US Release: Nov 06, 2000
Japan Release: Dec 29, 1999
Europe Release: Dec 01, 2000

Game Developer: Sega AM2

Popularity: 865th All Time, 140th This Week

Franchise: Shenmue
Characters on BTVA: 50
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NCZ (Admin)
said at 8:08 PM on Fri Apr 13 2018
 2 Shout Outs!
So happy that Shenmue HD is finally happening!!

(Can we get Skies of Arcadia and Saturn games too while we're at it, Sega...?)
Nightmare Crusher
said at 8:12 PM on Fri Apr 13 2018
@NCZ Probably a very good thing for establishing a foundation for the sequel. I've never gotten to play these games so I'm personally glad.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 8:36 PM on Fri Apr 13 2018
@Nightmare Crusher

For real. This whole time I was thinking they should've been on this the second Shenmue 3 broke Kickstarter records.

Still though, better late than never. I'm really excited that it's finally happening because Shenmue is one of those series I've wanted to play for literally YEARS. Yu Suzuki is a living legend!
said at 4:24 PM on Sun Apr 15 2018
@NCZ The fact that the American releases were on two completely different systems probably didn't help at all.

This should make things a lot more accessible for newcomers to the franchise.

And considering Shenmue 3, yeah, this is the perfect time to do it.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 9:49 PM on Sun Apr 15 2018

Yeah. In retrospect, you think it would make sense for Sega to have also ported Shenmue 1 to Xbox. Or also release both games on multiple platforms. Then again, I don't know if it's because Microsoft helped pay for the port. It's really weird that Shenmue 1 wasn't ported to begin with since they did so many other Dreamcast ports at the time. But maybe that's a big part of what helped give the game such a "mysterious" legacy.
said at 5:43 PM on Mon Sep 26 2016
One thing still bugs me: Most of the English speaking cast were (and probably still) living in Japan. How was Debbie Rabbai (a New York-based dub actress) able to join in? Did she take a trip to Japan at one point?
NCZ (Admin)
said at 8:22 PM on Mon Sep 26 2016

The game was recorded/auditioned in both Japan and New York
said at 9:34 PM on Mon Sep 26 2016
@NCZ I see. Didn't see that coming. Was Debbie the only New Yorker in the cast.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 9:45 PM on Mon Sep 26 2016
@A-Log Corey Marshall is from New York too iirc.
said at 11:44 AM on Sat Jul 4 2015
 3 Shout Outs!
Here's a very entertaining and informative interview with 4 of the main English voice actors for the Shenmue series: Corey Marshall, Eric Kelso, Paul Lucas, and Lisle Wilkerson.
said at 5:33 PM on Tue Jun 16 2015
 5 Shout Outs!
said at 1:46 PM on Sun Mar 2 2014
 1 Shout Out!
Such a great classic! The story, characters and acting were amazing.

A shame Sega does so little with some of their game series. It would be nice to have the classics from Shenmue and Sakura Wars bought back.
said at 3:38 PM on Sun Mar 2 2014
@Fulgore2005 I still really hope they make Shenmue 3 someday and bring back the original cast, it wouldn't feel the same otherwise.
said at 4:07 PM on Sun Mar 2 2014
@Metabad Agreed. The VAs from Shenmue aren't known for much work besides a few Megaman and Tekken titles as well as F-Zero GX. It would be nice to have a fresh set like we got for Shenmue.
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