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Weekly AM2 Vol. 3: Shenmue Triathlon | 28th Dec 1999

In this series we translate Shenmue content from Weekly AM2, the official online magazine published by Sega's AM2 development team back in the day. News and information about the Shenmue series could be found regularly within these pages from the end of 1999 through to 2001 with the release of Shenmue II.

Vol. 3 was released on 28th December 1999, one day before the official release of Shenmue in Japan on the 29th, and announces a speed run competition named the Shenmue Triathlon. The Weekly AM2 logo has also been revamped with the tagline "Always bringing you the hottest topics" (complete with three exclamation marks at the end!).




Hello! This is Takuan.

Another year comes to an end, and with it the release of the long-awaited "Shenmue Chapter 1: Yokosuka".

This is the last Weekly AM2 of the year, and I'll be bringing it to you with the utmost enthusiasm!

This week's contents:
  • "Shenmue Chapter 1: Yokosuka" Releases at Last Tomorrow!
  • Shenmue Strategy Guide Releases on January 7th!
  • Announcing the Shenmue Triathlon!
  • Commencing the Shenmue Original Wallpaper Download Service!

"Shenmue Chapter 1: Yokosuka" Releases at Last Tomorrow!

Five years in the making, 7 billion yen [US$68 million] in production costs; director and executive producer Yu Suzuki brings you his masterpiece which hits the shelves tomorrow. Available it at your local store!

Experience another reality...

Shenmue's cover art is really striking and cool, isn't it?

In addition, art is printed even on the GD-ROM discs themselves. Each of those images I'm sure is filled with the passion of the numerous development staff.

The "Shenmue JukeBox", which comes only with the initial Limited Edition, is also a must-have.

Disc 1, Disc 2, Disc 3, Shenmue Passport

Shenmue JukeBox: a special music CD included only with the Limited Edition.

"Shenmue Chapter 1: Yokosuka" Saisoku Kōryaku Guide

For immediate release on January 7, 2000 (Friday)! A strategy book that thoroughly analyzes the world of Shenmue in detail will be released as part of the Dengeki Strategy King series by Media Works Inc. 

Complete strategy coverage of the Shenmue story, with flowcharts and a notebook system. Of course, subquests are also included! There are also in-depth guides to move instructions and mini-games. We're here to support you in your adventure. This guide from Dengeki provides faster strategies than elsewhere, and is a must-have book for all players. Available at your local bookstore.

(List price: 800 yen + tax)
Shenmue Chapter 1: Yokosuka Saisoku Kōryaku [=Fastest Strategy] Guide 

Grab Shenmue on December 29th, then the Shenmue Chapter 1: Yokosuka Saisoku Kōryaku Guide on January 7th to gain an edge over your friends! Perhaps you'll be able to get to the top of the Network Rankings!

Announcing the Shenmue Triathlon!

How much playtime have you all had so far with "Shenmue Chapter 1: Yokosuka"?

Announcing the Shenmue Triathlon, to be held from January 1, 2000!

Participate in the Shenmue Triathlon and see how your game clear time ranks among the best in the country. Details below.

The Shenmue Triathlon is a speed run championship for Shenmue Chapter 1: Yokosuka. Enter from the Shenmue Passport.

Entry Conditions:
    • Game cleared at least once
    • Game cleared in less than 100 hours
    • Entry in at least one of the other Network Rankings within the Shenmue Passport
Note: your Ranking Name for the Network Ranking will be used as the ranking name for the Shenmue Triathlon.

Participation in the Shenmue Triathlon is open to anyone who fulfills the above three conditions.

Rankings can be viewed from 1st to 1000th place.

Your fastest clear data will be retained no matter how many times you complete the game, unless you delete the Shenmue play data file from your VMU.

Clear the game not just once, but as many times as you can, and try your best to reach first place in the Shenmue Triathlon.

Every time you play, you will be sure to discover a new Shenmue world that is unique to you.

Commencing the Shenmue Original Wallpaper Download Service!

Decorate your PC desktop with the CG visual used for the Shenmue poster.

The fearless hero Ryo Hazuki, the heroine Ling Shenhua who hides sorrow within, and the enigmatic Sōryū*.
*Note from Switch: Sōryū (pronounced Cang Long in Chinese), meaning "Blue Dragon", is the Heavenly Beast associated with Lan Di, although this naming has not appeared in the actual games to date.
This art will be easy recognizable, with the beautiful Dragon and Phoenixes circling the characters.

Download it now! (This service is available for PC use only. Not available on Dreamcast or i-mode).

  • Wallpaper images are compressed in lzh format. Compressed size is about 1.3 Mb for 800 x 600 resolution and about 2 Mb for 1024 x 768 resolution. 
  • Clicking on the downloaded file will cause it to self-extract, and a dialog will open asking you to specify where to extract the file.
  • This wallpaper is provided for personal use only, and may not be used for any other purpose without the permission of the copyright holder.

  • The wallpaper image, originally available as a file to download in two resolutions from the original Weekly AM2 page.

    What did you think of this week's Weekly AM2?

    The Year End and the beginning of the New Year are going to be filled with Shenmue.

    The next Weekly AM2 installment is on January 4th, and will be bursting with New Year spirit!

    Have a great New Year, everyone!

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