Why did Sega's beloved and ambitious Shenmue series fail to progress beyond its second game? Because Sega never really promoted one of Shenmue II's most spectacular features: underground duck racing.
That`s awesome I never found that, but I do remember going around the city playing that "lucky hit" game all the time. "Why did Sega's beloved and ambitious Shenmue series fail to progress beyond its second game?" Because Sega would rather cash in on garbage Sonic remakes then finish it. I'm still waiting for Skies of Arcadia too.
... after bad decision after bad decision after bad decision etc etc etc. Sadly. Such a shame, cause they're actually capable of developing brilliant games, yet most of the times they then go and find a way to completely screw up the marketing, or release it in the wrong way, or for the wrong audience, or they 'localize' it in a way that the fans aren't interested anymore, etc etc...
"Why did Sega's beloved and ambitious Shenmue series fail to progress beyond its second game?" Because when localizing it they put it on the Xbox (and much like the 360 people mainly just buy shooters).
Heres a better reason: Shenmue Franchise budget, $70 million dollars Back during the release of the first Shenmue every person in the world that had a Dreamcast would have to purchase 2 copies of Shenmue for Sega to break even. Hell Shenmue 2 for the Dreamcast didn't even come to the U.S., if you wanted to play it you had to import the EU copy which didn't have the English dubbed (Japanese dubbed is way better anyways). They were able to put in the English VA for the Xbox version of Shenmue 2 along with some more polygon count.
Sadly, the Xbox version didn't keep the japanese voices, and ONLY had the horrible english, dub, which was THE reason why I never bought it.
yes i knew it, damn hard too....=| this games' mini games were insane. interesting, the game still looks good even today!
Someone needs to give Yu Suzuki a sh!tload of money so he can continue this amazing saga.
Thanks for stepping up!
Sadly enough I don't think anyone can give him the amount of money needed for it. (He's a big visionary) Trust me on this one, I want a Shenmue 3 more then anything (besides a Viewtiful Joe 3 that is directed by Hideki Kamiya). However the only way I can see it possibly becoming a reality is if the Shenmue City Network game is a big hit over in JP.
Lol, knew this a years ago. You also collect medals as well.
those medals i didnt find out till couple years ago
Knew it and won soooo much money out of it I didn't have to work for the rest of the game.
WOW somehow missed this when I played it. Fuck I wish they would continue the series.
Whoever was playing the race sucks horribly, but the graphics still managed to impress me.
This game is the equivalence of chocboco racing in FF7 you don't control the duck.
Oh...lol. I hated not being able to control my chocobo.
Or Chao's in the Sonic Adventure games. *My Reaction* WTH Are you doing Sleeping! This is a race! Move DAMMIT Move!
just gave me an excuse to replay the 2nd greatest game of all time. obviously shenmue 1 is the best game of all time. it makes me sad seeing shenmue stuff on N4G now. builds my hopes up that shenmue 3 might just be getting made. MS wastes millions on gears of war and Sony wastes millions on resistance. YOU FKIN IDIOTS PUT YOUR MONEY IN SHENMUE IT SH*TS ALL OVER THEM.
Wow, i have played darts, arm wrestled, forklift raced, played some classic Sega games in the Shenmue arcades and many other activities, but i never knew about this. There was sooooooooooooooooooo much to do is Shenmues vast beautiful world. It's no wonder that Shenmue is STILL my favourite game of all time. (Shenmue 1 & 2 are both equally my faves)
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