The April 3rd #SaveShenmue Tweetathon is in the books, with another OUTSTANDING effort from all of you to unite your fellow gamers around this campaign. Every month brings more and more motivation and justification for the revival of a series whose iconic aura precedes it even 14 years after THAT cliffhanger.
The timing of this event was a great opportunity to promote the drive to vote Ryo Hazuki into Super Smash Bros, taking Nintendo up on their official invitation to request new characters for the roster. Regardless of how anyone might feel about the Big N and their mascot fighting franchise, putting Ryo in this game would raise his profile significantly and provide a much needed leg up for Shenmue’s visibility in the modern era. So let’s take what we accomplished with Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed, and with a serious nitro boost take that to the next level.
Vote here: https://cp.nintendo.co.jp/
In other news, the proposed LEGO set featuring a minifigure of Yu Suzuki along with several of his classic arcade machines has now amassed over a third of the votes required to be considered for release as an official product. That’s in its first month, with a twelve-month deadline! This won’t accomplish anything directly for Shenmue, but we’d all like to see Suzuki-san immortalized in miniature plastic form, cementing in a joyfully unconventional way his hard earned legacy as a creator of fun experiences.
Vote here: https://ideas.lego.com/
A huge, huge THANK YOU to all participants in yesterday’s Tweetathon, who continue to raise awareness of the need for Shenmue’s resolution and maintain the pressure on the industry to fulfill this need. The next event is, of course, set for May 3rd, and if you haven’t already signed up for the monthly AutoTweet you can do so at our campaign website,TeamYu.net – very handy if you’re prone to forgetting such an easy to remember date…
In the meantime, stay tuned to this page for each new development that we rely on our army of Wude Warriors to jump upon at a moment’s notice. Team Yu needs YOU to #SaveShenmue!