Shenmue pre­miere

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Shenmue Dojo has up­loaded a mini-doc­u­men­tary about the game’s pre­miere. The film was orig­i­nally in­cluded on the first Dream­cast Ex­press demo disc, avail­able only to mem­bers of Ja­pan’s Dream­cast Part­ners Club. Filmed in 1998, it sees an en­thu­si­as­tic Yu Suzuki pre­sent­ing his vi­sion to a large au­di­ence in Yoko­hama – af­ter the Kana­gawa Phil­har­monic sets the mood by play­ing

Shenmue’s theme. Suzuki talks us through some of the game’s char­ac­ters as well as its Magic Weather sys­tem in a won­der­ful evo­ca­tion of the time when de­mand for what turned out to be Sega’s fi­nal con­sole was out­strip­ping sup­ply.

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