenmue series. In 2010 founded the independent game development studio, Neilo Inc, producing Orgarythm for the Playstation Vita and the Japanese arcade version of Left 4 Dead: Survivors.

Wrote the screenplay and game script for Shenmue. Masahiro Yoshimoto has over thirty years of experience writing for Japanese movies and TV dramas.

Shenmue’s main character design artist. After working with SEGA, Kenji Miyawaki went on to do mechanical and prop design for anime including the Bakugan series, Maken-Ki! Battling Venus and Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan: Demon Capital.[/i

[i]A prolific composer and performer, Ryuji Iuchi wrote many songs for Shenmue 1 & 2 including "Shenhua's Theme." His long list of work includes composition and arrangement for albums, movies, TV programs, concerts and events. Among his video game credits are Exstetra and Spectral Force Legacy.

Manabu Takimoto was the environment designer for the original Shenmue. He is an architect who has designed everything from office buildings to bars. His work with Shenmue helped bring the outside world into video games.

The actor playing Ryo in Shenmue 1 and 2. A star of both stage and screen, Masaya Matsukaze has also lent his voice for video games, radio, and many anime including Death Note, Fairy Tale, Gintama, and Hunter x Hunter.

Hiroaki Takeuchi is Japan’s leading producer in both traditional cel and digital animation. Worked at the publishing house SHUEISHA, Inc. producing the website which brought Yu-Gi-Oh! and Dragon Ball to the world. Co-produced The Animatrix

Director, producer, and animator, Kenji Itoso already has a long career in the live film and animation industries, and has self-produced a number of animated films, including the award winning Santa Company and Coluboccoro.

Communication, media relations and Kickstarter project consultation and support.


. Yu Suzuki's thanks and praise.

. Be able to participate in surveys and vote in polls for the ideas you want to see in the game.

. Digital copy of Shenmue 3 for PC or PS4.

. Includes the $5 reward.

. Physical copy of Shenmue 3 in an exclusive, backer-only case (PC only).

. Includes the $5 Reward.

. Your choice of a digital copy of the game for PC or PS4, or a physical copy for PC

. Digital copy of the trial version for PC

. Your name in the credits.

. Includes the $5 Reward.

. One of four random figures: Ryo, Shenhua, Chai or the Forklift. ( Actual figures may differ from the concept images)

. Includes the $100 Reward

. Backer-only Advanced Technique Scroll (In-game Item)

. 20 Capsule Toy Tickets (In-game Item)

. Mp3 download of the original soundtrack with unreleased tracks

. Digital artbook filled with unreleased illustrations

. Shenmue 3 T-shirt

. Includes the $120 Reward

. Printed artbook curated by Yu Suzuki

. Includes the $160 Reward

. Illustration

. Backer-only Arcane Technique Scroll (In-game Item)

. Skin-change feature for Ryo's Jacket (In-game Item)

. Physical CD soundtrack

. Includes the $175 Reward

. Illustration signed by Yu Suzuki

. Backer-only Arcane Technique Scroll (In-game Item)

. Skin-change feature for Ryo's Jacket (In-game Item)

. Physical CD soundtrack

. Includes the $175 Reward

. Get all four figures: Ryo, Shenhua, Chai and the Forklift

. Includes the $300 Reward

. The original jacket worn by Masaya Matsukaze for all of the Shenmue press events 14 years ago

. Special video message just for you by Yu Suzuki

. Named as a Special Sponsor in the credits

. Includes the $500 Reward

. Bring a friend to join a dinner party in Japan with Yu-san and the other backers of this tier. (Date will be tentatively
set for September, 2016)

. Original script set from Shenmue 1 and 2

. Named as a Special Sponsor in the credits

. Includes the $500 Reward
Blue symbols indicate a choice between a digital or a physical copy.

14 years of planning and ideas from one of the greatest game designers of all time… darn right, there are Stretch Goals! Could these Stretch Goals lead this next Shenmue to change the way we play games again? You know they can. But we can’t add Stretch Goals after the game is on shelves.

