Posts tagged Shenmue
This week, First 4 Figures released the trailer above showing off and announcing their Ryo Hazuki figurine. While there’s little actual details in the video, they do mention that this is the first figure for their new Sega All-Stars line. I really hope this means we’ll see future non-Sonic Sega characters from the manufacturer.
What do you think of the Ryo figurine? Did you mute the oriental music in the trailer and turn on something a little more sensual while you watched the camera slowly reveal Ryo’s plastic body? Do you plan on purchasing Ryo and having him make out with Barbie?
In a recent tweet from Meggan Scavio, general manager of the Game Developers Conference, she hints that Yu Suzuki talked “strategy” with Mark Cerny about the long-awaited sequel to Shenmue.
As everyone knows, fans have been holding off for a Shenmue III for over a decade, rumors and speculations popping up here and there. Recently, rumors went around that Yu Suzuki considered the possibility of funds through Kickstarter. Yesterday morning, March 29th, Meggan Scavio posted said tweet, complete with a picture of Cerny and Suzuki standing side-by-side. Check it out after the jump.
Even as Shenmue fans continue to passionately chant their cause from atop every soap box they can find, it’s becoming more and more reasonable to accept that we may never see the long-awaited finale to Yu Suzuki’s sweeping epic.
But of course, this isn’t stopping the game’s ever-driven creator. In a recent interview with French reporter Sebastien-Abdelhamid at the Monaco Anime Game Show, Suzuki reportedly expressed an interest in crowdfunding a Shenmue III, and even brought up the possibility of an anime or manga down the line. The actual interview has not yet been published in its entirety.
While I’ve grown weary of the Kickstarting trend, this idea is one hell of an exception. This is a project that we’ve been pushing for, begging for, and supporting for over a decade now, and crowdfunding could be the perfect way for the community to not only support the team behind the game, but also prove that this franchise is truly capable of being profitable after all. After seeing the groundswell of support every time the series is even mentioned, even in events as small as the voting for DLC in Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed, it’s not difficult to imagine that those same die-hard resolute fans could really get this game the support and attention it deserves.
Please, please, please make this happen.
Have you guys ever wondered how The Sega Addicts Kids Table gets edited? Well it’s a magical process that involves cutting everything and anything that your co-hosts want you too! Or that’s what Josh and John want you to think as in this episode Stevie is at their beck and call with a new catchphrase which is sprinkled throughout this fun-filled journey of Sega based entertainment. And if you don’t like it you can always cut it out.
In the actual meat of the episode the gang discuss the Virtua Fighter 5: Final Showdown tournament, First 4 Figures new Shenmue inspired statue, and the leaked Crimson Dragon demo footage. If that sounds good to you then why not give it a listen? What else were you gonna do with that 1 hour and 11 minutes of your evening anyway?
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Shortly after teasing a Shadow statue, First 4 Figures has now updated their Facebook page with full pictures of everyone’s favorite angst-ridden hedgehog. In keeping with the holiday spirit, F4F has felt rather generous and let slip an early announcement of their next statue: Ryo Hazuki of Shenmue fame. Neither statue is available for pre-order yet, but you can bet that the Ryo ones will explode with payments from Shenmue fans keeping the dream alive. As always, these statues look amazing, and make me wish I could afford all of them. Anyone plan on continuing their search for sailors with this Ryo statue?
[Source: TSSZ News]
After several days of fervent, excited voting, it appears that the polls have finally closed on Sumo Digital’s fan-pleasing DLC character voting challenge. When I last reported on this about a week ago, the indelible cult hero Segata Sanshiro seemed to have an unwavering Chuck Norris-like grasp on the top spot. But that ongoing furor of ever-vocal Shenmue fan support won’t be quelled: Ryo Hazuki has pulled out ahead, with over 3,295 votes under his belt.
Just behind him is Vocaloid sensation Hatsune Miku with 3,161, and Segata Sanshiro with 2,605. A handful of other characters passed that important 1,000-vote threshold, including Vectorman (1,217), Bayonetta (1,211), and Ristar (1,077). Unfortunately, Toejam & Earl just barely missed the finish line, with 993 votes, just seven votes shy of the required score. Now, keep in mind, none of these characters are guaranteed, but they will be at least presented to Sega as frontrunning possibilities.
Maybe this is being a bit dramatic, but seeing Ryo Hazuki snag the top spot makes me incredibly proud of the Sega community, and Shenmue fans specifically. I’ve seen those guys all over Twitter over the past week, gathering support just for this little milestone, and their hard work has really paid off. While I think Sega is already well aware of our desperate love for the franchise, this popular vote really sends the message home that fans are willing to do what it takes to get support.
Seeing Vectorman and Ristar up should also have retro fans very pleased. However it kills me that Toejam & Earl fell short by such a minuscule margin, as their role in Sega’s history is nothing short of essential. Personally, I’d trade out Hatsune Miku for Toejam & Earl’s vibrant, funky style any day of the week.
Hit the jump for the full voting tally.
Sometimes there are characters in videogames who look nice. Sometimes there are characters who look mean. And sometimes there are characters that you would rather forget because they make it hard to sleep at night and every time you close your eyes or eat an ice cream cone they’re creepy dead eyes stare back at you into the depths of your soul.
Hit the jump to read our list of characters that have caused us to get many years of therapy.
As excited as we all are for the upcoming Sonic and All-Star Racers Transformed release, there have been a few casting decisions that have left us confused / angry.
Developer Sumo Digital explained to Digital Spy that there was reason behind their decisions on which levels to design and what racers to include. For level design, the developers wanted each racer’s franchise or back ground to lend itself well to racing on the ground, in the air, and on water. So Daytona and Shenmue, among other fan favorite franchises, were excluded. Character design presented a more logistical problem. With three forms (at least) for each character, budgetary restraints became an issue.
The article is worth reading if only because it offers a rare insight into the politics and economics that occur behind the scenes in game design. Unfortunately, there’s a good chance that you might come away feeling like the exclusion of your favorite franchise (whatever that might be) was a bit arbitrary.
Also, what the heck is the demographic that keeps getting so much Billy Hatcher related material into these racing games!?
[Source: Digital Spy]
I sure do love playing pre-release versions of my favourite games. Many of them act as windows into the development studio and allow you to see what content was added, and in some cases removed, prior to launch.
If you too share my passion then you’ll definitely get excited for a series of pre-release Dreamcast games that have been appeared for auction on the UK version of eBay. Some of the titles come on Sega’s ‘confidential’ GD-ROMS, while others have their own unique disc labels, complete with that classic blue Dreamcast swirl. With games such as Crazy Taxi 2, Shenmue, Ecco the Dolphin and many more being bid on as we peak, I suggest you click the source list and a grab a deal while you can!
[Source: Game Sniped]
Everyone knows that everything is better in HD. Movies are better. Photographs are better. Breakfast is better. Gym shorts are better. And even video games are better. This generation many game publishers have started to look back at their catalog of games and started to re-release old classics on the current HD systems and there’s already been several Dreamcast games re-released in HD this generation at various levels of success. We’ve decided to take a look through the Dreamcast’s library and pick some games we’d like to see make a return to modern television screens everywhere.
Hit the jump to read our suggestions for HD re-releases!