Sega Ships Shenmue

Shenmue is finally released in North America. Also, find out how you can meet the game's creator Yu Suzuki if you live in the San Jose area.


Sega of America has announced the release of Shenmue for the Sega Dreamcast. The game puts the player in the role of Ryo Hazuki as he attempts to uncover the secrets behind his father's murder. The game has complex real-time environments and hundreds of unique characters.

"The epic masterpiece Shenmue exhibits never-before-seen detail in video game design, raising the standard for future games and for the industry as a whole," said Charles Bellfield, vice president of marketing and corporate communications for Sega of America. "While other industry players may talk about the emotion engine, Shenmue delivers a true emotion experience to the consumer."

Shenmue was developed by Yu Suzuki and the AM2 development team. To commemorate the release of Shenmue for the Dreamcast, Yu Suzuki will be at the Software Etc. on Stevens Creek Blvd. in San Jose on Saturday, November 11. He will be available from 10:30am to 11:30am meeting consumers and signing autographs.

The game is available at retailers nationwide for a suggested retail price of US$49.99.



It was cool that he made a public appearance in the U.S. to help promote the game.  It might help if developers did this stuff today.   I didn't like Shenmue, though.  It was extremely boring, even if it was ambitious.  The original Gamespot 6.8 score should have been kept.


One of the great moments in the history of videogames becoming a storytelling artform.