The more we can raise during this campaign, the more Shenmue 3 will come alive. Together, we can make it happen. Together, we can make a Shenmue that surpasses even the originals!
More details to come for these goals as after we reach our funding!

Risks and challenges

Risk and challenge are two words that have been with Shenmue 3 for the past 14 years. In fact, Shenmue has always been about risk and challenge. This time will be no different.

The real challenge now is to deliver a sequel that we will all be satisfied with after 14 years of waiting. After much research and planning, we set the funding goal at this level believing it will make possible a fulfilling Shenmue experience.

With regards to development of the game, we have an experienced team, deeply connected with the Shenmue franchise. With modern tools, experienced professionals, and the community of Shenmue by our sides, we have set ourselves up for success.

We will do our absolute best to deliver Shenmue 3 and the rewards by their respective deadlines. However, there is always the possibility that problems may arise which could affect reward delivery. There may end up being changes in game or reward designs. We may press right when we are supposed to press left and get hilariously head butted and kneed in the groin.

In these situations, the whole Shenmue 3 team promises to keep you updated and informed on the game development and reward delivery progress. We are all very excited, ambitious, and optimistic that we have prepared well, and are ready for the challenges that are ahead of us.

Ryo and Shenhua are not out of the woods yet, so we ask for your ongoing support.
by Peter
Mon Jun 15, 2015 9:52 pm
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Re: Shenmue 3 Kickstarter announced at E3 2015!

I didn't hesitate to donate $10,000 for the dinner with Yu Suzuki. This is FUCKING unreal!
by LanDC
Tue Jun 16, 2015 2:06 am
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Re: Shenmue 3 Kickstarter announced at E3 2015!

Congratulations, everyone! :D :D :D
We all did it together! =D> =D> =D>
by Kiyuu
Tue Jun 16, 2015 8:08 am
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Re: Dojo history, rivalries & revelations

I was around since the forumplanet days. this forum is soooo old, I was like 14 or 15 back then. now I'm 28
and I wish I could remember all the names and stuff that went down back then
by santino
Tue Jun 16, 2015 1:11 pm
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Re: The reunion topic.

I kinda miss the old guys. I spent a lot of time here during my late teens. I'm 28 now, wow, 12 years since I joined... Quite a bit happened in that time, I wonder what the other members are up to.

I got my degree in computer engineering, led the clandestine life for a while (does anyone remember when I sent my resume to the CIA as a joke? prob not.), but now I am working as a computer engineer for a weapons company. About to quit soon to start my own software company.

The junk forum was my favorite place, I am somewhat sad to see it gone.
by Mr. Frozen
Wed Jun 17, 2015 1:14 am
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Re: Yu Suzuki - Reddit AMA Today 21:30 PST / 05.30 GMT

by Himuro
Sat Jun 20, 2015 12:59 am
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Re: Reddit AMA Answers

Ive started the effort of posting around various forums around the internet to drum up support like so. ... -32163813/…/t…/shenmue-3-needs-your-help.454505155/

I suggest you all do the same.
by Axm
Sat Jun 20, 2015 4:54 am
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I don't really play or have all that much interest in video games any more. Even then, I'm very surprised that I managed to miss this for over a week...

Anyway, HOLY SHIT!!!

I remember numerous times, back in the day, breaking Dojo records for the number of people signed in when there was apparently going to be a "big announcement" at E3 or some other games show, and every time, we'd all be disappointed. Then all that Shenmue Online crap happened, and we didn't know whether to be excited or puzzled, and then that just disappeared. Eventually, I think most of us just accepted it wasn't going to happen ever.

I'm looking back at my post history on here. I first posted in 2004 - 11 years ago. I was 15 at the time. I stopped posting long ago, and long before that this place had become less about the Shenmue, and more a community of friends. This was a really important place for me for several years.

