Global Total as of 28th Oct 2017 (units): 1.18m
Platform: Dreamcast
Developer: Sega-AM2 Genre: Adventure

Total Units

North America: 0.52m 44.2%
+ Europe: 0.24m 20.2%
+ Japan: 0.38m 32.5%
+ Rest of the World: 0.04m 3.1%
= Global 1.18m

Release History

Shenmue Chapter 1: Yokosuka SegaJapan29th December 1999Retail
Shenmue SegaEurope06th November 2000Retail
Shenmue SegaNorth America07th November 2000Retail

Game Overview

Shenmue is a 1999 open-world adventure video game developed by Sega AM2 and published by Sega for the Dreamcast, produced and directed by Yu Suzuki. Suzuki coined a genre title, "FREE" (Full Reactive Eyes Entertainment), for the game, based on the interactivity and freedom he wanted to give to the player. Suzuki intended to achieve this by simulating aspects of real life through the game, such as the day/night/sleep system, real time variable weather effects (unheard of in a game of this kind at the time), fully voiced non-player characters with their own daily schedules, quick time events, and various other interactive elements such as vending machines, arcades, and convenience stores.

Shenmue borrows gameplay elements from several different genres, but largely consists of open-world adventure segments with real-time 3D battles interspersed throughout. It was the most expensive video game in its time, with a production cost of $47 million, equivalent to $64 million in 2011.

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Mario_pana (on 18 July 2012)
They should make a Shemue 3 but I think
it's about time that it should go to
PSN and Xbox live with trophies and
achivnments. I WANT MY CHILDHOOD
Also happy at
the same time if SEGA do it.
TeamYu (on 20 May 2012)
Join the campaign for Sega to give Yu
Suzuki the license to finally make
Shenmue 3, with the help of his
investors: - Use the
Twitter hashtag #GiveYuTheShenmueLicense
on the 3rd of each month!
MattyPeq (on 14 March 2012)
Unforgettable game.
Iveyboi (on 19 July 2011)
I really, really wish Sega would port
this to PSN or release 1/2 as a
remastered title or something. I can't
jusitfy buying a DC just to get this
game depsite how great it is
spurgeonryan (on 05 January 2011)
sometimes parts could take forever it
seemed, but it was a great game. lol
actually seaman took forever.
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