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Weekly AM2 Volume 10 - Results of the 3rd Network Rankings Tournament | 15 Feb 2000

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. These pages regularly featured news and information about the Shenmue series from the end of 1999 through to 2001 with the release of Shenmue II.

Vol. 10 gives the winners of the Third Network Rankings Tournament, which was for Forklift Racing. The next competition is announced, which will be for Space Harrier.



Vol. 10: 15th Feb. 2000

Hello, nice to meet you.

I'm Saito, stepping in for Takuan today as he is unwell and unable to make it. I hope you'll stick with me through to the end of the issue.

This week's contents:
  • Announcement of the results of the 3rd Network Rankings Tournament
  • Notice of the 4th Network Rankings Tournament
  • Messages from winners of the 2nd Network Rankings Tournament (70-player Battle)
  • Strategy guide for Shenmue Chapter 1: Yokosuka confirmed for release!
  • Messages from top performers in the F355 Challenge Network Rankings [omitted]
  • Shenmue Spoiler BBS (Bulletin Board System) opens today!
  • AM2 Supporters Homepage launched
  • Shenmue Chapter 1: Yokosuka Director Okayasu to feature on the "Super Mobile Anime & Game Master" radio show
  • i-mode gallery image #3

Results of the 3rd Network Rankings Tournament

The 3rd Network Rankings Tournament (Forklift Racing) was a closely contested event!

Who emerged as the victor in Forklift Racing? Let's find out!

*** Rankings (as of 0:00am, February 14th, 2000) ****

9thFukuoka GZ2m40s96

Here are the highlights!

In this round, YUMEYA, who narrowly secured the 2nd place in the first tournament, impressively clinched 1st place. Not only that, but they also shaved off 1/10th of a second from their time on the deadline day, displaying a determined effort to secure the top spot.

NWO.YASIRO in 5th place, N.B.M in 8th place, and KARA in 10th place kept everyone on the edge with their submissions at the last minute, giving a suspenseful situation we couldn't tear your eyes away from.

Everyone achieved times at starting at 2 minute 40 seconds, showcasing the remarkably high level of the competition.

That concludes the highlights of the 3rd Network Ranking Tournament.

Note: As two participants achieved the same times, the prizes for the 7th and 8th positions were determined through a random draw.

※ Winners will receive an email from the Weekly AM2 editorial team, so please be sure to check promptly and respond. If we do not receive your response by March 21st (Tuesday), we won't be able to dispatch your prize.

Announcing the 4th Network Rankings Tournament

Coming up next, we have a tournament for Space Harrier (through to 0:00am, 21st February).

Gorgeous prizes will be awarded to those ranking from 1st to 10th.

Strive for the top 10, everyone!


Prize for 1st Place:

Certificate + framed original print (size: 111 cm vertical, 92cm horizontal)

(Signed by producer Yu Suzuki)

Note from Switch: this image can be seen in the 1999 Shenmue calendar for the month of November:

Prize for 2nd Place:

Certificate + Case Logic 3-piece set (CD Player Case + CD Wallet + Plastic CD Case).

Prize for 3rd Place:

Certificate + Shenmue Timex Original Watch (Blue), not available for general sale.

Prize for 4th Place:

Certificate + Mug Set (4 kinds: Shenhua Ling, Ryo Hazuki, Wuying Ren, Niao Sun)

Prize for 5th Place:

Certificate + Stationery Set (notebooks, clear files, mouse pads)

Prize for 6th Place:

Certificate + Telephone Card 3D Set (2 kinds: Shenhua Ling, Ryo Hazuki)

Prize for 7th Place:

Certificate + Shenmue T-shirt

Prize for 8th Place:

Certificate + Shenmue Premiere Official Booklet

Prize for 9th Place:

Certificate + Postcards (set of 5)

Prize for 10th Place:

Certificate + Shenhua figurine

All placed winners will also receive this certificate:

* Please note that the color and design of the prizes may differ slightly from those shown in the photos.

In the case of multiple competitors with the same time, the ranking order will be determined by lucky draw. Rankings can also be submitted through the Shenmue Passport.

Deadline: 0:00am on February 21st (Monday)
Contest winners will be determined based on the rankings at the mentioned time.

To be announced February 22nd (Tuesday) in the Weekly AM2 and the "Topics" section under Urgent Messages in the Shenmue Passport.

Messages from the Winners of the 2nd Network Rankings Tournament (70-player Battle)

Let's hear comments of delight from the ranked winners!