How amazing is it to come back here, over a decade after I first joined, and see that the one thing deep down we've all been longing for, which we'd all truthfully lost hope in, is actually going to happen? No game has ever immersed and captivated me like Shenmue did. It's still slowly sinking in, but I still can't quite believe it.
by JC 2K3
Wed Jun 24, 2015 12:16 am
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Re: Message From Lisle Wilkerson

She sent me it to share with you all personally.
by Yama
Mon Jun 29, 2015 11:00 pm
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Re: Corey Marshall Asks Fans To Help Get Shenmue On Conan

I'm not really a fan of the US Shenmue voices as a whole, but I have to give credit where it's due.
Corey Marshall's attitude over the years, regarding Shenmue, has always been really cool.
(and yes, his original vocal performance is legendary...for multiple reasons ;) )

Good to hear he'll be back, and glad to see him spreading the good word.

Side note: for a complete antithesis, check out the Robert Belgrade (original SOTN Alucard on PSX) interviews on Youtube.
...Dude barely even remembers being in a game :D
by punkmanced
Sun Jun 28, 2015 10:24 pm
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$20,000 pledge for the future of our Guilin school.

Hey everyone, my brother and I decided to contribute $20,000 for the making of Shenmue III. We spent many hours thinking about whether this is a good or bad decision. We spent $10,000 in 2012 to get our school off the ground and that went a long way. Because of our initial $10,000 pledge, the school received an amazing amount of attention in China, social media and gaming websites. I'll reiterate, We are not wealthy! This was a hard decision. We could have given $20,000 directly to building the school and it's programs but we feel that this pledge will lead to more exposure and support than what we could do through other mediums.

For those who don't know our school yet. We are called The "V.E.T. Program" (Volunteer English Teacher). You can find us on Facebook. We teach children and young adults English to help in their educational and career pursuits. Many of these kids come from small villages in the Guilin area and may not have an opportunity to learn elsewhere. You can go to the "about" section on the Facebook page to learn more.

We really need help in reaching our goals. We would love for you to like us on Facebook. We will eventually look outside ourselves and setup a way for donations to be made but we didn't want to distract from the Kick Starter or be overbearing donation hunters.

We decided to make the second $10,000 pledge a character in the game. We don't want to be a character attacking Ryo though. We are going to try and ask Yu Suzuki to let us have one of our Volunteer Chinese teaching assistants be a character in one of the villages. They deserve to be recognized for their hard work. They are volunteers and many of them come from poor rice farms.

We are also hoping that since we will be listed in the credits as a special sponsor that it can have our school with a logo and a website rather than our names.

I don't think any of this would be asking too much. I think it would help get attention to the school. We would love any assistance in helping us achieve this. We also would love to have Yu Suzuki come to the school some day but we won't don't want to be greedy.

Please, help our little school!
by wdrpgwd
Fri Jul 03, 2015 10:29 pm
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Re: I have listened to Shenmue music non-stop since KS start

FREE 15 is beautiful, yes. I got to the point in the game where that plays last night, and spent ages just wandering around Dobuita at night just to fully appreciate it :)

Other favourite tracks of mine in S1 include:
by Miles Prower
Mon Jul 06, 2015 7:38 am
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Re: Twitter Q&A Round 2 with Yu coming later!

Q: can you tell us exactly which chapters of the 11 were covered in Shenmue II and which will be covered in Shenmue III?

Q: in late 2003/early 2004, there were many signs that Shenmue III was pending an announcement from Digital Rex. What happened? How much, if any, work was done on Shenmue III since the release of II?

Q: do you have any comments on Shenmue Online and what led to its cancellation?

Q: what is chai's back story? Did he ever communicate to lan di that Ryo has the Phoenix mirror?
by Lan Di-sama
Thu Jul 09, 2015 10:19 am
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Re: What does your username mean?

rome wrote: Rome has been my nickname since I was young. Short for Roman.

it's like a full cycle.
by south carmain
Fri Jul 10, 2015 7:57 am
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New Fan-Made Shenmue HD Remaster video by Kid Nocon

Kid Nocon has created a beautiful HD remaster of the Hazuki Residence, which includes links & hashtags for the Kickstarter as well as a plea to SEGA to release hi-definition versions of both Shenmue & Shenmue 2.

Please view the video and share it on Twitter, Facebook and other popular social media!

