Sunday, August 13, 2017

List of Ryo's Goals | Shenmue Passport Disc

With our recent Shenmue Passport disc hack, some interesting sections of the disc can now be easily accessed.

One of these is the Data Review section, which spits out statistics on almost every imaginable aspect of a played game, from the number of game saves made, down to the number of times Ryo has walked into a wall(!).

Within this data is an item called "Present Goal" that describes what Ryo is currently trying to do - for example, after his battle with Chai in the arcade, it reads "Searching for the suspicious guy":

Ryo's Present Goal in the Data Review section
Ryo's Present Goal is displayed on the Data Review screen of Shenmue Passport.
Below is a list of all the goals, extracted from the Shenmue Passport disc. Reading through makes you appreciate the amount of effort Ryo - and you, the player - expends in the first game in his hunt for Lan Di!

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Shenmue Passport Unlocked! | Hack to Skip Dial-up Check

Shenmue Passport Unlocked

I'm excited to be able to share a hack I've put together which allows easy access to the online section of the Shenmue Passport disc - without the standard requirement of a Dreamcast console + internet connection.

It is in the form of a small, targeted patch to apply to the Shenmue Passport disc which effectively skips the check for an internet connection, thus allowing the "online" section of the disc to be accessed and browsed (to the extent possible while offline).

Read on for an overview of the unlocked content - and see the end for simple instructions to patch the Shenmue Passport disc image.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Two Dazzling Shenmue-Inspired Projects: a Rock Opera & a Fan Manga

Two Dazzling Shenmue Art & Music Projects

The talent and creativity of Shenmue fans know no bounds! Demonstrating this are these two recent fan-made projects that have been inspired by the game: one is musical and the other visual art. The artists' love for Shenmue shines through in the care and attention given to the works.

We'll be introducing these two amazing fanmade projects:

  • A Progressive Rock Concept Album: "The Samurai Boy Saga: 1986" by Andy Hughes
  • A Shenmue Manga: "Shemmue Doujinshi" by Sebastian Riera

Links are provided in the descriptions to find out more about each. So, let's get started!

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Tai Chi in Shenmue II

Today we present a guest post written by Shenmue Dojo member and Kickstarter super-backer yuc02, with an analysis of Tai Chi moves encountered by Ryo in Shenmue II.

Tai Chi in Shenmue 2

About the Author

"Hello, I'm yuc02! You may know me from the Shenmue Dojo forums, or from the Monaco dinner event as one of the $10k donors. Shenmue really changed my life, so I felt I had to do something in return for what Suzuki-san gave to me.

Since playing Shenmue I've started to learn Tai Chi and have also visited the famous Yokosuka with a guided tour given by Switch. My favourite game of the series is Shenmue 2 (of course), favourite characters are Ren and Xiuying. Also useless but cool trivia: I share the 'Yu' part of my name with Suzuki-san (though it's my surname)!"

One of the main themes in Shenmue is martial arts, and while Yu Suzuki re-used various styles found in the Virtua Fighter series, he also decided to add several others into the mix.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Shenmue III at Gamescom 2017: What We Know So Far

Shenmue III at Gamescom 2017 - What We Know So Far

At the end of last month, we received the happy news through a Kickstarter Update that Shenmue III would be making a presence at the Gamescom 2017 games event in Cologne, Germany.

Since then, there have been two further short updates related to Gamescom (in the form of Kickstarter Updates #70 and #71, the latter being issued yesterday) about what to expect.

Let's consolidate the information we have received so far.

Gamescom 2017 logo

Gamescom 2017 Venue & Dates

Gamescom 2017 will be held at the Koelnmesse convention center in Cologne.

There are two designated areas for the event: the business area (Halls 2-4), to which access is restricted to trade visitors & the media, and the entertainment area (Halls 5-10), for the general public.

The dates of the event are as follows:
  • Tuesday August 22nd: this day is reserved for trade visitors & the media.
  • Wednesday August 23rd - Saturday 26th: on these days the entertainment area will be open to general-admittance visitors from the early morning (8:00 am on Wed/Thu, and 9:00 am on Fri/Sat) until 8:00 pm. The restricted-access business area will remain in use on Wednesday and Thursday. 

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Shenmue Telephone Cards | Shenmue Merchandise

To coincide with the release of Shenmue in Japan, and during the following few years, a number of Shenmue-themed telephone cards were produced. While the cards can be used as normal phone cards for making calls, for the Shenmue fan they make a great collectible item.

About Telephone Cards in Japan

Japanese telephone cards / calling cards are thin plastic cards that come pre-loaded with a certain value (the most commonly-seen value being 50 units, representing a credit of 500 yen) and were created as a convenient way for making calls on a public pay phone in place of cash.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Vote Shenmue as Best All-Time Game! | Famitsu 1500th Edition Poll Closing 18th July 2017

Game Poll: Famitsu 1500th Edition

Shenmue fans, it is time for another poll, and another chance to boost the first two Shenmue games up the ranks!

The poll link is at the end of this post.

Poll for Best All-Time Game

It was not so long ago (May, in fact) that Famitsu held their poll for best Action-Adventure game and Shenmue came through with flying colors, with Shenmue II scooping 6th place and the first Shenmue game claiming 2nd place just below Yakuza 0.

And now a new poll is open to celebrate the upcoming 1500th edition of the Weekly Famitsu magazine (dated September 15th, on sale from August 31st).

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

How to Get to Dobuita Street | Dobuita Guide Series Part 1

How to Get to Dobuita Street

Today's post is the first of a series of mini-guides to visiting the real Dobuita Street area in Yokosuka. The intention is for these to serve as a reference for anyone who is planning a trip over to Japan visit the area for themselves.

Tip: Google Maps is extremely useful for checking train fares, times and routes, and is integrated with the timetables of all the main transportation companies in Japan.

General Location

Yokosuka is located to the south of Tokyo on the Miura Peninsula in Kanagawa prefecture. Although there are excellent train services, allow 60-80 minutes one-way by train from Tokyo. We'll take one of the main stations, Shinagawa station, as our example starting station for comparing fares. (If you are already in nearby Kamakura, it is only a 20 minute train ride).

Kangawa prefecture
A map of Kanagawa Prefecture, south of Tokyo. Yokosuka is situated on the Miura Peninsula.