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.

Shenmue II: The Movie will premiere live Dec 3rd on Twitch!

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Shenmue II: The Movie will premiere live on Twitch Dec. 3rd! (Same day as PSX 2016)

Promo Trailer #1 | Twitch Channel | #SaveShenmueHD

Tweetathon: November 3rd

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The 24-hour #SaveShenmueHD Tweetathon takes place throughout Thursday, so please be sure to participate and support the campaign for Shenmue 1 & 2 to be re-released on modern platforms in time for Shenmue 3!

Sample tweet / More information

Kickstarter Update #61: Halloween Greetings

With Halloween upon us, it is time to get into the spirit, so…

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And yes, that is a Kenji Miyawaki original!

But one person who will not be going out to do trick-or-treat this year is this man.

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Yu-san has been hard at work to bring us the biggest treat of all, and now he has begun the momentous undertaking that is the signed rewards! Everyday Yu-san has been putting his signature to the Kenji Miyawaki illustrations, and thanks to your gracious and sincerely appreciated support, the number of illustrations to be signed is reaching the 5,000 mark!

Maybe next year Yu-san will be able to go trick-or-treating in his Ryo costume…

From all of us of us here, Happy Halloween!

Shenmue III - A New Journey

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Youtube channel Dreamcasters' Tube have released a new Slacker Backer campaign support video in sensational 4K at 60 FPS.

The video covers the journey from Shenmue through to the announcement of Shenmue 3 in an emotional and breathtaking 8 minutes worth of footage.

You can view the video on the Dreamcasters' Tube Youtube channel here.

Don't forget you can [continue to] help fund Shenmue 3 at the official slacker backer here: shenmue.link/order.

Links:
Forum Discussion

Cédric Biscay interview by Shenmue Master

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French fan site Shenmue Master has published its new interview with Shenmue III co-producer Cédric Biscay, which can be read in English at this link.

Cédric speaks of his role in the revival of the series, and again stresses the importance of Sega releasing new versions of Shenmue 1 & 2 on modern systems.

The campaign to #SaveShenmueHD in time for Shenmue III continues every 3rd of the month with the traditional Tweetathon. You can pre-load a message for automatic participation on the day at TeamYu.net/HD

Tweetathon: October 3rd

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October 3rd is upon us, which means it must be time for the monthly #SaveShenmueHD Tweetathon!

Three simple ways to participate throughout the day: Tweet / Retweet / AutoTweet

Sega say they're interested, but have not yet greenlit the remasters of Shenmue 1 & 2. Join your fellow fans from around the world in making it known that releasing these games ahead of Shenmue III is of the utmost importance!

Kickstarter Update #60: Dinner in Japan Reward Report

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The latest Kickstarter update goes over the recent Dinner and Tour Yu Suzuki had with the few Kickstarter backers who pledged for the Dinner with Suzuki reward tier.

Source (Kickstarter) | Forum Discussion

Yu Suzuki Interview - Retro Games Expo 2016

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Dojo member Switch has translated an interview with Yu Suzuki which took place on August 29th at the Retro Games Expo 2016.

The interview asks Suzuki about his life as a young boy, why he chose to work at Sega and how some of his famous arcade games came into being. Suzuki also talks about the aspects of arcade game creation that are most important, and gives some advice on the essential attributes of a game developer.

You can view the complete interview on Switch's blog, PhantomRiverStone.com, here.

FauxPop Media: Chasing Shenmue Episode 1

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On this first episode of Chasing Shenmue we find co-director and hardcore fan Adam Sipione experiencing what can only be called the trip of a lifetime - an unparalleled opportunity for full-on immersion into the real world of the game that captured him over 15 years ago, in Japan with the legendary Yu Suzuki himself!

YouTube: Chasing Shenmue Episode 1

Vote Shenmue 3 for a Golden Joystick Award

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Shenmue 3 has been nominated in the Most Wanted Game category of this year's Golden Joystick Awards.

Fans can vote at this link, making sure to formally submit all votes at the end of the list of categories in order for them to count.

DoriMaga Article: Shenmue Takes Best Title Award (Mar 2000)

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Veteran Dojo member Switch has translated an article from the March 2000 edition of Dreamcast Magazine, in which they announced their own "Grand Prix" awards for various Dreamcast software categories.

Shenmue scooped the trophy for Best Title (out of all software released for the Dreamcast until that time) and there is an award acceptance interview with Yu Suzuki and Keiji Okayasu.