Links & Hashtags: #TheFinalBlow #SaveShenmue
Shenmue HD Remaster | Forum Discussion | Shenmue 3 Kickstarter | News Archive
by Sonoshee
Tue Jul 14, 2015 4:57 am
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Re: Will you experience Shenmue 3 with another person?

Mmmm, I don't know. My current gf, nor any of my friends are into gaming; they all outgrew it or were never gamers in the first place.
I actually played the first one with my Mother, who did a remarkable job of feigning interest through all 4 disks. I was very sick at the time and we played through the whole game together.

Perhaps I'd show her some of the game, but I wouldn't put her through that again.
by Wude-Tang Clan
Wed Jul 15, 2015 8:25 pm
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Re: BIG BANG! 6 million reached and it keeps going!!!

I'm so thankful for the Shenmue fans who kept this alive for 14 years, who campaigned and kept it at the forefront of people's minds. While I lamented and felt deflated every E3 and never gave up hope, I never campaigned like others did and for that you people have my thanks... you have all made something I thought was impossible.. possible..
by RiGoRmOrTiS
Fri Jul 17, 2015 6:10 pm
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How Shenmue has been important to me for my entire life.

I'm a bit of a strange Shenmue fan. When the first game came out, I was only two years old. However my brother had a Dreamcast and Shenmue and I always watched him play it. A few years later, I too began to play the game, but being a very young child the most I ever did was buy toy capsules as I didn't even know that there was a story to progress (I also thought that Ryo's name was Shenmue :oops: )

Soon we got an Xbox and the faithful Dreamcast was put away but I never forgot the game where you buy drinks and toys. That eventually blossomed into my love for Shenmue. As I got older, I realised that there was much more too the game and that there was a deep story to be found. I started looking into the game more, reading about the characters and watching other people play it online. My understanding and love for the series kept growing until I pretty much knew the entire plot and almost every detail.

But when the Shenmue III Kickstarter was revealed, I realised that I never did revisit the game for myself. I never sat down with the intention of playing it on my own and taking in everything at my own pace. Tonight, despite being a huge fan of the game and franchise (which I know after reading this, some of you are going to debate), I finished Shenmue I on my own for the first time. It was completely different to watching a lets play. I feel that only now can I truly appreciate just how immersive the game is - something I didn't get from reading about the game or watching videos. It really feels as if I've rediscovered the game. It took me back to when I first started researching the plot properly. After doing such research I didn't think my love and passion for the franchise could grow any more, but I was very, very wrong and I realise now that whilst I thought the wait for III was a painful one, it was nothing compared to what a majority of you here were forced to endure. I got it easy.

So I want to thank the community for doing what they did to make Shenmue III a possibility. Whilst I'm a latecomer in loving the franchise (and an even later one for appreciating it fully) there's very little I wanted more than a third installment. I can only imagine how bad the people who have appreciated the game fully for 14 years wanted one. This is one of the most passionate fanbases I've ever seen and It's an honor to finally appreciate and hold the same passion.

I have a feeling that this is not the end of the road yet either. I still have Shenmue II to play. Maybe it will happen again.
by Jibby
Thu Jul 16, 2015 10:03 pm
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Shenmue Gaiden on Hiatus

Shenmue Gaiden has been placed on hold for the time being due to Esspiral no longer working on the project. While, I currently have a some assets for the game, more are needed in order to achieve the desired result.

I'll have to wait for more assets to become available from the modding community

The project will be released at a later date. Stay tuned for further updates.

Apologies, if this disappoints some of you, but it is what it is.

In the mean time, look forward to other community projects coming out on a regular basis on the shenmuedojo forums.

Thanks again.
November 2015 update
Greetings everyone. Today, I thought id update you all on the Shenmue Gaiden project. Everything is going according to plan and we're making great progress. It's certainly a very ambitious project, but i'm confident we can all make it a reality.

Shenmue Gaiden currently has two types of models, original and new. The upcoming demo will contain the original models, whilst the full game will contain the new detailed versions. These new renders take time unfortunately. Here's a sample of both types.

