Game Masters: Yu Suzuki and Yuji Naka

Meet the men behind Shenmue and the original Sonic.

This interview is part of GameSpot's Game Masters: Behind the Talent feature, which explores some of the biggest names in game development. The feature coincides with a new exhibition celebrating video game culture taking place at the Australian Centre for Moving Image (ACMI) in Melbourne, Victoria.

Yu Suzuki

The man behind Shenmue, Yu Suzuki, explains how the smiling faces of players motivates him to do what he does.

Yuji Naka

The lead programmer behind the original Sonic the Hedgehog, Yuji Naka, speaks about programming speed, the calculations behind game designs, and the artistry of being a programmer.

To find out more about GameSpot's Game Masters feature, visit the home page.

Read our Game Masters interviews with Tim Schafer, Warren Spector, Peter Molyneux, and Tetsuya Mizuguchi.

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22 comments
Spazzh20
Spazzh20

Fat chance people.  Shenmue was supposed to be 4 games.  So even if they finish 3 they would need to get another 70 million dollars to finish it the way Yu Sazuki wanted it to.

SuperB56
SuperB56

I'd smile if the Shenmue HD rereleases and Shenmue 3 were completed and released. I would have a huge smile on my face then.

JuanKing
JuanKing

Shenmue 1 & 2 were truly epic games back in the day. Shame they never made a Shenmue 3.

Hopefully the rumoured HD remakes will generate enough money and interest to justify finally finishing the epic tale.

bakagami
bakagami

We Want Shenmue 3, We Want Shenmue 3, We Want Shenmue 3

 

wait a second...I forgot I never heard of it

0m39AX
0m39AX

Shenmue 3 please! Could be on 360/PS3/PC, Live Arcade, PSN, or even a classic limited edition for Dreamcast(pretty much like other titles that were launched way after the console was comercially dead). I just don't care. Ryo MUST take Lan Di and discover more about Dragon Mirror's prophecy. 

 

P.S. - Just recently bought Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown, SEGA Bass Fishing, Sonic CD and Space Channel p.2 for Live Arcade. 

 

And I wouldn't mind playing remakes of some Sega Saturn classics, also, or others DC titles. Altough I still have my Saturn and Dreamcast in perfect conditions, I'd gladly spent some coin of Virtua Cop 1&2 / Fighters Megamix / Panzer Dragoon 1&2&Saga / Fighting Vipers 1&2.

 

pasofreak
pasofreak

I grew up appreciating Sega, but now it seems as though they're a shell of their former glory. It's a shame :(

iAmristar
iAmristar

Can we have Shenmue on the PS3, please.

JGD85
JGD85

It's cool to see people wanting Shenmue 3 but also pretty annoying. You know there's a reason why you're not gonna see Shenmue 3. Sega invested a tremendous amount of time and money on the franchise and it bombed.  A lot of you same people clamoring for Shenmue 3 never supported the Dreamcast or bought the original games, rather you were begging mommy to get you a PS2 for Xmas. 

kenjing1
kenjing1

Hey Yu Suzuki, you will put ALOT of smiles on peoples faces when you release SHENMUE 3 already!! ;)

shinryusan
shinryusan

Wish i had the chance to play Shenmue,  last game i played by Sega was Phantasy Star on PS2.  Should try Yakuza though..any thought on this one ?

ANUBISZER0
ANUBISZER0

I'm never going to give up hope on Shenmue 3. "Hang-on 100 Yen a game."

szymon247
szymon247

Maan, Sega don't know what gem they hold with Shenmue. Such an amazing game, unlike any other.

Georg_Maximus
Georg_Maximus

Until Sega makes a sequel to Viking - Battle for Asgard, I'm not interested in whatever they have to say. Make more Viking - please!

shantd
shantd

How about the men behind Bayonetta? All deference to fans Sonic & Shenmue fans, but the only IP in years that I care about from Sega is the vivacious witch.

Soniczero1993
Soniczero1993

 @shantd

 It's simply due to the fact Bayonetta has not existed for 21 years.

justinka777
justinka777

 @shantd

 i love Bayonetta too but im certan that when you say "sega" to someone the first image that pops in to their head is a little blue heaghog in red sneakers.

shantd
shantd

 @justinka777 True enough, and I've no idea how much Sonic sells these days. Could be massive in Japan for all I know. I just feel that, given how few and far between Sega's blockbuster hits have been for the last several years, they shouldn't take a masterpiece like Bayonetta for granted and put a sequel on the back burner. Somehow, it seems that's exactly what they've decided to do. A perplexing decision to say the least.