This coming Monday the traditional Shenmue Tweetathon officially adopts its new hashtag, #SaveShenmueHD, in a bid to fulfill the wishes of Yu Suzuki and all the fans who want to see Shenmue 1 & 2 re-released in time for Shenmue 3’s arrival.
The impossible objective of the #SaveShenmue campaign has been realized, and no one can fail to be satisfied with the knowledge that Shenmue 3 is at last a reality. There are, however, some conspicuous loose ends to be tied up by those of us not quite ready to rest on our laurels.
The success of Shenmue 3 at launch will be greatly influenced by how many gamers get to experience the first two entries in the series between now and then. People who’ve never played Shenmue are now keener than ever to see what all the fuss is about, but filling this gap in their collections means either fiddling with an emulator on their PC or trawling eBay for old consoles and discs in reliable condition and at a reasonable price.
Bringing Shenmue 1 & 2 officially onto current platforms not only makes perfect sense for Sega, who ought to strike while the iron’s hot amidst a fever of Shenmue hype, but it’s the next logical step for all of us as fans. Preserving the original chapters of Yu Suzuki’s magnum opus gives the game its rightful place as a modern classic, and opens the door for new fans to easily discover the series and secure its future beyond Shenmue 3.
So this Monday, please join us in tweeting and re-tweeting the hashtag #SaveShenmueHD during a 24-hour global event. It’s always a fun and rewarding experience to take part in, with Shenmue fans proving every month why they’re the greatest fans in the gaming world. See TeamYu.net/HD to increase your involvement, and remember: Team Yu needs YOU to spread the word and be heard on the 3rd!