The image on the right is the newer model. It has improved lighting, textures, details and special effects. Esspiral continues to improve and his work is simply amazing. I wish I could show you more :)

Fully animated weather has now been implemented into Shenmue Gaiden. Currently, only rain is functional. Expect more in the full game.

Although this is a still image, the rain particles are fully animated when playing. This effect gives the game a more professional a authentic feel.

We now have the original Shenmue Modder, LanDC working with us. LanDC will be composing music for the title. I've heard a few sample tracks from him already and they sound GREAT!!!. Check out his latest public Shenmue remix below.

In addition to, we've also been given some other great amazing music for the project. Samples to come in following updates.

I'm happy to say that after some testing, Characters will now be able to blink and have their mouths move when speaking in a conversation. Here is a prototype shot of one of the characters.

During certain periods of the game, you'll be able to freely explore various areas. To do so, we've implemented a world map containing the playable areas of Guilin. Simply choose an area which you wish Ryo to visit and you'll be taken there instantly. Pick carefully, as each area will have different sub stories.

Throughout the game, you'll be given the option to spend more time with certain characters. You'll be given a ton of choices to choose from when engaging in conversation. Choose wisely. Each choice will alter the character's response and perception of you.

We now have a sample script for those who wish to do voice acting. Please record as many characters as you'd like and upload your demo reel to youtube or email them directly to [email protected]


Finally, we'll be posting a new help thread in the community section. This thread will be use to request specific help from everyone. We can't make this project fully without your input. Please help as much as you can. Link to follow.

That's Novembers update for you. Please give us your feedback, suggestions and questions. If you'd like to help out on the project, please send us an email. [email protected]

Thanks everyone.
Weekly update
- New Shenmue Gaiden Facebook Page
- New staff
- Amazing new voice actress
- More Faqs
- Exclusive release items
- General updates to the page
- Click the following link for the full breakdown

Send all your questions and requests to [email protected]
Facebook Page

Hey Shenmue fans. So over the last few months, me and the amazing Esppiral have been working together on a special project. We originally planned to reveal it back in June but chose to delay it as Shenmue 3 was announced. Never saw that coming lol.

Without further delay, the Shenmue Community would like to present to you all.....

Title : Shenmue Gaiden
Platform : PC/????
OS: Windows XP/7/8 / ????
Release date : 2016 / (Demo 2015)
Game Type: Visual Novel
Story: Non-Cannon. (This is a fan made game. Do not take the story seriously. It's something we threw together and does not represent the actual Shenmue story at all.)

All images are a work in progress. Expect massive improvements as the year goes on.

Shenmue Gaiden will be a spin off non-canon story and take place just before Ryo reaches Shenhua's house in Guilin. A second story based in Hong Kong will also be included. Shenmue Gaiden will focus on the Shenmue Online characters. The lady in red and Lan di will be involved, however, they will take more of a background role. This will be done as we dont wont to interfere with the original story too much. We would like it to feel as authentic as humanly possible.

After walking through the beautiful forest of Guilin for hours, Ryo and Shenhua finally reach their destination. This brief moment of peace is quickly interrupted as the pair are approached by a young girl begging for help. The Xiangjin village has been attacked by a woman dressed in red and group of men wearing black suits. Ryo and Shenhua make their way to the village to investigate. What sort of danger awaits them?

After being defeated by Ryo and his friends, Dou Niu and Yuan are determined to get revenge. They team up with an old foe and seek out the Heavens and Xiuying within Hong Kong.

Ryo - Hero of the series. He promises Lui Hui that he'll find the people responsible for the attack on Xiangjin village.
Shenhua - Heroine of the series. She is good friends with the children of Xiangjing village and accompanies Ryo throughout his travels in Guilin.

Lan Di - The main villain of Shenmue. His reasons for being in Guilin continue to be a mystery.
????? - Mysterious woman dressed in red.

Xiuying - One of the masters of Hong Kong. A very strong and independent woman. She is determined to stop Dou Niu and Yuan once and for all.
Ren - Leader of the Heavens. Nemesis to Dou Niu.