1st Place
SCORE 3m20s20

★M★★I★★T★★O★ had a narrow victory, clinching it by just a one-second difference from 2nd place:
"It was really close. I'll try my best to practice more and aim to get a record in the 2-minute range for the next tournament".

3rd Place

SCORE 3m24s26

"Well, it's about what I expected. It was so intense that it felt like I was getting a hole in my stomach, so I don't want to do it anymore".
4th Place
SCORE 3m30s46
"Shenmue was incredibly enjoyable. Looking forward to Chapter 2!"
6th Place
SCORE 3m34s80
"I'm glad I participated in the Network Rankings. It was truly meaningful to be a part of it. Even for someone like me, unfamiliar with game tournaments, being 6th place is all thanks to AM2 and Suzuki-san for making it all happen. Looking forward to Chapter 2 and Chapter 3, as well as future arcade titles".
7th Place
SCORE 3m35s60
"At the beginning I didn't expect to rank this high, so I'm happy. It was really tough to get a time under 4 minutes. Honestly, I don't want to do it anymore. I've lost count of how many times I got frustrated because my record wouldn't improve. I'll definitely participate in the next tournament. If I had to express my feelings, it would be like, 'Yaah! Hoo! Huh!'" 
10th Place
SCORE 3m40s83
"I updated my personal best right on the deadline, so I was worried about it would connect on the Passport immediately. Fortunately, it did, and it was reflected in the rankings. Just barely in 10th place! Depending on how things went, there was a chance my record would drop off, so I've been on edge the whole time".

※ Emails have been sent by the Weekly AM2 editorial team to the winners of the 2nd Network Rankings Tournament. Please be sure to check and respond by March 14 (Tuesday). If we do not receive your response, we won't be able to send the prizes. The deadline is approaching, so please act promptly!

Strategy guide for Shenmue Chapter 1: Yokosuka Confirmed for Release!

This month, on February 25th (Friday), yet another comprehensive strategy guide will be released!

Hidden secrets, items, mysteries, and various other things you might have overlooked – all of it will be unveiled in a grand revelation! Whether you're stuck in the main story, unable to find the dojo key or the Phoenix Mirror, or if you want to explore more sub-events, interact with all characters, master mini-games, and for everyone who loves Shenmue, this book is for you!

Even for those who have already cleared the game, it offers engaging content, so be sure to check it out.

Title: "Shenmue Chapter 1: Yokosuka Complete Guide"

Published by: SoftBank Publishing Co., Ltd.

Price: 1,400 yen (excluding tax)

Size: A5

Spoiler BBS Now Open!

Simultaneous open with the latest Weekly AM2 on February 15th!

In other words, it's now in full operation!

Due to the increasing number of advanced Shenmue players, we are proudly opening a dedicated Spoiler BBS.

And, by popular demand, it comes with a search function! Convenient!

To the experienced players, please offer your warm support to Shenmue beginners!

Please continue to utilize the existing BBS as a place for communication as usual.

Google translation of a Shenmue Spoiler BBS archived page

AM2 Supporters Homepage launched

You might be wondering, "What's a Supporters Homepage?" We hear your murmurs of curiosity! It's a page where we link to users' websites that cover AM2 titles.

Take this opportunity to consider creating your own homepage. Everyone, feel free to join in!

Archived page with links to Japanese fan sites at the time

Shenmue Director Okayasu Radio Appearance

Shenmue Director Okayasu will be making a radio appearance.

Show Title: "Super Mobile Anime & Game Master" from Nippon Cultural Broadcasting

(Airs every Saturday from 21:00 to 23:00)

On Air: February 19th (Saturday)

Okayasu's appearance is scheduled for around 22:00 to 22:40.

It'll be exciting to hear what stories will be shared. Be sure tune in!

i-mode Image Gallery Service: Image #3

This month's character image features Nozomi Harasaki.

Enjoy viewing the adorable Nozomi on your i-mode device.

(On some models, you can even set it as a screensaver.)

The URL is [Note from Switch: i-mode content is not available from the archive, but the screenshot below gives an idea of the presentation.]

And that's all from myself, Saito, from the AM2 department. Please take good care of yourselves, everyone!


Regarding the phone numbers used in Shenmue.

The phone numbers used in the game Shenmue Chapter 1: Yokosuka are intentionally designed not to allow actual calls. Recently, there has been an increase in attempted calls, leading to nuisances such as wrong numbers.

We kindly request your cooperation to refrain from making actual calls. Thank you for your understanding.

Source: (archived)

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