You can view the complete article on Switch's new blog, PhantomRiverStone.com, here.

Edit: As of Sept 10th, you can view Switch's latest translation - which covers Dreamcast Magazine's Best Script Award 2000 - as well as another interview with both Suzuki and Okayasu.

Links:
PhantomRiverStone - Blog | Forum Discussion - Best Title | Forum Discussion - Best Script

Tweetathon: September 3rd

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On the heels of recent comments from Sega on the status of possible Shenmue 1 & 2 remakes or remasters on modern systems, this Saturday's #SaveShenmueHD Tweetathon seeks to help the company prioritize this long delayed project in time for Shenmue III's release.

To participate in the all-day event, we urge every fan to tweet the hashtag, retweet others doing the same, and set up your monthly AutoTweet for ongoing support.

This particular Tweetathon also marks the deadline for the Mirror, Mirror Contest. For your chance to win a boxed sculpture of the Phoenix Mirror, get your artistic entry in by the end of the day!

Kickstarter Update #59 - From the Dev Room

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This months Kickstarter Update gives us updates on the developement process of Shenmue III with some nice footage of in progress QTE scenes.

Links: Kickstarter Update #59 - From the Dev Room | Forum Discussion

SEGA COO Jurgen Post comments on Shenmue

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"Shenmue tops every list of titles that people want to see revived"

At the recent Gamescom event in Cologne, the rockpapershotgun site had the opportunity to sit down with Sega Europe COO, Jurgen Post.

Thanks to board user "Kiske" for the find, Mr Post referenced Shenmue, in some very interesting comments about the future: http://imgur.com/ZwrCZuE.png

https://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2016/0 ... ore-392183


Could Shenmue HD remasters be announced before the year is out? We certainly will keep our fingers crossed!


Forum Discussion

Mirror, Mirror Contest & Tweetathon

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To celebrate the August 3rd #SaveShenmueHD Tweetathon, a new contest is being run between now and the next Tweetathon on September 3rd to win a detailed, ready-to-paint model of the Phoenix Mirror.

Full details can be found here.

Tips for participating in this month's Tweetathon, which lasts all day Wednesday:

1) Tweet the hashtag - tinyurl.com/shenmuetweet
2) Retweet fellow fans - tinyurl.com/shenmuetweets
3) Set up your monthly AutoTweet - TeamYu.net/HD

Kickstarter Update #58 - Keiji Okayasu for Shenmue III

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In this months Kickstarter Update we get introduced to Keiji Okayasu, Sub Director for Shenmue and Shenmue II, who just joined the Shenmue III developement team.

The details and an interview video can be found here.

Links: Kickstarter Update #58 - Keiji Okayasu Returns for Shenmue III | Forum Discussion

Shenmue II Guilin Music Compilation & Download

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All the music from the Guilin 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.

Listen: YouTube | Download: Mediafire

Technical Support: LanDC, BlueMue, Giorgio, Radar
Image Enhancements: Riken Productions

Shenmue Theme at Game Symphony Japan (SEGA Special)

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The main Shenmue theme was performed by a live orchestra as part of this years Game Symphony Japan 'Sega Special'.

The event was held on July 17th and featured many Sega composers & musicians celebrating music from a wide range of Sega classics.

You can view the video of the Shenmue theme, generously filmed and shared by Dojo member Snoopbob2006, by clicking here.

Links:
Sega Special - Official Game Symphony Japan Website | Forum Discussion

DoriMaga Feature Part 2: The World of Shenmue (Jan 1999)

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Veteran Dojo contributor Switch has translated the second part of a Shenmue feature from the January 1999 issue of Dreamcast Magazine.

'The World of Shenmue' takes a delve into the games 3 year development period, the Dreamcast demo known as 'The Tower of Babel', how Ryo Hazuki finally took shape, as well as a look at the FREE/Open world feature.

You can view the translated article in its entirety here.

The previously translated 'Shenmue Premiere Event' (Part 1) can be viewed here.

The Man and the Company Behind Shenmue’s Revival

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PauseResume.com has conducted a new interview with Cedric Biscay and his company Shibuya Productions.

Although news on Shenmue 3 is scarce, Cedric does discuss more about his company's goals and how they managed to get Shenmue 3 off the ground. He also discloses some information on another project both he and Yu Suzuki were working on before Shenmue 3 was announced at E3 last year.

The full article can be viewed here.

Links:
The Man and the Company Behind Shenmue’s Revival | Forum Discussion