Luihui - An orphan child from Xiangjin village. She looks up to and respects Shenhua.
Shui - Another child from Xiangjin village. He is good friends with Lui Hiu
Maggie - A fearsome and mysterious woman

Chi You Men - The Henchmen of a mysterious organisation.

More to be added.......

All characters sprites will be in full HD and receive noticeable upgrades to their models. Different expressions will also be added to their faces depending on the situation. This will allow us to deliver an extra layer of realism.

Sprites will also receive various lighting effects depending on the background and time of day.

Finally, each sprite will have their eyes and mouths move when speaking or on screen.
Hopefully, all of these improvements will add an extra layer of realism and provide a better overall experience.

Character Model Improvements list
- HD Models
- Dynamic lighting
- Animated faces

All backgrounds in Shenmue Gaiden will be in FULL HD and optimized to support widescreen. Those who played the previous visual novel may have noticed the game running at a 800x600 resolution. This new entry will run at a minimum 1080x720 and support other resolutions.

The backgrounds will also received noticeable upgrades such as lighting and special effects.

Guilin Langhuishan Area

Textboxes has been customized to reflect the feel of Shenmue. The text itself is a work in progress. Here are some sample images from the game.

Ren And Joy

Yuan and ???

Chi You And Village Boy

Ryo and M

Cutscene images will also make a return. However, this time they will be custom made and not directly ripped from Shenmue 1 or 2.

Ryo Training

Ryo and Shenhua by a campfire


Ryo and Shenhua walking through the forest

Mechanics / Others

Shenhua's House
Each night, you'll return to Shenhua's house. Before you go to sleep, you'll be able to discuss the current events of the story, along with having a general discussion about every day life.

Shenhua will also teach you the game's system mechanics and give you advice about future events.

Choices, Choices, Choices

Image maps
Certain sections of the game will give you options to explore various areas at your leisure. Each path leading to a different area of the game.

Conversation choices
Those who played the first game knows that it was full of conversation choices which led to different responses. This game will have the same features but expand on them further.

Voiced characters
One feature we would really love to include is voiced characters. We would love the community to contribute to this. Adam Koralik, his girlfriend and others have already expressed their interest in doing voice over work.

More unique jobs than the first visual novel.


Music will consist of tracks from Shenmue online, Shenmue Orchestra, Fan made music and Shenmue 2 Guilin music.

More info to be revealed soon!!!

Q - What type of game is this?
A - This is a visual novel title. A visual novel is an interactive narrative driven game using static images, text and sometimes video clips. Think Pheonix Wright.

Q - Why did you make this?
A - This is a passion project and was made for the Shenmue Community. We haven't had a Shenmue game in 15 years, so we thought it would be nice to create one.

Q - How many people do you think will play this title
A - Not many. Maybe around 50 - 100.

Q - The character portraits look strange?
A - Esspiral is practically remaking the character models. Its hard work. Expect them to improve in the final game.

Q - Copyright /Sega/Ys net/Cedric Biscay
A - This is a non profit simple fan game. There are hundreds of Sega fangames all over the internet. That said, if Sega, Yu Suzuki, Cedric Biscay or anyone else involved with Shenmue want us to stop the project, then we will cancel it immediately. No questions asked.

Q - How did you make Niao S......i mean the lady in red
A - Me and Esspiral broke into SEGA HQ and stole the plans for Shenmue 5. In all seriousness, Esspiral has put a ton of work into creating this model. The result is magnificent as you can see.

Q - Can I help on the project?
A - Absolutely. Scroll down to the bottom of the thread and see the list of available jobs. Whichever one suits you, send us an email and we will go from there.

Q - You shouldn't interfere with the Shenmue story
A - This game is non canon and will focus on the characters that have been written off from the series (Shenmue online characters). Lady in red and Lan di will take a more background role.

Q - Can you make chapter 2? (Ryo traveling to Hong Kong via boat)
A - Its possible. One day, we may try it.

More FAQs coming soon....

