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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Shenmue I & II at TGS 2018 | Tokyo Game Show

Shenmue I & II at TGS 2018 | Tokyo Game Show

The annual Tokyo Game Show (TGS) opens on Thursday September 20th, at its usual venue of Makuhari Messe in Chiba prefecture. The first two days are Business Days, with the Public Days being on the weekend: Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd.

Entry to the show is 1,000 yen if bought prior, or 1,200 yen if bought on the day.

Entry is from 10 am, although there is a note on the official site that there is a possibility that doors may open earlier at 9:30 am "depending on the situation".

SEGA

SEGA will of course be present, and what's more will be promoting Shenmue! Here is an overview of what they have in store.

Shenmue I & II Stage Event (Live-Stream)


Shenmue I & II will get a slot all to itself on the SEGA stage on the morning of Saturday 22nd, from 11 am to 11:30 am JST. It will take the form of a panel discussion comprising various members of the industry who hold Shenmue in high regard.

The participants will be:
  • An editor from Weekly Famicom
  • An editor from Dengeki Game Media
  • An independent reporter for 4Gamer
  • Journalist Esra Krabbe from IGN Japan (Esra is a long-time fan and proponent of the franchise)
...and last but not least, Masaya Matsukaze, the Japanese voice of Ryo Hazuki, will also be present as a special guest!

Unfortunately filming is not allowed at the session. However it will be live-streamed on YouTube and various other platforms.

SEGA's page with the live-stream links is HERE.


Shenmue I & II Guide Map

Most Shenmue fans will be aware of the Shenmue "Sacred Spot" Guide Map produced by Yokosuka City in conjunction with SEGA at the end of last year, showcasing some of the areas around Yokosuka that inspired locations in the game.

At TGS 2018, SEGA will be giving away a special "Shenmue I & II" version of this map at / near their booth at the show!
Special version of the Shenmue Sacred Spot Guide Map, featuring Shenmue I & II art on the cover
A special version of the Shenmue Sacred Spot Guide Map, featuring Shenmue I & II art on the cover, will be available at the show
It is likely that the inner pages will be identical to the content of the usual Shenmue Sacred Spot Guide Map, which can be downloaded in digital form from the Yokosuka City website.


Shenmue Merchandise

As reported in our recent post, a new T-Shirt will be available for sale in the merchandise area for 3000 yen (sizes: M / L / XL). It features Ryo driving a forklift truck, with the tiger motif from his jacket on the back.
A new Shenmue T-Shirt will be available: 3000 yen (including tax)
A new Shenmue T-Shirt will be available: 3000 yen (including tax)
Pin badge capsule toy machines will also be stationed in the merchandise section at 300 yen a try - you may be lucky and score the Ryo Hazuki badge from the Dreamcast capsule toy machine (one of 16 possible designs).
Ryo Hazuki pin badge: luck will be needed at the capsule toy machine
Ryo Hazuki pin badge: luck will be needed at the capsule toy machine

Hands-on Play

According to the SEGA site, members of the public will be able to try hands-on play of Shenmue I & II - presumably this will be the Japanese version (whose official release will be November 21st, for the PS4). A promo trailer will also be playing.
Yu Suzuki in 1998 was delighted to watch a child playing Shenmue - we hope this scenario happens again!

Location of the SEGA Booth & Merchandise Stand at TGS

The following map shows the locations of the SEGA "booth" and merchandise areas at the venue (translations added).
Location of the SEGA Booth & Merchandise Stand at TGS

Final Comment

It is great to see SEGA once again promoting Shenmue in Japan at Tokyo Game Show. For those people lucky enough to be attending directly, we advise arriving as early as possible as the lines are usually long! And keep your eyes peeled in case you spot Masaya Matsukaze - or even Yu Suzuki himself, who is known to like to wander around at TGS.

The Shenmue I & II panel event discussion will be in Japanese, so we will be looking at adding translated captions in English to the video after the event.
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