|Virtua Fighter 2 characters, ready for action|
Ryo's general animations for walking, turning, crouching and so on are stored in their own motion files in the Shenmue games. While most of these are used, there are also animations that are never used in the main game. With some small change to values in memory while the game is running (in an emulator), these hidden animations can be revealed.
One motion contained in What's Shenmue is named "AKI_WIN_312" and proved worthy of investigation.
In Virtua Fighter, each character performs one of a few victory poses after winning a round. For example, this is one of Akira's poses:
|"Ora, ora, ora!" - Akira gloats over his fallen opponent|
In What's Shenmue, Ryo normally kneels down on pressing the action button. Upon linking the AKI_WIN_312 animation instead, Ryo performed Akira's victory pose right before my very eyes.
|Ryo pays tribute to his Virtua Fighter roots|
(Ideally I would like to get Ryo to fully face the camera - I know some great hacks have been found for doing things like freezing the camera in Shenmue I but if anyone knows of something similar for What's Shenmue please comment below).
Here's a video comparing the two animations.