The following individuals have shown interest in taking part in the Shenmue Gaiden project. More staff will be added in the coming weeks. Some individuals may want to withdraw from their current positions in the future. Staffing not final. Wishlist staff are the ones we would like to recruit. Current staff, please email us regarding any additional info. [email protected]
- ShenSun (Producer/Director)
- Esspiral (Producer/Director)
- David Diville (Shenmue Master/French coordinator)

- Shengoro James (Shenmue 500k coordinator)
- Ziming
- Yama

A sample of various phrases/lines/part of the script will be sent out to the voice over team in the coming weeks. Casting of characters will then take place.
- Adam Koralik & Mrs Claus
- Adoxographist
- Shengoro James
- Laura Eliza
- Axm
- David Diville
- Ceej & Brother
- T'Pei
- Heather Chu Bishop
- Giorgio
- Ryo911
- Bryan Figueroa
- More to be added.....

Shown interest. Awaiting Confirmation.
- Eternal Dragon
- Happy Console Gamer

- Esspiral
- Riken productions
- Matthew Velazquez
- François Bilodeau
- More to be added

Needs to confirm
- David Formston

- LanDC
- Miles Prower
- Adrian Farrugia (Editor)
- Redandwhite
- ShenmueP1

If you would like to help on the project, let us know. This is a community project, so all help is welcome.

Current jobs
-- Voice Overs (To voice certain characters in the game)
- Fan Artist (To draw Shenmue fanart)
-- Voice Ripper (To rip voice files of specific characters from Shenmue 1/2)
-- Editor (Read the script for spelling and grammar mistakes)
-- Video Editor (Create trailers for game and to demonstrate updates on youtube)
-- Photoshop Designer (Create wallpapers and promotional images for the game)
-- Music Creator (To remaster or create original Shenmue inspired soundtracks)
--Any other unique skill that you may have, let us know. Contact us at [email protected] or message us through Shenmuedojo

The following is the development plan for the rest of the year. If we stick to this vague schedule, we should be able to release a demo on Christmas day. Some crucial info may be missing. Updates to the page as we notice them.

October 21st - 31st 2015
• Base game / engine built. (COMPLETE)
• import all current backgrounds / characters (COMPLETE)
• complete basic structure for Guilin demo chapter (COMPLETE)

November 1st - 30th
• Incorporate events, ?, story branches, social events, image maps, music etc.
• Shenmue Gaiden update on the 3rd

December 1st - 10th
• proofread script
• Shenmue Gaiden update on the 3rd
• hand script over to David Deville for French translation
• Receive final demo script
• Have script voiced by voice actors

December 19th - 24th
• Have script voiced by voice actors
• Send copy to david and esspiral for approval.

December 25th
• Eat Christmas dinner and open presents
• Release Shenmue Gaiden Demo
• Presents for all.

December 31st - 1st January
• New announcements
• Feedback
• Party

Updates will continue, with major updates being released on the 3rd of each month.

Many Thanks.

If you would like to speak to me or Esspiral about the project, jobs, or anything else then please send us a private message through the Shenmuedojo forums. Alternatively Email us at [email protected]

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Thanks a million guys. We hope you all enjoy the game.

by ShenSun
Tue Jul 21, 2015 10:28 pm
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Re: Are you still hyped?

I'm mellow at the moment, bit I get little bursts of excitement thinking about June. When E3 comes around the hype will be erratic.
by Peter
Thu Jan 19, 2017 12:14 pm
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Re: Yu Suzuki officially announces Paypal support for Shenmu

Cédric Biscay :
Because of summer vacations, communication is slow, but of course we are working on the game ;) More concrete news in september ! ... 3034731521
by Yokosuka
Thu Aug 06, 2015 6:07 pm
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theMediumStream playing Shenmue 1

Hey guys, watched this dude play Shenmue 1 and 2 a while back, and he's playing through them again. Today he's starting Shenmue 1, and he's currently live. Really cool guy, deserves way more viewers than he gets, but he's very friendly, and communicates really well with everyone. Check him out if you see this within the next 2 hours, as he only usually streams for bursts of 2 hours between 2 and 4 pm UK time.
by James Brown
Mon Aug 10, 2015 9:12 am
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